Autogenic Therapy

Autogenic therapy or autogenic training, uses the inherent ability of the body to regulate the autonomic nervous system that helps to relax and treat unpleasant symptoms of mind and body. The aim of Autogenic training is to maintain the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems by passively focusing on bodily sensations, breathing techniques, particular vocal stimuli, and mindful meditation, to release muscle tension and reduce anxiety, stress symptoms, headaches, insomnia, and strengthened self-regulation of the autonomic system.

Autogenic Therapy


Johannes Schultz created autogenic training in Germany in the 1920s. Schultz, a psychologist who spent several years studying under neurologist Oscar Vogt, was affected by many of his concepts. Together, the two studied hypnosis and sleep and discovered that during hypnosis, subjects felt warmth, heaviness, and other symptoms of deep relaxation. Based on these discoveries, Schultz set out to create an organised method for people to trigger this relaxation response in order to enhance their health, which eventually led to the development of autogenic training.
Schultz first presented his research on autogenic training to the Medical Society in Berlin in 1926. Further studies on the effects of autogenic training on various physical and mental health conditions were done by him and his pupil, Wolfgang Luthe.

Focus theme / core-concept

The core concept of Autogenic Therapy centers on the mind-body connection and the potential for self-regulation and healing through a state of deep relaxation. This therapeutic approach emphasizes the power of self-suggestion and mindfulness techniques to induce a state of autogenic relaxation, characterized by warmth, heaviness, and tranquility in the body. Autogenic Therapy encourages individuals to harness their inherent ability to influence their physical and emotional well-being by learning to access and direct their autonomic nervous system, leading to reduced stress, improved health, and a sense of balance and self-control. This self-directed practice, rooted in the belief that the body can heal itself under the right conditions, aims to enhance overall physical and psychological well-being by promoting deep relaxation and self-awareness, thus empowering individuals to take an active role in their health and mental equilibrium.


Stress Relief: Autogenic Therapy often leads to significant stress reduction and relaxation, resulting in a sense of calm.

Enhanced Emotional Well-Being: Many individuals report improved emotional well-being, reduced anxiety, and a greater sense of mental balance.

Improved Physical Health: Autogenic relaxation can contribute to better physical health by reducing stress-related symptoms.

Enhanced Self-Regulation: Clients develop skills for self-regulation and influencing their mental and physical states.

Empowerment: Autogenic Therapy empowers individuals to take an active role in their well-being and health, fostering a sense of control and self-awareness.


Stress Reduction: To help individuals reduce and manage stress through autogenic relaxation techniques.

Self-Regulation: To teach self-regulation skills, empowering individuals to influence their physical and emotional well-being.

Improved Mind-Body Connection: To enhance the awareness of the mind-body connection and the potential for self-healing.

Anxiety Reduction: To alleviate symptoms of anxiety and promote a sense of tranquility and mental balance.

Enhanced Health: To contribute to improved physical and psychological health through deep relaxation practices.


Inducing heaviness

Inducing warmth

The heart practice

Breathing practice

Abdominal practice

Head practice