Q: Is Sophrology a therapy?
A: Sophrology is a practice designed to promote balance and harmony in consciousness. It is fully compatible with and complementary to other forms of therapy but does not replace medical treatment or psychotherapy.
Q: What should I expect from a one-to-one Sophrology session?
A: The first part of the session is designed for you to express why you have come to see a Sophrologist and to discuss the best possible way of approaching the present situation. You will also be asked a few simple questions regarding your current state of health and your lifestyle, in order to define the best combination of exercises for you. She/he will explain and then guide you through the different exercises tailored to your needs.
The series of exercises may involve simple body movements, relaxation, use of concentration and visualisation. You will be focusing on the sensations in your body throughout the process. A session usually lasts between 15 to 40 minutes depending on your experience in Sophrology. Following the practice, there will be a time for feedback, called phenodescription in Sophrology, where you share and describe how you felt during the session. In a one to one session, this moment of feedback with the sophrologist becomes an important moment in the process of self-discovery.
Q: What if I feel I can’t stay focused?
A: It’s very common to be distracted by thoughts and emotions at the beginning of a session . The more you practise, the quicker and easier it becomes to reach a deep, comfortable and relaxed state, called the “sophroliminal” level of consciousness. With regular training, you’ll be able to do so, even in a noisy environment such as public transport or sitting in the dentist’s chair.
Q: What is the frequency at which Sophrology should be practised?
A: It’s up to each individual to choose the frequency, but the more you practise, the more you achieve. A series of relaxing and energising exercises for 10 minutes a day could be sufficient, or a weekly class; or a combination of both. Regular practice is essential if you intend to reach a new inner balance and a better quality of life.
Q: Is Sophrology suitable for children?
A: Sophrology can be taught to children from an early age by specifically trained Sophrologists.
Q: Do we have to share our own experiences in a group session?
A: Freedom is a fundamental value in Sophrology. Each participant can choose to share or not share his/her experiences.
At the end of your session, you are invited to write or articulate your experience called ‘phenomena’, with the aim of integrating your experience in your consciousness.
Q: What is the difference between group sessions and individual sessions?
A: In group sessions you benefit from the group dynamic and can enjoy a regular weekly practice.
In a one-to-one, the session is tailored to your specific needs at your own rhythm.
Q: Does Sophrology belong to a particular religion or belief?
A: Sophrology is a discipline independent from any doctrine or specific dogma and has no connotation with religious beliefs.