The 12 Degrees of Sophrology
A complete Sophology programme has 12 Levels (Degrees). These are designed so that, over a period of time, we can discover, master and transform our consciousness. Each Level has its own purpose and tools, to gently and safely access our sense of self awareness, and use our inner resources in our daily lives.
It is best to start with an Introduction or Level One session as this covers the basic principles and practical exercises common to the whole method. Don’t feel you have to do all 12 Degrees – each Sophrology session offers a new discovery and experience which is valid on its own. Dominique’s Short Courses are a great way to explore and practise the different degrees of the method. In individual sessions Dominique tailors many of these tools in a therapeutic way to meet your specific needs.
Below are the basics of the first five Levels. Do get in touch if you would like more details on the 12 Degrees.
Introduction to Sophrology
You will be given all the basic principles and tools to be confident in learning and benefiting from the method. The techniques cover breathing, connecting to the body, learning to relax the body and liberate and focus the mind. These are all important steps in creating balance between body and mind.
Level One – First Degree
The First Degree helps enhance body awareness, release deep tensions and encourage awareness of the present. You will begin to appreciate a relaxed but dynamic state. Level 1 particularly helps people become more confident, focused and grounded as well as helping a wide range of stress-related symptoms. It can also be used to get ready for specific events.
Level Two – Second Degree
The Second Degree explores the mind and the infinite possibilities at our disposal, such as imagination, concentration, creativity and stillness, thereby creating both a better present and preparing you for a positive future. Level 2 is renowned for improving concentration and focus.
Level Three – Third Degree
The Third Degree encourages a deeper union of body and mind, freeing us from our limiting thought patterns and beliefs. It helps us transform our past into a reward instead of a weight, and enjoy the present even more.
Level Four – Fourth Degree
The Fourth Degree helps us live according to our own values and discover which values are most important to us. Sophrology teaches us to look at ourselves and the world around us with fewer preconceived ideas, allowing more freedom. This can seem rather complicated to a newcomer, but as Sophrology is based on a practice involving body and mind, it becomes a living experience rather than a theoretical concept.
Levels Five and Beyond
Those interested in more advanced practice will be given tools to explore consciousness in greater depth. The union between body, mind and soul can be further reinforced through exercises exploring the effects of sound, cell memory and fundamental human resources. These living concepts are teaching us to be our own alchemists, giving us the opportunity to apply them to our lives and relationships.