This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. So, it feels like the perfect time to delve a little deeper into one of Katie Brindle, founder of Hayo’u Method, favourite mind/body exercises – laughter qigong.
Aside from being incredibly funny and joyous and the surprise hit of her qigong sessions, it has multiple healing benefits:
1 – Improves your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
2 – Relieves pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce endorphins, its own natural painkillers.
3 – Improves your mood. . Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.
4 – Boosts Lymphatic drainage: Belly laughter causes your diaphragm to act as a pump for your lymphatic circulation.
5 – Stimulates the organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
6 – Deactivates your stress response. Laughter immediately relaxes you – your blood pressure drops, and your heart rate slows.
7 – Soothes tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Join @Katie_Brindle on Instagram 8am Weekdays (9am Weekends) for her live Qigong classes