A SOPHROLOGY THAT COMBINES ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE AND DISCOVERIES IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE
Sophrology teaches wellbeing techniques mainly from Asia (India/yoga, Japan/zazen, Nepal/tummo) from which all religious patterns have been removed to make them practical and easy to use on a daily basis in modern life. It is a multidisciplinary method that draws on ancestral knowledge. Throughout history, humanity has tried to sublimate the power of its consciousness in order to broaden the scope of its understanding, optimize its concentration or improve its learning capacities.
Since its creation in 1960 by neuro-psychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo, sophrology has seen the birth of several currents. The one that seems to me to be the most holistic, successful, to accompany a person in situations of change or difficult situations is psycho-behavioural sophrology. It’s the one I practice and use with my clients. The aim of psycho-behavioural sophrology is to support the clients towards the achievement of a concrete goal. Dialogue is important. The support is based on a pact of reciprocal trust. Throughout the duration of the sophrological support, it is essential that everyone retains their free will. Clients being supported plays an active role in the process. The goal is to achieve rapid autonomy to use the techniques on their own whenever they need them, usually between 8 and 12 weeks due to one session per week. In addition to the practice of relaxation at the beginning of the process and intra-sophronic activation techniques performed in an altered state of consciousness (close to modern hypnosis), psycho-behavioural sophrology is inspired by the latest behavioural, cognitive and emotional therapies but also by the work of Carl Rogers and his “Person-Centered Approach”, NLP and coaching in order to help the person see clearly to express what he wants and what he expects.
Psycho-behavioural sophrology is an innovative form of sophrology. Each support is subject to a personalized protocol since each person is different. A pre- and post-session interview allows me to stay in touch with my client’s needs and allow him (her) to move forward on his resources as well as on his difficulties. At the end of the session, a prescription of tasks to be done at home invites him to actively mobilize what has been worked on during the session.
Sophrology helps us to optimize our possibilities, to recognize our emotions, to accept them and to find new resources to cope with everyday events. At the end of a sophrological support, you will not be a better version of yourself but simply closer to yourself.
I receive my clients according to 3 formulas:
– Individual face-to-face or online consultation.
– Group classes, face-to-face or online.
– The internship (initiation, summer only for now)
My practice is located in Sommarøy, Tromsø, north of the Arctic Circle, but online video consultations make it possible to break down distances. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. 🙂
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it” (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry)
Certified sophrologist (specialization in athletes’ mental training).
1 hour: Nok 1000,- /pers (80€) First session free of charge.
1 hour group: Nok 250,- /pers (20€)
What are the areas where I can help you?
The field of application of sophrology is vast. Being specialized in athletes’ mental training, I can support you in the following areas (outside the sports field):
- Stress management
- Emotions management
- Win or fail management
- Preparation for exams or important events
- Improved concentration
- Self-confidence and assertiveness
- Improving relationships with oneself and others
- Managing transitions or difficult situations
- Support to re-education
- Improved artistic performance
- Difficulty in speaking in front of an audience
- Exposure to the public and the crowd (public relations, political meetings, concerts, conferences, etc.)
- Media exposure
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, wellbeing 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. Wellbeing 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-behavioural sophrology is based on four pillars: body schema, objective reality, positive action and adaptability.
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-behavioural 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 sessions 🙂
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 22nd, 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.
My Path to Sophrology
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 great adventure offered me many effective and useful tools and an opportunity to be able to broaden the scope of my support by integrating these tools into the heart of my professional activity in addition to our stays and outdoor activities.