Sunday, December 11, 2005

autogenic training

autogenic training  -  Autogenic training, developed in 1905 by Johannes Schultz, was a combination of relaxation techniques that evolved earlier in Germany. The treatment consists of carefully selected and significant phrases. The patient repeats these phrases to himself, allowing the mind and body to relax and go into a state in which the mind can discharge disturbing material. The seemingly innocuous phrase, "My right arm is heavy," has been sufficient to enable the one elderly participant with hypertension to drop her blood pressure. This type of therapy is useful in older patients to control certain body functions such as high blood pressure.
See also BIOFEEDBACK TRAINING; GESTALT DREAM ANALYSIS; HATHA YOGA; POSITIVE ATTITUDE; SELF-IMAGE EXERCISE;   TAI CHI CHUAN.
Fields, S. "Sage Can Be a Spice in Life," in Aging. Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 1, Art. 26. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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