Autogenic training (AT) is a deep relaxation technique created by German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz in 1932. Schultz was a pioneer in this field. He led clinical trials and research on how the mind can be used to induce relaxation.
During a standard AT session, the listener self-suggests series of relaxing sensations, feelings, and observations throughout the entire body. This process induces a profound state of physical relaxation, resulting in a calm and steady mind.
There are multiple proven benefits of AT. Here are some of them:
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Reduces stress-related symptoms – insomnia, fatigue, chronic pain etc.
- Helps people overcome addictions and nervous habits.
- Reduces blood pressure and regulates heart rate.
- Mitigate muscle tension and migraines.
- Facilitates recovery from surgery or serious illnesses.
- Helps practitioners reconnect to their body.
To enjoy this practice, we need to find a quiet and warm place to lie down or to sit. We must make sure that nothing will disturb us, remove accessories and wear loose comfortable clothes.