Laughter Yoga Therapy for Terminally Ill Patients (adults and children)
Locally - Swedish Covenant Hospital believes in it!
Doctors - you may want to review this document at Medline.....Or this document.
Dr. Michael B. Van Scoy-Morsher, an oncologist in California says that "one characteristic of the cancer patient who does well is the ability to often put cancer in the background for periods of time."
The emotions and moods we experience directly effect our immune system. If there is any chance that laughter can improve a person's prognosis or longevity - it is a good thing. A sense of humor allows us to perceive and appreciate the incongruities of life and provides moments of joy and delight. These positive emotions can create neurochemical changes that will buffer the immunosuppressive effects of diseases and stress. Hospitals around the country are incorporating formal and informal laughter therapy programs into their therapeutic regimens.
There is nothing so hopeful as laughter. Every person has a sense of humor, and tapping into that can build a connection faster than anything else. Suffering people are tender all over, and normal humor is risky. Laughter Yoga is not about telling jokes - it is non-threatening, non-political - and just involves someone performing some basic movements and breathing. Laughter is the great equalizer. Laughing levels the playing field and invites true relationship - a dance of giving and receiving. When we laugh, we experience joy, and celebrate this moment, right now, regardless of how chaotic the life situation may be.
With the healthcare provider's permission - we provide Laughter Yoga Therapy for terminally ill patients (both adults and children) in Chicago area hospitals. It can only help.
If you are a doctor or health care provider - feel free to contact us so that we can schedule a mutually convenient time to come out and visit some of your patients.
We will also work at administering these services, on a wider or ongoing basis, if you so desire. Call 847-809-6867 for more information.