What is Sophrology?
Sophrology was elaborated in the sixties by Colombian neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Alphonso Caycedo. Sophrology is defined as the science of the harmony of the mind. Sophrology incorporates many techniques inspired by yoga, hypnosis and Zen philosophy. Both a therapeutic technique and a philosophy of life, it allows you to acquire a better knowledge of the self and to face the existential challenges with calm and serenity.
The definition given by Caycedo, in 1994 is: “Sophrology is the study of human consciousness and existential values ”
SOS = Balance, harmony
PHREN = Spirit, Consciousness
LOGOS = Science
It allows everyone to regain a physical and psychological balance, develop their potential and improve their well-being. The exercises offered are simple, accessible to all and easily applicable on a daily basis.
Who is it for?
Sophrology is for everyone and adapts to the needs and constraints of people of all ages through its accessible, simple and easy to perform exercises.
What can it do for you?
Sophrology can help you…
- Relax and release tensions
- Build your confidence, develop a more positive image
- Reduce your stress, manage your emotions better
- Reduce your anxiety, stay grounded
- Overcome your fears, doubts and insecurities
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Get ready for an event (school exam, job interview, sports competition, childbirth, medical intervention …)
- Develop your memory, your concentration and your creativity
- Handle life’s difficulties (divorce, mourning, relocation, layoffs…)
- Manage pain and/or disease better
- Overcome addictions (smoking, food, drugs…)
Sophrology is not a substitute for medicine and may in no case modify or replace a prescribed medical treatment.
What are the common points between sophrology and meditation?
These two practices are characterized by an “altered state of consciousness” for the purpose of being available to oneself, observing from a distance the flow of thoughts and being open to what is called the “full consciousness”. Both use attention and concentration. Sophrology is somewhere between hypnosis and meditation: it is a guided practice, like hypnosis, but you remain actor of your session, paying full attention to your body and inner feelings.
Sophrology in practice
Sophrology can be practiced anywhere: in a practitioner’s office, in group sessions, at work and at home. Muscular and mental relaxation techniques are used, as well as breathing exercises and positive visualizations. Sophrology offers a wide range of dynamic or static exercises that adapt to your needs and goals. Techniques are simple and easy to remember, and allow you to practice autonomously.