Mindfulness

Sophrology 101: Learn All About France's Best-Kept Secret For Reducing Stress

Sophrology 101: Learn All About France's Best-Kept Secret For Reducing Stress

What do many athletes and stressed-out school-kids across Europe have in common? They're all proponents of sophrology—the mind-body practice that is essentially a smorgasbord of mindfulness meditation, breath work, visualization, and body awareness techniques.

Sophrology Is Set To Be The Next Big Wellness Trend, But What Is It?

Sophrology Is Set To Be The Next Big Wellness Trend, But What Is It?

A couple of years back, after an unexpected and gut-wrenching break-up, I was all over the place – so I threw myself into my yoga practice in the hope of regaining some equilibrium. One day I saw a flyer on the noticeboard at the yoga studio. “Reduce stress and manage emotions,” it said. “Detach and refocus. Instil calm.” Oh yes please, I thought. But what was it? Mindfulness? Meditation? Buddhist chanting? No. Sophrology.

What is Sophrology? How to relax in the 21st Century.

What is Sophrology? How to relax in the 21st Century.

Do you feel tired all of the time? Maybe you’re stressed, anxious, or find it hard to concentrate. Sophrology might help. This relatively modern relaxation technique is popular in mainland Europe; so much so it’s recommended and covered by health insurance companies across France and Switzerland. It's only a matter of time before it lands on our shores.

What is sophrology, the latest stress-busting mindfulness trend?

What is sophrology, the latest stress-busting mindfulness trend?

Just when you think you’re putting the “well” in “wellness,” another trend comes along to put your game to shame. Though it’s all the buzz in American wellness circles, sophrology is nothing new — it’s been popular in European countries, like France and Switzerland, for decades.

Sophrology: The Basics, Benefits and History of Rising Mindfulness Trend

Sophrology: The Basics, Benefits and History of Rising Mindfulness Trend

“Clients usually leave feeling confident, and with a smile on their faces, in a happy, relaxed state after having had this opportunity to bring perspective to their life through the practice,”

 

Sophrology is the New Mindfulness

Sophrology is the New Mindfulness

Feeling stressed, anxious, burnt out? Time to pause Headspace and allow us to introduce a technique from the 1960s instead.

Music & Mindfulness at the Mesa Music Festival November 10-11, 2017

Music & Mindfulness at the Mesa Music Festival November 10-11, 2017

Do you suffer from stage fright? Have you ever been star struck?! When you get only one chance to impress, you cannot freeze up. The Mesa Music Festival has many things besides live music happening, to support artists, in their musical journey. 

Too much stress linked to Alzheimer's, warns new study

Evidence from a major review of published research suggests that chronic stress and anxiety damage key brain regions involved in emotional responses, thinking and memory.

Lead author Dr Linda Mah, from the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada, said: "Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia."

The review paper, published in the journal 'Current Opinion in Psychiatry', pooled findings from a number of recent studies of stress and fear conditioning in animals, and people undergoing brain scans.

Dr Mah's team looked specifically at neural circuits linked to fear and anxiety in three brain regions, the amygdala, PFC, and hippocampus.

A see-saw pattern was seen in response to chronic stress with the amygdala, associated with emotional responses, becoming over-active and the PFC under-active.

The PFC contains "thinking" areas of the brain that help to regulate emotional responses by appraising them in a rational way.

Temporary episodes of anxiety, fear and stress - experienced before an exam or job interview, for instance - are part of normal life.

But the scientists point out that when such acute emotional reactions become chronic they can "wreak havoc" on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and damage the brain.

Athletes Practicing Mindfulness To Improve Their Game

It's commonly said that sports are 90 percent mental and only 10 percent physical. A lack of focus can result in a missed three-point shot, nerves can cause a gymnast to fall out of her landing, and a momentary lapse in confidence can easily make the difference between gold and bronze. So it's no surprise that some of the best professional athletes in the sports world are turning to meditation....(click on article to continue) 

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