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Autogenic Training is a powerful, selfhealing and restorative mind & body technique, involving simple relaxation/body awareness exercises to promote stress/anxiety management.
The technique involves repetitions of a set of visualizations that induce a state of relaxation. AT has been shown to be an effective tool in preventative medicine, stress-related disorders and panic attacks. It can relieve tension, lessen anxiety and enhance performance and its evidence-based unique and the world's first western developed mediation or selfhypnose technique.
Autogenic Training is much more than just a relaxation technique. It is a neurological and psycho-physiological tool or therapy for psychological and medical self-healing. Autogenic Training takes you through a series of validated and prescriptive mental exercises that target specific physiological reactions in the brain and body that underpin optimal health and well-being.
Through the power of self-suggestions you are taught how to consciously and intentionally control your Autonomic Nervous System.
AT is for anyone who wants to benefit from gaining the self-help tools to manage stress in the present and to develop long term strategies to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also of benefit for qualified or trainee psychotherapists who wish to gain a deeper trust in their relationship with 'self' and for those in the caring professions who want to learn new techniques for self-care.
It's a self- hypnotic technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz and first published in 1932. Studying the self-reports of people immersed in a hypnotic state, especially soldiers from the first world war, Dr. J.H. Schultz noted that physiological changes are accompanied by certain feelings so as heaviness and warmth. Also it got used to alleviate many stress-induced psychosomatic disorders and is a great start into meditation in general.
Its training restores the balance between the activity of the sympathetic (flight or fight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches of the autonomic nervous system.
This has important health benefits, as the parasympathetic activity promotes digestion and bowel movements, lowers the blood pressure, slows the heart rate, and promotes the functions of the immune system. Each session can be practiced in a position chosen amongst a set of recommended postures (for example, lying down, sitting meditation, sitting like a rag doll). On a micro level of regeneration, Autogenics retrains cells, glands, the brain and organs to behave as they are ‘meant to’, that is, to work in harmony and to restore the natural order.
We are now coming to understand Autogenic Training’s role in neuro-plasticity, gut health, epigenetic modulation and the placebo response and the future for Autogenic Training world-wide in becoming a mainstream therapy for the self-regulation of body-mind healing and optimal functioning is exciting to say the least.
In germany, AT gets payed by the health insurance and its recognized as a evidence- proofed medical technique to treat certain medical, psychological and stress related health problems.