Sophrology is a method that works both on the body and the mind to find a balance. Through the observation of one’s own sensations, it leads to a better understanding of oneself, which in turns helps a person to anticipate and manage any unpleasant or negative reactions or manifestations, either physical or emotional.
It is suitable for everyone, since it uses gentle muscle tensions and release, controlled breathing, and positive visualization, all of which are led by the sophrologist’s voice.
The use of these techniques results in boosting one’s personal resources and using them to reach one goal, as well as the development of one’s maximum potential.
The hypnotic phenomenon, which is a very natural state that we all very well know because we all regularly experience it, is not a sleep state but it is what is called an altered state of consciousness, like dreaming, relaxing, meditation etc. What is called “hypnotic trance” is actually a modification of the normal alertness state, which allows us to think and reason in our every day life.
But, unlike the state of normal alertness, in an hypnotic state our brain – which is particularly active – produces itself information by gathering images and pictures in our unconscious. It is a kind of “unconscious dream”. Moreover, whereas in a state of normal alertness our attention deals with many points of interest at the same time, going back and forth between them very quickly, in a state of hypnosis, it is concentrated on a very specific subject.
Despite the fact that hypnosis is a very old technique, there is now a renewed interest in its therapeutic benefits, and it has become the subject of many scientific studies. As a matter of fact, numerous studies have pointed out that an hypnotyic suggestion results in neuronal responses.