What is Sophrology?
Sophrology is a discipline that boosts mental strength while consciously relaxing the body. This relaxation therapy blends mindfulness, breathing techniques, gentle movement and visualization. It is used as a stress management tool increasing inner calm and mental satisfaction as the mind reaches a deep sense of relaxation. This feeling of calm can last hours even weeks afterwards.
Cause it’s EASY! We get to go on a mind vacation and experience the deepest level of zen while relaxing the body completely! It lowers blood pressure, calms the nervous system, helps regenerate body and brain cells. So not only are we helping avoid long term mental exhaustion, we are increasing mental strength to help us deal with life’s challenges: be it stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, grief, depression, PTSD, emotional pain and.. even boredom!
WHERE IS SOPHROLOGY PRACTICED?
At home, on our way to work, at the office, in school, sitting on a bench eating lunch, lying in bed, standing in line at the bank, sitting on a chair.. It doesn’t require any special gear and it doesn’t require any special set up. So it’s easy for everyone to try it.
WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF IT BEFORE?
It’s been Europe’s best kept secret since the 1960s! It’s now available in the USA in person and via phone. So you don’t have to be doing it in person to learn how to practice it. Niamh Lyons, the founder of American Sophrology has developed Sophrology to make it more accessible to everyone all over the United States. If you have a telephone, and can be hands-free, you are in for a treat!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
OK So, there is a big long list on the Benefits Page, but briefly, essentially what is happening when you practice Sophrology is, your body goes into a deep state of relaxation. It goes to a place where you are feeling like you are asleep but you are still awake. As you have consciously relaxed the body completely, the mind is also completely relaxed. So now your body can release stress, tension and anxiety in order to welcome absolute utter mind and body bliss! At the same time you can rejuvenate the cells and release toxins! The scary part is once you’ve done it you realize how much stress your mind and body has been holding prior to this. But once you have learnt sophrology you have the tools to blast it away, or at least manage it
About American Sophrology
Niamh Lyons is the creator of American Sophrology. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, she lived 16 years in Geneva, Switzerland where she first learnt about Sophrology.
While undertaking various treatments for chronic pain caused by a car accident, Niamh (pronounced Neev) tried Sophrology. After only one Sophrology session, she enrolled in the diploma course. Within a couple of months of daily practice, her pain was gone.
“The pain-relief was welcome, but it was my mindset that had really changed during this period. I realized I was constantly rushing about my day and causing undue stress to myself. I am now able to go about my day without being in a constant state of tension. I have changed so much in my life, for the better, since discovering Sophrology. I got rid of unnecessary worry. I use Sophrology techniques daily to de-stress and bring a state of calm to my mind and body. This method is easy and has helped many people progress in their daily lives: those who wish to live a more relaxed lifestyle by managing their stress; sports athletes preparing for an important event; mothers-to-be; patients preparing for surgery; teenagers wishing to boost confidence, or those simply seeking more joy in their lives.
Niamh made a complete turnaround in her working life to become a dedicated practitioner in Sophrology. She graduated in 2011 at the Energy Centre in Switzerland, the first English speaking Sophrology School, which is recognized by the Swiss Therapist Association (ASCA). She is a member of the International Federation of Sophrologists. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 where she set up her practice.
She is the sole certified sophrologist in the State of Arizona and one of only a handful in the USA.
THE POWER OF MINDFULNESS MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Published October 2018