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New technique harnesses laughter for health, happiness and fitness
Laughercize, a new exercise fad, which unleashes the beneficial effects of laughter to fight depression, heart disease and fatigue, arrives this January in the Eastern Townships.
Fight the winter blahs
Laughercize is a fun form of group exercise developed by film director and journalist Albert Nerenberg, while researching a TV documentary about contagious laughter. Nerenberg said he realized that the Laughter Yoga people were onto something after studying with some of the originators of Laughter Yoga and Laughter Therapy.
“Science is just now uncovering how good laughter is for you,” said Nerenberg .It improves circulation, protects the heart, and strengthens immunity and even helps you get fit. But don’t take my word for it,” said Nerenberg. “Just looks it up on the internet.”
Laughercize is a more accessible and active form of Laughter Yoga, which was developed by a Mumbai Doctor, Maidan Kateria.
Nerenberg recently put on a slide show presentation at Theatre Lac Brome titled Laughing May Be The Best Medicine, where he explained the science behind Laugher Yoga and Laughercize and demonstrated the basics of both. At the event, Nerenberg asked the sizable audience if they felt the techniques had worked with the vast majority voting yes.
Don't agonize, Laughercize!
Common sense dictates that laughter makes us feel good but deriving substantive benefits is a bit a tougher. The catch. You need to get people laughing for reasonable amounts of time. Nerenberg says Laughercize has closed that gap. In Laughercize it’s not uncommon for people to laugh for half an hour non-stop.
Laughercize works on promoting a different kind of laughter that one might experience at a comedy club. Laughercize works off a series of exercises that produce natural contagious laughter.
Nerenberg developed Laughercize in Toronto along with several health therapists. He says it was not his goal to develop a fitness fad but was amazed with the process.
“This is something that gives people results within half an hour,” he said. ”Also people don’t need to be taking courses forever. Once you master it, it lasts a long time. And there’s no charge for laughter. It’s free. Within a few weeks you get it, and hopefully you never lose it.”
Nerenberg says he hopes to teach the course as well as train others to be Laughercize instructors. He believes the Townships could become a centre for the arts of joy. “Good air, good people, beautiful scenery,” he said. “What more could you ask for?”
Nerenberg is the director of a number of acclaimed feature comic documentaries including Stupidity and Let’s All Hate Toronto. He is CBC Radio Noon’s official “Laughologist” has been the subject of retrospectives at le Cinematheque Quebecoise and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Laughercize is being in conjunction with Brome Lake Fitness.
Laughercize begins January 14th at the Brome Lake Community Centre.
To sign up call 450-242-2927. Or email email@example.com
For background on the therapeutic effects of laugher:
Laughing May Be The Best Medicine