Among the most used relaxation techniques in our time, we certainly find autogenic training.
Schultz was one of the first who became interested in these techniques and deepened their functioning.
The study of Autogenic Training has played an important role for athletes, sportsmen and students as it favors the recovery of energy allowing a better management of one’s resources, improves concentration and listening to the body and contributes to the achievement of high performance by maintaining the right psycho-physical balance.
This technique literally means “training” that is “generated” derived from the Greek, genos “by itself” and consists in the constant learning and training of a series of self-induced relaxation exercises.
After physical relaxation has occurred, relaxing mental images are displayed to recall sensations related to the five senses.
They can be general or specific to particular symptoms.
The positive aspect of this technique is that once learned, Autogenic Training can be used in different situations in daily life as a cure for anxiety, insomnia, somatization and stress. The basic relaxation exercises are divided into lower and higher.
In the former, mental attention is paid to particular bodily sensations while in the latter, attention is paid to particular mental representations. There are six relaxation exercises, the first two are called fundamental and the other four complementary and are:
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