Amrit Davaa Wellness Center is located inside the serenely upscale surroundings of Golden Bridge Yoga in Hollywood. In keeping with the studio's philosophy, this mini spa focuses on both physical and spiritual well being, offering services such as Ayurvedic medicine, Reiki, acupuncture and nutritional counseling, in addition to typical spa services like massage, facials and pedicures. Of course, a pedicure at Amrit Davaa is much more than your typical pumice and polish, as I learned when I experienced the 90-minute High Healer Pedicure treatment with Kristi.
Kristi combines years of experience in the beauty industry with strong yogic influences, and her confidence in her craft, life-affirming energy and immense warmth are evident in her work. "High healing" is more than just a cute play on words; Kristi has an incredible touch and she knows the pressure points of the feet like the back of her hand. Her reflexology skills, combined with her natural intuition, made for an exceptionally relaxing and revelatory session – Kristi's insight into both my emotional and physical state was remarkable. After 90 minutes, I felt like I'd had a particularly enlightening visit to the therapist.
Kristi has developed her own essential oil-based (and mantra-infused) pedicure products, which she uses exclusively in her treatments. Her Narayan Sacred Healing Beauty line includes a foot soak, scrubbing butter and shea butter moisturizer, each crafted out of only the purest ingredients (it's all there on the labels – no nasty chemicals or fillers). She sent me home with one of each, and I've been using them all over, as they're way too delicious for just the feet.
I was lucky enough to visit Kristi on another occasion to try out her innovative Faceology treatment. Kristi began by massaging her Narayan Sole Food shea butter into the feet, and then pulled gently on my legs as I took deep breaths, letting the tension and anxiety drift away with each exhale. She used Reiki energy and her gift of intuition to help me identify, work through and release my worries and preoccupations so that I could fully experience and enjoy my treatment.
Of course, this treatment is about nourishing the skin as well as the soul. To that end, Kristi applied an exfoliating scrub to the face, followed by her Narayan Affirmation Serum – a blend of pumpkin seed oil, grapefruit seed extract, aloe, jojoba, and a bunch of other good stuff. (True story: I started using this product every night before bed and it made my skin look and feel fantastic.)
The most crazy-cool part of my session was when Kristi used a crystal to tap the pressure points of the face, thereby releasing built-up tension; it's amazing how much we carry in our facial muscles. I was positively beaming by the time she was done, and walked out of Golden Bridge on light feet. Forget about Botox – just let Kristi wave your creases (and worries) away with her crystal wand!
Special Offer: Mention Chill Out LA to receive a complimentary Super Natural Serum ($50 value) with your Faceology treatment.