What is Sophrology?

Sophrology is often referred to as “happiness training” as in each technique we rest the nervous system and activate dopamine transmission in the brain.

Created by the Spanish neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo in the 1960s, it features 12 levels of study, and includes both eastern practices, western psychology, greek philosophy and phenomenology. Sophrology, is an emerging stress-management and burnout prevention technique as well as a therapy that can increase one’s sense of well-being and inner strength. It is very versatile as it is also used to improve academic performance, sport performance and for self-development to help people reach their potential. It is transformative as continued practice, up to level 12, brings a person to higher level of self awareness and consciousness, deepening one’s aliveness.

Sophrology is based on six essential components and 4 attitudes. The essential components being: posture, awareness, breathing, gentle movement, visualization and affirmation. The four attitudes being to treat all experiences as if it is the first time, use non-judgement, the exercises must be lived and repeated.

Sophrology can be used by individuals and in group settings to address:

Burnout recovery and prevention, Improving sleep, Emotional management and intelligence, Confidence, Self-esteem and self-worth, Deep connection to values, Intuition, Improving communication, Staying healthy through long periods of stress, Managing pain, Recovery from surgery, Motivation and energy management.

How does it work?

The techniques trigger the happy and relax neurotransmitters in the brain so that the body moves into a happy safe space allowing the mind to rest and relax even when situations or people become a little chaotic around you.

We are training your brain, like you train a muscle, to be more resilient, productive and positive about your abilities. We create and reinforce new neural pathways (building new synaptic bridges) in the brain that support your goals versus your existing ones that bring you into fight, flight or freeze mode.

As as student we might find that homework or certain subjects can cause us to move into freeze or flight mode. This happens in business as well when we are given tasks that we find overwhelming or if we are over tired or stressed due to outside factors. We either stare at the page or computer and do nothing or we find other things to do in order to avoid what we need to do. When we are in flight, freeze or even fight mode, we are working in what is call the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system’s (SNS) primary concern is your safety and keeping you alive.

It is associated with the emotional brain which is in constant contact with your unconscious mind. The SNS is switched on all the time and if you have had bad experiences in a subject in the past, or with a manager or when doing certain tasks, the whole system can assess a similar situation as a big threat. Sending you into stress mode.

Sophrology techniques are anchored in the positive, and the possible at all times. During the practice we build nice wide super bridges between synapsis in the the neuro-circuitry of the brain. When we practice often these new bridges become so strong and wide that when we are not practicing the signals in the brain will take this wider, new bigger positive path versus the old negative, stress inducing bridge.

Sophrology practice helps us develop that perfect balance between working in the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems. The para-sympathetic system being the one that mainly runs the body behind the scenes. We need to use both parts of the nervous system so that we have just the right amount of calm and energy to work efficiently and to our best level with confidence and motivation.

Whether participation is in group or individual sessions, throughout your time with me we will be taking advantage of this neural plasticity in the brain so that you can be happier, reach your goals and be comfortable in your own skin!