How long does a typical course take to complete?
Some people, however, like to spend longer on each exercise. Some like to do the exercises every second day and some like to repeat the 1st level a few times before going on to the Second Level and so on. Basically, Sophrology is all about awareness, so when you feel ready go on to the next exercise. If you want to back track and do some of the previous ones, that is perfect.
Sophrology is based on repetition of the exercises. The more you repeat them the more awareness you will have and the more awareness you have and the more time you spend in pleasant emotional states, the easier life will become.
Can I do any of the courses online?
If followed in the correct order, the path, although may sometimes provoke emotional releases, will be easier and smoother.
What is the purpose of doing the main Sophrology program?
What can I do if I only have 3 mins to exercise in?
Is Sophrology good for everybody?
What if something awful happens?
The same thing applies to extremely joyful, exuberant emotions – they also need to be lived fully in the moment and gradually we come back to balance.
The important thing with emotions is that they keep activating themselves throughout the day and we go into highs and lows with no outside influence. In other words, we press start on internal DVDs and they either play out hurtful, frustrating and depressing or joyful, happy and exciting films.
How do the online courses work?
You start listening to the first audio daily, for a minimum of one week or longer if you like.
When you feel ready, you practice the 2nd audio session, while being guided through the exercise by the audio file. Practice daily for one week or longer and when ready listen to the third.
Keep going until you have finished the 7 parts of the course.
It can be very beneficial to repeat the course several times and also, after completing the course once, to choose your favourite exercises and practice them. Usually, in our society, we are encouraged to practice things we are not good at, so that we improve them, in Sophrology we suggest that you practice things that you like and find easy, so that you become more and more into a state of joy and happiness and less and less in the ‘have to’ mode.
What is the difference between the foundation and specialised exercises and the First, Second, Third and Fourth Levels?
The name and short explanation will guide you as to the possible benefits.
Some of the exercises have physical movements, so what should I do to practice them in the train or supermarket queue?
Science has proven that just by watching a sport on TV the parts of the brain are activated as if you are actually doing the sport, so even although you have just done the exercises mentally the exercise will still be effective.
Is Sophrology the only method that does these things?
• Being in present time
• Focussing on the what makes us feel good
• Growing awareness
• Taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions
Sophrology is just one of these methods.
What about emotions?
Each moment of the day we choose our emotions. We choose whether to be happy or sad, angry or joyful, etc.
What can we do to quickly change our emotions from sad to happy, from frustration to joy?
We press stop and eject to remove the DVD
We insert new DVD with happy, joyful, pleasant memories
We repeat this process each time the unpleasant DVDs start to play
I have a theory that the unpleasant DVDs are all on the lower shelves of the library and the pleasant ones are on the upper shelves. When we are feeling heavy and experiencing unpleasant emotions we tend to be looking down and we notice all these unpleasant movies and play the DVDs one after the other. We have whole series of the same situation.
On the other hand, when we are feeling cheerful and happy, we are looking up and we notice all the happy, joyful pleasant movies. We also have a whole series of these and if we start to play them more frequently, life tends to improve in leaps and bounds.
Don’t take my word for it. Try it and see.
Sophrology exercises are designed to facilitate this process. Just by regularly practicing them, people tend to find that they have moved into a more upbeat cinema.