Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Healing Beauty Day November 2010

Last month, I helped bring about our 4th Healing Beauty Day for Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and once again, it was an awesome experience. In case you haven't read the earlier posts about it, Coler Goldwater is a long-term medical rehabilitation facility for people who have been paralyzed or injured due to accidents or illness. We bring in a team of hair, makeup, manicurists and Reiki energy healers to treat the residents to a day of Healing Beauty.

While working with them, they often open up to us and share stories about their lives and how they came to live at the hospital. Often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, because their strength and will to be positive and heal are profound.

As much as I know how healing beauty is, I am always touched to experience it in this way. 

Reiki energy healing just adds a deeper level to this special day. We are so fortunate to have a really  amazing, loving group of Reiki practioners on board. 

We were grateful to have major fashion and beauty photographer, Barry Hollywood, generously donate his time and talents to shoot portraits and behind the scenes photos.

We were able to pull together some nice beauty treats to give away. Thanks again to Eyes Lips Face (elf),  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Polish Beauty Bar for their generous product donations. The residents were thrilled to receive them!

A big shout out to the cosmetology students (and their teacher Miss Liz) from the Aveda-Carston Institute who came through "10-deep" to help out with hair, makeup and nails! They were a tremendous help in making sure that every resident got serviced efficiently. The only guy on our team, Master Barber Rod Hampton was a hit with both the male clients and the students- he loved it! LOL

This awesome opportunity to give back wouldn't be possible without Mr. Ron Becker, CG's Director of Therapeutic Recreation and the Angelica Organization, who is responsible for the funding of special events such as Healing Beauty Day and much more. If you are interested in volunteering at our next event, please contact me and if you are interested in volunteering your time throughout the year, please contact Trisha Duval from Angelica.

Much peace, love and gratitude to everyone who participated, all the staff and residents at Coler- Goldwater. Looking forward to our next Healing Beauty Day!


Jennifer said...

This is beautiful. Very inspirational.

Sister Brook Kenemore said...

that is so amazing that you are able to do that! i have always been a firm believer that when you feel beauitful and look beautiful everything is just better! i bet they really appreciated all you do for them physically!
I have the opportunity to heal people spiritually through helping people come to know Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father better, its just amazing how when people learn spiritual things you can see it on the outside, all over them. its like a glow!
I am a missionary for the CHurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. please visit more if you want to know what i do, www.mormon.org