“The primary purpose of this training is to determine if technology developed to facilitate astronaut adaptation to space will be valuable for providing patients suffering from Autonomic Neuropathy (e.g., Chronic intestinal Pseudo-obstruction Syndrome – CIPS) or vestibular pathology (e.g., Meniere’s syndrome) with symptomatic relief from nausea and/or hypotension. The procedure, Autogenic-Feedback Training Exercise (AFTE), is a training method which involves teaching subjects to voluntarily control several of their own physiological responses to environmental stressors. Patients wore the Autogenic-Feedback System-2 (AFS-2) during sessions conducted with the Autogenic Clinical Lab System (ACLS).”
pubs, expanded biofeedback
“Autogenic training is a relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Heinrich Schultz and first published in 1932. The technique involves the daily practice of sessions that last around 15 minutes, usually in the morning, at lunch time, and in the evening. During each session, the practitioner will repeat a set of visualisations that induce a state of relaxation. Each session can be practiced in a position chosen amongst a set of recommended postures (for example, lying down, sitting meditation, sitting like a rag doll). The technique can be used to alleviate many stress-induced psychosomatic disorders.
Schultz emphasized parallels to techniques in yoga and meditation. It is a method for influencing one’s autonomic nervous system. Abbe Faria and Emile Coue are the forerunners of Schultz. There are many parallels to progressive relaxation. In 1963 Luthe discovered the significance of “autogenic discharges”, paroxistic phenomena of motor, sensorial, visual and emotional nature related to the traumatic history of the patient, and developed the method of “Autogenic Abreaction”. His disciple Luis de Rivera, a McGill trained psychiatrist, introduced psychodynamic concepts into Luthe’s approach, developing “Autogenic Analysis” as a new method for uncovering the unconscious.”
“Autogenic Training restores the balance between the activity of the sympathetic (flight or fight) and the parasympathetic (rest and digest) branches of the autonomic nervous system. This has important health benefits, as the parasympathetic activity promotes digestion and bowel movements, lowers the blood pressure, slows the heart rate, and promotes the functions of the immune system.”
“hybrinate”-limit physical motion in order to conserve energy/food
“fast T”-hours long fasting in an effort to increase white blood cell count,increase immune function
“burst”-marathon physical activity for as long as possible
“reflect”-thinking with a distractor (tv, radio) in the background
“long think” thinking about a problem from all different angles without an immediate solution, the solution occurs during a mundane activity, for example tieing your shoes.
-dreaming of a solution