Sophrology is a structured method created to produce optimal health and well-being. It consists of a series of easy-to-do physical and mental exercises that, when practiced regularly, lead to a healthy, relaxed body and a calm, alert mind.
The exercises are called dynamic relaxation (relaxation in movement). The ultimate aim is to become fully present, fully alive and fully participating, comfortably and joyfully, in all areas of life.
The first things people generally notice after starting to practice sophrology are: more restful sleep, improved concentration, fewer worries, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of inner happiness. The most common remark after a few months of training is along the lines of:
“In general nothing has really outwardly changed in my life, but I am happier, things seem easier, I have more energy and I wake up feeling glad to be alive.”
What happens in a typical Sophrology Exercise?
You either sit or stand with eyes gently closed as the sophrologist talks you through a series of basic exercises, starting with focusing on each part of the body, tensing, releasing and energizing.
After this, the sophrologist will guide you to focus on a particular subject. For example, you may be invited to notice how the body experiences calmness, in order to be able to reproduce the physical sensations of calmness more often in your daily life. With regular training, these desired states of being are integrated gradually into your everyday life. Sophrology exercises can be described as a ‘virtual training program.’
During the sophrology exercise you can be guided to work with specific themes, such as improving performance in public speaking, exams, sports competitions as well as in relationships with partners, children, colleagues and more. Sophrology exercises are all about strengthening and improving all our abilities and capacities.
A holistic programme
Sophrology exercises reinforce and strengthen mind, body and spirit improving both physical and mental health. Many people find that sophrology positively impacts all areas of their lives.
After practicing sophrology, people generally experience: more restful sleep, improved concentration, fewer worries, increased self-confidence, and a feeling of inner happiness.
Sophrology has a wide range of applications and is used in business, sport, schools, universities, relationships, hospitals, childbirth. It is an integral part of the training in the Geneva police force.
- Physical health
- Emotional health
- Decision making
- Sense of well-being
Areas of Application
- Everyday life
- Competitive sport
- Exam preparation
- Presentation skills
- Team management