Sophrology

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but rather, that which is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

"It isn't the events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgements about them." Manuel Epictete

 

Sophrology is a relaxation technique. With it you can

  • improve your resistance to day-to-day stress, both in your private and professional life
  • improve the way you deal with emotions caused by difficult situations i.e. exams, interviews, grief, harassment at work
  • strengthen your self-confidence and personality
  • improve your powers of concentration

Application

  • therapy: treatment of blockades and functional diseases caused by stress
  • prophylaxis: prevention
  • pedagogy: preparation for life events, such as birth, surgery, examinations and sports events 

Etymologie

SOS               balance, harmony, serenity                       

PHREN          consciousness, brain, heart

LOGOS          science, study, word

These three words make up the term sophrology denoting it as the science of harmonious consciousness. It is inspired by and based on a number of relaxation techniques, such as yoga, autogenic training according to Schultz and progressive muscle relaxation according to Jakobson.

How does the treatment work?

The sophrologist speaks to the client in a soft voice during various exercises that achieve deep physical and mental relaxation, calmness and wellbeing.

This deep state of relaxation leads to true consciousness and opens up the sub-conscious where day-to-day problems are often suppressed. This way, suppressed emotions are recognised and can be managed much better.

  • Muscle relaxation and letting go
  • Dynamic relaxation: releases tensions
  • Breathing exercises: induces calm and leads to deep relaxation
  • Mental pictures and metaphors: strengthen self-confidence focus and concentration, activate true potential so that clients can cope better with difficult life situations 

Treatment lasts one hour.

*Reduced prices may be available to students and financially disadvantaged clients on special request. Please feel free to contact me.

Please note: sophrology is an effective treatment but does not replace a medical examination or treatment.

Scientific references

1. Mindfulness Meditation-Based Pain Relief Employs Different Neural Mechanisms than Placebo and Sham Mindfulness Meditation-Induced Analgesia, Zeidan et al, Journal of Neuroscience, 2015.

2. Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Compared with Maintenance Antidepressant Treatment in the Prevention of Depressive Relapse or Recurrence: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Kuyken et al, The Lancet, 2015.

3. Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Effects on Anxiety and Stress Reactivity, Hoge et al, J Clin Psychiatry, 2013.

4. Meditation Experience is Associated with Increased Cortical Thickness, Lazar et al, Neuroreport, 2005. 5. Forever Young(er): Potential Age-Defying Effects of Long-Term Meditation on Gray Matter Atrophy, Luders et al, Frontiers in Psychology, 2015.