Kansa wands and kansa massage

Here you can learn more about the origin, benefits and use of kansa wands - the healing metal.

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Origin of kansa

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 5,000 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. Bronze was widely used for tools, sacred statues, housewares, bells and gongs as well as weapons and armour. It was during this time that the therapeutic effect of kansa was first documented.

Kansa and Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the oldest complete healing system in the world, offering a holistic and natural approach to a healthy life.  The metal kansa is called the healing metal in Ayurveda.

Kansa Vataki (foot massage) has been performed for centuries and is believed to have therapeutic benefits due to the electro-conductivity of the metal. Kansa Vataki helps revitalise tired feet and to re-balance the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), by unblocking energy channels to improve the body’s healing mechanism.

The Kansa is often used over Marma points, which are the points where tissues meet areas of life force.

Benefits of using the kansa wand

Depending on the area being treated, there are many wonderful benefits of using a kansa wand:

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves lymphatic flow, helping to expel toxins
  • Helps minimise signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • Provides skin with a healthy glow
  • Restores energy
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Relieves muscle aches and pains
  • Helps relieve tension headaches and migraines

How to use the kansa wand

The kansa wand is used with various movements, including circular, zig-zag, sweeping movements and figure 8.  The most important aspects when massaging with the kansa wand are to start of the right hand side and then move to the left hand side, ensuring the same amount of time and number of strokes is used on both sides.

The kansa wand can be used in a professional setting for clients and is also a wonderful at-home massage tool. It is important that the skin has been well cleansed before any treatment with the kansa wand.

Facial massage

When massaging the face, ensure that downward and inward strokes are gentle and upward and outward strokes slightly firmer.

Body massage

The kansa wand can be used over the body to relive stress and tension in muscles. It is also wonderful for the scalp to aid in relaxation and relive headaches and eye strain.

Foot massage

The traditional use of the Kansa wand on the feet aids in removal of toxins, relieves tired and aching feet and improves energy.

What to put on the skin when using a kansa wand

We recommend using AWE Cosmeceuticals zithila Multi Oil with the kansa wand.

Traditionally the feet are massaged with organic ghee, however a neutral oil is a suitable substitute, if preferred. Essential oils may be added for particular ailments.

What to do if my skin turns grey-ish

Firstly - don't worry! This is completely normal.

Sometimes there is a greying of the skin when using the kansa wand and 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.

Cleanse the skin thoroughly after treatment to remove any greying. We recommend AWE Cosmeceuticals vimala Gentle Cleanser.

How to clean and store the kansa wand

Copper is anti-microbial so it is not favourable to microbes. After use, simply use tea tree oil to wipe over the wand and use a cosmetic grade clay rubbed with water to keep a nice shine to the metal. A mild castille soap in cool water is also acceptable.

Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on the kansa wand. The kansa wand can be kept in a UV cabinet for sanitation in a professional setting.