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Alfonso Caycedo: “All positive actions on one part of our consciousness will reverberate on the totality of our being.”
Sophrology – the study of consciousness in harmony
The name Sophrology comes from the Ancient Greek words sos (harmony), phren (consciousness) and logos (study/science).
Imagine, a simple routine you could carry out each morning for 15 to 20 minutes, which would prepare you for the day and help you to become the very best version of yourself. This routine would settle your feelings, clear your mind and give you a more positive outlook on life without putting too much strain on your physical body. Sophrology can provide this.
You may never have heard of Sophrology. It is a mind-body training system combining physical and mental exercises that can radically improve your quality of life. This wellbeing/therapeutic practice is well known in many parts of Europe like France, Switzerland, Spain and Germany, but not so much in the UK. Sophrology: often described as a life-changing modern meditation practice, a staple part of self-care, a healthcare philosophy.
Sophrology was invented in Spain in the 1960s by psychiatrist and neurologist Professor Alfonso Caycedo (1932-2017). He created a series of breathing, relaxation, gentle movements, visualisation and meditation exercises that help to destress, refocus, feel grounded and think more positively. Caycedo named this practice: Dynamic Relaxation, in which he synthesised the ancient wisdom traditions of the East (Yoga Nidra, Buddhist Meditation, Japanese Zen), with modern Western medicine and psychology (neuroscience, hypnosis and phenomenology).
Until recently, there were no books on Sophrology written in English. Sophrology experts: Dominique Antiglio, Florence Parot and Dorna Revie, have now published books and online courses which can help people to connect with themselves and calm down overworked racing minds, particularly in times of pandemic uncertainty and digital overstimulation.
Sophrology could be the answer to bring us all back to ourselves – the greatest and empowering source of life energy we own within.
Sophrology utilises two powers we all possess: Neuroplasticity (remapping connections in our brain) and Positive Somatisation (the influence of mind over matter). Sophrology encourages positive feedback loops, which strengthen our resilience and capacities for self-healing and autonomy.
Olga Adamska began studying Sophrology 3 years ago.
I was trying to come in terms with the death of my beloved mother – I was very saddened as we were very close. Then I read an article about Sophrology in the Guardian magazine and went to see Dominique Antiglio at her London practice. I had seven sessions. Following each session, I received recordings of the exercises which I then practised for 15-20 minutes each day.
The results? They helped me to refocus my mind and be more present in my body, feeling harmonious and connected with myself and the world around me. The results were so profound and empowering that I wanted to share it with my friends and clients. I enrolled in the Sophrology Academy in Ashford, run by Florence Parot.
Currently, I am a 2nd Year Practitioner Trainee and thoroughly enjoy practising in the Academy. It feels as if I have a superpower/driving force within me which helps me tremendously with my day-to-day life. I am inspired to share all I know so far with you. Come, join me online for a life-transforming experience that is Sophrology.
Who will benefit from Sophrology?
Sophrology can help those dealing with stress, anxiety, low self-confidence, insomnia, burnout, chronic fatigue, pain and depression in all the following areas:
How Sophrology works