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Can Therapy be contagious?

April 15, 2017


Did you frown and think, WTF, when you read this title? Well, the answer is yes!


I had the good fortune to attend my second interactive presentation by Phillipa Challis, ‘The Laughter Lady’, last week and was again astounded by the impact of laughter therapy on a group of people in varying states of depression.


So what is a Laughter Therapist? RARE is what they are; but I digress. No, a Laughter Therapist is not another name for Comedian and there is no standing up the front telling jokes; ok, maybe one or two witty lines from Phillipa. Phillipa provides interactive demonstrations on techniques of laughing that will both exercise and energise your body, lift your mood and spirit and place a natural smile on your face for the whole presentation. But the laughter will not stop at the presentation; there are some hidden little exercises to take away with you. No, I am not telling you what they are or it will ruin the surprise. But let me just say, they work and they are hysterical.


At the first presentation by Phillipa I attended, I was moderately depressed. As Phillipa explained what we were going to do, I had to admit I thought “you have got to be kidding me, right? How is forced laughter going to help?” But within just a minute my forced laughter turned to genuine laughter; I laughed at the other participants forced laughs, who in turn began genuinely laughing at each other. It was contagious, to the point that some of us had laughter tears running down our face.


At the end of the presentation we all had stupid grins on our faces, our stomach, cheeks and numerous other muscles were telling us we had done an intensive workout, without any of the jarring/jerking around and pain experienced from many other forms of exercise.


As I walked away from the presentations, both times I had a spring in my step, a smile on my face and was excited about going home to tell my loved ones all about the presentation. I know that when I run into any of the other participants whilst about town, I will have a giggle at the memories of the initial forced laughter and various laughter styles we learnt and it will invariably leave me with a stupid grin on my face.


If you ever get the chance to go and see Phillipa in action, don’t pass the opportunity by, you will be missing one of the best workshops/presentations you could ever attend. Conversely, if you are thinking of booking a speaker/presenter that will motivate, invigorate and entertain your clients, staff, management team, oh hell, even your board of Directors, contact Phillipa. You won’t regret it.


To Phillipa, THANK YOU! Yes shouty capitals, because just saying it does not nearly cover the gratitude I feel at having been a participant at your presentation.


If you wish to read more about Phillipa and the work she does, follow this link to her site.

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