There were no caps or diplomas, but last Thursday, Cherry Hill Manor had a graduation ceremony worthy of pomp and circumstance. After a seven-hour crash course in healing, six staff members completed a program that will benefit residents.
“These ladies have completed an extremely important course that they can use in conjunction with our new wellness room,” said Activities Director Cheryl Perry.
Over the course of seven hours, Judy Lavine, a medical intuitive, shaman, healer and Reiki Master, lectured the six women in Reiki, which is “an ancient energy healing method.”
Reiki is energy healing of the body and the purpose of it is to heal a person’s body on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
“This was very nice; it puts everything into balance,” said Tracey Cordeiro, an activities assistant at Cherry Hill Manor. “It’s pretty neat. You have to experience it to fully appreciate what Reiki is. You feel pretty amazing after.”
Lavine, who lives in Rumford and has been doing Reiki Healing for 30 years, told the group about the various degrees of Reiki healing. Last week’s session brought each Cherry Hill staffer to the Reiki II level.
“I have been a certified Reiki II practitioner for many years,” Perry said. “Completing this course will allow each of these associates to perform Reiki in the new Wellness Room here at Cherry Hill Manor. It’s an exciting time for each lady.”
Lavine’s “genius” for healing comes partly from years of traditional and non-traditional training in health-related areas. In some respects, she says she was born to do it. As a medical intuitive, she says an exciting aspect of her practice is being blessed with the ability to “see” into one’s body and be the conduit for healings in a person.
Perry, who was responsible for bringing Lavine to Cherry Hill Manor, believes the staff will benefit from her course.
“She has been dealing with energy healing all her life,” Perry said.
The women who completed Lavine’s program are: activity assistant Loraine Charney, activity assistant Kathy Reed, activity assistant Vivian Mendonca, lead activity assistant Tracey Cordeiro, assistant activity director Annie Greeno and Cherry Hill Manor Executive Director Deborah Dors. They were each given red roses for their accomplishment.
On March 15, there will a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new wellness room.
For more information, call Lavine at 465-5438.