Kansa: pronounced Khan-Sah is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper and tin (bronze). It is said to be one of the most innovative alloys in history, created some 5000 years ago. Kansa was first created in the Indus valley, by the Harrappans, the same culture that is thought to have developed the principles and practices of Ayurveda. The result was an alloy which proved to be harder and more durable than other materials available at the time.
Kansa (bronze) enabled these ancient people to create superior metal objects. It was widely used for tools, sacred statues, housewares, bells and gongs, as well as weapons and armour. Kansa was also thought to have great therapeutic value and was introduced as a precious metal in Ayurveda. This traditional healing tool was used for the Ayurvedic treatments, Kansa Vataki (foot massage), for centuries. Kansa has therapeutic benefits due to its electro-conductivity.
Ayurveda is the oldest healing science in the world, offering the holistic and natural approach to a healthy life. The metal Kansa is called ‘the healing metal in Ayurveda’. The Kansa foot massage is an Ayurvedic treatment which has been used for centuries. This is a wonderful and unique treatment that works holistically to balance the mind, body and spirit. The massage helps revitalise tired feet and also to re-balance the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) by unblocking energy channels to improve body’s healing mechanism. The kansa is often used over marma points (point where tissues meet and also areas of life force), similar to trigger points.
What are the benefits of using the Kansa wand?
Depending on the area/s being treated, these are some of the wonderful effects of the Kansa wand;
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps minimise the signs of ageing (fine lines and wrinkles)
- Improves lymphatic flow + expels toxins
- Provides skin with a healthy glow
- Restores energy
- Promotes restful sleep
- Relieves muscle aches and pains
How many Kansa wands are there and what are they used for?
There are four different Kansa wands available; small, medium, large and T-bar. The small wand is ideal for the face, scalp and neck. The medium and large wands are both suitable for the body and feet. The T-bar is specifically designed for ‘marma’ points, similar to trigger points. These points are found all over the body and can be stimulated by gentle pressure in these specific areas.
How do I use the Kansa wand?
The Kansa wand is used in various movements, including circular, zig-zag and sweeping motions. It is important to treat the right side first and follow on with the left side, ensuring the same time is spent on each side. When massaging the face with the Kansa wand, use only gentle pressure on the inward strokes and a light to medium pressure when coming to the outer area of the face. When sweeping along the jawline, use more to help with headaches, in addition it can be massaged into the neck and shoulders to offer release from tension pressure with the upward motion and no pressure on the inward sweep.
The Kansa wand is wonderful to use over the scalp for relaxation and. Commonly used on the feet, it can help remove toxins, relieve tired and aching feet and improve energy.
What do I use on the skin with the Kansa wand?
We recommend using AWE Cosmeceuticals zithila Multi Oil with the Kansa wand. Traditionally the feet are massaged with ghee, however oil is a suitable substitute, if preferred. Essential oils maybe combined for particular ailments.
What does it mean if the oil turns grey on my skin?
Sometimes there is ‘greying of the skin’ when using the Kansa wand, there is no need to be alarmed if this happens. When ‘greying’ occurs it is usually excess acidity (pitta), in the body. It may also relate to toxins absorbed via the environment and/or imbalanced pH of the skin’s surface. During the treatment a damp cloth with a little oil can be wiped over the skin, after the treatment cleanse with vimala Gentle Cleanser to remove any traces.
How do I clean & store my Kansa wand?
The Kansa wand can be cleansed by using Tea tree oil wiped over the bronze and or clay mixed into a paste with water and rubbed off. Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasives on the Kansa wand. A mild castille soap may also be used with cold water. The Kansa wand can be kept in a UV cabinet for sanitation in a professional setting.
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