What we're about
The Worthing Laughter Club meets each calendar month from 10am - 11.30am. It's usually the 3rd Saturday, but sometimes that changes, so do check the dates. So, what is involved.....
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 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. In a typical session we will do a mixture of laughing exercises; simple easy fun games; breathing, stretching and a laughter meditation.
A session of hearty laughter creates enormous positive changes in our physical, mental, emotional and psychological wellbeing. It can lower high blood pressure; boost the immune system by up to 40%; increase pain-blocking endorphins and cancer-fighting T-cells; relax the muscles and deliver increased oxygen to the body and brain. It also gives us a wonderful delivery of dopamine, oxytocin, seratonin and positive endorphins that can alleviate stress, anxiety and depression, which may stay in our systems for up to 24 hours.
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 club we get the chance to laugh heartily for an extended period of time, giving us all the above benefits.
Open to anyone from students to pensioners, you can meet others in a friendly fun atmosphere and create positive changes to your wellness and well-being, while having great fun! You will need to wear comfortable clothing and please bear in mind that laughter like exercise can make us feel very warm. Please bring a cushion and, if you wish, something to lie on.
Its £7 per session and each session is complete in itself. A tea break factored in to the 1.5 hour session allows us to chat with and get to know our laughter buddies.
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 conditionnot listed but which may limit your ability to participate in any way, please contact me to discuss.
Our venue 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 on the far side.
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. I run Certified Laughter Leader Training weekends, and the occasional full day Laughter Playshop.
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 harmorrhoids (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.
Those suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure but are stable on medicaiton and can take a brisk walk for 30 minutes without any symptoms can do Laughter Yoga with advice from medical specialists. Poeple who have undergone bypass sugery 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.