First of all, I would like to thank you Delphine for giving me this wonderful opportunity to present myself and my activities, dear to my heart.
My name is Laurence Haffmans. I am French and I have been living in Amsterdam for 20 years now. I am the mother of 2 teenagers.
Certified instructor of mindfulness for children and teenagers trained in the popular Eline Snel’s methodology “Sitting Still Like a Frog – Mindfulness Matters!” , I am also a trained sophrologist-relaxologist specialized in sleep problems, tinnitus/hyperacousis, burnout (pre and post) and perinatal (fertility, pregnancy, parenthood).
Between Western relaxation and Eastern meditation, Sophrology is a structured method which gives you a very practical set of tools using relaxation and breathing techniques, concentration, positive visualization and gentle body movements (performed standing up or sitting down) to build one’s self-confidence, to effectively manage stress and to develop a positive attitude.
I was introduced to Sophrology following the death of my mother (cancer) in 2010. Sophrology proved to be a wonderful tool. Through Sophrology, I realized that we should not long for one moment of great happiness, or one exceptional event. However, happiness lies in these everyday moments spent with family, friends, enjoying the beauty of nature, a simple bike ride…
Mindfulness has numerous similarities with sophrology. Originally a Buddhist practice, mindfulness, which can also be called presence of mind or attentiveness to the present moment is a “conscience state resulting from the attention paid, intentionally, on the present moment, without judgment, on experience unfolding itself, moment after moment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003). It is a matter of paying attention to things as they are and not as we would like them to be.