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'Learning to live': why sophrology is the new mindfulness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/nov/12/sophrology-new-mindfulness-learning-to-live

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'Learning to live': why sophrology is the new mindfulness
Feeling stressed, anxious, burnt out? Time to pause Headspace and allow us to introduce a technique from the 1960s instead

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Sophrology - the new mindfulness

A stress management technique that combines meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques with gentle movement and visualisation. It doesn’t require complicated postures or large amounts of time.

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Example of a sophrology exercise

Close your eyes, breathe in, and hold your breath for a few seconds while tensing up all the muscles in your body. Then, as you exhale, release all the muscles and let go, allowing the body and mind to slow down

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Sophrology is rooted in science

It was developed in Spain in 1960 by neuropsychiatrist Prof Alfonso Caycedo. It sits at the crossroads between western relaxation and eastern meditation, as a result of the struggle to find the best way to enable people to better manage stress, fear, anxiety.

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