What if we could pump up our inner positivity to glow on the outside?
Negative stress affects how we move or hold ourselves; it can also show on our face. But human life without some stress response is impossible – and not all stresses are negative!
What is a stress? And is it always bad?
Stress is an energy affecting us in different ways. Thankfully, we also have many positive ‘stresses’: small pleasures or bigger achievements that quicken our pulse and give a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Our body’s initial responses to all stresses are similar, but our perception of the event and how we deal with it makes a big difference to how we feel.
Redirecting your stress response
What if we can reverse a negative stress to a positive one? What would be the outcome? Sophrology can help you control and influence the effects of stress on your body and mind.
Sophrology enables you to affect your stress responses
Sophrology is a natural and effective way to deal with stress. It is a bodily method using breathing, movement, visualisation and sound of the voice. Originating in Spain over 60 years ago, its wide-ranging benefits are now global. Sophrology teaches you to be aware of both your stresses and your possibilities in a non-judgmental and positive environment. Once learned, it is with you whenever you need it – helping you to feel and look your best.
“I won my first grand slam at 10 years old … in my head.”
(Andre Agassi: eight-time Grand Slam winner)
Sophrology’s Core Components
Sophrology has four main components; every Sophrology practice is unique and positive.
- Movement: The most effective way to put a brake on our mental race is to go into our body. Tense-relax sequences are remarkably efficient. Actively tensing joints, muscles (or any organs or structure in our body) and releasing them, reconnects and ease tensions or negativity. Take time to squeeze and relax. You will feel the ease!
- Breathing: From noticing our breath to engaging it more consciously, we experience different manifestations in our body. From a deeper breath, a feeling of relaxation to a sense of lightness, enjoying the total experience. This is a phase of release of mechanical and neurological transformation.
- Concentration: Visualisation is an extremely powerful tool. Tennis player Andre Agassi won eight Grand Slam tournaments, but said he won the first one aged 10 – “in my head.” By opening up more mental avenues, we develop new collateral pathways and avoid travelling down negative ones. The result is the creation of positive possibilities and a boost to creativity.