A typical session lasts for one hour and is split into three sections:
Firstly we will have a informal chat about how the participant(s) are doing today and the session itself - it's theme, purpose, some more detailed information about today's subject, then a full explanation/demonstration of today's exercises.
Secondly, I will guide the participant(s) through the exercises I have chosen for the session.
Lastly, I will invite you to write down your thoughts and experiences from the session to share (only if you wish) with the rest of the group. You will then take these techniques and use them at home as part of your regular wellbeing practice.
No, it isn't.
Although we use 'dynamic exercises' in Sophrology, these are gentle and simple, often involving breathing techniques. They are designed to calm and harmonise body and mind, not break you into a sweat!
No yoga mats or special equipment/clothing is required. Before starting a group program or 1-2-1 client sessions, I will always ask you to complete a wellbeing questionnaire so I am aware of any health or injury issues that may affect my choices of exercises.
If you don't feel comfortable doing a certain movement, you don't have to do it.
Just learn to listen to your body.
Yes, on the surface there are many similarities between Sophrology and Mindfulness practice: tuning into the mind, focusing on the here and now. However, Sophrology does have some significant differences:
For too long Menopause has been talked of in hushed tones, like something to be ashamed of, endured, suffered in silence! Yes, medication and other natural alternatives can alleviate symptoms but these are not suitable for everyone, and aren't always the magic panacea we hope for.
Sophrology is not a magic wand! Sophrology will not make it all go away! However, the way I see it, the more tools we have in our 'Menopausal Toolboxes' the better.
It can be very difficult to connect positively with our bodies at this time, to find balance and harmony when everything is topsy-turvy. There is an inner strength and resilience inside every one of us, we just have to try different ways to access it at the moment!
Although my programme is geared towards common menopausal symptoms and issues, many of these will resonate with all women.
In these strange, often challenging times, we need to re-focus on our mental and physical wellbeing. We all lead such busy lives, and it is often us women who put everybody's needs before our own, leaving us little time for our own daily calm, rest and recharge.
I want to help empower women to take more time for their self-care, and learn to love themselves once more.
That depends on you, what you put into it and what you want to get from it.
Sophrology is a wellbeing practice that you build into your daily life, to continue with once the programme is complete. I will help you finds ways to integrate it into your busy lifestyles: no, you don't have to set aside an hour a day to meditate!
We are all 'works in progress' and that work lasts a lifetime. I can share with you the tools and exercises, but it is up to you to get the most from them as you continue your life journey.
Please contact me, I will be happy to help if I can.