What is it?
Sophrology is a guided practice, using a combination of breathing, relaxation, gentle body movement, meditation and visualisation techniques. Sophrology is practiced in a state of dynamic relaxation, which means that the body is totally calm yet the mind is fully alert. It is designed to connect your awareness of your mind and body, resulting in a sense of calm and balance.
Why would I do it?
Sophrology can allow you to more easily access your resilience, confidence, focus, positivity, balance and energy. It can aid sleep and help relieve stress. Shown to be particularly beneficial before events, like exams, presentations and interviews, to help with nervousness or lapses in confidence, it also works more generally, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress or pressure.
What happens in a Sophrology session?
You will be guided through an induction, designed to move you to a state of dynamic relaxation. You will then be guided through a simple practice, which will include a combination of techniques from breathing, movements, short meditations and visualisations (you can expect some but not all of these techniques to be included in any one session).
You will finally be invited to talk about what you experienced during the practice.
A little history of Sophrology
Widely followed in France, Sophrology was created by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a psychiatrist and neurologist. It is a unique blend of Eastern philosophies combined with practices developed by Western Science. It was initially used only in the medical world, but is now used in education to help students manage exam stress; in maternity to positively prepare for birth; amongst sports people to prepare for big events; in hospital and generally as support for dealing with anxieties, pain and insomnia. It is also used in the corporate world for stress-management and for the prevention of (and recovery from) burn out.