Autogenic Therapy (AT) is a gentle way to manage illness and stress. ‘Autogenic’ means ‘generated from within’. AT helps to bring about profound relaxation from the negative effects of stress to allow recuperation and healing. A healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest, renewal, repair) activities of the body’s autonomic nervous system is established by removing external distractions and allowing an attitude free of striving for results.
AT has been clinically applied over a wide range of disorders including asthma, IBS, sleep disorders, muscular pain, anxiety, arthritis, migraine, exhaustion and unresolved grief.
You do not have to be ill to benefit from AT. Athletes, actors, dancers, astronauts, teachers and business people learn AT to reduce stress and improve performance. Airlines encourage staff to use the technique to combat jet lag and insomnia.
After an individual consultation with the therapist AT is learned over a period of 8-10 weeks in one and a half hour sessions and can be learned in small groups or individually. Once learned it is a skill for life and can be practised at any time without further recourse to a therapist.
Autogenic Therapy is medically researched and validated and is also available on the NHS.