HISTORY Of Sophrology
Prof. Alfonso Caycedo, a neuro-psychiatrist, studying medicine in Spain after the Civil War, was searching for a way to effectively bring traumatised war victims back to a healthy physical and mental state with minimal drug use. Sophrology was the name he gave, in 1960, to the method he was creating.Prof. Caycedo later worked under Dr. Binswanger, in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Dr Binswanger was at the forefront of using phenomenology in the psychology domain. Prof. Caycedo then travelled in the East, studying Yoga, Zen and Buddhism, searching for the core practices and exercises that speedily and effectively produced positive results.
The structured sophrology program that we use today grew out of all this research and experience. Over the years, many varieties of sophrology schools have been created in the French speaking world. These schools have contributed to the development of the method adding to the expertise and expanding the fields of application.
The word sophrology comes from the Greek: