Autogenic Training

Description of the Strategy

I. H. Shultz developed autogenic training (AT) in 1932, borrowing from the techniques of yoga and hypnosis. The goal of AT is to decrease stress by selfinducing feelings of warmth and heaviness brought on by lower heart and respiratory rates, as well as decreased muscle tension. There are six phases to AT, including inducing heaviness, inducing warmth, heart practice, breathing practice, abdominal practice, and head practice. The phases are achieved through mentally repeating a series of statements a fixed number of times. For instance, I am completely calm (repeat one time); My right arm is heavy (repeat six times); I am completely calm (repeat one time); My right arm is warm (repeat six times); I am completely calm (repeat ...

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