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History of Sophrology

Sophrology originated in the 1960’s, in Spain, and was created by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a neuro-psychiatrist as an attempt to complement and humanise psychiatric treatments in effect at that time.


Alfonso Caycedo was inspired by oriental and western techniques and philosophies to develop Sophrology concepts and techniques and create a structured methodological approach.

His discovery of oriental techniques through extensive travels (Indian yoga, Tibetan Buddhism and Japanese Zen), made him aware that the body is the seat of the life experience. He understood that consciousness of one’s body enables consciousness of one’s life. The mind body-union therefore becomes the pillar of Sophrology.

Alfonso Caycedo studied and was inspired by Phenomenology, a philosophy initiated by the German philosopher Edmund Husserl that suggests looking at the world without preconceived ideas or beliefs. He was also inspired by western techniques such as hypnosis, the Coué autosuggestion method, Jacobson progressive relaxation, and Schultz autogenic training.

Initially developed as a therapeutic method, Sophrology has also become with time a personal development tool and can be used as a way of living.