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The Healing Power of Laughter Therapy
January 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$30
STARTING THE NEW YEAR WITH LAUGHTER
Therapy as Stress Relief: Revolutionary meditation.
RETURN TO THE INNOCENCE OF THE INNER CHILD
This event uses therapeutic meditation techniques to release the energy of the inner child within you: joyfulness, innocence, vulnerability, spontaneity, creativity…
LAUGHTER FOR NO REASON
The effect creates the cause : you start by laughing voluntarily and the source of joy wells up from within. Everything becomes a cause for laughter, even your “favorite” problems. Instead of laughing at something, you experience the laughter for no reason of the child expressing their pleasure at play.
Wonder, innocence, spontaneity, the joy of being alive: playfulness is the quality of the young at heart. In this stage of the workshop, participants meet in child’s play exploring their potential for pure fun.
This is my meditation per excellence
Do not lose this opportunity to live this extraordinary experience
Meditative Therapies are processes for freeing old, stuck energies, to renew vitality and to create space for silence. They work energetically, bypassing the conscious, analytically mind. They are therefore clear, pure processes where individuals are connecting directly with their own energy, without any interference or intervention from a facilitator (except in rare circumstances where guidance is needed). And all of them are basically meditations – even in the active phase, one is in a moment-to-moment encounter with oneself
Effects of Laughter
Laughter therapy boosts the interferon levels of the immune system which helps the system’s ability to fight illness and escalates healing. Laughter decreases stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and suppress immune activity.
Muscle Relaxation – Belly laugh results in muscle relaxation. While you laugh, the muscles that do not participate in the belly laugh, relaxes. After you finish laughing those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. So, the action takes place in two stages.
Reduction of Stress Hormones – Laughter reduces at least four of neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response. These are epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormone.
Immune System Enhancement – Clinical studies have shown that humor strengthens the immune system.
Pain Reduction – Humor allows a person to “forget” about pains such as aches, arthritis, etc.
Cardiac Exercise – A belly laugh is equivalent to “an internal jogging.” Laughter can provide good cardiac conditioning especially for those who are unable to perform physical exercises.
Blood Pressure – Women seem to benefit more than men in preventing hypertension.
Respiration – Frequent belly laughter empties your lungs of more air than it takes in resulting in a cleansing effect – similar to deep breathing. Especially beneficial for patient’s who are suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments?
The purification for The Heart
It has been shown that laughing helps protect the heart. Although studies are not sure why laughing protects the heart, the studies do explain that mental stress impairs the endothelium, which is the protective barrier lining a person blood vessels. Once the endothelium is impaired, it can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to cholesterol build up in coronary arteries, which can ultimately cause a heart attack.
Her goal is to help you learn to transform pain and fear into happiness and bliss. She helps you let go and heal the traumas and blockages of the past that hold you back from revealing your true nature which is ultimately happiness. Her special goal with her therapy is to help people you go more into the heart center and open the heart to give and receive love. When we are more in our heart and less in our mind we live a deeper life full of love, compassion, service to others. Most people are in the mind and not in the heart and so it is Zaki’s mission to help others to live in the heart center through her healing work and meditations.
You cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.
What is laughter therapy?
We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered.
Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort.
Research supporting laughter therapy
A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter may have therapeutic value.
For years, the use of humor has been used in medicine. Surgeons used humor to distract patients from pain as early as the 13th century. Later, in the 20th century, came the scientific study of the effect of humor on physical wellness. Many credit this to Norman Cousins. After years of prolonged pain from a serious illness, Cousins claims to have cured himself with a self-invented regimen of laughter and vitamins. In his 1979 book Anatomy of an Illness, Cousins describes how watching comedic movies helped him recover.
Over the years, researchers have conducted studies to explore the impact of laughter on health. After evaluating participants before and after a humorous event (i.e., a comedy video), studies have revealed that episodes of laughter helped to reduce pain, decrease stress-related hormones and boost the immune system in participants.
Today more than ever before, people are turning to humor for therapy and healing. Medical journals have acknowledged that laughter therapy can help improve quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses. Many hospitals now offer laughter therapy programs as a complementary treatment to illness.
The healing power of laughterFor people living with cancer, it may seem strange to find humor when facing such serious issues. Yet, laughter may be helpful in ways you may not have realized or imagined.
Laughter may help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter may be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing may also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours. When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process. According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:
Enhance oxygen intakeStimulate the heart and lungsRelax muscles throughout the bodyTrigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)Ease digestion/soothe stomach achesRelieve painBalance blood pressureImprove mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)Laughter therapy may also help to:
Improve overall attitudeReduce stress/tensionPromote relaxationImprove sleepEnhance quality of lifeStrengthen social bonds and relationshipsProduce a general sense of well-beingLaughter therapy at CTCA
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we fight cancer using an integrative approach. Our Mind-Body Medicine Department offers supportive options, including laughter therapy, to help you cope as you receive conventional cancer treatments. Laughter therapy strives to help you use and enjoy laughter as a tool for healing. Dr. Katherine Puckett, Chief of the Division of Mind-Body Medicine at CTCA®, first introduced laughter therapy at our Illinois hospital upon a patient’s request.
CTCA offers humor therapy sessions, also known as Laughter Clubs or humor groups, to help cancer patients and their families use and enjoy laughter as a tool for healing. These leader-led groups take patients through a number of laugh-related exercises, including fake laughter and laughter greetings.
Laughter Club is based not on humor or jokes, but rather on laughter as a physical exercise. One group laughter exercise involves patients standing in a circle, with the leader in the middle. Patients put their fingertips on their cheekbones, chest or lower abdomen and make “ha ha” or “hee hee” sounds until they feel vibrations through their bodies. Dr. Puckett says that, during these exercises, it is hard for people not to join in because laughter is so contagious.
According to Dr. Puckett, at the end of a laughter therapy session, patients have said things like “I didn’t even think about cancer during Laughter Club” and “That felt great! Things have been so hard that we hadn’t laughed in months.” Dr. Puckett adds that the 8-year-old daughter of a CTCA patient who attended Laughter Club said afterwards: “I never thought about laughing every day, but now I realize I can. Like even when I don’t feel happy, I can still laugh and feel better.”
Join us for Laughter: For new year Relaxation release your tension and stress- feel love and peace within-enjoy life!
Sending you boundless love and peace.
We invite you to join us for this very special meditation, as we lovingly honor the Light.
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Doors will be closed once we begin, please come on time.