Kansa – the magic wand

In 2020, just before the first lockdown (it was exactly a year ago as I write but it feels like a hundred years!) I did my Kansa Wand Facial training with the wonderful Mary Dalgleish. And I knew I’d found a facial tool I’d be using for the rest of my life.

History of Kansa

Kansa Wand is a massage tool that originated in India around five thousand years ago, as part of the Ayurvedic system of natural health and healing. It’s a bit like the Indian method of China’s Gua Sha!

Healing metal

The word kansa comes from the Sanskrit word kansya which means bronze. Bronze is an alloy of 80% copper plus tin and trace minerals such as zinc.

In Ayurveda kansa is considered a sacred metal and often used in religious and spiritual ceremonies. It also has potent therapeutic properties. In India water was traditionally kept in copper vessels so the water would absorb the health giving trace minerals. These are then absorbed by your body when you drink it.

Kansa also has healing properties for your skin. Similar to the jade of Gua Sha tools, it’s said to be cooling and firming. Kansa also draws out excess acidity, helping to balance the skin’s pH level. This reduces inflammation and balances oily or dry areas.

You can use your wand with a stroking movement, in a similar way as you’d use a Gua Sha tool. Or you can use it to make small circles on pressure points or along different areas. I find this particularly good at releasing muscular tension.

A basic kansa massage routine

Use your hands to massage your favourite oil all over your face and neck.

Repeat each wand movement 5-10 times . When making small circles with the wand, always circle upwards and outwards.

1. Sweep the wand across your forehead in 3 horizontal lines, first just above eyebrows, second in the middle and third just below the hairline.

2. Make small circles all over the forehead.

3. Make large circles around the eye sockets in a figure of eight (lightly).

4. Make small circles downwards beside the nose, down the laughter lines to the corners of the mouth. First on the right, then on the left.

5. Make large circles all around the mouth, first in one direction then the other.

6. Make small circles on the chin itself then circle along the jaw to the ear and back again. First on the right then on the left.

7. Circle lightly under the chin and out towards the ear, then back again. Right side then left.

8. Sweep the wand in vertical lines up and down the neck, moving from right to left and back again.

9. Make small circles down the right side of the neck just behind the ear. Repeat on the left.

10. Finish by sweeping your hands lightly across the forehead, cheeks, jawline, always moving towards the ears. Then sweep downwards in front of the ears and down the sides of the neck. This helps increase the flow of lymph.

Benefits of kansa massage

  • Stimulates the circulation, which brings fresh blood and oxygen, nourishes the skin, removes waste and boosts radiance.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage, reduces congestion and puffiness, skin and eyes look brighter and clearer.
  • Releases tension and increases the tone and firmness of the 40 facial muscles.
  • Helps maintain the health and elasticity of the skin’s collagen and elastin fibres, keeping your skin firm and healthy.

Just in case!

Some people find kansa massage temporarily turns their skin slightly grey or even black – eeek! – the complete opposite of the fresh, vibrant look you’re aiming for! This is caused by certain oils and products interacting with the metal, as well as due to excess acidity being drawn out – which is good! If this happens to you, just cleanse your face and it will disappear. Phew!