Have you ever felt "disconnected"? In this modern society, we are often under pressure to multi task all the time. Driving and talking to somebody on the phone at the same time, looking after kids and checking emails at the same time, watching TV and texting someone at the same time, exercising and listening to music at the same time..... Our mind is always busy and never stops. We even feel guilty about stopping, as if it is wasted time. To survive in this hectic world, we always think ahead. We make plans, and then worry about the plan. We sometimes have a plan B in case plan A does not work, and worry about plan B as well. So, when will we stop? When will we be able to sit and relax? While our mind is working so frantically, our body is screaming. Our body is sending signs, wanting us to listen to them. When our mind is so busy and exhausted, of course so is our body. Because they are a pair. Our mind can not exist without our body. When did we begin to underestimate the body and mind connection? When was the last time we sat and focused on our own body? Have we ever even tried to listen to our own body?
Sophrology values our Body Mind Connection. We value the balance and harmony between Mind and Body. Our mind and body are connected in our consciousness, therefore, we also value our consciousness. In sophrology, consciousness is our energy, a power that animates us. We exist because of our consciousness. When we are able to connect our body and mind in our consciousness, we are able to exist as a whole.
Again, the same question. Have you ever felt "disconnected"?
If your answer is Yes, Sophrology can help you. After few sessions you will feel "connected" again. You will feel that you are living in the present time as a whole. Very much alive, very much connected.
Sophrology has three elements
Sophrology is a combination of three elements, which are Body Scan, Mental Exercise and Physical Exercise. A session does not always contain all the elements, as sessions are customised depending on the needs of the client. But a session always includes the Body Scan element and at least one exercise of either the Mental or Physical elements.
1. Body Scan Body Scan is the process of bringing our consciousness to the present time, which is similar to what is known as ‘mindfulness’. To be anxious, worried, or scared means we are thinking about the past or the future. When we are living in the present time, we only feel our body sensations.
The purpose of the Body Scan is similar to the philosophy of Zen, which is the process of emptying the mind. If we are able to empty our mind, we are not able to worry, or even think.
However, empting our mind is not an easy skill to master. In Sophrology, we do this with the Body Scan – becoming aware of each part of our own body without judging or without trying to alter it in any way. The body is always in present time, and so focusing on the body, brings the mind into the present.
2. Mental Exercise We all want to be happy. To become happy, we need to be positive. Negative thoughts do not make us happy. But how can we become positive?
In Sophrology, we do a mental exercise in each session. These exercises often contain visualization, which brings positive thoughts or images. However, we do not tell clients what to feel or what to do. We only guide you through, there is no right or wrong. When we repeat these exercises, we become more aware of our consciousness. We become aware of what we are thinking and what kind of thoughts our mind is repeating automatically. We begin to understand our unconscious habits. Then, if you feel a habit is not good for you, you can get rid of it.
A thought makes a habit, a habit becomes an action, and an action makes the future. Noticing our habits is the beginning of making a difference in our future.
We guide you through the exercise in the Sophroliminal Level, which is the subconscious area, and the answer is drawn out from within yourself. Personal positive change can only be made from within, not from the instructions of somebody else.
3. Physical Exercise We use very simple and easy exercises to relax our body. Our emotion, mood, and thought are often reflected in our body posture and muscle tone. For example, when we are feeling safe, our muscles are relaxed and our breathing is slow and rhythmical. When we are stressed, our muscles are tense and our shoulders are stiff. We may have shallow and/or fast breathing. It‘s because our body and mind are connected.
Once we are aware of this, we can work to turn it around. By relaxing our muscles, maintaining good posture and breathing, we begin to feel more positive than before.
What are the benefits?
Sleep Focus Confidence Calmness Happiness
Stress Discomfort due to stress Tension Anxiety Fear
As a result .... Sophrology can lead to a positive future with wellbeing
Sophrology is also a very good way to cure your Phobia, or to prepare for stressful events such as childbirth, exams, performances, interviews, or even family reunions.