Massages and facial exercises have gained traction as a viable way to improve skin and slow the aging process. Facial muscles, similar to muscles in the rest of the body, can be toned to improve skin and overall health. The Kansa wand, a small domed tool used to massage the face, has popped up in salons and homes across the globe. So what is it and how can it benefit you?
What is the Kansa Wand?
The domed tool is made of Kansa, a sacred bronze recognized in India as a healing metal. The smooth metal heats up as it is massaged into the skin. It’s been used for centuries to relieve stress, enhance health, increase energy, and leave skin glowing.
The wooden handle and bronze dome of the Kansa wand makes it easy to apply moderate pressure in gentle strokes on the face. Combined with organic oils—Jojoba is a popular choice—the wand provides a warm, relaxing sensation that may help reduce stress and increase energy.
The Kansa Wand’s Role in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a holistic practice that has been around for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, the body and mind are inseparable and the mind has the ability to heal and transform the body. Practices include massage to balance the mind and body, which is where the Kansa wand comes in.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the Kansa wand is thought to balance the three doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Imbalance of the doshas (energies that make up every individual) is thought to cause a wide range of health issues. Massaging the face with the Kansa wand reduces stress and calms the mind to bring balance to your energies.
According to Ayurveda, the long strokes from the metal surface of the Kansa wand can draw acidity away from the skin. Normalizing the pH of skin can alleviate problems such as acne and inflammation.
Beauty Benefits Of Massages
Massage was widely practiced at the end of the 19th century to reduce the signs of aging. Today, it’s still a common practice used to soften lines, lift skin, and de-puff eyes. The Kansa wand may increase these benefits.
How so? Massaging the face with the wand can revitalize complexion by increasing blood circulation. The oxygen from increased circulation allows the skin to release toxins and calms inflammation (making it especially beneficial for irritated skin after shaving). Improved circulation from regular massages can make skin look brighter and more awake. Facial massages can also reduce swelling and aid in drainage, which can make skin appear tighter.
Studies show massages can help chemicals penetrate better and more quickly. After a full-face massage, the skin is able to absorb more ingredients from lotions or serums.
The Kansa wand comes in larger sizes for full body massage. Used on the neck, back, and feet, it can increase the connection between the body and mind to de-stress and improve energy. Massaging the feet is the most traditional use of Kansa wand to balance the three doshas and calm the entire body.
Side Effects of Massage
While massages can rejuvenate skin, the vigorous strokes can result in immediate side effects such as reddening and swelling. Dermatitis and other delayed skin issues may also arise. Try using the Kansa wand at night and avoid using it prior to important events so you can gauge how your skin reacts; only then should you add facial massages into your routine. Tell your doctor about facial massages or other Ayurvedic practices you may use so they can better manage your health.