What kinds of benefits can AT practice bring me?
Each person’s response to AT is uniquely their own. Here’s what some people who learned AT have said about its benefits:
+ I’ve learned how to choose to bring myself to a calm and relaxed state
+ I enjoy sliding into a more restful nightly sleep much more easily
+ I notice now when I feel anxious or moody early on
+ I am kinder to me, I judge myself less often and less harshly
+ I have a better understanding and acceptance of myself and who I am
+ I’ve found new meaning in life itself and in my relationships
+ I’m now able to set clear, realistic goals and figure out how to achieve them
Yurdakul, Holttum and Bowden (2009) set out many of the experiences people report in this article – Perceived changes associated with autogenic training for anxiety: A grounded theory study. Psychology and Psychotherapy, 82:4, 403-419.
Is Autogenic Training a form of psychotherapy?
In a way it may be. AT’s developers called AT a “small psychotherapy” because of the way it helped hospital patients on wait-lists for psychotherapy come off the lists, feeling better.
Although AT is not a talking therapy, regular AT practice may bring similar benefits. British Autogenic Society therapists teach Dr Wolfgang Luthe’s Intentional Expression of Emotion exercises along with Schultz’s Autogenic Training. These are cathartic exercises which help people learn to feel, acknowledge and express emotions safely and appropriately.
And, research shows that when Schultz AT is combined with other talking therapies those therapies have been shown to work better, with positive benefits carrying on for longer.
There are no right or wrong results during the practice of AT. Carrying out Schultz’s AT practice and doing Luthe’s Intentional Expression of emotion exercises with the right mental attitude is what’s important.
What else is Autogenic Therapy good for?
AT is about self-balancing, about off-loading stress and feeling safe in yourself in almost any circumstance. AT is about stress prevention, performance improvement, and creativity enhancement, too.
Click HERE to read some Peer Review Journal Articles about AT when it is used in variety of situations and conditions including anxiety, multiple sclerosis, heart health, post-traumatic stress, migraine, and more.
Read more about AT in the News HERE.
There are many books, chapters, and manuals written about AT. Click HERE for a selected reading list.