Sea Shell Massage
Reef shells are heated and coated in aromatherapy oils to soothe and relax muscles. Includes relaxation or deep tissue sea shell massage, exfoliation, facial, warm foot soak, reflexology and day spa gift box. Minimum two hour booking, please give at least two days notice of your booking, thanks. Minimum 3 hour booking, please give us five days notice. Click here for what is included in each seashell package or call 0438 57 906
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Where We Found It : Koh Samet, Thailand
Minimal amounts of Western tourists…tick
Amazing clear water for snorkelling…tick
Great local food…tick
Yes I ran away to an island, escaping Bangkok in a Thai local bus complete with pink frilly curtains that I’m sure they nicked from my grandmother’s house.
Oh and the karaoke, let’s not forget the out-of-tune “Tie a yellow ribbon”…
But we made it to the coastline, boarded a cheerily painted boat and headed out to Koh Samet for the island getaway I had dreamed of.
What I didn’t count on was discovering a really unusual style of massage with sea shells…
But I did.
Everyday we would take our motorbikes out to eat the best fresh seafood on this planet.
The restaurant was on wooden pylons in the middle of the sea and we would be pulled out in a dingy attached to a rope.
There we sat on the deck, feet swinging over a hole where you could see the fish feeding below…
and on the glass topped table above you fed on the fish..
Anyway, on the way back from another gob-smackingly good lunch, I stopped in at a place with a “massage” sign.
And that is where I found the sea shell massage.
Gorgeous cowries that were dug into the knots in my back, huge scarlet clams that were warmed for my hands, and cone shells that unwound those ugly spots in my neck.
Just beautiful energy from the shells and therapist and one of those amazing surprises…
Discover a great new massage….tick”
What Is Sea Shell Massage?
Sea shells have an uplifting natural energy that is drawn on in a unique new massage style by Ripple.
Using a mix of reef shells, including speckled cowries, exquisite ginger scallops, lions paw fans and elegant sun dial shells, this style of massage taps into the energy of the shells whilst giving a deep and calming massage.
The shells are used in a mix of ways. Some like the cowries are heated, and aromatherapy oils are poured into the crevasse to warm before being trickled onto the body. The smooth domed surface is also used with hands on massage to release muscles. The shells are used both to de stress and for deeper tissue work.
Other shells like the lions paws and scarlet coloured scallops are heated and placed on the body to warm the chakras and also the hands during the massage.
They have been important in many cultures over the centuries for a number of reasons.
For a long time in a number of Indian and Pacific Ocean islands they were the main form of currency, being traded for food and other items. The cowrie shell in particular was seen to be very valuable as currency.
The Dutch East India Company gained a large part of its fortune in trading shell money in exchange for spices and gemstones all of which were valuable in Europe at the time.
Sea shells have also been used as tools, with the large clam shells being used to shovel dirt, and also used as bowls and carrying instruments.
Some such as oyster shells, when ground down, have been used to condition and raise the PH in the soil.
Sea shells have also been used as part of cultures and religions for thousands of years.
Christians see the scallop shell as the symbol of St James the Great, whilst Hindus see the left handed chank shell as sacred to Vishnu.
Cowrie shells are often linked to female fertility with the idea that the dome of the shell resembles a pregnant belly. In Kerala, the home of Ayurvedic medicine, cowries are often used to make astrological predictions.