Embracing the powerful link between our minds and bodies can help to
alleviate chronic illness that is generally caused by stress and anxiety.
When we experience symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, pain associated with swelling, nausea, or itchy skin we tend to schedule an appointment with our doctor. These are symptoms associated with a blocked lymphatic system. After certain blood tests the doctor may determine mild treatment and prescribe some sort of medication. But what if you could prevent the flair up of those symptoms through the dynamic practice of sophrology?
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body to remove toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. It has three primary functions:
Removal of interstitial fluid which surrounds the tissue cells. (Build up of this fluid causes swelling or edema.)
Absorption and transportation of fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system.
Transportation of lymph as a defense mechanism against infection.
Unlike the cardiovascular system which works by using the heart to pump blood through arteries, veins and capillaries, the lymphatic system is forced through the body. This occurs by the continuous motion of skeletal muscles, body movement, and during breathing.
Sophrology exercises include breathing techniques and gentle movement. As a result, the lymphatic system is supported and has the ability to function in a healthy way thus maintaining physical health.
However, a person cannot be holistically well without harmony of the mind and body. Prof. Alfonso Caycedo, a neuro-psychiatrist and founder of Sophrology determined that health and wellbeing occurred through the conscious harmony of mind and body. Therefore, in addition to breathing techniques and gentle movement, sophrology includes creative visualisation as a means to create inner balance. In fact, the holistic practice of sophrology promotes the core properties of logotherapy developed by Viktor Frankl:
Each person has a healthy core.
One's primary focus is to enlighten others to their own internal resources and provide the tools to use their inner core.
Life offers purpse and meaning but does not promise fulfillment or happiness.
Supporting the healthy core means establishing habits that create physical health and well being. As we empower and establish abundant health for ourselves we enable the ability to enlighten and help others. This creates a sense of purpose and gives meaning to our daily existence. But we all know that health, purpose and meaning do not guarantee happiness.
That's okay though, because the consistent practice of sophrology can help people achieve better sleep habits, increase energy, improve concentration, release stress and anxiety, and achieve physical and mental health and wellbeing. Overall, the mind is clear, the body is healthy and we are able to clearly approach everyday life.