Sophrology, developed by a Spanish neuropsychiatrist called Alfonso Caycedo during the 1960s, is a set of mind-body practices that enable us to manage our own psychology. While not very well known in the UK, Sophrology is hugely popular across mainland Europe and has been applied to diverse areas such as self-development, stress management, exam preparation and to increase performance in sports, etc. The golfing legend Seve Ballesteros is reported to have said he firmly believed he owed his success to Sophrology.
The word sophrology comes from three Ancient Greek words “sos” (“harmony”), “phren” (“mind”), and “logos” (“study”). So, it literally means “the study of the consciousness in harmony” or “the science of the harmony of consciousness”. Sophrology is a unique blend of science-based elements such as hypnosis, neurology, psychology, phenomenology, relaxation and Autogenic Training with ancient practices such as meditation, Tibetan Buddhism, Japanese Zen and yoga.
Many of the tools can be used on the train, at our desk or in the restroom without anyone else knowing. By practising Sophrology on a regular basis we are better able to optimise energy levels, stay clear-headed and focused, build resilience and confidence, and maintain our balance no matter what is going on around us.
Sophrology gives us both the tools and manual for managing our own psychology. In organisations, it is increasingly being used to increase wellbeing, performance and leadership.
Contact us to chat with one of our consultants about benefiting from using Sophrology in your organisation.