Sophrology was originally started by Professor Caycedo (of Spanish Basque origin, born in Bogota, Colombia in 1932), a neuropsychiatrist, to find a way of healing depressed and traumatised clients in Madrid. Prof. Caycedo then started to look into phenomenology and Western relaxation techniques. Soon after he adapted these techniques into a way to reduce anxiety by relaxing muscular tension and the use of the imagination and visualization. In October 1960, he created the word “Sophrology” and opened the first department of clinical Sophrology in the Santa Isabel Hospital in Madrid.
Journey to the East
In 1963, Caycedo married a French yoga enthusiast and it increased his interest in Eastern techniques of relaxation and healing. From 1965 to 1968, he travelled to India, Tibet and Japan to study yoga, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Japanese Zen. During this period he learnt the theory and philosophy of improving people's health, both physically and mentally, from each discipline .
A Simple Way with Eastern Elements
Since then Sophrology has moved from clinical and medical aspects to focus on the body and mind connection. Sophrology was created and developed with the elements of philosophy and religion, but the idea was to help the Western mind using Eastern methods in a simple way.
Currently, Sophrology is well known in French speaking countries and some Spanish speaking countries. It is also popular in Japan and Korea since being imported to Japan in the 1970's as a natural way of pain relief for a child birth. In the last 10 years Sophrology has been translated and taught in English. There are a number of places you can have Sophrology sessions in England, USA and Australia. PerthSophro is the first and only place that provides Sophrology sessions in WA.