Every city should have numerous wellness centers….
I cannot give her what she wants. Narayan’s hands have been pressed against my heels for 10 minutes, and she’ll be damned if she stops before I breathe into my feet, let the energy go and give it to her. And I’m trying. I’ve tried willing my feet to warm up, push out the mojo, even glow. I’ve tried breathing heavily, meditating, briefly falling asleep. There are crystals on my forehead, my chest, my throat, clutched in both my hands. But Narayan is not satisfied. Eventually she gives up. “Whoa, dude. You put up a fight,” she says. I’m at the Amrit Davaa Wellness Center at Golden Bridge Yoga in Hollywood to improve my focus, my center and my mind-body relationship. In short, I’m here because I live in L.A. and this is what we do. “Wellness centers are popping up in Los Angeles,” says Narayan, a practitioner of what she calls sacred healing beauty. “Spas are having a hard time right now because they’re only pampering. They’re not addressing wellness. I bridge the gap between beauty and healing.” To improve my wellitude, I’m trying the 90-minute Faceology, a $180 procedure you’ve probably never heard of because Narayan made it up. It’s a combination of three other things you’ve never heard of: reiki, facial reflexology and emotional-freedom techniques. Narayan, by the way, also made up her name, which used to be Kristi Marie Jones. Narayan, she says, means “protector and uplifter of all whose perception is as clear, clean and bright as flowing water,” while Kristi Marie Jones means just “Kristi Marie Jones.” She is not the only Narayan at the wellness center. – from Time
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.