What is sophrology?
“The aim of sophrological techniques is to strengthen the human being’s ability to live his or her life in harmony with himself or herself and with the world.
Psychiatrist, Neurologist & Founder of Sophrology
Sophrology is an existential pedagogy that gives meaning to our lives. Its goal: to reach a certain level of harmony and develop the values of the individual.
It is a method :
- with immediate benefits
- which acts on both the body and the mind.
It accompanies you towards a better awareness of the body, the emotions and the spirit, a greater confidence and a real well-being in everyday life.
It is inspired by existential phenomenology and has three aspects: educational, prophylactic and therapeutic. It is used in health sciences, education, sport and personal development.
Due to its breathing exercises and dynamic relaxation, the practice of sophrology will act directly on the parasympathetic nervous system and induce in the patient a state of physical and mental relaxation, reduce stress, improve digestion, fluid circulation and sleep.
Applications of sophrology
- develop confidence and self-esteem
- improve stress management
- encourage the acceptance of emotions
- deal with anxiety
- preventing or recovering from burn out
- preparing for childbirth and accompanying the perinatal process
- find a balance in life (couple, family, work, etc.)
- facilitate and maintain calm
- improve the quality of sleep
- to energize oneself
- to facilitate mental preparation for important events (exams, interviews, competitions, etc.)
- facilitate pain management and convalescence
- prepare for childbirth and accompany the perinatal process
- accompany the stages and trials of life
- develop potential and creativity
- improve concentration
- support weight loss by working on your specific problem (motivation, food drive, stress, self-confidence)
- improve the quality of life of people with tinnitus
The sophrology protocol
Anamnesis - First session
Sophrotherapy begins with an initial session of anamnesis allowing a better understanding of your request, the definition of your objectives and the establishment of the therapeutic contract. It is followed by a session of discovery of sophrology.
This session will allow the creation of a tailor-made protocol in order to meet your expectations.
Each therapy session is focused on a specific intention, which will have been previously established with the therapist, and which will allow you to progress little by little towards the achievement of your goals. Depending on your needs, Celia will also suggest incorporating some coaching exercises if required.
A sophrology session
- Home exchanges around the problematic and the objectives of the day
- Dynamic Relaxation – gentle exercises performed in synchronisation with the breath, facilitating relaxation of the body and mind
- Sophronisation visualisation exercise
- Phenodescription phase of exchange allowing the reception of your feelings during the exercises
- Closing exchanges to set up the “after session”
Good to know
Sophrology is an effective practice with immediate benefits and which requires regular training, known as sophro-training, outside the sessions with the therapist, for deep and lasting effects.
Throughout the sessions, your practice will evolve in stages:
1. Discovery – discovery of the exercise. first feelings
2. Appropriation – integration of the exercise, new and more precise feelings
3. Transformation – awareness, anchoring of positive feelings, new sensations of well-being
Foundations of sophrology
The term “sophrology” was created in 1960 by its founder, the neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo (1932-2017). It was originally used to designate the hypnosis techniques used by psychiatrists in hospitals. It was not until 1967 that sophrology as we know it today was born.
In order to enrich the already existing hypnosis protocols, Dr Caycedo drew inspiration from oriental body, breathing and mental techniques, and added them to western scientific medicine. This is what makes sophrology so complete and effective.
Methods that inspired Dr Caycedo :
- Psychiatry – Psychoanalysis – Neurology
- Hypnosis: first complementary method used by Dr Caycedo
- Jacobson’s progressive relaxation: release of muscular tensions
- Yoga: stimulation of the breath and muscular relaxation
- Schultz autogenic training: self-relaxation through suggestion
- Coué method: positive thinking
- Tibetan Buddhism: invitation to contemplation
- Japanese Zen: meditation practice
- Greek philosophy: including Plato, Aristotle and Hippocrates
- Phenomenology: learning non-judgment
Initially practised exclusively in hospitals by doctors, sophrology was totally democratised in 1977 by opening up its training to non-doctors, thus allowing a real emancipation of the discipline.
The 4 degrees in sophrology
Sophrology comprises 12 degrees of which the first four are used in therapeutic support.
With the help of dynamic relaxation exercises and visualisations, known as sophronisations, we explore these four degrees which allow for real phenomenological work*:
DEGREE I – Living** the Body
Inspired by Hindu techniques such as yoga
Better concentration and perception of the body
DEGREE II – Living Spirit
Inspired by Tibetan Buddhist techniques
Awareness of the mind and strengthening of the self-image
DEGREE III – Living the Encounter of Body and Mind
Inspired by Japanese Zen techniques
Meditation and integration of the body-mind pattern
DEGREE IV – Living Totalisation
Inspired by phenomenology
Development of existential and individual values
*Phenomenology: learning non-judgment
**Living: Also refers to the presence of the living or the perception of the living in the consciousness.
First session150 CHF
First session lasts 1h30
One session150 CHF
1 session lasts 1h00
Five sessions700 CHF
5 sessions (5x1h)
Ten sessins1300 CHF
10 sessions (10x1h)
Where to find us?
Rue Jean-Sénebier 20, Geneva (near Parc des Bastions).