Imagine you are stepping into a tranquil spa. The aesthetics are clean and uncluttered, but comforting. You are here for a facial, but will leave with much more than clear pores. You are at Mandala Well-Being Spa and your relaxing facial comes with a side of crystal healing, to balance your chakras. Mandala, at 300 Military West #302, was opened recently by Julie Cuccia, a licensed esthetician who has been in the business for 15 years, but is now incorporating alternative wellness practices into her offerings, such as crystal healing and Reiki.


If those terms were gibberish to you, here’s a quick study guide: Crystals are highly symmetrical geological structures that are thought by many ancient cultures to hold healing energy. Reiki is an energy healing technique using sacred geometry and involves the channeling of energy from the practitioner to the client through touch.


Julie first became interested in Reiki when she underwent her own spiritual journey after a life-altering divorce. Julie says that after returning to work, “people would tell me they felt as though they had experienced a spiritual healing from a facial with me.” It was then that she realized she could be a conduit for healing energy. She sought out a Reiki certification from a master teacher at Angel Heart 4 You, here in Benicia. “At first, after my certification, I felt doubt about what I had just learned. Was there validity to it? My questioning led me to another piece of healing called crystals. Using the crystals with the Reiki helped blossom my healing power.”


Some of Mandala’s most popular offerings are the Reiki Crystal Healing session and the Crystal Energy Signature Facial. “As people are becoming more awakened, more conscious, especially with a lot of the duality happening now in the world, they are looking for more than what’s on the surface. They want a sanctuary where they can recharge their energy.” 


Mandala also offers a suite of other services including Lira advanced skin care, Peels and Microdermabrasion, LED Light Therapy, Eyelash extensions, and Complete body waxing performed by both Julie and the other estheticians on staff there.


Julie says Mandala is all about “expansion and community – going from ‘me’ to ‘we.’” To that end, she offers events like essential oils workshops and moon goddess circles, where those who are interested can join a community of healing. So, if you’re looking to bring some holistic healing and wellness to your beauty routine, look no further than Mandala Well-Being Spa.