WHAT IS SOPHROLOGY?
Created in the 60s by Alfredo Caycedo, neuropsycholochiatrist. Sophrology is inspired from several disciplines such as hypnosis, and eastern techniques such as yoga and zen. A real mix of eastern and western techniques, its founder has succeeded in creating a unique method bringing together a series of clear and specific exercises.
Sophrology is a discipline that helps each and every one of us to develop, to have serenity and well being through personal development, based on techniques that will affect the body and the mind. It combines exercises that focus on breathing and concentration, muscle relaxation and mental imagery (also called visualisation).
WHAT IS IT?
Created and developed in a hospital environment in the 1960 by Dr. Alfonso Caycedo (psychiatrist), sophrology is training for the body and mind to develop well being and serenity.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Activity based on “Sophrology for Life” for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Accessible to all, sophrology adapts perfectly to the individual’s needs using simple and effective exercises.
- managing stress
- managing emotions
- confidence and self esteem
- managing pain
- performance anxiety
- support with projects
- exam preparation
- and much more…
Sophrology uses simple relaxation and breathing techniques, and positive visualisation that are easy to do at home.
For children, women and men.
Sophrology is accessible to all. The exercises are easy and simple to do. Sophrology adapts to the needs and constraints of all ages.
Sociable and preventative : sophrology is an incredible tool that helps you protect yourself against the daily stresses in your personal and professional life.
Sophrology helps people with difficulty falling asleep or waking up during the night. It is effective in mild cases of exhausting and stressful lifestyle or poor bedtime habits. Each of these disorders can be treated with relaxation and breathing exercises. To these are added futurisation techniques to prepare your night with pleasure.
Sophrology does not replace medicine in any way, but it is becoming increasingly more recognised by the medical profession as a complementary therapy to traditional medicine and psychology.
Its effectiveness is persuaded by speedy results and very few side effects.
Sophrology, created by a neuropsychiatrist, makes it possible, in particular, to reduce anti-anxiety and pain medication in certain cases. The person exercising sophrology is then more autonomous in their own care.
The benefits of sophrology in parenthood… Reduced fatigue. Awareness of the joyful moments. Self-awareness. Management of fear and its associated emotions. Stress management. Confidence development in your role as a parent. Knowledge of your values. Easier decision making. Development of your intuitions.
Every pregnant woman experiences moments of anxiousness and stress when faced with the great adventure of birth.
Thanks to prenatal sophrology as a method for preparing for childbirth, you will learn to fully experience this beautiful stage and calmly prepare for the arrival of your baby.
Sophrology is a powerful ally of the athlete. It allows him or her to improve performance while preserving good health because it acts both on the mental and physical well-being.
To reach high levels in good conditions, many athletes use sophrology in mental preparation. Because at this level, the mind makes all the difference. Motivation, concentration, stress control, self-confidence are indeed the key to success.
SOPHROLOGY FOR WHOM?
- Pregnant women
When was this discipline created?
It was born in the 1960s, under the leadership of a neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo. It is a psychological approach on the body, which helps relax the body and mind. It draws its sources from yoga, meditation and relaxation.
What pillars is it based on?
Sophrology is based on relaxation (muscle relaxation), breathing (entry route to relaxation), and visualisation.
What do we mean by “visualisation”?
It is about recalling happy memories of the past to transform our vision of being. We learn to positively anticipate an anxiety-provoking situation. Visualisation can also help to project yourself into the future, in a positive way, seeing yourself in good health and with future plans. It is a vital step towards recovery.
What are the benefits of relaxation therapy?
The physical benefits are physical relaxation and muscle relaxation (head to toe). It is a real energy recharge. Relaxation of the body enables relaxation of the mind. Beyond a greater well-being, the immune system improves as well as sleep disorders.
This relaxation also reduces physical and joint pain, but also back pain, muscle cramping, or headaches and stomachaches.
Sophrology allows you to be more serene on a daily basis, to experience surgical procedures more positively or to better understand the treatments more positively. You become an active contributor in your healing in every sense of the word to improve your quality of life.
Should we do sessions regularly?
Regular practice is very important in the case of chronic or degenerative diseases such as cancer. The act of practicing more frequently makes it possible to calm the mind, to better manage stress and to be able to name the emotions (anger, sadness, anxiety…).
What is the difference from meditation?
Focused on the present, the latter consists of becoming aware of our inner world (breathing, sensations, perceptions … without judgment with a warm welcome). This practice allows you to calm the mind and acquire awareness of yourself. Meditation has no therapeutic aim, unlike sophrology.