American Sophrology

Mind Your Self - #MindYourSelfie

Mind Your Self - #MindYourSelfie

Mind Your Selfie is an Irish campaign to promote positive mental health awareness.

Don't be Green on St. Patrick’s Day!

Don't be Green on St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s coming to that time of year again when everything starts to go green… no not Springtime… but St. Patrick’s Day!!  Yes and although I am Irish and I like to participate in many a merry moment with friends and family I like to just observe those who get with the Irish spirit on the day itself!..

Don't Labor Your Celebrations on Labor Day Weekend

Don't Labor Your Celebrations on Labor Day Weekend

Have you ever been at work feeling completely lost at what you are supposed to be doing? …Feelings overwhelmed, frustrated, anxious and angry. Trying not to get emotional or tense while tears begin to well up… and then you start thinking “I can’t do this”, “why am I doing this?”… wanting to walk away… 

Choose Life. Choose Happiness.

Choose Life. Choose Happiness.

…We read all the time about people who took their lives who had no obvious symptoms of being depressed. They battled privately and never told anyone or spoke to anyone about what they were going through. …

Colds, Christmas and Motherly Love

Colds, Christmas and Motherly Love

"...Sophrology has been the greatest gift I could ever give my Mum and myself.."

I lost 40 pounds using Sophrology

A year ago I decided to change my outlook on food and generally on eating.  I also had enough of being overweight.  It all began when I decided to eat only vegan meals for over 21 days. You know the diet Beyoncé did.  It turns out it was a great way to kick-start a new healthy way of eating and finally lose the weight I had put on over the years but it wasn't actually from following this diet...  Some of the vegan meals were delicious and easy enough to prepare. The not-so-nice bits were the after-effects of certain foods…  I became aware of what I was able to digest.

So, I decided to apply sophrology awareness to all food & beverages I was consuming.  In the last year I lost 40 pounds... I have not joined any gym. I am not a sporty person and would never go out and walk in this Arizona heat!

So how did I do it?  Mindful eating.  Want to know the best part?  I am enjoying food much more than I have in the last 10 years!  I can eat everything!

My only regret is that I never kept my clothes from my slimmer days.

If I can do this, believe me you will too.  Instead of wanting to want it – I actually did it. I listened to my own body. For the first time I didn’t follow any fad diet.

Would you like to learn how to use sophrology to lose weight? Click on my contact page to schedule an appointment.

How to tap into the 95% part of your unconscious mind

Do you know the difference between intention and intentionality?

 

Your intention is your conscious mind and your intentionality is your subconscious mind.  It is reported that we only use 5% of our conscious mind! Wouldn’t you like to increase the percentage of what is conscious? We can by being more mindful and practicing mindfulness which we use in Sophrology.

 

Let me give you an example.  You decide you want to purchase a car – a Toyota FJ Cruiser.  You start to read up about the car and get more information about it on the internet.  Then what happens.. you start seeing the car everywhere. You notice the commercials and pay more attention to them.  You notice people are talking about this car… so what happened!? Why does it appear that this car is everywhere, when previously you didn't even notice the car? 

 

What is happening is that your intentionality is at work, a.k.a your subconscious mind. It is bringing forward to your conscious mind what you intentionally set out to learn more about. Everything you are now noticing was always there. You just weren’t aware of it.  Our conscious mind notices 5% of what is happening around us.  Our subconscious mind, like our intentionality, notices everything around us. 

 

By living a more mindful, conscious life we open our awareness to noticing more of what is going on right in front of us.   We increase awareness of many things: our actions; our thoughts; and our emotions.  At the same time we increase our senses. Our sense of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and also our intuition is increased!  So why not start being more mindful and notice everything happening right now! Now that is definitely a great reason to start practicing Sophrology!

Practicing Sophrology Reduces Exam Stress

Exam season has arrived. You have put in all the hard work.  You have done your best.  Then what happens on the day of the exam?  You begin to feel a little tense, your heart beats a little faster and your breathing becomes a little shorter. You see your school friends beside you writing away furiously while you have found yourself staring at the paper in front of you...

 

What has just happened?  Your mind has gone blank and all knowledge you previously possessed has flown out the window.  You cannot organize your thoughts and panic sets in.  Has any of this ever happened to you?  Do you have the tools to combat this when it does?

 

Whether you are studying for an exam; preparing for a job interview; doing a presentation; auditioning for a role; asking your boss for a raise; asking your bank manager for a loan, etc., etc., you will be under a certain amount of stress...  Your chance of succeeding depends on how you manage your stress on the day. 

 

Sophrology uses simple breathing techniques and mindfulness that will help alleviate any panic situation, such as exam stress.

 

By training ourselves consciously to act rather than react in times of challenge.  We create new habits that subconsciously aid us to make a better decision and not a rash one. 

 

So next time you are sitting in the exam hall, wouldn’t you prefer to have all the tools to succeed?  

The Sophro Girls introduce Sophrology (long version)

The Sophro Girls introduce Sophrology (long version)

I have been doing sophrology for some time now with two of my favorite girls, who I have decided to call The Sophro Girls.  They will be checking in now and then to give some feedback.  Let's refer to them as Big Sis and Little Sis.  I think that I will just let the video do the talking in this one!  Check out their interesting analogies! 

First session with a four year old

First session with a four year old

The youngest person I have taught Sophrology to was four years old.  She is one of the Sophro Girls which you will see more of in later blogs, but let's call her Big Sis for now. Big Sis was just 4 years old when she had her first Sophrology session.   It wasn't planned to do a session with her but at the time I was training to become a sophrologist, so anyone willing to give it a try, I would practice with...