OUR LAUGHTER WELLNESS PROGRAMS
Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation,
to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore
lost balance to mind, body and soul.”
-- Robert Tisserand
What Is It?
Laughter Yoga (Hasyayoga) is a form of yoga employing self-triggered laughter. The "laughter" is physical in nature, and does not necessarily involve humor or comedy. The brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician from Mumbai, India, launched the first Laughter Club at a park on March 13, 1995, with merely a handful of persons. Today, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with more than 6000 Social Laughter Clubs in about 60 countries.
Laughter Yoga combines Unconditional Laughter with Yogic Breathing (Pranayama). Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on the scientific observation that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter.
Here is an outline of what typically happens during a laughter yoga workshop:
You will be given an introduction into laughter yoga. This will include information about what laughter yoga is and the benefits of laughter and deep breathing exercises for holistic health and wellbeing. You will receive key information to help you to achieve the benefits of laughter during the session, as well as some tools that you can use in your daily life for enhanced health and happiness.
You will be guided through some warm-up exercises to prepare the body for laughter.
The laughter yoga workout will alternate between laughter exercises, rhythmic clapping and deep breathing exercises.
Laughter exercises are often playful and many incorporate acting techniques to act out a scenario. They are designed to simulate laughter, but with eye contact, group dynamics and the contagious nature of laughter, real, hearty laughter begins to flow from the body.
In laughter yoga, we clap with the hands parallel for full palm-to-palm, finger-to-finger contact. This stimulates the acupressure points in the hands and energises us.
The chant HO, HO, HA, HA, HA is added to the clapping pattern. These sounds stimulate the movement of the diaphragm, a key muscle involved in laughing and in yoga breathing. When movement is also added, positive energy builds and joyful feelings emerge.
Deep Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing exercises bring relaxation to the mind and body. One key feature of yoga breathing is that exhalation is longer than inhalation, in order to activate the calming branch of the autonomic nervous system, known as the parasympathetic nervous system. One of the easiest, and certainly the most fun way to exhale for longer, is to laugh.
Most laughter yoga sessions of 45 minutes and longer will involve a laughter meditation. A laughter meditation is more about spontaneous laughter and a deeper level of laughter is often experienced, during this stage. This is a powerful opportunity to release a whole range of repressed emotions from the body and can bring about a healthy, emotional catharsis.
Energy can reach high levels during laughter yoga, so the workshop will involve a grounding exercise, such as a guided relaxation, to ground the energy of laughter and stabilise the body systems. This is where the real benefits of laughter yoga can be felt. People commonly report that they feel relaxed, yet energised and positive at the end of a laughter yoga workshop.
Laugh and Live Well offers tailored laughter yoga workshops throughout Sydney and NSW. Contact us to discuss how we can tailor a workshop for your organisation.
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Essential oils are the volatile (quickly-evaporating) essences produced by aromatic plants through the process of photosynthesis. The volatile constituents of the plant's oil (its essence) are extracted -- from its flowers, leaves, grasses, bark, peels, roots, seeds, and/or resins -- through steam distillation or cold-pressing. Essential oils contain a tremendous amount of a plant's energy, and only a small quantity is needed for significant healing power. Because the essential oils are so concentrated, they should not be applied to the skin in their undiluted form. Individual oils or specially-prepared blends can be used for medicinal, meditative, restorative or relaxing purposes. It is believed that a synergistic blend of essential oils in proper proportions is more beneficial than each of the oils working individually. To be sure of getting the greatest number of therapeutic benefits, be sure that all essential oils used are made from natural, pure plant material -- synthetics do not work.
For How Long Have People Been Practicing It?
Aromatic plants and essential oils were used in biblical times. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used them in their medical treatments, their religious ceremonies, and their beauty treatments. Both in China and in India, herbs and essential oils were -- and still are -- an important part of daily life for many.
The term “aromatherapie” was coined by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in 1928, after he experienced the power of lavender essential oil to heal a terrible burn that he suffered during a laboratory accident. He utilized the word to to describe the physical and psychological benefits received when people are exposed to pure essential oils derived from aromatic plants. This word has been used ever since to refer to the use of essential oils in healing.
What Are The Benefits of It?
Laughter Relaxes the Whole Body
A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter Boosts the Immune System
It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter Triggers the Release of Endorphins
The body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter Protects the Heart
Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Mental Benefits of Laughter
Research has shown that intentionally producing smiles and laughter moves brain activity towards spontaneous happiness.
And the link between improved mental and health and laughing doesn’t end there.
Laughter Dissolves Distressing Emotions
You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing.
Laughter Improves Your Ability to Relax and Recharge
Laughing reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more during your day.
Humor Shifts Perspective
Allowing you to see situations in a more realistic and less threatening light. A humorous perspective can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Social Benefits of Laughter
Improve your relationships and your health through the healing power of laughter.
Be More Spontaneous
Humor gets you out of your head and away from your troublesome thoughts.
Let Go of Defensiveness
Laughter helps you forget judgments, criticisms, and doubts.
Your fears and self-conscious tendencies are set aside as you cease constantly holding back.
Express Your True Feelings
Deeply felt emotions are allowed to rise to the surface and be expressed naturally.
Aromatherapy can benefit the following conditions, among others (just a few examples are given for each):
What Can I Expect In a Session With You?
"The way to health is to have
an aromatic bath and scented massage everyday".
Currently, I offer two types of Aromatherapy Sessions:
What Will Happen At The Aromatherapy Session Type I - Initial Consultation & Holistic Healing Plan?
Prior to our initial meeting, you will be given an assessment form requesting you to detail your current medical history and lifestyle. This will provide me with the information necessary to select the appropriate essential oils and other modalities for the maximum therapeutic benefit.
The first session usually lasts one-and-a-half hours. After we review the contents of your assessment, we will focus on your healing goals for this visit. We will determine your aroma preferences, and I will create an Individualized Blend for you. In addition, I will create a holistic healing plan that will help you reach your goals.
Subsequent sessions last one hour.
You may choose to have this session be followed by a 45-minute massage.
What Will Happen At The Aromatherapy Session Type II - Initial Consultation & Aromassage?
Prior to our initial meeting, you will be given an assessment form requesting you to detail your current medical history and lifestyle. This will provide me with the information necessary to select the appropriate essential oils the maximum therapeutic benefit.
The first session usually lasts one-and-a-half hours. After we review the contents of your assessment, we will focus on your healing goals for this visit. We will determine your aroma preferences, and I will create an Individualized Blend for you.
Aromatherapy is a natural process, helping the body to heal itself. It requires trust and patience. I offer aromatherapy massage in a serene environment of professionalism and confidentiality.
Just before the massage, you will be requested to remove all clothing and jewelry. During the massage, your body remains fully covered except for the head and the specific area being worked on. The temperature, level of lighting and music in the room can be adjusted to your comfort.
For about 45 minutes, you will relax while the essential oils are applied to do their healing work . My Aromassage is a form of massage based on Micheline Arcier's Aromatherapy Massage. It incorporates a combination of Swedish, lymphatic, acupressure, and shiatsu massage along with some reflexology, and polarity therapy; in addition, I use my skills as a Reiki practitioner, if needed. The massage itself is a very soft, relaxing massage; very little pressure is used throughout the massage. The essential oils are massaged over the body to do their healing. This gentle, therapeutic massage focuses on the autonomic nervous system and its effects on the smooth and cardiac muscles and the glands. It can have an immediate relaxing or stimulating effect, causing deepened breathing, increased oxygen intake and decreased carbon dioxide in the lungs. The soft, flowing strokes calm and soothe the nervous system, stimulate the sensory nerve-endings in the skin, and warm and loosen the superficial tissue. They also increase circulation, eliminate toxins, improve lymphatic drainage, and reduce tissue congestion, menstrual tension and fluid retention. Deeper strokes remove tension and pain from the muscles and increase suppleness and mobility.
In addition to benefiting the entire physiological system, revitalizing strokes invigorate energy levels, and leave the skin with a healthy glow. They integrate the different parts of the body, defining its shapes and contours to bring a renewed sense of body image and self-esteem. Calm, stationary holds enable deep relaxation and a discharge of pent-up feelings of stress. The effect of smell alone has a powerful influence on the central nervous system. Researchers are discovering that odors influence the mood, evoke emotions, and counteract stress. Massage, combined with the healing properties of essential oils, is a truly holistic therapy!
At the end of the Aromassage, you will be left to rest for a short while and may then get dressed slowly. You will leave with the gift of having had a delightful massage and also with a little gift bag with products and information that will extend the benefits of your massage.
It is suggested that your Individualized Blend be reviewed at least once a month to reflect the changes in your condition and lifestyle, so book another appointment before you leave. Subsequent sessions last one hour.