Dr. Ojeda-Ebert facilitates also 90 minute “Smile & Laughter Therapy Group Sessions”
Some of the benefits of Laughter Therapy:
IMPROVED MENTAL HEALTH:
Establishes a good mood: Laughter helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins, dopamine and other neuro-transmitters. You will remain cheerful and in a good mood throughout the day and will laugh more than you normally do.
Reduces stress: Laughter therapy is like an aerobic exercise "internal jogging" which brings more oxygen to the body and brain thereby making one feel more energetic and relaxed. Laughter Therapy triggers a 28% reduction of stress hormones (epinephrine and cortisol).
Depression is lifted: even chronic depression is often cured (As stated by leading American Psychiatrists).
Acts as a catharsis: By enhancing the free flow of emotions, laughter can help dislodge blocked emotions stored in the body. Suppressed or blocked emotions can cause ongoing physical, mental and emotional problems.(Psycho-and-Neuro-immunology) Their release can be life-changing. Laughter provides an excellent nonviolent method for emotional release and catharsis
Improves quality of life: Laughter is a positive energy which helps people to connect with other people quickly and improves relationships and professional/work performance.
Empowers us in challenging times: Everyone can laugh when life is good, but how does one laugh when faced with challenges? Laughter helps to create a positive mental state to deal with negative situations and negative people. It gives hope and optimism to cope with difficult times.
IMPROVED PHYSICAL HEALTH:
Oxygenates our organs: With laughter training blood & all major organs are fully oxygenated leaving us bursting with energy.
Increases circulation: Our lymphatic system is massaged and our immune systems boosted. Laughter causes an “internal jogging” that massages the internal organs and promotes circulation to the digestive and lymphatic systems. Increased circulation helps flush the organs of waste products, helping us operate at peak performance.
Strengthens the immune system: Laughter deepens the breath, which is shown to increase lymphatic flow, which in turn is already thoroughly documented and proven to boost the immune system with fast increases in levels of anti-viral and anti-infection cells (including the so-called “natural-killer” cells which help fight cancer).
Promotes cardio-vascular health: Blood pressure drops and pulse rate drops after a big laugh.
Protects against viruses: Laughter increases the levels of immunoglobulin, the first line of defense protecting us against viral infections such as coughs and colds. Immune, digestive & sexual systems that are switched off by stress are switched on.
Acts as an anti-aging formula: Many older Laughter Yoga practitioners claim that the facial exercise of laughter reduces wrinkles and sagging by firming and toning facial muscles, making them look (and if anything else “feel”) younger. Overall exercise is known to slow down the aging process and Laughter Yoga is a fun and easy exercise for all age groups.
IMPROVED BUSINESS/WORK ENVIRONMENTS:
Helps overcome stress related tunnel vision
Fosters a "bigger picture" vision
Promotes creativity & innovation
Improves team work
Fosters a better flow of horizontal, vertical and network communication in an organization/corporation
Significantly increases key qualities: assertiveness, optimism, motivation, adaptability, self-regulation, self-actualization, self-acceptance and self-awareness of the work force on all levels