The wellness scene is an ever-evolving realm with new and progressive ideas cropping up left right and centre. Being one who loves to learn how to meditate, I have actually attempted meditation on a few occasions. Although I am positive that my attempts were nowhere near an actual meditation but I have to admit that breathing consciously was an amazing mind-clearing exercise for me. Being a mindfulness wannabe that doesn’t stop me from being on the lookout for new and emerging ideas on the wellness front. That’s why when I came across the term ‘Sophrology’ recently I was immediately intrigued. Meaning “the science of consciousness in harmony” in Greek, Sophrology blends Eastern yoga and zen practices with Western science and psychology. This is still relatively new in the States and the UK though it is gaining popularity in Europe, especially in Switzerland and France.
Sophrology is a “structured method of exercises that promote physical and mental well-being by combining breathing techniques, guided meditation, mindfulness, visualisation, phenomenology and gentle movement.” Sophrology helps the person enter into a deep state of relaxation body and mind while keeping the mind alert. It is claimed to help a person manage stress, have better sleep, increase energy, focus the mind, and improve general health. It is also believed to improve our overall confidence and self-image. In Europe this method is actually taught at schools to teach students stress management. It is also used to treat insomnia, as well as recommended for expectant mothers to have a stress-free birth.
One can start with a sophrologist either in a group session or one-on-one where the sophrologist can asses your needs and then tailor the exercises needed. Through guided breathing exercises one can exhale negativity for example and breathe in assertiveness or detachment or any other positive moral you would like to instil and reinforce. Visualisation is used to help us train ourselves to exert more control over our reactions and emotions, and to envision various situations and how we would behave in these situations. These exercise have to be practiced for them to be able to make the required amount of change in our attitudes and perspectives. After all COMMITMENT is they key to everything!!