The method was developed by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a Colombian neuro-psychiatrist, in the 1960s to support his patient to find more serenity in daily life. In 1970, at the first International Sophrology Conference, he said that Sophrology was born from his studies on human consciousness. Sophrology is both a philosophy and a way of life, as well as a therapy and a personal development technique. He later said: "Sophrology is learning to live".
A Swiss sophrologist, Raymond Abrezol, has trained many athletes in sailing, boxing, cycling, tennis, water-polo, golf, etc. Athletes coached by Abrezol between 1967 and 2004 won over 200 Olympic medals.
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