How sophrology helps with chronic pain management

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Heather’s success story and her transformation through chronic pain

 

Heather joined an online pain management intervention I delivered for a study investigating the impact of sophrology on chronic pain.

Chronic pain was impacting both her professional and social life, making it difficult and stressful to live her life fully.

If, like her, you’ve been living with an invisible illness for years, you’ve probably experienced the feelings of frustration and weariness that come with it.

  • Constantly worrying about what you’re going to be able to do or not, depending on the pain and energy levels on the day
  • Feeling lonely and misunderstood
  • Beating yourself up because you think you’re letting people down

The initial doubts

 

When she joined the intervention, Heather was simply looking for coping mechanisms. She wanted to discover new techniques to manage her pain levels.

She was initially anxious about her capacity to follow the intervention as her health was not that great at the time it started. However, those worries quickly dissipated when she realised how flexible and adaptable sophrology is.  I alway meet participants where they are at. They can always take it at their own pace. This put her mind at ease and she felt safe to start her own journey.

Heather was also a bit nervous about doing the sessions on Zoom but she realised after the first session that online delivery worked very well and still allowed the connection with the group.

 

 

From coping skills for pain to becoming a better version of herself

 

Initially looking for coping skills for pain, Heather completely transformed into ‘a better version of herself’ by the end of the intervention.

Both her mental health and physical health improved through the intervention. It had a very positive impact and here are all the benefits she experienced:

  • Although she thought it wouldn’t be possible, she learnt to shift her focus to different sensations in her body when she experienced a flare up which helped alleviating the pain.
  • As she became more aware of her body, she managed to catch warning signs and used the exercises she learnt to avoid bigger flares.
  • As she managed to avoid bigger flares and learnt to release tensions, she felt more confident and more in control of her body and health. Overall she was less afraid when having pain flares.
  • Her sleep improved.
  • She noticed she was managing her stress and emotions better with an immediate impact on her health.
  • She felt more connected to herself and empowered to set boundaries with people. She learnt to put herself and her self-care first, whereas before she would try to push through because she didn’t want to let others down.
  • Her quality of life improved improved because she became more in tune with her body needs and more at peace with herself. It prevented her from going into overwhelm.
  • She found the energy to make positive moves and changes in areas of her life she was avoiding as it was hard or uncomfortable.

Her experience in her own words

“You were very kind, patient and open. You made me feel safe and not rushed throughout the sessions. I let go of my self conscious issues and just opened myself up to the experience because how you spoke to everyone and adapted and guided with no judgment.

I feel I’ve become a better version of myself. I’ve become more patient, not just with myself or my health, but with others in my life too. I feel empowered and that’s it’s OK to take ownership of my health. There are things in my control that I can do to feel better or have a positive effect. When I was hit through the intervention by a major personal upset, without realising, I put into practice the information and techniques you shared and taught me. It minimised the stress flare up and let me feel at peace despite the turmoil of the situation. I also learnt to allow myself to feel whatever I need without judging myself.

I have grown as a person and it was nice to discover a strength in myself.

Practicing Sophrology has allowed me to reduce pain medications and reduce side effects from others. It has also helped my brain fog moments and I feel much more switched on and aware.”

 

Are you struggling with chronic pain?

 

I’ve got a unique and structured approach that can help you. The techniques and strategies I use are simple, easily integrated in your daily life and have real impacts and benefits.

I invite you to book a free 15-min consultation with me.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been suffering for and what you have tried before. I’ll meet you where you at, and help you transform your life. 

I suffer from a rare severe head pain condition that no longer responds to medication so I decided to try Sophrology because I’ve tried everything else. My body is so fatigued and stressed from being in pain for 20 years that I thought I may as well try it. I didn’t know much about Sophrology before I decided to have a session with Audrey and it’s not like anything I have tried before. It’s much more than mindfulness which I didn’t really get on with, and nothing like meditation. All I can say is that it is so relaxing and there is definitely something in the mind-body connection that I haven’t found in anything else. I have now had 4 full sessions plus a 4 day taster course and really feel like it’s helping me. Audrey leaves you with a recording so you can listen at any time. After a session I can always feel such a difference in that my body doesn’t feel as stressed and I can visualise my cortisol levels reducing. Audrey has also given me tools/techniques to help in everyday situations and I’m finding that I am incorporating these into my everyday life without even thinking about it now, which is all helpful in terms of managing my pain and the effects the pain is having on my body. Audrey is lovely to work with; she is so understanding and knowledgeable and her French accent is divine! Sophrology is well worth a try and I can’t think of anyone better to help than Audrey at Step into Sophrology. Sarah Stevenson

 

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2 thoughts on “How sophrology helps with chronic pain management”

  1. Great post! It’s important to note that while sophrology can be beneficial for pain management, it may not completely eliminate severe or chronic pain. It should be used in conjunction with medical guidance and any prescribed treatments. Additionally, the effectiveness of sophrology can vary from person to person, so it’s advisable to explore different techniques and find what works best for each individual’s unique needs. Consulting a qualified sophrologist or healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about mind-body practices can provide personalized guidance and support in integrating sophrology into a pain management plan.

    1. Thank you for your comment David. I agree with you that sophrology is very much a complementary therapy and I always advocate that it is used in conjunction with appropriate medical treatments. As for the different techniques, I also agree that the most important is to find what works for you. Since sophrology is so adaptable and easy to use, many people who worked with me found that it’s an effective practice they can stick to, but we’re all different.

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