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  • Writer's pictureViolaine Tewari

The Benefits of a Wellness Workplace: How to Improve Employee Health through Sophrology

Creating a wellness workplace can have numerous benefits for both employees and employers. By promoting physical and mental health, companies can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, and improve overall job satisfaction. One tool that can be used to achieve this goal is sophrology, a practice that combines relaxation techniques, visualization, and meditation. Learn more about how sophrology can help create a healthier workplace environment.

What is a wellness workplace?

A wellness workplace is a work environment that prioritizes the physical and mental health of its employees. This can include initiatives such as providing healthy food options, offering fitness classes or gym memberships, promoting mental health resources, and encouraging work-life balance. By creating a wellness workplace, employers can improve employee health and productivity, reduce healthcare costs, and create a positive company culture.

The importance of employee health and productivity.

Employee health and productivity are crucial components of a successful business. When employees are healthy and happy, they are more engaged, motivated, and productive. This can lead to increased profitability, reduced absenteeism, and improved employee retention. By investing in employee wellness, employers can create a positive work environment that benefits both the company and its employees.

What is sophrology and how can it benefit employees?

Sophrology is a dynamic relaxation method created by neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo in 1960, inspired among other things by yoga, meditation and hypnosis, with the aim of calming the mind, better managing anxiety or finding mind-body harmony.

In the workplace, it can be used as an effective means of preventing psychosocial risks and improving employee well-being. By offering them the right conditions for their physical and mental health, it can become one of the tools for improving performance and quality of life at work.

The French Rebsamen law of August 17, 2005 integrated the notion of Quality of Working Life (QWL) into the law, and led to mandatory collective negotiations aimed at implementing concrete actions within companies.

How does sophrology work?

This method is based on the principle of dynamic relaxation, enabling participants to better manage their emotions and release tension. Unlike hypnosis, it is practiced in a state of full awareness. It helps to boost energy, regulate mood, focus on vital energy and feel better every day.

This therapeutical practice can be experienced as a genuine philosophy of life. It enables people to gain a better understanding of themselves and develop the perspective needed to face the challenges of everyday life with a sense of serenity.

Sophrology combines breathing exercises, muscular relaxation and mental imagery (or visualization).

In a professional context, this discipline helps to reduce stress, increase individual and collective performance and develop communication within teams.

Who is sophrology for?

Sophrology can be used to work on all aspects of a person's life, and is a gentle approach suitable for everyone. It offers a wide range of exercises, both static and dynamic, that are easy to understand and remember. No need to be in top physical condition. Exercises can be performed standing or seated.

The people who most need these sessions are those who experience the heaviest stress and pressure. This includes jobs that involve a fast pace, constant contact with customers or having to work with "difficult" people. Sophrology is particularly recommended for executives and managers, as it enables them to manage conflict situations more effectively.

Maximize your company's performance!

The working environment can be a source of stress and anxiety. No one is immune to burnout or lack of motivation. Sophrology, a technique accessible to all, is particularly useful in the quest to let go, and is synonymous with taking a step back from difficult life events, both personal and professional.

Sophrology has a proven track record in the workplace, and can help your employees to :

- Gain self-confidence,

- Better manage their emotions,

- Cope with the stressful situations associated with working life.

Sophrology applied in the workplace improves quality of life. It fosters a sense of accomplishment and motivation among employees, boosting the company's competitiveness and performance. It promotes personal and professional development.

By providing your employees with simple tools, this discipline enables them to discover and exploit their full potential, helping to improve their performance. It is highly useful for the prevention of psychosocial risks and burnout. It also offers employees a time of relaxation and rest, an anti-stress break.

Wellness in the workplace

Some ideas on themes your company could explore

Depending on your needs, a number of themes could be addressed during a sophrology workshop organized by your company:

- Stress management (results, hierarchies, etc.) ;

- Welcoming and managing emotions;

- Developing self-confidence;

- Improving concentration and motivation;

- Establishing harmonious working relationships;

- Optimizing performance;

- Helping with public speaking (building confidence, relaxing in front of an audience, dealing with stage fright, emotional problems, blushing, stammering, breathing);

- Reconciling private and professional life;

- Adapting to and supporting change (new functions, promotions, restructuring);

- Develop your employees' creativity;

- Prevent burnout and sleep disorders;

- Improve pain management (in particular musculoskeletal disorders);

- Prepare for important meetings and speeches;

- Gain perspective;

- Conflict resolution;

- Letting go ;

- Refocusing ;

- Stay positive ;

- Relax;

- Supporting employees with special needs;

- Channeling energy;

- Support employees involved in important company deadlines;

- Mentally prepare for future events (key meetings, gatherings, etc.).

How do Sophrology sessions work?

Sessions can be individual or collective.

A session generally begins with a brief chat with the sophrologist. This step is important to create a break from the worries of the workday. It also allows everyone to express their needs and wishes, and to share information about their physical and emotional state, if they so require.

The sophrologist guides participants through the session using his or her voice. Various exercises are then proposed, based on breathing, muscular relaxation and visualization (mental imagery). These bring the consciousness into a pleasantly relaxed state, helping participants to release tension and realize their full potential.

At the end of the session, there's a brief opportunity to share the sensations experienced during the session with the sophrologist. These exchanges take place on a voluntary basis, and employees are under no obligation to speak unless they feel the need or desire to do so.

With time and practice, sophrology can be exercised independently by employees at any time of the day.

Incorporating sophrology into the workplace.

Optimizing the use of sophrology as a tool for preventing psychosocial risks requires precise objectives to be defined. The impact and results vary depending on whether the team is offered individual or group sessions.

With individual sessions, employees are supported in their efforts to achieve their personal goals. Exercises are tailor-made and adapted to the employee's problem and career path within the company.

In group sessions, the themes are more general, aimed at achieving common objectives such as improving team cohesion.

Any company can offer Sophrology to its employees on a regular basis, or use this tool to solve a specific problem. Sophrology must be part of a set of HR objectives to improve the quality of life at work, but it is not a stand-alone substitute for a policy of occupational risk prevention.

Sessions can also be held via videoconferencing, without affecting their overall quality or efficiency.

My services for companies in Sophia Antipolis, Monaco or the 06 department

I hold a Master's degree in Caycedian sophrology and am trained in sophrology in the workplace(Masterclass Bienrelax). In 2023, I ran several sophrology workshops on stress management and sleep disorders for judges and court staff in the Alpes Maritimes. Sessions can be held in French or English, in Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, Valbonne, Monaco or other locations in the PACA region.

It's very easy to organize a sophrology session in your company. Simply set up a few chairs in your meeting room or lunchroom and off you go!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like a quote. You can also visit my website dedicated to sophrology in the workplace.

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