Austrian research has also suggested that autogenics could help people with asthma.
Autogenic training evolved out of the research of brain physiologist Dr Oskar Vogt who in the 1880s found that some patients were able to put themselves in a self-hypnotic state which seemed to have positive effects on their recuperation.
His work provided the inspiration for Johannes Schultz, a Berlin psychiatrist and neurologist to investigate the therapeutic potential of auto-hypnosis exercises from which autogenic training emerged.
Researchers found significant improvements in the autogenic group compared with the control group, including a decrease in fear and anxiety, alleviation of asthma symptoms and asthma attacks and a reduction in the required quantities of controlled-dosage aerosol.
The single most refined mode of this orientation has to do with "autogenic feedback training." This orientation flows naturally and logically from the later developments as described by Rogers for "humanistic" psychology (Cassel, 1974, 1990a & b).
The use of autogenic feedback training as an intervention strategy in health care.
The principal intervention (intervention B) was the Attention Training Technique and the second (intervention C) was a control intervention based on autogenic relaxation instructions.
After the introduction of the control treatment (C: autogenic relaxation) there was an immediate reduction in level of symptoms but this was not sustained and the increasing slope shows that they increased again during this phase.
Autogenic training session was most effective in showing a statistically significant change in decreased respiratory and pulse rates and increased peripheral skin temperature.
The purpose of this study was threefold: 1) to identify which semester of an upper-division baccalaureate nursing program is associated with the highest test anxiety; 2) using participants from that semester, to determine if an intervention including diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and autogenic training assists students control their physiological responses; and 3) to determine if relaxation training decreases test anxiety.
RELAXATION INTERVENTION BART involved a series of relaxation training sessions where the students learned diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and autogenic training.
During the fourth intervention session, the students were taught autogenic training techniques.