Autogenic Training is founded on a holistic view of the human being - the belief that a person's body and mind are inextricably linked. Physical changes can cause psychological changes, and vice versa. For example: physical pain can cause irritability and displeasure, while anxiety and agitation can lead to an increased pulse and rapid breathing.
Autogenic Training is a relaxation method which affects the whole human being. It has soothing, relaxing and renewing effects on body and soul. To understand this process, it is necessary to have some knowledge about the functions of the nervous system.
The nervous system has two components:
This chart shows how the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system affect the different parts and functions of the body:
Parts & Functions
of the Body
Ideally, sympathetic and parasympathetic functions work in well-balanced rotation. However, if you are under constant mental or physical stress, the sympathetic function gains the upper hand. If this function dominates for too long, the body will forget how relaxation works (the parasympathetic function may be extremely reduced). This can create an “overheating of the system”, which threatens the immune system and can make the body more susceptible to illness.
With the help of Autogenic Training you can learn to influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic functions of the nervous system and create a sustainable balance between them.
If the sympathetic and parasympathetic functions are working properly, your body and mind will be in an overall balanced and healthy state and you will likely be less susceptible to illness.