What is Sophrology?
Sophrology is first a method of deep relaxation. Created by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a Colombian neuropsychiatrist, it is very well-known in Spain, France, Switzerland... Starting to grow in the US, in Canada and in the UK, it is a very helpful method to beat stress, anxiety and to bring harmony in your life.
But more than that, it is a powerful process that can help in different situations.
How does it work?
Through his/her voice and a particular way of speaking, the Sophrologist brings the patient into a very deep relaxation: the patient’s mind reaches a deep relaxation level called Alpha Level*
At this stage, the unconscious mind of the patient is very receptive, and the Sophrologist can, always through his/her voice, guide the patient to treat himself/herself, or to just simply relax.
Sophrology is NOT hypnosis: the patient is always fully aware and the consciousness becomes actually sharper through during the time of the process.
The entire method is based on a deep relaxation guided by the voice of the Sophrologist.
The full process lasts 20 to 30 minutes. The entire session can last 45 to 60 minutes, including the process and a discussion with the sophrologist.
The first session is sometimes entirely dedicated to a discussion to understand the problems or the goals of the patient and decide what is to be expected.
A typical treatment can last 2 months, usually with 1 to 2 sessions a week, and up to 4 months (up to 6 months in some cases). All this will be decided in the first sessions with the Sophrologist.
It is very important to understand that the Sophrologist is just a guide helping the patient to learn how to treat himself/herself. In the process, the patient learns to relax himself/herself and learns to have a better control over whatever issues he/she has, or goals he/she wants to achieve.
Some examples in which Sophrology can help:
- To reduce anxiety, stress, or to simply get more relaxed
- To prepare for an exam, a competition, to prepare to give birth, to prepare for surgery
- To stop smoking, to reduce weight
- To help children with fears, with difficulties in learning, with shyness
Children can learn sophrology and can benefit a lot from it.
Do not hesitate to bring any other question to us and we'll let you know what you could expect from Sophrology.
Important: Please note that Sophrology does not replace any medical treatment or medical advice.
*The Alpha Level is a level your mind reaches just between a fully awaken state and a sleeping state: in this level the patient becomes actually more conscious and his/her mind becomes more receptive.