Sophro ABOUT

Sophrology has been around for over 50 decades.

The movement first began with Spanish Neuropsychiatrist, Professor Alfonso Caycedo, who worked closely with returned servicemen. He saw that while their bodies were mostly in one piece, their minds were in all shades of disarray. The common diagnosis given to these men was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sophrology evolved from the methods devised by Caycedo to help these men recover without medication from PTSD.

Over the years Sophrology has been developed and adapted guiding clients through countless life moments; including anxiety, insomnia, fears and phobias, as well as to achieve goals, enhance relationships and for general life happiness and wellbeing.

Sophrology is a well blended balance of age-old Yogic, Buddhist and Zen wisdom with modern psychology, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and phenomenology. It is mindfulness supercharged; a method of finding balance and harmony in the self and consciousness.

Balance is found as a result of becoming more familiar with your body, senses, emotions, feelings and values. Be guided through the exercises using methods of dynamic relaxation, breath, visualisations, and meditation. Let the wisdom of Sophrology help you to recognise and activate your own innate wisdom.

Regular Sophrology practice helps to rewire the brain. Rewiring the circuitry of the brain (creating new neural pathways) allows for thought patterns to be reset, and for realistic rational positive pathways to replace old, negative and unproductive ones.

A typical Sophrology session can be conducted one-on-one or in a small group with each practice taking anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. It can be practiced anywhere any time – no one needs to know you’re practicing (perfect for when you’re waiting in long checkout queues).

With regular practice you’ll notice that Sophrology becomes a way of life, and that you begin to naturally incorporate the principles into your daily life.

One practice differs from another greatly however most have a few common and key components such as a mental body scan, tension release, and vital energy breathing. You might know these terms from other modalities you’ve practiced or they might sound quite foreign. But with some practice they will become very familiar.


Sarah Reeves

Bronte, NSW,