What is sophrology?

Sophrology is a combination of techniques which aims to re-balance the body and mind: breathing, relaxation techniques, simple physical movements, mental imagery and meditation techniques.

Practicing sophrology will help you restoring or reinforcing the state of harmony between what you feel, what you think and what you do in your everyday life.

And it will also help you to develop new capacities, especially for well-being, stress-management and self-development.

How can sophrology help me during my pregnancy ?

Sophrology is widely used by midwives in France, Switzerland, Spain and more recently in other countries like UK.

It is a valuable component of pregnancy well-being and antenatal preparation for birth:

  • It helps relieving your anxieties around pregnancy.
  • It can ease many of the physiological discomforts of pregnancy, by enhancing your coping mechanisms, or by altering pain perception.
  • It helps increasing your inner confidence, strength and calmness for birth.

After the birth, sophrology can accompany you as you adjust to motherhood, enhance your relationship with your baby and partner.

When can I start sophrology ?

It depends on your needs and objectives. The techniques are adapted to each woman and each moment of pregnancy and motherhood. Sophrology can be started early in pregnancy, as repetition and practice are increasing its efficiency.

For birth preparation, it is highly recommended to learn and train with a midwife who is also a certified sophrology practitioner.

After baby is born, sophrology is recommended if you feel stressed, overwhelmed or exhausted. Becoming a mum is a major identity change and transition period, sophrology can help you during the different phases of motherhood to develop self-confidence, self-awareness and capacity to feel well both as a woman and a mother.

And more concretely, how can I practice sophrology?

You can learn the basic principles and techniques either in a one-to-one setting or in groups.

  • In groups, a program of six to eight one-hour sessions is recommended to develop new capacities and you are always encouraged to practice at home.
  • In individual sessions, the support is more personal. The first session is mainly dedicated to understanding your specific needs and defining your objective.

Discovering and practicing sophrology has personally given me a new way of living in harmony with myself, body and mind and enjoying my life journey as a woman and a mother.

I hope it does the same for you.


More about the Author

Nadège Ravoux is certified sophrologist, professional coach and co-founder of Socolibris sàrl www.socolibris.com

She offers a specific support program for working mothers, who are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the stressful pace of daily life, or who are questioning their life choices.

She also provides coaching and training services in companies on topics like concentration at work, stress management, well-being and performance.

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