What is Autogenic Therapy?
AT is a German method, also used by NASA, to turn off the sympathetic nervous system, which mediates the stress response.
It was originally created in the 1920s 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. As part of the classes, Dr Lucy gives exercises to facilitate intentional off loading of emotions. For example, many chronic pain patients can reduce their pain by learning practices for the safe expression of their repressed frustrations and anger. These include combining simple and strong grounding techniques with graduated exercises to express the anger. Patients learn to break through their blocks and negative habitual patterns of cultural conditioning. This can enable real homeostasis of the brain and body.
Only he who lets himself be, can be himself.
Johannes Shultz, founder of AT
The underlying principle of AT is trusting that the body and brain have perfect systems in place to keep us in optimum performance. One just needs to learn methods to counteract cultural conditioning and toxins that inhibit homeostatis (balance) of body and mind. New connections can be formed between the brain's hemispheres and between the the brain and areas of the body.
During Autogenic Therapy practice, the amygdala can be activated which helps to process the emotional labels that people associate with everything we encounter. You can modify your conscious experience of these bodily sensations.
If you want to find out more details about how Autogenic Therapy has been proven to help clinically, please see the research page.
Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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 7 weeks, and 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.
Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
Initial Individual Consultation: 45 minute session - $200
After the initial consultation, you will have seven additional 45 minute consultations, with payment plans available.
Consultations are available via secure, individual video conference as an alternative to meeting in person.
Please check with your extended healthcare provider as AT is often not covered.
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