In 1950s' Madrid, a Colombian-born neuropsychiatrist, Professor Alfonso Caycedo, was treating traumatised soldiers returning from the war. He wanted to develop ways of peacefully restoring the minds and bodies of these men to wellbeing, and he began to research methods that were as gentle and powerful as possible. His search led him across the world to explore practices that for centuries have promoted healthful, balanced living in body and mind.
From yoga, Tibetan Buddhist meditation and mindfulness, Japanese Zen, hypnosis, phenomenology, relaxation, and modern psychology and neurology, he extracted the essence of what he felt made them transformational and blended his findings into a practical, secular method he called "sophrology" - a Greek word meaning "the science of consciousness in harmony".
For two decades, sophrology was only delivered by doctors in hospitals, but it soon spread throughout Europe and is now widely used in schools, prisons, hospices, workplaces, health centres, and many other settings. If you went to your doctor in France, for example, with any number of physical or mental ill-health symptoms, sophrology would likely be a key part of their recommended programme of care alongside any drug treatment you might need.
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