In addition to our usual program of outdoor stays as we have been offering them for 20 years, sophrology is now part of our offer for all.

We now offer a mixed introductory course in sophrology with outdoor activities that takes place over five days during the summer. This course is independent of the activity “Athletes’ mental training” which takes place throughout the year. For more information see “Athletes’ mental training”.

General presentation of the teaching of sophrology in our center.

 

Psycho behavioral sophrology: 

Sophrology, like yoga or meditation, can be practiced on a daily basis. There is no need to wait for the usual dysfunctions for which people turn to a sophrologist to start. Acting preventively is easier for maintaining the course and keep the steering straight. It is a discipline that is not very time-consuming because it fits easily into the course of a normal day. It makes it possible to mitigate, or even solve, with a little practice, problems of stress, management of emotions, self-confidence, concentration, etc. 

Sophrology starts with the body, is deeply anchored in it to distance itself from the mind. It proposes to internalize the gaze, to turn to the observation of the body, the breath and the feeling, to reconnect with the body diagram and to have an accepting and acceptable inner language then to access a state of consciousness that allows to be fully in what we are doing in a gentle, natural way. Thus, well-being is imposed on the subject who becomes aware of it by continuing the work of observation, noticing that emotions, thoughts have changed without having passed through the mind. Well-being invites itself stealthily, gently and occupies more and more space in the immense space of interiority. Negative emotions or thoughts are no longer at the forefront of concerns as they used to be. They are accepted, overcome, outdated, and receive less and less attention. 

Psycho-behavioral sophrology is based on four pillars: body schema, objective reality, positive action and adaptability. Each individual accompaniment is subject to a personalized protocol since each person is different. It is a person-centered approach that allows you to no longer suffer your life but to take it in hand and become autonomous. 

Sophrology aims to strengthen the structures of the personality, to energize the qualities and resources of the person. it proposes to explore the “What if it goes well?” version rather than the “And if it goes wrong” version. However, this should not be confused with magical thinking, nor passive contemplation in a self-proclaimed inner calm. This calm exists of course, this space is precious but it must be felt, lived and not thought.

Psycho-behavioral sophrology leads us to look things sharply for what they are. It is relatively easy to identify and name what we no longer want, but it is often more difficult to know what we want. It is not uncommon for the initial objectives to evolve during the accompaniment 🙂 

 

Olivier Pitras: What was my motivation to become a sophrologist?

At the age of 18, I discovered the virtues of breathing, muscle relaxation and positive visualizations. I have used these techniques all my life; They have often served me on my expeditions and in life in general.
I have been a sports educator and professional skipper for 40 years. I have seen countless crew members passing onboard and I have always been fascinated by the richness of the different personalities I have been able to meet during these years. 

I have always strived, with great pleasure, to welcome my teams and my customers so that everyone finds a place to their measure, in a harmonious way, in the crew. A team is for me a sum of individuals who share the same goal. 

Life aboard a sailboat is radically different from life on land. I found it interesting to set up the conditions for the less experienced to succeed in overcoming their fears and living these changes with serenity especially when the sea and bad weather were part of the game. For the others, I remained attentive so that they could flourish more in this environment that seemed to suit them.

Along the way, I became interested in Psycho-Behavioral Sophrology. The tone set by the teaching team and their great intellectual honesty immediately seduced me. I realized, along the way, that this new adventure offered me a remarkable opportunity to be able to broaden the scope of my support by integrating the tools acquired in sophrology at the heart of my professional activity, whether by helping my clients to better define their needs during introductory stays in sophrology or with athletes in sophro-pedagogy-sports in order to help them improve their individual or collective performance while remaining in pleasure.

 

 

Extract from the book “La Voie des glaces”, Olivier Pitras, Transboréal editions, page 210
Story of the “Trans-Arctic 99” expedition 

On board Sunday, August 22, 1999

Extract from the logbook:

“The appalling nudity of this deserted and harsh universe strangely does not detract from the irresistible charm that emerges from it. This spell, this almost carnal fascination, is based on the fact that here, hostile nature sends us full force, without detour or concession, the image of our fragility. This evidence of each second reveals another, which is a miracle: consciousness, self-awareness, consciousness in action, the mind, its formidable power, its inexhaustible resources in the struggle for existence. It is the hymn to life. This expedition, whatever the outcome, makes me discover a higher spiritual dimension.

Some might encounter God or faith there. I am content, without really realizing it, to lead my inner journey in parallel with the great fight outside. I gain, I believe, in tenacity and confidence in myself but also in tolerance and humility, in love for life and for its motley procession. Knowing that the track is ice-free to Gjoa Haven has allowed me to take a step back from our ongoing commitment. We should arrive at the stopover in the early afternoon. I am happy. It was already so unlikely to make it this far. All hopes remain for the success of our challenge. In his time, Willy de Roos had not reached Gjoa Haven from the Atlantic until August 23. That’s a good sign. »

My hand was so numb from the cold when I wrote these lines that I had a hard time re-reading myself to writte the book.

Olivier Pitras