"Autogenic Training (AT) is a relaxation technique, a psycho-physiologically-based form of autonomic self-regulation, and a self-help resource for health. It is a method of inducing the relaxation response which is opposite to the stress response, bringing about a healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest renewal and repair) activities of the body's autonomic nervous system.
It is particularly applicable as a non-drug approach to conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia where the root cause is most often chronic over-arousal due to excessive sympathetic activity. AT can also be of great benefit to many other organic and psychosomatic illnesses where stress and tension play a big part.
In AT (Autogenic meaning self-generated) the patient learns a set of structured mental formulae. Whilst practising, external distractions are removed and an attitude of "allowing to happen that which needs to happen" free of striving for results is established. This allows for autonomic homeostasis where changes such as slower pulse rate, lowered BP, slower regular breathing, improved digestion and release of muscle tension occurs. Excessive arousal is expected to return to lower functional levels.
The techniques developed and used in AT have been designed to support and facilitate the natural self-healing mechanisms that already exist.
The emphasis is not on trying to control these systems but in helping them to function more effectively".
By Dr A. Bowden. M.B., Ch.B, D.C.H, MFHom.
Lead Clinician Autogenic Training
University College London Hospitals
The Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital
A non-drug approach to anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia
A report on the introduction of Autogenic Training into a Primary Care