About Sophrology Therapy

What is sophrology therapy ?


Etymologically, the term sophrology comes from the greek words « sôs » (« harmony ») and « phren »  (« consciousness »). It is a psycho-physical discipline developed during the 60’s by a neuropsychiatrist called Alfonso Caycedo.

Inspired by other paramedical and philosophical approaches  such as hypnosis, phenomenology, psychanalysis or neuro-linguistic programming, sophrology was first created for therapeutical purposes. For a few years now, it is also used for self-development.

Sophrology advocates an obvious connection between body and mind health. This is a « brief » therapy, including a dead-line which is mutually agreed by the therapist and the patient.

Unlike some other therapies, it doesn’t aim for analyzing causes but for acting directly on consequences, in order to improve quickly global well-being. The goal of sophrology therapist isn’t to become essential to the patient, but to provide him sustainable tools, easy to use each time it is necessary.

Sophrology’s numerous applications

Most of physical or psychological problematics being daily encountered can be handled within a better self-consciousness. During the sessions, calm as well as relaxation are facilitated to generate positive, improving the body and mental scheme knowledge. It creates a favorable mechanism, in which observed benefits substitute themselves to negative perceptions.

People suffering from common and usual troubles like sleeping or stress problems, lack of self-esteem or self-confidence, chronic discomforts or pains, can try sophrology.

It is also an excellent help to control pathological behaviors, among which addictions, phobias, food urges, but also to give support during or after medical treatments for people suffering with heavy pathologies.

Finally, it gives useful keys for mental-training to prepare for important events like sport competitions, scenic performances, exams, public speeches, interviews, or even childbirth labor.

The field of application is huge and everyone can have recourse to sophrology when needed: the whole care can be customized according to every single person. It can be experienced by anyone from 5 years old.

How does a sophrology care work?

During an introduction session, the sophrology therapist and the patient have an interview at the end of which a precised objective is set. Thanks to the collected information, a fully customized protocole is conceived specifically, with the aim of achieving this objective by the end of the therapeutic care.

Over each following session, several tools are used: dialogues, through different exchange times, as well as exercises, guided by the therapist.

There are two kinds of it: Dynamical relaxation (soft moves sequences assorted with controlled breathing and muscles contraction). Sophronisation (which are visualisations standing on mental imagery and sensory stimulation)


    If you’d like to know more about sophrology and its applications, you can visit this website’s articles section and read the following series: « How does a sophrology care work through ? Part 1 » and « What can you concretely work on thanks to sophrology? Part 1».