for the release of unconscious muscular, emotional, mental and psycho-somatic tensions. They help to induce more restful sleep, improve concentration, increase self-confidence, positively influence subconscious habits and develop a feeling of inner calm and happiness.
Sophrology & Guided Relaxation as therapeutic tools, are applied in conjunction with Yogatherapy.
Why are sophrology and guided relaxation important?
We live in a fast-paced world in which success is generally measured in terms of results and what makes us happy is what our senses perceive as agreeable. However, these are exterior aims and if they do not meet our expectations, we experience stress. Thus, in our pursuit of success and happiness we loose touch with ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Often, we are in such a habit of automatic actions and responses that we are not even aware of the tension we hold in our bodies. When we are emotionally out of balance our muscles tense up and our breath becomes shallow. Stress increases. With time these states are so natural that we do not even realize how much we are damaging ourselves!
These states can often also be traced back to childhood trauma. If these states of past trauma and chronic stress continue to exist in the body, illness will soon inhabit it in one form or another.
The common thread, whether we are dealing with chronic stress or childhood trauma, is that the stress is fed by unconscious habits and beliefs that create energetic blocks in the mind and in the body. This is like a vicious cycle of physical, mental and emotional tension, each influencing the other and keeping each other going.
Sophrology and guided relaxations help to break the unconscious habits of chronic stress and to release trauma and emotional patterns by freeing up space for the body's natural equilibrium to set in.
Sophrology in practical terms
During a sophrology session you are guided to pay attention to parts of your body whilst you either lie in relaxation or whilst you carry out conscious movements of these body parts, inducing either dynamic or static relaxation. The aim is that you become fully present, fully alive and fully participating in all areas of your life.
Guided Relaxation in practical terms
Your therapist designs your relaxation according to your needs. You will either lie down or be comfortably seated. Your therapist then guides you, with your eyes closed, into a state of relaxation in which you will be in an Alpha brainwave frequency of mind. This state heightens imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. This state is optimal for programming your subconscious mind in the direction you choose. The designed relaxation will be there to help you connect with the qualities within you, that you need in order to move forward. This is not the same as hypnosis, as it is YOU who chooses, during the guided relaxation, what to integrate and take back into your normal waking state.