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Autogenic training (AT; autogenic translates to “from within”) is a type of psychophysiological relaxation technique. AT can be considered a self-hypnosis technique that incorporates the use of self-directed exercises to create mental and physical relaxation. It incorporates the daily practice of specific mental recitations and physical relaxation techniques. AT has been researched for use with physical and psychological disorders and for self-growth and positive life adjustment. The research on AT has shown its effectiveness as an adjunct intervention to traditional interventions for insomnia, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions. While AT is taught in the United States, it is taught and practiced predominantly in European countries.

Historical Context

AT was developed in 1932 by Johannes H. Shultz, a German neurologist ...

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