Kansa massage helps restore the complexion, ease tension & pain and reduce congestion & inflammation. Known as Kansa Wands, the benefits of massaging with these tools are attributed to the different metals in the alloy – copper, tin and a very small amount of zinc. Clients often notice an immediate sense of comfort and calm when the wand makes contact with the skin.
The Kansa massage tools I use are carefully hand-made in Mumbai and I buy them directly from the manufacturer. Made with a wooden handle and a smooth, domed bronze head, they have a unique soothing and relaxing effect on the systems of the body.
Developed in the Bronze Age about 5000 years ago in conjunction with the principles of Ayurveda, Kansa metal (known in the West as bell metal for its particularly soothing sound) is one of the most unique alloys known to humankind. Made of tin, copper and a trace of zinc, it was fashioned into drinking cups, plates, bowls and massage tools. This sacred metal alloy has been used since then to enhance and maintain health and strength, to increase and balance energy (Prana), and to support general health and well-being.
Used in the Lovegrove Essentials Facial massage sequence, Kansa metal is a highly effective transmitter of electromagnetism and reacts positively when acidity is present, making treatment very beneficial to the skin. In some people, this reaction results in a grey deposit on the skin, a sign that elimination of toxins is occurring. The higher the acidity, the darker the grey colouration. Whilst the skin should naturally have an acidic pH level, the tin in the alloy encourages the removal of excess acid, which can be affected stress, diet and environment.
In Ayurveda, Copper is anti-oxidant, fights off free radicals and maintains the health of connective tissues. It’s particularly good for optic health and fights off age-related macular degeneration. (We incorporate the eyes into our Facial massage sequence.)
The Kansa metal has a stimulating effect on the circulation. It brings blood to the surface and stimulates the flow of lymph.
If a client is particularly stressed, we may supplement a body massage with some work with the Kansa wand, particularly across the upper back, neck and shoulders, or the abdomen.