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Townships new therapeutic laughter center
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With the Montreal Canadiens going in to the Stanley Cup Playoffs it is surely time to laugh...laugh...laugh and be happy!The AVIVA Spa, the new wellness centre, located in the beautiful Qullliams Hotel on Lac Brome will be offering a range of courses in the new advanced laughter technique Laughercize. This new round of "Laughercize" starting in Knowlton is further proof that there is more to The Eastern Townships of Quebec than just Maple Syrup and the Big Brome Fair! Already a prime destination for visitors and one of the most desirable places to live in all of Quebec, Brome Lake is now being known as the home to such innovative and fun activities as the "Laughercize" program!

Laughercize was created by filmmaker Albert Nerenberg, who developed the method by fusing therapeutic laughter with exercise. Laughercize yields health benefits, fights stress and elevates mood. A series of new Laughercize sessions begin in March and April including: Introduction to Laughercize, Advanced Laughercize and Laughercize for couples.

Nerenberg who teaches some of the classes, says he is delighted to be at AVIVA. “It’s a perfect location, fantastic air wide open spaces, and stunning views,” he said. Quilliams is often less than an hour from Montreal by car centrally located in the Townships. Montrealers can come down for a weekend and go home with a new exercise technique under their belts.

Laughercize, has taken off in the Townships with capacity classes and some of the graduates adding to the method.

Students Adding to the Technique

”One of the challenges of the practice since it is group driven, is how to you bring it home” said Nerenberg is who is also CBC Radio Noon’s Laughologist. “ One of our graduates Margaret Zurbrigg developed a technique of laughing in the shower. It sounds crazy but it works.”

The laughter of children is one of the major inspirations for the Laughercize program!Shower Laughter was featured on several Montreal radio stations. “I believe we’re at the ground floor of the laughter movement,” said Chris Severs founder of the AVIVA SPA SANTE. “Therapeutic laughter is a new and effective and fun form of fitness and wellness, as well as mood elevation. And Laughercize is the most comprehensive and
enjoyable technique to date.”

Laughercize is suited to all ages including seniors who often find it less strenuous and more enjoyable then other forms of fitness.The AVIVA SPA SANTE specializes in positive wellness and health practices.

Laughercize is based on recent scientific discoveries that prove laughter helps blood circulation, strengthens immunity and can fight depression. As well, it’s a form of fitness. However, to reap the benefits people need to laugh for reasonable lengths of time, which is where Laughercize comes in. People often laugh for half an hour at a time in the sessions. Nerenberg is plans to train Laughercize instructors. With Laughercize headquartered here, the plan is to turn the Eastern Townships as a
centre for therapeutic laughter.

Albert Nerenberg is the hilarious mastermind behind Laughercize as well as the creator of many documentary films that have enjoyed major success throughout Canada!”Nothing says Joie de vivre like Quebec’s Eastern Townships,” said Nerenberg.

People interested in classes can call 450-242-2927 or email [email protected] or visit the laughercize website at http://www.laughercize.com

The Quilliams Hotel is at 572 Lakeside on beautiful Lac Brome.

For more information on the Laughercize program look back at this DestinationKnowlton.com article: Laughter: The Best Medicine for The Eastern Townships


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