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I have always been curious about people and what they do. This is partly because I am a fusion of English and Asian cultures and religions. I have an insatiable curiosity about people and what makes them tick. I have always been interested in different cultures and peoples from different backgrounds. I have a great interest in people gaining balance and resilience in mind, heart and body. I feel that in order to make a decision, using an educational, practical and self-awareness approach is needed. This can help a person make informed decisions, whatever that is for them.
In a previous life, I worked as an occupational therapist (OT). I have over 20 years’ experience working with people of all ages and disabilities. I have mainly worked in social services (Adult Social Care) for several London councils. I have worked with many health professionals – physiotherapist, speech and language therapists and social workers and also voluntary agencies. I also worked in mental health and intermediate care as well.
I came upon Sophrology when I was going through a lot of change in my personal and professional life. In fact, I met Florence Parot – Director of the Sophrology Academy, when I was doing a coaching course. When we talked, I found that Sophrology was just up my street!. The principle of being body conscious using gentle movement, struck a chord in me. My conversation with Florence confirmed that many people are not body conscious or body aware.
Life is so fast these days that people are constantly thinking about the “next thing,” “the future” rather than being in the present, the here and now. They are not able to fully focus on the present task at hand. I realised, from my observations as an OT, that many clients were not body conscious. For example, many clients had no idea of the position of their feet on the floor while being seated. When they got up to walk, they would lose their balance. It was my role as part of my rehabilitation skills to train people to do safe transfers on/off seats to a standing position by becoming more aware of their body parts. Being more aware of their breathing helped them to “centre” themselves and having greater awareness of their physical surroundings helped them to do safe transfers.
As an OT I was also very aware of how disability could affect the quality of sleep, concentration levels, mood, memory and emotions. These aspects affect our relationship with our self and others. It affects the roles and responsibilities that we do and exposes people to anxiety and stress. As a social services OT, I was not able to explore these areas with my clients fully. So I trained to become a Sophrologist.
On a personal level I started using the Sophrology techniques on a regular basis when I was going through a lot of change which impacted my health. I found that Sophrology, in particular the easy movement postures and breathing techniques very helpful. The techniques helped to keep my energy levels up and be more relaxed in my body. I did some of the techniques in the morning and some before I went to sleep. I also found that giving myself the time to listen to my body in between each technique, “the pause,” helped me to become more body aware and listen to the signals my body was telling me. I realized that my mind was telling me to “keep going” whereas my body was signalling me “to rest.”
The Sophrology techniques are very much apart of my life now. I feel I get a lot of benefit from doing them. Sophrology helps me to pause and stop for a short while. Pausing, being active and pausing again with the Sophrology techniques on a regular basis throughout my day has helped me to regain my energy levels. It has helped me to listen to my body more, relax my mind and sleep better.
I love talking about Sophrology and am always happy to answer any questions so please get in touch. Click here for the contact form.
My quest for improving my wellbeing for myself and my clients has led me into looking at other options to improving the quality of my life. I am also a Nikken Wellness Consultant as well. For more information please visit http://www.nikkenwellbeing.co.uk/info/zebbie.aspx
Breathe…. Pause…. Breath….and Pause again….