Facial Marma Massage: Herbal Oils + Kansa Wand Sequences

A facial Marma massage with a Kansa wand using nourishing herbal and aromatic oils is a unique facial treatment. Learn all about Kansa Wands – Ayurveda’s best kept healing and beauty secret. You can use Kansa Wands on your friends, family and clients for skin health, revitalization, pain relief and metabolism. This course teaches you about Marma points, how Kansa works, how to care for Kansa metal, the greying effect and what it reveals. You’ll learn Kansa foot massage, Kansa face massage, and how to use the Kansa Wand on yourself and others. Keep scrolling down to see some of our Kansa Wand products.

As you know your head is the basis for life (Prana) because all the sense organs (Indriyas) are situated there. It is considered the best of all the body parts (Uttama Anga) and so it occupies the first place amongst the vital organs of the body.1

The face, head and neck, with their sensitive regions, sensory openings and connection to the brain, have the largest number of Marma points.

Herbal Oils For Massage2,3

Out of 107 Marmas about 37 Marmas are found above the clavicle.4 Application of heavy oils such as sesame are very calming, settle the nerves and induce sleep. Spicy aromatic oils like eucalyptus or ginger applied in this region are good for clearing the sinuses and stimulating the mind and senses.

A Kansa Wand Sequence

Marma points are stimulated by Kansa wand massage. Massaging the Marma will give healing effects to specific areas of the mind-body system. Marmas are sensitive areas so massage should be done carefully.

Apply steady pressure on the Marma point for approximately 1-2 minutes. For toning and strengthening the internal organs, massage should be done in a clockwise direction. This pacifies Vata and Kapha but may stimulate Pitta dosha. Counterclockwise movement is calming and pacifying. It soothes Pitta dosha but may stimulate Vata and Kapha dosha. Linear movement balances Vata dosha.

The Technique

Select an oil by the dosha or channels (srotas) involved. Take 2 – 3 pumps of this oil into your hands. Apply the oil all over the face, sufficient for a light layer of oil to be available on the skin. This will allow the kansa wand to glide smoothly and effortlessly.

  1. Massage in circles around the middle of the forehead.
  2. Massage in zig-zags and draw the figure eight pattern on the forehead.
  3. Back and forth over the right eyebrow.
  4. Back and forth around the right temple area.
  5. Counter-clockwise, then clockwise around the eye socket.
  6. Counter-clockwise, then clockwise around the cheekbone.
  7. Under the cheek bone.
  8. From the nostril to the ear.
  9. From the right corner of the mouth up to the ear lobe.
  10. Circle in front of the ear.
  11. From the tip of the chin along the jaw bone.
  12. Circle in the middle of the chin and then do the same in reverse, working up the left side of the face.
  13. Back and forth along the left jawline.
  14. Circle in front of the left ear.
  15. To and from around the mouth to the left earlobe.
  16. Nostril to the left ear.
  17. Under the cheek bone.
  18. Counter, then clockwise around the cheekbone.
  19. Counter, then clockwise around the eye socket.
  20. Around the left temple area.
  21. Back and forth over the left eyebrow.
  22. Zig-zags and figure 8 pattern on the forehead.
  23. Circles in the middle of the forehead.

Keep the pressure comfortable. Ten minutes on each side of the face is plenty enough time to see results.

Why A Kansa Wand Is The Best Option For Facial Massage

Kansa wand massage uses massage to stimulate various Marma points or vital energy points and initiate the healing process. On the face there are numerous energy channels which anatomically, are important junctions of nerves, veins, arteries and ligaments. The use of Kansa or bronze is made due to certain specific properties of the Kansa metal.

The Kansa Metal

The word Kansa is derived from the Sanskrit word Kansya which means ‘bronze’. Kansya (bell metal or bronze) is an important alloy of copper
and tin known as Misra Loha.5

The ancient Ayurvedic texts attribute specific qualities to bronze by virtue of which it performs its actions.

Effect On The Dosha

Kansa pacifies Kapha and Pitta dosha. Therefore it has a curative effect on lymph stasis, edema (which happens due to Kapha aggravation) and inflammation (which happens due to Pitta).

The Taste Or Rasa Of Kansa

Kansa is tikta (bitter) and kasaya (astringent). Therefore it acts as an anti-inflammatory. The bitter taste pacifies Pitta. It also acts as a toner of the skin due to its astringent taste which pacifies Kapha and tightens the skin, an important requirement of any beauty treatment.

Its potency is hot or heating, therefore it stimulates circulation.6

Ritika variety of brass becomes like copper after heating strongly and then quenching in sour gruel.7

Modern Research 

Due to the traditional bronze’s high electrical conductivity, Kansa works easily and effectively with the body’s subtle electric fields and the piezoelectricity that runs in the collagen layer and fascia. And, as it is using your body’s own natural currents, many of the side effects of such machinery as galvanic stim for pain or low current stim for face lifting are avoided while creating the same or similar beneficial results.

Why Bronze?

The choice of Kansa as the metal used in the wand is influenced by the following facts.

Kansa is a strong metal, harder than either of the constituent metals copper and tin alone. Together they are used in a ratio ranging from 77-80% and 23-20% respectively. Kansa is easy to cast as its melting point could be achieved in ancient furnaces using coal.

Kansa has a high resistance to corrosion. It does not oxidize beyond the surface. Bronze is a neutral material to the skin. It does not cause any side effects when applied to the skin. The advantages of bronze over other material is that the resulting wands are easier to use by hand and contribute to the compression force by their weight (0.8 kg), resulting in less fatigue for the therapist.8

Research in support of the effectiveness of Kansa Wand
Kansa consists primarily of copper. More over Ritika variety of brass behaves like copper. In a study, it was observed that the external effect of copper improves the wellbeing of the skin. In the skin, copper is involved in the synthesis and stabilization of extracellular matrix skin proteins and angiogenesis. It cures any infection and improves the skin elasticity, reduces facial fine lines and wrinkles and enhances wound healing.9

Massage with Kansa wands using herbal oil stimulates various fascial Marma points to get the additional beneficial effect apart from that derived effects from massage with the fingers alone.

References
1 Charaka Samhita sutrasthana chapter 17 verse 12
2,3 Dr David Frawley, Dr Subhash Ranade, Dr. Avinash ‘Ayurveda and Marma Therapy: Energy Points in Yogic Healing’ Lotus Press, Twin Lake WI.
4 Sushruta Samhita Sharir Sthana Chapter 6 verse 6
5 Dr. V.A. Dole Sri Vagbhattacharya Rasa ratna samuccaya chapter 5 verse 205, Choukhamba Sanskrit Series. Varanasi.
6 International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences ISSN: 2455-698X; Impact Factor: RJIF 5.22 www.pharmacyjournal.in Volume 2; Issue 1; January 2017; Page No. 10-13 A review on Kansya: The bell metal by Dr. Jambla Neha Post Graduate Scholar, Department of Rasa Shastra, PG School of Ayurveda & Research, Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, India.
7 Dr. V.A. Dole Sri Vagbhattacharya Rasa ratna samuccaya chapter 5 verse 192, Choukhamba Sanskrit Series. Varanasi.
8 Andre Farasyn, Release of Myofascial Pain with Deep Cross-Friction Named “Roptrotherapy” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3091426/.
9 Borkow, Gadi. “Using Copper to Improve the Well-Being of the Skin.” Current Chemical Biology, Bentham Science Publishers, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4556990/.

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Mallika Varma, holds a bachelor’s degree, B.A.M.S. from State  Ayurvedic college and Hospital, Lucknow and a postgraduate degree M.S. in Kshara Sutra Avum Anushastra Karma from Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College, Tirupathi. She brings more than 7 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda.  She is specialized in Ayurvedic general surgery, parasurgical procedures (Kshara Jalauka, Siravedhyan, Agni Karma) and in the treatment of anorectal disorders. She is also experienced in the treatment of gastro, respiratory, genitourinary, skin and lifestyle disorders through natural herbal medicine, Yoga and Panchkarma. She has participated in many national and international seminars in the field of Ayurveda and has also presented best awarded papers on Ayurveda.

10 comments

  1. The oil that comes with the wand is causing me to break out. What other oil is recommended for acne prone skin.

  2. I received my Kansa Wand today and performed the facial massage as instructed in the videos. It felt wonderful and the Kesaradi Oil that came with it left my face feeling so soft and feels completely hydrated! However, after I completed the massage, my entire face and neck were covered in gray! It looked like I rubbed coal all over me. Why did this happen and what do I do to prevent this from happening? Or is this what it is supposed to do? Please explain and advise. I appreciate your response!

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Deanna,
      The greying effect is a natural reaction that some people, not all, have to the metal. The bronze cap is primarily copper. The copper can react with the skin and due to it’s pH level, produce a grey cover. You can wipe this off easily by adding a little more oil to the affected area, and wiping with a soft cloth. Hope that answers your question!
      Jennifer

  3. Should the wand be wiped with a damp cloth no soap after each use? I used it with a few drops of kesardi oil. Thank you!

    • mm

      Hi Karen, Yes the wand can be wiped with a soft,damp tissue and then wiped dry with another tissue preferably after every use.You may use a drop of tree tea oil also on a wet tissue for extra hygiene.

  4. Is there a certification for this? I am a registered nurse and interested.

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Sharon,
      There is not yet certification for our Kansa Wand Course, though we are investigating providing credits to massage therapists. Hope that answers your question.
      Jennifer

  5. I received my Kansa Face Wand yesterday. When I unwrapped it from the sealed package, the wood on the bottom wand came off with it. I hope it doesn’t keep chipping away as I use it. Evidently the covered wood had dried out. It is irritating to receive damaged merchandise.

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