Autogenic therapy was first introduced by a German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz in 1932. Autogenic therapy, often referred to as autogenic training, makes use of the body's natural ability to relax in order to treat undesirable mental and physical symptoms. Autogenic training can assist patients seeking treatment to reduce stress and acquire relaxation of the body and mind through the use of breathing techniques, particular vocal stimuli, and mindful meditation.
Autogenic training, which was initially created as a technique for relaxation, has been linked to yoga, hypnosis, and meditation in that it affects the body's autonomic nerve system. The main objective of this type of therapy is to teach patients how to employ their bodies' natural relaxation response on their own, as needed. The word "autogenic" means "self-generating." This technique is taught to participants to help them regulate their emotional reactions to stress as well as physical symptoms including rapid breathing, high blood pressure, and heart rate.
Six fundamental strategies are taught to patients throughout treatment at a moderate and steady pace that might last for several months by practitioners who have received certification in this method. The goal of these procedures is to increase a sensation of warmth in the circulatory system and a sense of heaviness in the musculoskeletal system. The patient is also instructed by the therapist to pay attention to their breathing, heartbeat, and other physical sensations. Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, but participants, also known as "trainees," are strongly advised to practice the skills every day at home.