Laughing with friends for around 15 minutes boosts a person’s pain threshold by an average of 10%, an international study has found.
Laughter yoga or laughter therapy promises to relieve stress and strengthen the immune system. Dozens of instructors from as far away as Zimbabwe and Venezuela recently gathered for a training session in Rosemont with Madan Kataria, an Indian doctor widely credited with starting laughter yoga in 1995.
Joan Dietrich, 67, of Norton Shores signed up for Laughter Yoga, hoping to lower her high blood pressure. After just one night of class, her blood pressure dropped into the normal range. "The next day, I had a happy, wholesome feeling," she says. That's the point, says Cheryl Oliver, the class instructor. Since she's been doing Laughter Yoga, she handles stress better -- whether someone cuts her off in traffic or ...
Dr Topher Stephenson, who specializes in physical medicine and runs the spine program at Mercy in Sacramento, says laughter yoga promises to do for the psyche what bikram yoga does for muscles.