sophrologyLearn to release tensions in mind and body using dynamic easy movement postures, breathing techniques & visualisations. Sophrology is easy to do and can be adapted to many situations. Suitable for all.

What is sophrology?

Sophrology by definition is the study of consciousness in harmony. In practice, it is a unique method combining in a structured way, physical and mental techniques with the aim of producing an alert mind in a relaxed body.

It uses techniques such as deep breathing exercises, easy movement postures and visualisations to create an alert mind and relaxed body.

Sessions can be completed on a 1:1 or group basis. 1: 1 sessions are tailored made to suit the needs and/or deal with a specific issue facing the person.

Who created sophrology?

Sophrology was created by a neuro psychiatrist by the name of Professor Caycedo in 1960. He wanted to create an alternative treatment for his patients who were experiencing depression and/or have been traumatised in some way but were undergoing traditional drug and psychiatric treatments.

He explored and became interested in clinical hypnosis, phenomenology and western relaxation techniques such as Jacobson’s progressive relaxation and Schulz’s autogenic training. He was also inspired by eastern techniques such as Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Japanese Zen and Yoga. Caycedo created Sophrology as he was inspired by western and eastern techniques but left out the philosophy and religious aspect of eastern and western approaches .

How does it work?

By relaxing the body, you relax the mind. A body scan is experienced by the person who focus’s on the body from head to toe. The person becomes aware of the different parts of the body as tension is released and relaxation is gained.

In order to work with different techniques, the mind needs to quieten down and a state of consciousness between being awake and asleep but alert, needs to be attained. The techniques used have a greater impact when the “mind chatter” is much less or not there at all. It allows the person to get in touch with the deeper, wiser intuitive mind.

What can Sophrology help with?

Sophrology can be used therapeutically for people that have anxiety, burnout, depression, addictions, pain and phobias. It can also be used to prepare for up and coming events such as exams, sports competition, stage performances or speaking in public. It can be used to deal with stress, managing emotions, weight problems, increasing energy levels, and/or building up self-confidence.


Sophrology can be practised with me on a 1:1 or group basis. For Sophrology to work at its best, the techniques need regular practise outside of the Sophrology session. You have to work at it in order to obtain the benefits.

Benefits of practising 1:1 are:

  • Needs/goals of what you want to work on can be met more quickly in the sessions
  • Greater variety of techniques to be tried and explored

Benefits of practising in a group are:

  • Work on a generic theme within the sessions
  • Way of getting to know what Sophrology is all about before considering working on a 1:1 basis
  • Share your experiences with others in a group environment


Zebbie Hanafi

NEW Courses:

4 Week Course – Releasing Tensions to Sleep Better Part 1

You will learn effective tools to understand how your relationship with your body can positively or negatively impact your every day life. During each session we will do a “body scan”, easy moving postures and breathing techniques to release tension. Each session will be ending with a visualisation to bring in positive qualities or characteristics into the every day life.

You will be taking away with you a “toolbox” of different techniques to be able to use as and when needed for achieving wellness.

Sunday 7th May 11:00 – 12:00

Saturday 13th May 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday 21st May at 11:00 – 12:00

Saturday 27th May 11:00 – 12:00

Price: £60 per 4 week course

4 Week Course – Releasing Tensions to Sleep Better Part 2

Add more effective tools following Part 1 of this course, to understand the relationship with your body and how this can positively or negatively impact your daily life.

Saturday 10th June 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday 18th June 11:00 – 12:00

Saturday 24th June 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday 2nd July 11:00 – 12:00

4 Week Course – Create A Space For Rest

Come and join Zebbie in finding ways to create a space for rest using Sophrology tools that you can put into your daily life to help you deal with stress effectively. You can come to as many sessions as you want.

Saturday 1st April  11:00 – 12:00

Sunday 9th April 11:00 – 12:00

Saturday 15th April 11:00 – 12:00

Sunday 23rd April 11:00 – 12:00

Price: £10 per session

If you don’t know if this is for you please come along to one of the weekly tasters I am holding at The Wellbeing Centre and experience it for yourself. More info here.

For more information, including prices and contact details for booking, please go to Zebbie Hanafi’s practitioner page >>

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