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What happens during a Sophrology session?
Sophrology can be practised in one-to-one sessions or in group settings. One-to-one sessions are ideal to tailor the exercises to your needs and situation. Group sessions cover Sophrology techniques to improve general wellbeing and enable participants to share their experience with the group.
The exercises are done standing up, lying down or sitting down and are guided by the Sophrologist’s voice.
One to one session:
Duration : 1 hour
– Consultation and identification of the objective of the session(s) : 15-20 minutes
– Series of guided exercises including breathing, dynamic relaxation (body movements) and positive visualisation: 25-30 minutes
– Discussion about the client’s experience and description of exercises to practice in between the sessions: 10-15 minutes
Duration : 1 hour
– Presentation of the aim and objectives of the session : 10 minutes
– Breathing exercises and dynamic relaxation: 15-20 minutes
– Visualisation: 15-20 minutes
– Discussion about the participants’ experiences and description of exercises to practice in between the sessions: 15 minutes
How does Sophrology work?
During a session, I guide you with my voice to a state of consciousness between “awake” and “asleep” (called the sophroliminal level) where the alpha brain waves, associated with states of peace and relaxation, kick in and allow you to stimulate capacities that you are unaware of or that are little exploited.
In this state of consciousness, you are guided through a series of exercises designed to move your consciousness away from the “mind chatter” and into your body, reconnecting with your body sensations, your breathing and your five senses. The exercises are performed eyes closed, standing up or sitting down. Session after session, you develop the ability to physically and mentally relax, improve your focus, manage your stress and emotions better, overcome life’s obstacles in a calm and confident way and develop a positive outlook on life. Sophrology’s work is three dimensional: it helps you approach the future in a serene way, feeling relaxed, calm and alert in the present moment and accepting of the past.
What types of exercises do we perform?
Sophrology is a gentle non-intrusive technique that works both on the body and the mind, combining breathing and concentration exercises, gentle movements (called Dynamic Relaxation exercises) and positive visualisations. The exercises are performed in different postures, standing up or sitting down and eyes closed. As you become more familiar with the method, you can start practicing eyes opened.
Where does Sophrology come from?
Sophrology comes from the Greek words “Sos” (harmony), “Phren” (consciousness) and “Logos” (study/science) and literally means “The Study of Consciousness in Harmony”. Sophrology is a discipline aiming to improve our quality of life by expanding our consciousness and reaching a harmonious state (called Sophronic Consciousness) more aligned with our environment, resources and values.
Created by Professor Alfonso Caycedo in Spain in the 1960s, Sophrology was born from the inspiration and combination of Western therapeutic techniques (Hypnosis, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurophysiology, Phenomenology and classical relaxation methods) with Eastern techniques including Yoga, Mindfulness Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Japanese Zen. Sophrology quickly grew in popularity throughout the French and Spanish speaking world and is now used in a wide range of environments including medicine, sport, education, art and the corporate world.
The full method is composed of twelve levels, very structured and organised in a way that, over time through the experience of practicing, it allows us to access deeper layers of consciousness and reach a higher state of harmony and wellbeing. Each level has its own purpose and associated tools but there is no need to learn the full method to enjoy the positive results.
Can I try before booking a session with you?
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What is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Sophrology?
Sophrology has a few similarities with Hypnotherapy and can help with similar ailments and objectives. However, the way to achieve the results differs.
Whilst hypnotherapy works on accessing the unconscious mind, Sophrology does not. Sophrology stimulates the person’s presence and vitality. The client is very active during Sophrology exercises and remains in an alert state of consciousness. Sophrology exercises are performed in different postures, standing up, sitting down and walking.
As opposed to Hypnotherapy, Sophrology is not directive and lets the client freely explore their sensations, feelings and emotions.
Sophrology uses a series of body movements called dynamic relaxation which is very specific to the method and not found in Hypnotherapy.
Sophrology does not look at the causes and reasons behind the client’s problems, Sophrology works around it, enabling the person to exploit his/her positive inner resources and capacities so s/he can move towards a brighter future.
Sophrology provides very practical techniques that can easily be re-used in the client’s everyday life and “on the go”.
What is the difference between Relaxation and Sophrology?
Whilst relaxation techniques may sometimes be used in the first Sophrology sessions, relaxation is certainly not the end goal of the method. We are looking to achieve a clear mind in a body that is free from unnecessary tension, a state in which we have just the right amount of tension and energy in the body. Sophrology stimulates the person’s vitality and uses very specifc techniques to achieve this which are not relaxation techniques.
What is the difference between Mindfulness and Sophrology?
There are some similarities between Mindfulness and the very first sessions of Sophrology where we work to bring our awareness into our body and our breathing and improve our quality of presence in our everyday life by being more connected to the present moment and the physical sensations arising in the body. Mindfulness techniques can be used in the everyday life, just like in Sophrology.
However, Sophrology goes beyond improving our quality of life by reconnecting to the present moment. The work we do in Sophrology is three dimensional. We also look ahead and learn to exploit our inner resources and capacities so we can move towards a brighter, calmer and more positive future and face life’s challenges in a more serene way. We also travel into the past, exploring positive past memories to help us achieve our objectives in the future. We also work on values that are important to us so we can live a life that is more harmonious, happier and in line with these values. Sophrology also uses a set of body movements and postures that are very specific to the method.