How I use Sophrology to manage stress levels

by Polly N on November 4, 2013

Stress is a major contributing factor to many illnesses and ailments so anything we can do to counteract the stresses and strains of everyday life will always be of benefit. A few months ago I felt like stress was taking me over and I was struggling to find some balance with managing my stress levels and everything else I had going on in my life. In all honesty, there was no major event or trauma that caused it, just everyday stress; plain and simple.

I discovered through the wonderful medium of twitter, a process called Sophrology that I thought could help me so I got in touch with the lovely Dominique from Be-Sophro.co.uk who specialises in helping people to find more balance in their daily life which ultimately benefits the body, mind and soul (something that is totally integrated and right up my street!)

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What is Sophrology?

Sophrology is a method, a practise and a philosophy which helps the individual reach a new state of balance and serenity in daily life and simultaneously benefits the body, mind and soul. It is a structured method using breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, gentle body movements, visualisation, guided meditation and sound through the simple use of the voice.

What I love about Sophrology is that it gathers and integrates the best of Eastern and Western ancient and modern knowledge to relax your mind, heal your body and transform from within.

How do you learn Sophrology?

I found learning Sophrology really easy and enjoyable. Once you have learnt it with your trained specialist, you can than practise at home or anywhere anytime you’re in need. The practise can be carried out in groups, in one-to-one sessions, or on your own (which is how I did it).

During our session, Dominique guided me through the combination of techniques she felt would be most beneficial for me showing me what to do with my hands and body during each exercise (which we did seated.) During the exercises, I felt a real sense of calm pour over me as well as the excitement of having these kinds of tools to add to my repertoire for times when I am in need.

Connecting to our body in this way helps to develop a deep connection within body and mind, as well as an awareness making us more in tune with our body and what it is telling us. I have found my stress levels have reduced and I find dealing with potentially stressful situations much easier to manage so for me, it has been really valuable.

As a result, using Sophrology can help reduce negative feelings, increase your consciousness and improve your wellbeing. I highly recommend it and continue to use the exercises I have learnt.

 

If you’d like to know more, you can connect with Dominique here:

http://www.be-sophro.co.uk

https://twitter.com/BeSophro

https://www.facebook.com/BeSophroPractice

 

Here are 5 great reasons why deep breathing is so beneficial for you:

  1. Releases toxins – Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs.
  2. Releases tension – Your body constricts when you are tense, angry, scared or stressed. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow and when your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.
  3. Strengthens the Immune system – Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to haemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolise nutrients and vitamins.
  4. Improves mood – Breathing increases pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain to elevate moods and combat physical pain.
  5. Relaxes the mind and brings clarity & focus – Oxygenation of the brain, caused by paying attention to your breathing reduces anxiety levels. Breathe slowly, deeply and purposefully into your body. As you relax into your body, you may find that the breathing brings clarity to your mind and focus.

Tell me in the comments below if you practice deep breathing or if you’ve ever tried Sophrology – I would love to hear from you!

 

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