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LAUGHTER THERAPY


ABOUT SAYGE

Sayge is a certified Laughter Therapist by the WLT, which is the leading expert in therapeutic laughter in North America.  He has been helping people from all over the world laugh for over 20 years and has pioneered the Niagara Region's first Laughter Therapy program for adults. Sayge travels across North America conducting workshops and delivering the message of laughter and it's health benefits for all.

LAUGHTER

      Laughing is one of life’s greatest joys and when we laugh we feel energized and refreshed and ready to take on the world.  Laughing unites people of every race, religion and nationality and allows friendships to form where none previously existed.  There are many forms of laughter, from going to see a comedian to watching your children take their first steps and fall in the grass only to look up at you with a smile, and all these moments of laughter help us get through to the next moment in our already hectic lives.  Rarely do we find time to laugh during the workday, nor when we come home at night to a tornado of activity and a messy house.  These are the times when we wonder if we will simply make it to the next day without crying out “I have had enough”.

BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER THERAPY

Did you know that research shows that laughter:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves breathing, arterial blood flow, digestion, sleep
  • Adjusts blood pressure & blood sugar
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Burns calories
  • Reduces pain
  • Helps people get along better
  • Relives stress, depression, anger & anxiety
  • Improves work performance

HISTORY

     Laughter Therapy originated in India where laughter clubs are a part of everyday life.  This concept of laughter for health was pioneered by Dr. Madan Kataria who along with Dr. Om Kharbanda were proponents and teachers of various laughter/ healing/ health methods.  Steve Wilson an American psychologist went to India to study their methods and returned to the U.S. inspired and with adaptations to suit the western mentality; certain laughter and attitudinal practises he found could be systematized and taught in order to influence both peace and health. Steve studied laughter in depth and asked and answered many questions about work with laughter.  Steve has dedicated his life to the study of laughter and it’s health benefits and has developed a certified laughter leader program designed to teach others how to lead laughter workshops and educate the public about the health benefits of laughter. 

This superb program has been found credible by professional organizations of nurses, psychologists, councelors, activity therapists, health educators, marriage and family therapists and social workers.  Currently over 2,100 people have completed this remarkable training designed by Steve Wilson and qualified for the distinct designation of Certified Laughter Leader.  Now laughter clubs are popping up in communities all over the world and thousands of people are reaping the benefits of this unique and fun system of health.

LAUGHTER WORKSHOPS

     Laughter Workshops are incredible and provide light to moderate laughter exercise for mental & physical flexibility, enhanced performance at work, mood regulation, stress reduction and attitude boost.  In other words, a real therapeutic ally.  This extremely fun educational and energizing workshop will leave you feeling electric and ready to face the challenges of every day life.  The program works well in corporations, schools, senior’s centres, long term care and hospitals, workplaces, fitness centres, and support communities, libraries, and public parks.  A typical group participating in a laughter workshop is between 5-25 people, but can be larger.  Our workshops are a safe, non – judgmental and comfortable place to express yourself and laugh out loud.

 If you love to laugh then this program is for you!

 

Last Updated on February 1, 2011