What Sophrology is
Sophrology is the latest holistic therapy to hit the UK.
It is a very established technique on the continent, especially in France. Sophrology is used in many different fields: hospitals, schools, corporate world, sports and performance just to name a few.
Sophrology is a fantastic blend of Eastern and Western techniques. Inspired by yoga and progressive relaxation, hypnosis and mindfulness, it was developed as a unique and structured method by neuropsychiatrist Professor Alfonso Caycedo.
It is based on gentle body movements, breathing exercises, concentration and visualisation techniques.
Sophrology suits everyone because the exercises are very simple to do and are very adaptable. No matter your health condition, physical or emotional state, sophrology is a simple yet effective method which can be tailored to your specific needs.
Because the exercises are so varied it is very hard not to find at least one exercise that will help you feel calmer, more balanced or focused.
Sophrology is a structured method to help you face daily challenges, improve your life quality and restore harmony between body and mind. It is an empowering technique that will allow you to feel in charge of your own emotional and physical wellbeing.
What Sophrology is not
Sophrology is not a magic wand.
Let’s be clear about this, you usually get out how much as you put in. Sophrology is a discipline, albeit a fun one. It requires an open mind and most importantly commitment and practice.
To feel the benefits you need to practice regularly, in a similar way as you would need to exercise regularly if you wanted to be fit.
As such there is no guarantee of results. The work will depend on you.
Sophrology is also not a cure.
It is a complementary therapy and will never replace a medical treatment.
How does it work and what happens during a session?
First, I offer you the possibility to have a free 30-minute consultation via phone or Skype.
This consultation is an opportunity for you to explain the issue you want to deal with, learn more about how sophrology could help you and decide whether or not you want to work with me.
The consultation is an opportunity for me to determine whether I can help you. My work is always aimed at the client’s best interest. If I think sophrology is not the right method for you I will say so and direct you to a GP or another specialist if appropriate.
If we decide to work together, I will design a protocol tailored to your specific needs. The number of recommended sessions and the frequency of sessions depend on each individual and on the condition treated. The first session will include a more thorough consultation (whether we had a 30-min consultation or not).
For individual clients, a sophrology session lasts between 45 minutes to one hour. I will explain and demonstrate the exercises at the beginning of the session before guiding you through them. Sophrology is usually practiced sitting or standing with your eyes closed. It can also be practiced lying down or with your eyes open if you feel uncomfortable closing them.
At the end of the session I will invite you to discuss what you experienced if you are happy to share it.
We will discuss how to practice the exercises on your own and you will usually (but not always) get some documentation or an audio recording of the session to aid your personal training.