So, what is Ayurveda?
Honestly, we feel we could spend the rest of our lives discovering the answer to that question because it is such a huge subject.
Imagine at least three thousand years of study and experience to answer three profound questions….
What makes the body healthy? What makes the
mindhappy? AND What makes us feel inspired in the deepest, most sacred part of our being?
These are the questions that were posed to scholars in ancient India years ago. They were charged with not only finding the answers to these important questions but developing principles that could be applied throughout time in every type of environment for every type of person.
You might imagine that this would be very complicated but I feel the beauty of this ancient system, this Ayurveda, is that it’s basically simple, approachable, human friendly information, which, with just a little practice, feels like common sense. The principles are easy to grasp, the details of the various practices, however, are endless.
So what does Ayurveda include? Ayurveda includes all the elements we think of as part what we now call complimentary medicine.
• Dietary practices: understanding the healing benefits of foods and spices
• Exercise: here is the connection with Ayurveda’s sister science – yoga
• Herbal medicine: internally and externally
• Relaxation, contemplation, and meditation
• Massage: the area we have studied the most ranging from the subtlest techniques like Dr. Stone’s polarity therapy and reiki to the deepest tissue work more like Rolfing or sport massage and was, in fact, developed
alongside India’s martial arts.
• Ayurvedic massage uses oil. It’s an oily business. Oil is part of the treatment as Ayurveda views the skin as a vital organ of assimilation and elimination.
• Hydrotherapy: the use of water
• Balneotherapy: the use of mineral salts
• Pelotherapy: the use of muds
Many of the things you would encounter at a health club or spa these days. Interestingly, Ayurveda does include surgery and acupuncture, both more invasive methods that, of course, would be used to save lives.
And then more subtle therapies that work through all our senses:
• Sight – Color: clothing /decor • Hearing – Sound: music/mantra
• Smell – Aroma: 150 examples in root texts
• Taste: ingredients, herbs, foods or skin care being sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent or pungent
• Touch: massage
Ayurveda also includes:
• Astrology: medical uses and emotional/interpersonal issues
• Gem therapy
• Alchemical preparations that take weeks and many people to
make the range is enormous and we hope that by just mentioning some of these fascinating subjects, we have piqued your interest to know more.
In this course, we are going to focus on Ayurvedic Body work, specifically the use of these bronze massage tools called ‘KANSA’ which means bronze. Bronze is a combination of copper and tin and is known in India as
the HEALING METAL.
We are going to show you how to use each of the Kansa wands
• On yourself
• For others such as your friends and family members
• On clients in a professional spa setting
AYURVEDIC BODYWORK INDIA & TIBET
We’ll explain how they work, how to take care of the bronze and the wooden handles, and we’ll share the results we have witnessed ourselves and heard of from our customers. We’ll also be talking about marma points, the secret, hidden subtle energy points that are akin to acupressure points.
We’ll explain what they do, where you find them on the face, feet and body and how touch, even gentle touch with a Kansa wand, opens these points and helps them function better. But before we begin, we would like to share some of the Ayurvedic principles we use in body work and the prospective we share on holistic care from the Tibetan system.
We will now talk about the four levels of medicine and just where massage techniques fit in to the scheme of things from a Tibetan Ayurvedic perspective. In the schemata of Tibetan Ayurveda, as presented by the great Tibetan physician Yutok Yonten Gonpo in the 11th century, there are four levels of treatment in Ayurveda. The first has to do with lifestyle, the second with detoxification and rejuvenation, the third – necessary interventions such as surgery and acupuncture, and lastly, spiritual medicine – which is considered the deepest.
The bodywork methods we teach and practice fall within the first two levels – Lifestyle, Detoxification and Rejuvenation. From the standpoint of lifestyle, massage is classified as passive exercise, promoting overall well- being, rest and relaxation. In this context, massage could be done by oneself or another. In fact, as we age, Ayurveda teaches that we should give ourselves a gentle oil massage daily to overcome dryness, increase vitality, and promote good circulation, especially in the joints.Then, there are more intense and deeper forms of massage that look at detoxifying
tissues of built-up lactic acid and other stress related compounds that we are exposed to, and also generate through imbalances in our diets, challenges from our environment, but most particularly, from holding on to negative emotional patterns. Once these patterns and toxins are
released, then it is possible to rejuvenate the body through other bodywork methods as taught in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is now popular enough that all sorts of claims are being made that ‘this’ or ‘that’ treatment or product is ‘Ayurvedic’.
But what should customers be looking for and what should spa professionals be looking for, both in the area of spa services and products?
In our opinion, there are two ways of looking at this question:
• The classic approach says that the treatment has to be in the classic text and performed in a totally traditional way using hand crafted products prepared by the therapist or their relatives. This is the extreme, but you can surely find these types of experiences in India, the homeland of Ayurveda.
• Ayurveda is sometimes called the MOTHER OF ALL HEALING, so we could take a more global view and say that treatments can be considered Ayurvedic if they follow traditional Ayurvedic principles and meet the 4
THE FOUR GOALS OF AYURVEDA
1. To use simple, heartfelt, hands-on techniques to bring about a better integration of mind and body.
2. To provide the perfect touch that will release the flow of subtle, physical and mental energy to restore natural balance and give a lasting sense of relaxation.
3. To help clients experience the deep pleasure of a healthy body, clear mind and balanced lifestyle.
4. To teach lasting beauty and well-being comes from feeling inspired to extend love and kindness to those close to us, our community, our nation and our planet.
These goals are quite distinct from the simply-feel-good, pampering and self-indulgence of some approaches. We really feel Ayurvedic body work can help to change the world by changing how people feel, speak and act toward one another.
1. Total and intimate connection between human beings and nature. We are connected to all the five great elements: SPACE, AIR, FIRE, WATER, EARTH
2. The elements combine dynamically in the body to form the doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We are not going into great detail about this in this course as there is already extensive material out there. Sufficient to say,
our unique dosha blend gives us the blueprint for how we look, feel, speak and behave and is key to the way Ayurvedic needs are personally customized.
Vata: calm, warm, nourish Pitta: sooth, cool, satisfy Kapha: comfort, stimulate, inspire
3. Each individual is their own unique combination of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. There is no perfect combination; there is only the possibility of learning how to perfect what you have been given. We may assume someone has a perfect form, for example, but they might well have other issues they find upsetting.
4. Our bodies, at a most basic level, are energy and light and so, are affected by all sensations through all six senses
– Sound/‘Aakaash’ – space
– Touch/‘Vaayu’ – air
– Sight/‘Agni’ – fire
– Taste/‘Jala’ – water
– Smell/’Prithvi’ – earth – Heart/Feeling
5. Treatments and client needs change with the climate and season.
6. All products must be vital, natural, preferably edible and at least cause
no harm. Ayurveda teaches that the skin “eats”, or the products we use are skin foods. (We can be very allergic to even the most organic and natural ingredients such as chickpea flour.)
7. Whether we are working on ourselves, our family and friends or clients, we are instruments, not authors of healing. Dr Vasant Lad, our honored teacher, says “only nature heals”, we just set the stage and provide the props.
Ayurveda is a healing art that has remained a living tradition for at least
2500 to 3000 years. Some believe even longer, even as part of previous civilizations. Wonderful discoveries are being made in the Indus Valley, sometimes called the cradle of Ayurveda that suggest Ayurveda could be much older.
Ayurveda asks the question what makes human beings: • Healthy – body
• Happy – mind
• Inspired – spirit
And what destroys our well-being, peace of mind and strength of heart?
This is a huge mandate with a very long timeline, a massive collection of techniques. Here, we shall focus on the ones most commonly practiced.
The treatments that we mention here, you might encounter in a spa setting, but also – for the most part – have their at-home equivalents. That is, you can do them yourself. These treatments do not require a physician to prescribe. However, they are quite powerful and when combined
in what is known as ‘purva karma’, the preparatory methods
usedpriortodoing ‘panchakarma’ordeepdetoxification , they can yield profound results. Some of you may
have heard of panchakarma and are mystified by the process. ‘Pancha’ means 5 and ‘Karma’ means action. The 5 actions of panchakarma have to do with deep cleaning of the digestive tract through such means as enemas and the like.
The application of these methods is not a part of this program as we are focusing more on the wellness aspect of Ayurvedic bodywork in this course. When it comes to our presentation on the main part of this course, on the use of Kansa massage wands and tools, you will find both the spa and home ways in which you can use these amazing Ayurvedic wellness and healing tools.
Abyanga – The world itself means LOVING HAND – This is Full Body
AYURVEDIC FACE REJUVENATION – What Melanie introduced to the spa and beauty industry in the early 90’s.
There’s also Shirodhara, which is pouring oil onto the middle of the forehead and which has a profound effect and is called, in fact, psycho- spiritual massage in the Tibetan tradition.
Marma Point Work for various parts of the body or for common complaints – which can also include Reflexology and Polarity Therapies – both are considered to have Ayurvedic roots.
Pinda Swedana and Pizichili, the use of boluses for deeper therapeutic work on joints and the warm drizzling of oil on the body while it is simultaneously being worked in – both used for panchakarma primarily.
PediKarma – one of our signature foot treatments offered in spas throughout the world.
And now, more and more, the use of KANSA – tools made of traditional bronze: copper and tin, known as the healing metal of India – used in the context of marma therapy, within abhyangha, as a part of facials, just to name a few.
This course is all about Kansa, remarkable bronze massage tools that are experiencing a revival. Although they have a history of being used on the feet, somewhat on the body and the face, through our work in the spa and beauty industries, we are seeing the implications and possibilities for these tools to be available not only to healers and spa professionals, but to everyone who wants a safe and effective preventative health and
healing tool for their own and family use. In India, Kansa bowls were rubbed over the bottoms of the feet to help with eye conditions. And no doubt, they were used for general muscle stress and tension and for improving the complexion. But, having sold several thousand of these wands worldwide, we are getting endless testimonials from professionals and home users claiming relief from such conditions as migraine, diabetic neuropathy, allergies, and so forth. We ourselves make no such claims. But what we can promise you is that as a safe, inexpensive, effective, and easy-to-use tool for wellness and overall vitality, you cannot find a better tool for yourself or friends than a Kansa wand.
These are the Kansa wand tools that we have introduced in the market: they are, respectively, the Foot Wand, Face and Body Wand, Face or Personal Wand, and the Marma Tool. You will learn about the use of each tool, both for use on yourself and for working on another, be they family members, friends or in a professional setting on your clients.
We will share which products we use in our spa trainings and offer the most basic alternatives that you can find in a natural foods market. We want to show you results and share with you all we have discovered so far about the results people are discovering for themselves. But before we do all of this, here’s some fascinating background information about KANSA.
KANSA HISTORY, DISCOVERY & USE
The word Kansa comes from the Sanskrit – India’s sacred language –
‘Kamsya’ which simply means ‘bronze’, a metal alloy made primarily of copper and tin: 75% copper and 25% tin metals. When we talk about the purity of the particular bronze we use for our Kansa wands, we are actually referring to how few other trace minerals there are in our alloy. It
is this purity that gives the bronze we use its soft glow and powerful healing effect. In India to this day, it is still known as the healing metal, as we might have said several times.
In the West, the word ‘bronze’ comes from the Latin ‘bronzo’ which means ‘bell metal’. Bronze has been used for centuries to make large church bells, cymbals, both in rock bands and orchestras and various percussion instruments, because it has a powerful resonant sound. This is one of the attributes that makes it such a wonderful healing tool
Just to be clear, Kansa is bronze – not brass – although they look identical, brass is a combination of copper and tin and was discovered 500 years later than bronze and has none of the healing effects. Bronze was a superstar of the ancient world. The Romans wanted so much bronze, you can actually identify a black layer in the polar ice cap from the pollution their foundries made at that time. It is said that the main reason the Romans came to my homeland, England, was for the tin to make bronze. Bronze was the hardest metal of the time and was used for all of their weaponry. The Indian Bronze Age dates back from 2600 B.C. to 1900 B.C. and would have been the metal used for many things in the early days of Ayurveda. Many believe Ayurveda came from the Indus Valley, a vast land in the North-West of the Indian continent stretching from the Arabian Sea all the way up to the mountains of the Himalayas. The Indus Valley culture is one of the greatest cultures of the ancient world – on a level with the high cultures that developed along the Nile in Egypt and the Yellow River in China – it, however, is the least studied and to this day, we have not decoded its language. The Indus Valley people use bronze for many household items as well as jewelry, statues and for bowls – which, as they discovered, helped all kinds of pain when they rubbed it on the body, giving a gentle detoxifying effect. Smelting bronze for precious bowls given as wedding gifts, made into religious statues and healing tools has remained an art in this region of India and the Himalayan kingdoms like Sikkim to this day, a skill often passed generation to generation. One of
our suppliers is a fifth generation Kansa maker and prides himself on the purity and tradition behind his product. How many gimmicky massage tools today stand on such a foundation of at least 3000 years of customer
satisfaction? This is the story behind Kansa. We’re holding at least 3000
years of expert craftsmanship and healing tradition in our hands, and we would love to share both the tools and the techniques with you.
Our story with Kansa started with the massage tool for the feet, the largest tool that we have. Then, we discovered a slightly smaller size that we started using on the face, and discovered that it also worked fantastically on other parts of the body; neck, shoulders, gluteus, as you’ll see. Of course, when we were going down the road of size, we thought “how about even smaller?” And so, we developed this smallest size for massaging. We use this pretty much exclusively on the face, neck, shoulders and scalp.
We also made an even smaller tool, a T-shaped Marma tool to target marma points only, and there we had our fourth wand, the Marma tool .
These are the tools we have: the largest one for the feet, medium- sized for face and body, a smaller version for face, and a thimble sized one that we use on specific points. We developed the smallest of the tools, this one we use specifically for marma points or particular pressure points on the body. That’s our set of four wonderful Kansa tools, and how they came to us.
WHY KANSA WORKS
Traditionally, Kansa is said to pull Pitta or excess fieriness that has accumulated in our tissues out of the body through our skin. Some of this is because of the physical process of friction (rubbing). But, it is also happening at an electro-magnetic level. The result is the pulling and drawing of heat, acidity, inflammation and toxins out of the body. Due tothe nature of piezo-electricity* and how it courses through the body, Kansa vataki was employed on the feet to have a drawing effect of heat and strain away from the eyes. We have personally seen eyes become
less bloodshot and the high skin tones normalize just by rubbingthe feet with the Kansa foot wand.
*Piezo-electricity: when piezoelectric material is placed under mechanical stress, a shifting of the positive and negative charge centers in the material takes place, which then results in an external electrical field. When reversed, an outer electrical field either stretches or compresses the piezoelectric material.
Due to 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.
Today, there is a renewed interest in the effects of magnetism, sound, and light vibration. People are learning the benefits from being exposed to healthier frequencies created by gems, lights, and metals. Whereas there is only anecdotal evidence claiming the benefit of listening to Tibetan
bells and the like, the use of Kansa has a long history.
Modern medicine is also learning the benefits of implements primarily
made of copper. We know that copper rich surfaces are unfriendly to harmful microbes so, like gold, this precious alloy is very clean and cleaning for the skin. So much so that copper rather than stainless steel is being used for surfaces in hospitals.
We have also learned that that micro particles of copper support healthy collagen – the material that supports good tone and vibrancy of the skin. This explains the use of copper vessels to drink from. It also explains the many benefits reported from Rinchen Water – made of colloidal copper, silver, and gold.
In our practice, we trust traditional approaches. We test them to see if they get the results they claim and then try to explain why. In the end, the
‘why’ is less important than the result, especially if someone is in pain or
suffering in some way. Thus, along with the traditional practices using Kansa that we have learned, we have also brought to the market and into your homes, methods and protocols that we know you will enjoy and get benefit from.
How we discovered Kansa
In 2000, Soumya Shah, our founder, discovered his grandfather’s kansa tools hidden in a trunk in his Gujarati home. Fascinated by the warmth of the vati and the well-worn nature of the teak wood, Soumya became intrigued with Ayurveda and the healing traditions of India. His study of the Vedas eventually led him to design his own Kansa massage tools, Thali and Ghanti.
Kansa tools of the highest quality. Our kansa tools are handmade, using
traditional craftsmanship and techniques. The bronze vatis are
individually cast by metalsmiths in Gujarat, while the teak handles are hand- lathed, sanded and assembled by master woodworkers in Maharashtra
We introduced a treatment we call PediKarma to the spa industry. Inevitably, people from the very beginning would ask if it could be used on other parts of the body. At that point the Kansa we had were simple, rather rough bowls with a simple metal handle that were not really that easy to hold to work on other parts of the body.
We have since been using the Kansa with a very comfortable wooden handle but it was not until we got a before-and- after picture from a customer who had used the wand on her mother’s face that we inquired with us if there were smaller sizes, ones that were used for other parts of
the body. This customer was so impressed that she sent her newly purchased galvanic stim machine back. She also pointed out a great advantage of the Kansa over the more expensive machines – that it can be used on people that have pacemakers and metal dental work. We wanted to discover if there was a tradition behind Kansa being used on other parts of the body. We confirmed this fact. They even had a slightly smaller size for the body – what we call our Face and Body Wand, and a small aesthetic tool.
We then decided that we wanted them to make an even smaller tool, one for the face only – one that is light and easy to use both on your own face and in facials. And thus came the small Marma Tool.”
KANSA CARE FOR YOUR TOOL
Care for the metal – Kansa is a sensitive metal. It does its job beautifully and as such, needs particular attention, not only for hygienic purposes, but also to protect the metal from becoming compromised.
A. When you initially receive your wand…
1. Clean it – to take off any manufacturing residues, use the cosmetic or other form of clay, rinse and dry. You can also use a mild castile soap. NEVER use any abrasive or industrial chemical or alcohol on the Kansa metal.
2. If you are a professional therapist – if you feel the need to sterilize, particularly between clients, use tea tree oil, or if you have it available, place in an ultraviolet cabinet. But again, NO industrial disinfectant.
3. Rinse in cold water and dry.
4. It is good to clean your wand after every use as a build- up of skin oils and product can accumulate. If you are just using it on yourself, probably the disinfecting is unnecessary.
5. Periodically, perhaps once a week, take your Kansa wand or tool and rub it in the grass or some greenery outside, just to revitalize it with that earth green energy. ‘B. The products you choose should be natural, unadulterated by any chemicals or additives as these can be reactive with the metal and cause a graying effect on the skin.
THE GRAYING EFFECT
What about the Graying Effect that some people note or experience when they use the Kansa wands?
Here are the reasons…
1. In Ayurvedic terms, it can be that you are strongly constitutionally or, as a result of life’s circumstances, conditionally Pitta. This fiery quality tends to make the body and/or skin more prone to being acidic.
2. As part of life’s conditions, this acidity can be the result of diet and/or being in an environment that has a lot of pollution in the air (such as near or in a city or where there may be a factory or work that uses chemicals that leave particulates in the air. As an example, for over a year, we lived next to a car wash. We could smell the soap in the air. After moving and doing the Kansa on my feet, they went jet black! What was nice is how more relaxed and lighter my body felt with the pulling out of the chemicals revealed to me by the blackness.)
3. It can be that one or more of the products you use on your body and complexion have residual chemicals in them. These can be in the pores and be drawn out by the Kansa. This could be sunscreen, moisturizers, make-up, and so forth. It may even be that they are considered excellent products, but they might also not match or be helpful for your skin type, in which case the Kansa is giving you vital feedback.
4. The graying effect can happen immediately or after a period of time. In terms of the ‘time’ factor, it can be that you are rubbing away on your face or feet and after about 5 minutes, the graying begins to come out. What this means is that you are drawing toxins from deeper in the body/tissues.
The bottom line in all of these circumstances is that the graying effect is positive, in our experience. You are eliminating toxins, decreasing your body’s acidity, and bringing yourself to a higher level of balance and wellness.
When this graying occurs, all you need to do is wipe it off the surface of your skin with some gentle cleanser, mist, even a little face oil to mobilize
it, then wipe with a soft tissue. And, when you are finished with your session
or time with the wand or implement, clean as directed before the next use.
Marma points are the vital, hidden or secret energy points used in Ayurveda in a way similar to which acupressure points are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They were discovered in a variety of ways by our ancestors; through meditation and developing great inner awareness and sensitivity, as well as in combat. As acupuncture points can be used to heal or harm, the same is true for marmas as there are martial arts in India which use the marmas in their techniques.
If you have discovered acupressure face-lift, you may already be familiar with some of these points, but not all.
There are some differences too… • Marmas work on a grid like the chakras. Chakras are maha marmas. Maha means large so they are major marma points. • They vary in size• They need only to be touched gently to open and function well
There are as many as 84,000 marmas – one for every type of consciousness in the universe. You cannot touch the body without touching a marma of some size which is why touch is so vital to health.
There are, however, 108 marmas that are generally used therapeutically, the 108th being the whole surface of the skin. Marmas are not physical structures. They are energy or communication centers. I like to think of them like eyes that look around and inform the tissues what is needed for health and wellbeing. Does the skin, for example need:
• Energy balancing
When eyes are open, then tissues are well cared for and remain more
youthful. Marmas carry light energy, so open marma points give a healthy glow. When closed or part closed, problems can arise such as dryness, congestion, extra oiliness, sensitivities, discoloration.
Marmas are closed by:
• Physical trauma – birth, baby massage
• Emotional trauma and upset
• Poor digestion
• Environmental toxins
Marmas are opened by:
• Sound/mantra – sacred sound, music, singing
Spa treatments work on all these levels including providing a safe space in which to relax and reframe traumatic memories.
Before we begin the massage, I would like to point out that with any touch we are working on marma points, subtle energy points. We may pause and work on them directly like at the mid forehead and temple or glide over them but, whichever way they are being visited, touch is a vital tool for opening marma energy.
MARMA POINTS ON THE FACE
AJNA (means ‘order’) or STHAPANI – mid forehead
• Helpful for headaches
• Improves concentration & stimulates memory
• Calms mind and emotions
BHRUH (means ‘eyebrow’)
• ANTARA – just above inner end of eyebrow
• BHRUH – MADHYA – just above mid eyebrow
• BHRUH – AGRA – just above outer end of eyebrow
• Better circulation to brain
• Benefits the eyes
• Releases emotion – tears
• Sensitive if liver is toxic
SHANKHA (means conch like the shell) – at the temple Pacifies
Pitta, great for migraines and tension
• Relieves stomach pain and acidity
• Benefits speech
• Deeply calming for ADHD
ASHRU – just below eyebrow
ASHRU ANTARA – medial end
ASHRU MADHYA – middle
ASHRU AGRA – outer end
• Benefits eyes
• Helps relieve suppressed emotions
APANGA – means outer corner of eye
• Benefits all problems with the eye
• May help headache
• Balancing for Pitta ANTARA VARTMA MADHYA VARTMA BAHYA VARTMA Vartma means eyelid Three points on the lower bony orbit of the eye
• Benefits the eyes and nose
• Benefits kidney and adrenals
KANSA FACE MASSAGE ON SELF
The Kansa wand we use for the face is smaller and you can imagine, quite a bit lighter than the foot wand or the face and body wand.
This makes it the perfect size for the face and very comfortable to hold and to work on either your own face or that of someone else. These are the tools most aestheticians are choosing to work with in professional settings and the size that many people choose to work on their own face
It can be used to work on the head, neck and shoulders and any other part of the body including the feet. You will find that you will need to use a little more pressure than with the bigger wands and of course, the area touching the body is less.
The strokes we use are standard strokes used in face massage. The long strokes are from the midline of the face upward and outward strokes. The golden rules are:
1. A little firmer on the upward and outward stroke and very light on the downward and inward strokes.
2. When we use circles, such as around the eyes and cheek bones, we go counter or anti-clockwise first, then clockwise.
Start with clean skin.
• Make-up can be removed with a damp cotton and a little face oil.
• You can bathe the face well, then use ubtan, a blend of oat flour, barley flour and rose petal powder to gently exfoliate.
• Rinse well, pat dry and then apply a little oil.
You can use plain organic jojoba or any oil that suits your skin. Jojoba is actually a wax, not oil. It is closest to the skin’s own sebum and is considered non congestive. For those who have a strong aversion to oil – we cannot recommend lotion as they tend to get sticky with the gentle friction from the wand and we cannot ensure the pH is suitable. Oil is traditional and the most effective.
For dry/mature skin: rosehip seed and avocado with nourishing essential oils such as rose, rose geranium, rose wood and neroli.
For sensitive skin: protective oils like meadow foam seed oil, shea nut and soothing refreshing essential oils such as jasmine, lemon, vetiver, frankincense and mint.
For thicker skin that maybe prone to congestion: light oil such as grape and apricot seed with slightly more stimulating oils like rosemary, orange, juniper and bergamot.
• Apply 2 – 3 pumps of oil to your hands
• Take a moment to enjoy the aroma of the oil – this is a self care ritual
• Apply oil all over the face sufficient for a light layer of oil to be available on the skin so the wand can glide smoothly and effortlessly
• Massage in circles around the middle of the forehead
• Massage in zig-zags and draw the figure 8 pattern on the forehead
• Back and forth over the right eyebrow
• Back and forth around the right temple area
• Counter-clockwise, then clockwise around the eye socket
• Counter-clockwise, then clockwise around the cheekbone
• Under the cheek bone
• From the nostril to the ear
• From the right corner of the mouth up to the ear lobe
• Circle in front of the ear
• From the tip of the chin along the jaw bone
• Circle in the middle of the chin and then do the same in reverse
• Along the jawline
• Circle in front of the ear
• To and from around the mouth to the earlobe
• Nostril to ear
• Under the cheek bone
• Counter, then clockwise around the cheekbone
• Counter, then clockwise around the eye socket
• Around the left temple area
• Back and forth over left eyebrow
• Zig-zags and figure 8 pattern on the forehead
• Middle of the forehead circle
This is one suggested pattern, feel free to experiment, keeping in mind the two golden rules we mentioned. We find 10 minutes is plenty which
means you can repeat each stroke 3-5 times a but there is no problem with working a little longer or working longer on particular areas.
Sometimes the oil goes a little gray, sometimes there is no change and rarely, the oil goes very dark gray. The grayness is an indication of the acidity of the skin’s mantle. The more acid, the darker the gray coloration. Acidity can vary with time of month for women, stress level, diet, chance and environment.
The greatest color changes we have seen are with women that work as nail technicians inhaling those chemicals. I know for myself, I get more graying when I visit Mumbai or any city with high pollution level and the air quality is poorer.
Color changing means the acidity is being pulled out of the skin and is a very gentle detox. No change in color is not a sign that the wand is not working.
KANSA FACE MASSAGE ON SELF
• Face feels re-energized
• Stress and discomfort erased
• Face looks fresh and vibrant and glowing
• Lessening of fine lines
• More fullness
• Gentle lift
We have not discovered any contra-indications other than those common to all skin care:
• You should never work over open wounds, sores or stitches
• You should consult your doctor before doing any type of massage if you have skin or lymphatic cancer
• Never work an area in which you are experiencing a lot of pain .
KANSA FACE MASSAGE ON ANOTHER
Like working on yourself, we need to start with a clean face. Whatever cleanser you use, make sure you use a toner or spritz to remove all residues. If you are using the face wand in a professional skincare setting, you can use this as the massage part of the facial. You need to be sure you have a cleanser available in case the oil goes gray to cleanse again before you continue with your treatment.
The strokes are the same but we have the option of working with two face wands, personally I still prefer one as I: • Sometimes like to show the difference between one side and another
• Feel that different energy patterns are in the right and left side of the face and they are easier to release one side at time
Client lies face down
• Start with the crown point
• Proceed to the posterior fontanel point
• Move on to C7 point either base of neck
• Seven circles and each point repeated three times
Turn client over (refer to face massage on self for more details)
• Anterior fontanel point
• Same strokes as for self massage
You can compare the right and left side. Compare before and after, feel free to send us photos! Ask your client for feedback!
KANSA FOOT MASSAGE ON ANOTHER
Good for the eyes
For people that are reading this on their computers and do a lot of work on their computers or are looking at their gameboys or iPads or iPhones, and are doing a lot of technical work, the Anise lotion is actually the
better product to use because it works on pulling out a lot of the heat and intensity that occurs from just staring at something in a concentrated way. It builds up a lot of heat. In Ayurveda, they say that the eyes are a slight of Pitta. So when you’re really concentrating, especially around small
screens or computers, Pitta is aggravated. When you use the Anise lotion on the feet, it’s really quite a wonderful thing to experience.
Difference between reflexology (for which we will use the marma tool) and the wide surface of the large Kansa foot wand
The reason why we work with a larger Kansa for the feet, is because of the fact that we’re not trying to do reflexology, we’re not trying to do specific points – if we were doing that, we would work with the Marma tool – so right now we’ll be focusing on this. We don’t want to stimulate individual points here, we want to open the arch and create a nice balancing
effect with the Kansa.
In terms of the grip, you can hold it any which way is comfortable. Find the massaging technique below. While you’re massaging, you’ll notice a
black film change to the bottom of the foot. This is the graying effect – a wonderful detoxifying effect which helps to release excess acidity (as mentioned earlier). Don’t worry – the blackness will come off with a damp cloth and a little bit more of the oil you’ve used.
The Technique – Here’s the original series that Melanie learned in a French Ayurvedic center almost 20 years ago. It is a traditional sequence which we recommend for you to follow as best you can.
1. Positioning of the client – on stomach, but also OK if person is sitting
(which makes it excellent in an aesthetic chair) or on the back.
2. Use of a cream or oil – What we use and recommend: a. Anise foot lotion (butter/coconut oil) – especially for eye strain and dry eye conditions b. Ghee (psycho-spiritual according to Tibetan Ayurveda) with essential oil of rosemary, juniper, and lavender – generally calming and soothing for the feet and the client in general
3. Start with the right foot (energetics of transmission and reception)
4. Massage up and down 180-250 times, 3 to 5 minutes
5. Rotate 7 times on each toe, starting with the little one
6. Circumambulate the foot 11 times, along the spinal reflex and then outside of the body – fully around the heel and the tips of the toes
7. Circumambulate 7 times around the heel itself 8. Massage the top of the foot gently 9. Deep circles on the bottom of foot 10. Make the figure of 8, about 21 times
11. Twist off each toe, beginning with the big toe – 3 twists 12. Use Ubtan
or more oil and a damp cloth to clean off
KANSA FOOT MASSAGE ON SELF
Let’s say that you come home from work and you’ve been on your feet all day long, or you’re just really tired from whatever activity you’ve been doing, and you think: “What can I do to pep myself up and get some energy for the evening?” or “What can I do to help myself relax?”
What’s very interesting about a lot of energetic work – especially when we’re talking about marmas – is that they work with a conscious aspect of your mind, so if you need to be stimulated for activity, the marma will understand that and your energy will go up. If you need to be calmed down, the marmas will work in that direction. Generally speaking, we talk about the idea that in terms of optimal health and staying balanced, the best way to do more activity or get to sleep is when you feel balanced. For example, I encourage people that if they’re really exhausted at night, they should, in fact, do a little bit of exercise to get their energy level up. This way, they will feel more balanced and will be able to rest. The same
thing goes for Kansa – it can re-energize you but it can also help you sleep a lot better.
1. Sit down on a chair, couch or the edge of your bed (as long as you’re comfortable) and place your right leg horizontally over your left knee, so that you have access to the bottom of your foot
2. Take some ghee and spread it out over your foot. Ghee with rosemary, juniper and lavender is calming and relaxing for the feet
3. Start rubbing the Kansa wand up and down the length of your foot
(from your toes to your heel) for about 150 times
4. Rotate 7 circles on the top of each toe, starting with the big toe
5. Circumambulate the foot 11 times, fully around the heel and the tips of the toes
6. Circumambulate 7 times around the heel itself
7. Massage the top of the foot gently, going up and down
8. Make big, clockwise circles on the bottom of foot
9. Make the figure of 8 at the bottom of your foot, 21 times
10. Twist off each toe, beginning with the big toe – 3 twists
11. Use Ubtan or more oil and a damp cloth to clean off the toxicity off your feet
12. Switch to your left foot and repeat the process
FACE AND BODY WAND TECHNIQUES
• You may cover the client with a towel or natural fiber sheet • Start
massaging the middle of the right gluteus with the wand in clockwise circles • With your free hand, make contact with the body for comfort and balance
• Move on to the left gluteus and repeat • Meridian stroking: With the Kansa wand in your left hand, start from the left lower back and stroke down. Once you have reached the end of the gluteus, release the wand and repeat with the Kansa wand in your right hand. Make alternate strokes over the body • Make around 15-20 strokes
• Let the client lie down on their backside and draw their knees up so that their legs are bent • Spread the oil over the belly • Make large circular strokes over the abdomen
• Make the circles smaller towards the navel and move outwards again • Make sure your free hand remains in contact with the abdomen
• Make around 150-200 strokes
FACE AND BODY WAND TECHNIQUES
Back and shoulders
• Apply oil over the back – enough for a light layer of oil to be available on the skin so the wand can glide smoothly and effortlessly
• Take one Kansa wand in your left hand and position it on the left side of the lower back. Take another Kansa wand in your right hand and position
it at the right side of the upper back, near the shoulder
• Move the wands in opposite directions across the length of the back, back and forth
• Repeat for 30-40 strokes
• Cover the client with a towel or sheet
• Meridian stroking: With the Kansa wand in your left hand, start from the left shoulder and stroke down. Once you have reached the lower back, release the wand and repeat with the Kansa wand in your right hand. Make alternate strokes over the body
• Make around 15-20 strokes
THE MARMA TOOL
We’ll begin with the Marma right in the middle of the forehead: ‘Ajna’, which means ‘order’. It’s helpful for headaches, improves concentration and stimulates memory. It also calms the mind and emotions. You can either touch these marmas by gently pressing and releasing or making little circles.
‘Bruh’ means ‘eyebrow’. Just above the inner end of the eyebrow, the middle, and the outer end of the eyebrow. These bring better circulation to the brain, benefit the eyes, release emotions in terms of our tears and help if the liver is toxic or just sensitive or stressed. Shankha marma, one of my favourite marma points, means ‘conch’ like the shell. It’s at the temple. It pacifies Pitta, it’s great for migraines and general tension, relieves stomach pain and acidity, benefits the speech and is deeply calming for people with ADHD.
‘Ashru’ marma, just below the eyebrows on the upper bony orbit of the eye, the inner, middle and outer along the eyesocket. It benefits the eyes, it’s useful to relieve suppressed emotion and it helps moisturize the eye.
This may help with dry eye symptom. You may notice that we’re talking
about emotional benefit, local benefit, and marmas sometimes work reflexively affecting other parts of the body (we mentioned the liver).
‘Apanga’, right in the very corner of the eye benefits problems with the eyes, of course, and may be helpful for headaches. It’s balancing for Pitta because Pitta collects around the eyes. It’s one of the best points you can use for general eye strain if you sit in front of a computer.
Just as we had three marmas above the eye, we have three marmas below. They are called ‘Antara’ which means ‘eyelid’. These three points are on the lower bony orbit of the eye and you want to touch them by pressing down, not in. Again, they benefit the eyes, and this time the nose. They also benefit the kidneys and adrenals, and if you get dark circles, it can sometimes be a sign that your kidneys and adrenals are under stress.
‘Ganda’ marma: either side of the nose at the level of the cheek bone, or maybe a little higher. You can touch this by gently pressing in. It enhances the flow of prana, helps your breathing, relieves sinus problems and can also be great reflexively for your large intestine, your colon.
‘Kapala’ marma, at the flair of the nostrils – where the nostrils join the face – benefits nasal congestion, stimulates the opposite side of the brain (the one on the left benefits the right side of the brain and vice versa). Because the nostrils relate to the health of your lungs, this area benefits your lungs as well. There’s another marma in the middle of your cheeks. This is also helpful for building the digestive fire, helping you digest carbs and absorb better.
‘Oshtha’ means ‘the middle of the upper lip’ or means ‘self-expression’. It’s right between your nose and upper lip. It’s a wonderful point to know if you ever feel dizzy or just fit to faint. It improves mental awareness, builds
‘Agni’, improves digestion and improves the color of our digestion.
Chibuka at the corners of the mouth are a great point to know for TMJ pain. There’s another wonderful point not actually on the face, but behind the earlobes that’s great for TMJ. It can be really helpful for any type of neuralgia in the face like Bell’s Palsy. We’ve touched these points with our fingers, but just notice that very often, they’re bilateral, meaning they’re on both sides of the face. You can touch them together, just
gently pressing and releasing. You can also touch them in gentle circles, which might be more comfortable if they’re a little tender. Or, if you have our Marma tool, you might like to try
what the little marma tool feels like on these points.
So now you have some specifics and you will notice that, when we do the Kansa face massage, we’ll visit a number of these wonderful points. Maybe now you’ve experienced for yourself what we mean when we say “touching marmas makes us feel more alive”. They help us relax, they bring more of a sense of peace and connectedness. They can help clear the mind. Or
for you, they might help interrupt pain and tension, or just make you feel a little happier.
Take a moment now to notice how your face, body and mind feel after this brief visit to the marma points on your face.
Tibetan Marma Sequences – Origin
Because of the many opportunities I’ve had to work with Tibetan spiritual masters, I’ve also had an opportunity to meet with Tibetan doctors. You might recall that in the beginning of this course, we talked about the fact that Tibetan medicine has, at its root, Ayurveda. Like Ayurveda in India, the system of Tibetan Ayurveda also has a whole way in which they approach Marma points. As well as learning the Indian way to approach Marma points, I (Robert) was able to learn a number of sequences specific to certain conditions based on using Marma points from the Tibetan standpoint.
In Tibetan Marma therapy, there are two ways in which you use your hands. The first point is Shiatsu, the use of your thumb. Your thumb relates to your lungs, the lungs are associated with an aspect of the air element which is connected to Vata. Therefore, the thumbs also relate to Prana. Therefore, the idea is that when you apply your thumbs, a good amount of Prana can be exchanged. The other technique that was used and taught by the Tibetan doctor I worked with for many years, is where you take your index finger, your ring finger and middle finger and place them over each other. Use that over bony
areas such as the spine, or other areas where your thumb can’t reach.
The idea here is, how you concentrate your Prana and the magnetism of your own body to have an impact on another person. It’s this dynamic that makes the therapy work. Really, what is most important is for the energy or the Prana of your client to be activated. What’s interesting about working with marmas is that it’s said that you’re helping bridge the gap between your own conscious and your unconscious mind.
Why the tool is as good, if not better
What’s nice about Kansa is that it allows you to do it in a very easy and effective way. I’ll demonstrate a particular Tibetan sequence using points and Tibetan lotions. What’s really nice about learning about Tibetan
lotions is that they help to work with not only the metal, but also have their own therapeutic effect. Just as a reminder, the Tibetan Marma sequence can be done dry which means without oil, they can be done with your hands or with the Marma tool. The way in which I’m going to be holding the Marma tool to do this particular sequence is with my fingers touching the cap which means, as my body is electromagnetic, and this is a great conductor of electromagnetism, I will be amplifying my energy into this cap here. The point I want to make before I even begin this, though, is
that Marma therapy focuses on subtle aspects of who we are as spiritual beings having a human experience. What that means is; when you come to do Marma therapy, almost like
any form of therapy but also especially with Marma, is that you want to come in with a very clear intention that you want to benefit the other person. This is the kind of state of mind you need when you’re doing this.
a. Psychological Stress Sequence b. Panic and Anxiety Sequence
• Client lies on their back
• Apply oil to the point that is the center point of the sternum (find it by moving downwards from your throat and stop when you reach the hardest point)
• Make 7 rotations to that area
• Apply oil to the jugular notch
• Make 7 rotations in the notch
• Make another 7 rotations in the center point of the chest
• Repeat on the jugular notch
• Let the client move to their front side
• Apply oil between the shoulder blades
• Make 7 gentle circular rotations on Thoracic 5
• Move about a quarter of an inch to the right and continue the circular strokes
• Repeat on the left side
• Move on to Thoracic 6
• Repeat this sequence 3 or 4 times while making 7 clockwise rotations at all points
• Let the client move back to their back side
• Gently make small circles at the corner of the eye, the corner of the nose and on the chin
• Focus on the three points on the crown (on the fontanels of the head)
• Make circular strokes on the temples
• Make sure your hand is comfortable with the position in which you’re holding the wand
• Place the Marma tool on the chromium notch points (to find the chromium notch point, run down the clavicle and stop once it gets hollow)
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The instructions and advice presented here are in no way intended as medical advice.
The information should be used in conjunction with the guidance from your primary care physician.