Relax With The Help Of Sophrology: Try These 3 ExercisesLife really puts us to the test sometimes and stress and fatigue build up on a daily basis. Certain days make it difficult for us to feel radiant and confident in ourselves. Whatever your problems are, sophrology helps you manage your worries and put your mind and body at ease. Discover 3 techniques which will help you unwind and relax.
When you’re stressed, you no doubt feel like your stomach is in knots and also get clammy hands accompanied by a racing heart. It’s a fact that your mind has an effect on how your body feels. Sophrology helps bring the mind and body back to a harmonious state. The term “sophrology” comes from the Greek “SOS PHREN LOGOS” which means “let the conscience live in equilibrium.”
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The origins of Sophrology
Sophrology was created in the 1960s by Dr. Alfonso Caycedo, a Colombian neuropsychiatrist. Interested by the human psyche, the states, and the levels of human consciousness, this young doctor used a very brave medical approach because he desired to improve the quality of life for his patients. He developed this method and became familiar with it while he was studying yoga in India and Zen in Japan.
Caycedo defined sophrology as “the study of the human conscience and its existential values.”
What are the advantages of Sophrology?
Sophrology is more than a method of relaxation (by the way, music isn’t used in sophrology!). Sophrology is the science (tested and proved) of the conscience. You can present a method (theory) and a technique (practice) based on respiration, relaxation, and visualization.
This field allows you to become aware of the body-mind connection and work on this relationship between the two. It places an importance on the fact that the mind acts on the body and vice-versa (that the body has an effect on the mind)!
Stress, irritation, and trauma can considerably damage our health and send negative information to our bodies. Sophrology helps us to relieve ourselves of tension, focus on our needs to better understand ourselves per se, and know how our body functions. It helps gives us positive vibes and does us well before any damage can settle in.
And, if damage has already been done, sophrology helps us to live better, relieve our pain and put them at a distance. Thanks to sophrology, you can rediscover harmony and inner balance while using it. It’s an obvious medium for personal growth.
How can I practice sophrology?
Breathing is key for sophrology. To face contradictions and stress, practice this little exercise every moment of the day whether you’re on the subway, at work, or at home.
1. Breathing through the stomach:
Practice abdominal breathing by inflating the belly when inhaling. Then open the rib cage and exhale by blowing out as slowly and as long as possible.
2. Breathing under stress:
Back straight, sit up and concentrate on positive images. Hands placed on the chest follow the movement of the rib cage. Breathe in and out 3 times and then take a deep breath in and out by making a small hole with your mouth.
3. Breathe to release tension:
Sitting with your back straight, breathe in through your nose, inflating your belly (abdominal breathing). Hold your breath for several seconds, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Holding your breath will cause an immediate feeling of well-being and relaxation.
To get results, it is advisable to do these exercises very regularly. Every time you feel stress invading you: when you are late, when the subway is crowded, when you have just received a remark from a superior, when panic grips you, but also at the end of the day to ensure you get a better sleep.