What is Sophrology?

“The science of consciousness in harmony”

Sophrology was created in Spain by neuro-psychiatrist Professor Alfonso Caycedo in 1960.

Sophrology combines Oriental philosophies and practices (Yoga, Zen and Buddhist meditation) with Western techniques (relaxation, hypnosis, phenomenology, psychology). Professor Caycedo studied them all and created a unique structured method that can be easily used in daily life.

The practice of Sophrology uses breathing, relaxation, meditation, concentration and simple movements to reach a state of harmony in mind and body. The practice also empowers people to develop resilience and learn to positively deal positively with all of life’s events.

Sophrology has been widely practised throughout continental Europe for the past 50 years. Sophrology is often used in schools to help students feel more confident and prepare for exams, in hospitals to prepare for birth or support better sleep, in the corporate world for stress-management and preventing burn out, as well as by athletes to increase performances.

Increasingly health insurance companies in France and Switzerland are expanding coverage to include Sophrology sessions as part of any broad-based health insurance plan. In the UK, Sophrology is recognised by the Complementary Medical Association and is quickly gaining recognition for its benefits, especially in the field of stress-management. (see press here)

 

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Alfonso Caycedo has created 12 progressive levels, known as the 12 degrees of Caycedo Dynamic Relaxation (CDR). Each level allows the exploration and unveiling of specific resources all aiming at gaining more balance and harmony in mind and body. There is no need to practice all 12 Levels to enjoy benefits. A regular practice of just 10 to 20 minutes a day will bring positive changes.

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