It was created in Spain in 1960’s by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a neuropsychiatrist, who wanted to study consciousness. He studied Hypnotherapy, Phenomenology, Relaxation, Yoga, Japanese Zen, Budhist Meditation and created a unique blend of these techniques refined by years of practice by him and his students.
Initially developed with Mental Health in mind, the flexibility and adaptability of this technique meant it quickly spread to other fields such as mental preparation in sport, birth preparation, sleep, stress management to name a few.
It is now very well respected in Continental Europe and especially Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and France where you can find Sophrologists in hospitals, schools and universities or in the corporate world and where GPs refer patients to Sophrologists.
In the UK, Sophrology is recognised by the Complementary Medical Association and the Institute of Complementary and Natural Medecine.