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WORTHING LAUGHTER CLUB DURING COVID-19

Saturday mornings, weekly, 10.30am - 11.30am

Open to anyone in any area.

Fun sessions for men and women of all ages, using the power of laughter to relax, de-stress, uplift our spirits and re-connect with our inner playfulness. Laughter exercises create feelgood endorphins and other positive changes to our physical and mental health and wellbeing. No previous experience is needed and each session is complete in itself.

During lockdown, Worthing Laughter Club has gone online. Join me weekly on Saturday mornings 10.30-11.30am. During lockdown these meetings are open to anyone in any area. I've had wonderful feedback from attendees saying that they still feel a great sense of unity in the sessions, proving that laughter and smiles are indeed great connectors. Due to the style of zoom meetings set up for these sessions (open ended) I am unable schedule and notify individual sessions in the normal way through Meetup. Please therefore message me that you are attending and I will provide you with link, ID and password to enable you to join the meeting.

WHAT WE'RE ABOUT

NOT a comedy club or a yoga class, we do laughing exercises (known as laughter yoga) to promote unconditional and contagious laughter. Laughter as an exercise is different to the humour-based laughter we are used to, and is an entirely different concept. We perform simple physical actions while doing false laughing. However, with a willingness to be playful and with eye contact with each other, the false laughter quickly becomes real, contagious, and great fun. Our bodies don't know the difference between false and real laughter, so we start to feel great regardless of whether we are faking it or not! Some of the laughing exercises involve some simple basic movements but can be adapted to any level of health and fitness and if preferred can be done seated the whole time.

BENEFITS

During lockdown never before has it been more important to look after our physical, mental, emotional and psychological health. Laughter yoga creates positive changes in our brain and body chemistry helping us to keep happy and healthy. The release of endorphins lift mood, creating feelings of happiness, positivity and confidence. Laughter yoga makes us relaxed yet energised while exercising our hearts, boosting our immune systems and creating natural pain-killes.

In normal life we tend to laugh only briefly and intermittently but we need to laugh heartily for at last 10 minutes for our bodies to reap the rewards. In a laughter session we get the chance to laugh heartily for an extended period of time, giving us all the above benefits.

You will need to wear comfortable clothing and please bear in mind that laughter like exercise can make us feel very warm.

PRICES

During lockdown many of you like myself are unincomed so the normal physical admission charge of £8 has been waivered. If you would like to make a voluntary donation to help support me while taking my business online, I am very grateful - donate through http://www.paypal.me/lesleyraphael

CONTRA-INDICATIONS

Although laughter is very good for us, in some instances we may need to exercise caution or even abstain altogether. Please read the list of contraindications and cautions at the bottom, and contact me if in any doubt. If you have any other medical condition not listed but which may limit your ability to participate in any way, please contact me to discuss.

VENUE

During lockdown all our meetings have gone online.

Our physical venue when lockdown ceases is the Horizon Room, The Wave Centre, Broadwater Baptist Church, Dominion Road, Broadwater, Worthing BN14 9JL. The Church has a car park behind it. Come through the door of the Wave Cafe and the laughter club is in the Horizon Room, the door immediately in front on the far side, past the sign for the Jack-in-the-Box Playgroup.

OTHER LAUGHTER SESSIONS

If you would like an online Zoom laughter session for your staff working from home or furloughed during lockdown, please contact me. I have been running sessions successfully for companies looking to bring wellbeing, mood upliftment, exercise and connection to their staff and laughter yoga works very well online. These bespoke sessions can be tailored specifically for the requirements of the group taking into account the group's identity.

Outside of lockdown, as well as running Worthing Laughter Club I also give interactive talks/sessions at all kinds of groups including health, support, social and retirement groups; staff training and wellbeing days; private parties; awareness days; corporate events; nursing homes and schools.

TRAINING

During lockdown all training has been temporarily halted.

I run Certified Laughter Leader Training weekends regularly throughout the year at Worthing and Chichester. Spread happiness and laughter in your own community, run a laughter, club, use laughter within your own work or simply come along for a fun-filled weekend with like minded others as a gift to yourself for your own personal growth and well-being.

Training dates and venues for 2020: Sat/Sun 14th/15th March - Chichester Sat/Sun 4th/5th July - Chichester Thurs/Fri 17th/18th September - Worthing Sat/Sun 14th/15th November - Chichester All £195 earlybird; £250 thereafter

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Contraindicated conditions are any kind of hernia; heart disease with angina pain; persistent cough with breathlessness; uncontrolled high blood pressure; incontinence of urine; epilepsy; advanced bleeding hemorrhoids (piles); any bleeding tendencies in any part of the body; severe backache; any acute symptoms of cough, cold or fever; any major surgery within the last 3 months; and being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.

RELATIVE CONTRA-INDICATIONS

Those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure but are stable on medication and can take a brisk walk for 30 minutes without any symptoms can do Laughter Yoga with advice from medical specialists. People who have undergone bypass surgery can also do Laughter Yoga after their stress test is normal. Pregnancy is also a relative contra-indication. Woman with a previous history of miscarriages and also those who are in advanced stage of pregnancy should take medical advice from specialists before doing laughter exercises. People suffering from minor and major psychiatric disorders can participate in a laughter session except those who are not in touch with reality eg schizophrenia and hypermania (manic part of bipolar disorder). Anyone undergoing physical-prescribed medicine or therapy that experiences improvements through laughter should seek the advice of their doctor before reducing dosage or stopping treatment.

Upcoming events (5)

Unleash Your Laugh!

The Wave Centre, Broadwater Baptist Church

£8.00

We are fun-filled group of mixed-age men and women who all enjoy the benefits that laughter can bring to the mind, spirits and body. No jokes, just silly undemanding games, laughter yoga, sometime some cats;chorus songs. Breathing, stretching and lots and lots of laughing for absolutely no reason. Its all about unwinding, being playful, and letting go of stress and tension. There are mostly about 12-15 of us at each meeting.

Unleash Your Laugh!

The Wave Centre, Broadwater Baptist Church

£8.00

We are fun-filled group of mixed-age men and women who all enjoy the benefits that laughter can bring to the mind, spirits and body. No jokes, just silly undemanding games, laughter yoga, sometime some cats;chorus songs. Breathing, stretching and lots and lots of laughing for absolutely no reason. Its all about unwinding, being playful, and letting go of stress and tension. There are mostly about 12-15 of us at each meeting.

Unleash Your Laugh!

The Wave Centre, Broadwater Baptist Church

£8.00

We are fun-filled group of mixed-age men and women who all enjoy the benefits that laughter can bring to the mind, spirits and body. No jokes, just silly undemanding games, laughter yoga, sometime some cats;chorus songs. Breathing, stretching and lots and lots of laughing for absolutely no reason. Its all about unwinding, being playful, and letting go of stress and tension. There are mostly about 12-15 of us at each meeting.

Unleash Your Laugh!

The Wave Centre, Broadwater Baptist Church

£8.00

We are fun-filled group of mixed-age men and women who all enjoy the benefits that laughter can bring to the mind, spirits and body. No jokes, just silly undemanding games, laughter yoga, sometime some cats;chorus songs. Breathing, stretching and lots and lots of laughing for absolutely no reason. Its all about unwinding, being playful, and letting go of stress and tension. There are mostly about 12-15 of us at each meeting.

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