The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology launched in the US, almost exactly a year since its UK debut in 2018. So much has been happening and it has been an exciting journey talking about Sophrology to new audiences.
The book has been so well received in the United States and it is absolutely thrilling to be able to share the power of Sophrology with many more people so that they will enjoy its benefits. It has also been so humbling that my personal story resonates with others, who can relate with the struggles of adolescence and the challenges of balancing work and family life in adult years. Modern life is so hectic and we may not always have time for reflection but thanks to Sophrology we can all carve out a few minutes from our busy schedules to regroup, relax and start to choose what we want to get out of our lives.
Sophrology Set to Be the Biggest Well-being Trend in the US
For time-poor Americans finding an effective way to manage stress can be a lifesaver. Chronic stress has been linked to a number of degenerative diseases from heart failure to cancer. Work-related stress can be one of the main sources of anxiety, and studies have found that stressful jobs can cause health complaints. It is therefore important to find ways to manage stress naturally and effectively, especially because federal surveys found that a large number of Americans rely on tranquillisers, and there have been many cases of people becoming addicted to them. In 2016 it was discovered in a federal survey that almost 120 millions of Americans take prescribed painkillers, tranquillisers and sedatives.
Mindfulness and meditation are well known in the US to help manage stress, but there is always scope for more techniques to improve mental health and overall wellness. Sophrology is well-positioned to offer support to those who experience anxiety and are looking for natural ways to reduce tension.
Most of us feel stressed and/or irritable, and it’s a sign that the body is telling us that something is out of balance and we should take a step back. Sophrology offers a choice of exercises to help release tension by acknowledging and processing your emotions and deciding to let them go through breathing work.
I was absolutely delighted to talk to a number of American podcast and radio hosts who are so knowledgeable about mindfulness and relaxation techniques and understand the importance of self-development. They understood how Sophrology is unique and can be useful in stressful situations and how anyone can do it, including children. You can listen to a few of the interviews with US hosts where I talk about Sophrology and how people can benefit from it; for example my interview on Thrive with Morella, All About Healing on HealthyLife.net Radio or my interview with Monique Chapman on Get Over It! podcast.
How Sophrology Works
Sophrology helps you tune into your inner strength, your body’s energy and resilience. It’s a method that allows you to apply mindfulness techniques to build self-awareness and reconnect with body and mind. With Sophrology you learn to pay attention to the body and its subtle signals, and to live every experience in both mind and body. If you lack confidence or feel stuck in your life you may benefit from doing Sophrology body awareness exercises, guiding you to listen to your body and understand what has been happening in your life to facilitate healing. A lack of body awareness means that we are experiencing a disconnection between mind and body, which brings us to ignore physical pain or not understand where it is coming from.
Practising Sophrology on a regular basis can help shift some energy blockages that can result in physical symptoms. For example, when I was a teenager I had some unexplained illnesses and was prone to fatigue, infections and irregular blood pressure. It was only when my doctor recommended I try Sophrology that I started to feel better, as I discovered that emotional stress was the main cause of my fatigue. The Sophrology exercises helped me reconnect with the sensations in my body through my breath, easing each and every body part into a sense of relaxation. I had been carrying so much tension in my body and I didn’t realise it until I started practising Sophrology!
Sophrology gives you a toolset that includes processes and exercises to do on a daily basis.
It’s not about following a strict routine but about making the time in the day when you can to squeeze in a little practice, because our lives can be very busy! It doesn’t have to be the same time each day or commit to a whole hour of exercises. You can even be walking outside or be sitting on a train, and still be able to do your Sophrology practice.
Why Try Sophrology?
We can all benefit from quieting our minds and release the tension from our bodies for a few minutes a day. Sophrology uses breathing to induce a sense of relaxation: breathing is universal and shared across different techniques, but it’s the way Sophrology harness the power of breathing that is unmatched. The uniqueness of Sophrology lies in its progressive journey over 12 levels, although you don’t have to go through all of them to enjoy its benefits. It’s about connecting positively with your body and find more confidence and positivity by grounding yourself in your body. It’s about realising your mind’s potential, its resourcefulness. Another unique aspect of Sophrology is the focus on values, your contribution to the world, what makes you live your life with intention and using all your talents so you can share them with others.
Get a copy of The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology and find out how this simple technique can make a huge positive impact on your life.