The word Sophrology was created by Dr. Alfonso Caycedo in the 1960s. There are now many schools of Sophrology notably in France and Switzerland. Sophrology could be said to have started in Switzerland since Dr Raymond Abrezol, Head of French Sophrologist Training in Switzerland, brought Sophrology into the mainstream by successfully using it to coach the Swiss ski team to Olympic gold medals. see Vaincre par la Sophrolgie, published April 15, 2002 by Vivez Soleil. He also trained many of the heads of the big Sophrology schools in France It is a personal development method that is designed to reduce stress and promote mental and physical well-being, through easy-to-do mental and physical exercises that can be done any time anywhere.