What is Autogenic Therapy?
AT is a German method to turn off the sympathetic nervous system, which mediates the stress response.
It was originally created in the 1930s by a psychiatrist, Johann Schultz, who was investigating hypnosis and created the method to enter a self generated state of relaxation. Dr Lucy teaches a version of Autogenics developed in the 1960s by Wolfgang Luthe, who worked for a time at the Institute of Stress, Montreal.
The underlying principle of AT is restoring homestatis (balance) of body and mind. Part of the practice is "embodied mindfulness" where new connections are formed between the brain's hemispheres and between the the brain and areas of the body.
If you want to find out more details about how Autogenic Therapy has been proven to help clinically, please see the research page.
I learned Autogenics with Dr Lucy because I was feeling anxious all the time. I wanted something to turn off my thoughts. I was not expecting to fix my life-long insomnia but now I am able to sleep through the night.
Male, age 45
What does it involve for me?
You will have an Initial assessment with Dr Lucy. You will be sent, via email, a questionnaire to complete and then bring back in person. We will discuss your medical and psychological history.
The basic Autogenic Exercises are taught either individually or in a group. This requires 45 minutes at weekly intervals for 8 weeks (with some flexibility), and then a follow up session after 3 months.
What equipment do I need?
Where can I do the practice?
There are 3 ‘postures’ – two can be done sitting in a chair and can also be done on public transit or in the washroom or lying down (in bed/on a mat/the beach),
How long will it take?
You need to make time for three five minute practices every day in the 8-weeks while you are learning. After this time exercises can be as quick as 2 five minute ‘breaks’ per day where you intentionally reset your Nervous system.
Initial Individual Consultation: 45 minute session - $200
After the initial consultation, you will have seven additional 45 minute consultations, which are charged at $1300, with payment plans available.
Consultations are available via secure, individual video conference as an alternative to meeting in person.
A discount of $300 is available for all online-only courses paid for in full by 31 January 2020.
Please check with your extended healthcare provider as AT is often not covered.