Are you looking for a way to sharpen your mental focus, relax your body and improve your running performance? Sophrology could be the answer, says Claire Chamberlain.
According to Dominique Antiglio, author of The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology, ‘sophrology is a wellbeing and self-development guided practice – an evolution of meditation and mindfulness – that blends Eastern philosophies and Western science to tap into your resilience and strength, so you can deal with life’s challenges more effectively.’
Try out these two techniques before your next run or training session.
This technique will help to release any undue stress, tightness or tension before a run or race, so that you can improve your physical performance.
Sharpen your attention with this focusing technique, which is helpful for competitive sessions or races. It engages both your brain and body and increases your ability to focus on a single task. Research shows that a simple ‘tracking the object’ exercise causes increased interaction between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, to sharpen focus and boost performance. Repeat three times, or until you feel focused, engaged and ready to perform.