Kansa Bronze Tools
Kansa Bronze Tools
Known in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine as the healing metal, “Kansa” is an ancient blend of bronze used in massage for rapid relief and rejuvenation, harnessing your inherent life force energy and directing it to heal. Rich in copper, this metal is a great conductor of the body’s bio-electricity. As it touches your skin, it draws to it your inherent chi (electromagnetic life-force energy) to release tension, clear energetic blockages and detoxify acidity from the tissues. Massaging the face and body with these tools also greatly increases blood flow and gently bends the fascia (connective tissue just under the skin) stimulating fibroblasts of natural collagen.
Kansa is an invaluable tool for working on both physical and metaphysical levels. Although it is a fantastic conductor of electromagnetism it is not magnetic itself, making it the ideal material for moving subtle energy in the body without "picking up" energy while it effectively attunes the tissues.
For facial rejuvenation, Kansa massage is a unique and effective tool. Our faces contain a concentration of marma points (Ayurvedic vitality points on the body). Aside from stimulating collage, relaxing chronically tense muscles and detoxifying tissues, Kansa massage provides a subtle opening of these marma points to allow for more fluid energy flow throughout our entire system. The face appears more open, relaxed, clear and vibrant, with less puffiness, with customers also reporting a greater sense of well-being, deeper sleep, less anxiety and enhanced intuitive clarity.
How to use your Kansa tools…
Working on yourself or a loved one is easy and fun. Often people worry about using these tools “wrong,” but you will find that Kansa techniques are quite intuitive, and like any massage, it is important to simply stay present and aware of the sensations you feel to make sure you feel comfortable at all times.
To support lymph drainage, strokes should move out and away from the midline of the face, and finally down the sides of the neck to the space between the collar bones (we call this the Venus angle). Don’t forget the back of the neck— there is lymph there too!Start at the base of the skull and sweep down.
It should be noted that unlike other massage tools, Kansa bronze amplifies and brings energy to the tissues simply by it’s touching your body. Therefore, deep pressure (especially on the face) is not necessary. Start light and gentle, and work into deeper pressure as needed.
The Different Tools…
The Facial Wand is a rounded dome with a beautiful hand-carved Rosewood handle. An ideal size for face massage, it can be moved in meditative circular motions and long strokes, with emphasis out and away from the midline of the face to support lymph drainage. The smooth surface quickly warms to body temperature, making it the perfect extension of your own healing energy. The rounded shape releases tension in the jaw, temples, cheekbones & third eye. Best used with our Calm & Replenish Facial Oil to enhance slip and glide.
The Body Wand is a larger version of the facial wand. Used in the same way, it is perfectly sized for working larger muscles and areas of the body to release tight muscles and holding patterns in the fascia. It's also the perfect fit for use on the bottoms of the feet (the traditional Ayurvedic treatment for puffy eyes). Rubbing kansa over the soles of the feet helps ground and relax the whole body, as it pulls excess pitta (heat, inflammation and acidity) down and out of the body. We recommend using the Body Wand with our Grapefruit and Rose Body Nectar.
The Gua Sha Heart is a versatile and easily portable ally for facial and body rejuvenation. “Gua sha” is a Chinese term that means “scraping.” The edges of the tool are used to “scrape” the body, brushing away unwanted tension and working out knots in the fascia (connective tissue). It's gentle curves are excellent for hugging cheekbones and sculpting jawlines. Use it over the face, back of the neck, shoulders, arms and hands, bringing fresh blood flow and deep release to tight, overworked areas. Unlike traditional gua sha materials of bone or stone, the recent innovation of the kansa gua sha requires less pressure and repetition to achieve the same healing result, lessening the occurrence of bruising and broken blood vessels. This tool can be used on bare skin, or with any of our creams, butters or facial serums for increased product penetration.
Don't Panic. Occasionally when using kansa, an area of your skin may turn gray. This coloration washes away with water, and is a great indicator of where your body may be storing excess acidity. Acidity usually builds up in our tissues where there is excess tension and our energy isn’t flowing freely. It can also be due to lactic acid buildup after an intense workout, or because we haven’t been eating well or staying hydrated. When kansa massages the body, it helps to rapidly release this acidity through the skin. The acidity reacts with the bronze metal and turns gray, giving you a clear indication of areas that need more love and attention. These are places to massage, stretch and move more often. If more general graying occurs, it could point to a needed shift in diet or hydration to support a more alkaline internal environment.
Cleaning and Caring for your Kansa Tools
Kansa tools can be washed with dish soap and water, but require occasional deeper cleansing to maintain shine and clarity. To deep clean your Kansa tool, simply make a paste with either baking soda or a clay (such as bentonite) and water. You can also add a drop or two of tea tree oil for added antibacterial properties. Cover the Kansa metal with this paste and allow to dry, then wash with water and dry. The tool will emerge clean and bright.
For quick energetic clearing, place the kansa under cold running water or rub over fresh green grass.