Laughter Yoga In A Hospital In Italy

Thursday, 17 October 2013 15:50:30Back
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Antonella Manna, physiotherapist, Milan: In January 2013, I obtained a certificate as a Laughter Yoga leader and realized the potential of this technique both for helping patients and for the wellbeing of the health personnel in hospitals. I am trying my best to make people aware of Laughter Yoga in the hospital where I work, with the aim of divulging it in all the health facilities in Milan.

Difficulties and obstacles are many, but I have managed to hold weekly laughter sessions open both to the hospital's staff (on Wednesday), and to patients in our Senology-Oncology Wards (on Monday), with the help of a volunteer from an association in this sector.

At the Laughter World Day held in Bellaria I was offered the possibility to talk about my small hospital experience. I really felt like a Laughter Yoga leader and understood that I can really help to bring a smile to those who believe they have no reason to smile. In fact, to further my knowledge and skills, I attend regular laughter workshops and seminars. Besides helping others, I myself feel that the inner spirit of laughter has made me more compassionate and generous as a person, and has taught me to work selflessly and with pure dedication and commitment.

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  • Janni Goss

    Well done Antonella! As a Laughter Leader/Teacher/Physiotherapist myself I am also well aware of the potential benefits for staff. Patients needing rehab. or chronic disease management, who have a disability or are ageing can all benefit! As Stress is the No1 cause of dis-ease, the stress reduction effects of laughter Yoga need to be recognized and utilised in health care systems!! Hopefully some day Laughter Yoga will be recognized as a legitimate complimentary therapy and we are working towards this end here in Perth Western Australia! Happy New Year!!

    Monday, 30 December 2013 11:48:58
  • Janni Goss

    Well done Antonella! As a Laughter Leader/Teacher/Physiotherapist myself I am also well aware of the potential benefits for staff. Patients needing rehab. or chronic disease management, who have a disability or are ageing can all benefit! As Stress is the No1 cause of dis-ease, the stress reduction effects of laughter Yoga need to be recognized and utilised in health care systems!! Hopefully some day Laughter Yoga will be recognized as a legitimate complimentary therapy and we are working towards this end here in Perth Western Australia! Happy New Year!!

    Monday, 30 December 2013 11:48:58
  • Sylvester

    Beautiful testimony! it goes to the heart of laughter

    Monday, 23 December 2013 20:04:41

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