What is emotional-physical relaxation?
It is a discipline that takes into account both the body and mind through the practice of breathing and physical exercises. It has been inspired by disciplines such as yoga, Jacobson’s relaxation technique and Schulz’s autogenic training.
The goal of this method is to allow each individual to relax and to learn to be one’s own observer in order to change automatic mechanisms and adapt their way of reacting to life’s difficulties, such as stress, health problems, preparation exams.
Emotional-physical relaxation is recognised by ASCA (Swiss Association for Complementary Medicine).
What psychosomatic sophrology?
Psychosomatic sophrology is a discipline that aims to support a person in their search for well-being and harmony. It has the advantage of adding a therapeutic dimension to the techniques of classical relaxation therapy (Sophrology Caycedian).
It offers the patient the opportunity to engage in personal work, particularly through positive visualisations. This technique allows the patient to become aware of patterns that contribute to their unhappiness and to replace them by other patterns in order to bring positivity into their life.
This discipline equally takes into account the psychosomatic plane. This means that it is mindful that emotional problems can cause real problems on the physical plane, and vice versa, and offers tools to prevent these effects. For example, stress management techniques can prevent chronic stress from causing or aggravating a stomach ulcer.
This therapy is recognised as an complementary psychological therapy by ASCA (Swiss Foundation for complementary medicines) and may be repaid by some supplementary health insurances.
Fields of application for psychosomatic sophrologie and emotional-physical reflexology
- Muscle tension
- Sleep problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Digestive problems, palpitations, headaches (tension headaches) related to stress
- Emotional tension
- Self-confidence issues
- Lack of assertiveness
- Emotional blockages (difficulties with life transitions)
- Anxiety related to an event (e.g. exams, driving test, airplane journey)
- Development of one’s potential
- Burn out, exhaustion
- Difficulty with stress management
- Difficulty concentrating
- Relationship issues
What happens during the course of a treatment?
At the first meeting, the therapist takes the patient’s history (including medical history, sleeping habits and working habits) to understand their situation. The therapist also asks them to explain the reasons for their visit and their objectives of the consultation, so as to identify techniques suited to their needs.
Subsequently, the therapist offers the patient several sessions that include physical exercises, breathing exercises, guided relaxation, visualisation techniques and a time for sharing. These techniques are pleasant and accessible for everyone. The patient will be in comfortable clothes and without shoes.
Each session is an opportunity for the patient to take a break, to relax and take time for themselves. Gradually, they will learn to master simple and effective exercises in order to, for example, manage every day stress or improve their sleep. They will also acquires a new insight to their problem. The approach ideally ends when the patient has reached their goal, and so the number and frequency of sessions are defined according to the patient’s needs.