Widely followed in Europe, Sophrology was created 60 years ago in Spain by Professort Alfonso Caycedo. He was a psychiatrist and neurologist searching for a gentle practice to ease the physical and mental stresses of daily life for his patients, and develop harmony of body and mind.
Sophrology is a unique blend of Eastern philosophies and practices with Western Science. Also called, dynamic relaxation, you are guided through a simple, but powerful combination of breathing and relaxation exercises, visualisations, meditation and body awareness methods to help you access a calming sense of balance and take a moment away from the chaotic world around you.
Following a short practice of whatever you might have time for, usually between 10 to 30 minutes, and anywhere you are, you will feel empowered to take on the rest of your day with the same sense of calm and overall happiness.
With continual practice, you can progress up through the levels of Sophrology (see more about the 12 levels here).
Sophrology was initially used only in the medical world, but from the 70’s quickly spread across society and became widely used – notably in schools and universities to help students manage exam stress; in maternity to positively deal with pregnancy and prepare for birth; amongst sports people to prepare for big events; in hospital as support for dealing with pain, cancer or insomnia; and in the corporate world for stress-management and prevention of burn out.
Sophrology will allow you to easily access your inner resources, including resilience, confidence, focus, positivity, balance, energy – to name a few.
Sophrology is growing rapidly in popularity now in the UK and recently attracted a lot of press from the UK media.
“While many people try and fail to reap the benefits of meditative practices, taking up Sophrology could be the key to unlocking your mind’s potential.” (The Independent)
While many people try and fail to reap the benefits of meditative practices, taking up Sophrology could be the key to unlocking your mind’s potential.
Sophrology is set to be the next big wellness trend. If it’s used effectively by everyone from women in labour to Olympic athletes, it can only be a matter of time before sophrology enters our wellness lexicon.