Sophrology session for adults with eczema
What is sophrology?
Sophrology was founded by professor and neuro-psychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo.
Rooted in both Western and Eastern practices, the method uses the body and mind to produce therapeutic benefits. It is also seen as a philosophy and way of life.
Broadly speaking, it helps patients reach a state of calm and relaxation in order to promote physical and mental harmony.
How is sophrology practiced?
Sophrology is known as a “dynamic relaxation” technique as it is practiced sitting up (and not laying down). It involves holding a posture with a certain level of muscular tension to avoid falling to sleep.
3 alternating exercises
- Body movements
- Breathing exercises
- Visualization exercises
How does sophrology benefit those with eczema or a chronic disease in general?
- Sophrology can help patients accept the disease
- Patients become more aware of what is happening in their body and are better able to identify when flare-ups arise most often and the potential causes.
- Lastly, it helps patients withstand painful inflammatory phases which are sometimes difficult to manage.
For beginners, it is recommended to practice under the guidance of a sophrologist. Once you have mastered the technique, it is possible to practice it on your own.
Whether practiced at a clinic or at home, sophrology can help patients manage itchy flare-ups by turning their attention away from the discomfort to focus on the breathing exercises.