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Yips are an unvoluntary physical reaction resulting from a repressed emotional trauma; in other words, an "abreaction". Yips are different from anticipatory anxiety or fears since they are a visibly obvious occurrence. Athletes can observe the affliction while it occurs as an involuntary muscular response, and cannot deny that there is an issue.


This condition has been called many different things: "Steve Blass Disease", "Steve Sax Syndrome", and "Knoblauch Disease", but it was brought to the forefront by pro golfer Tommy Amour in the late 1930’s. Tommy Amour suffered from uncontrollable flinches or twitches, and these were readily evident during his putting game.


Many have tried to pinpoint the cause of this issue with no success. It was once thought that the yips were always associated with performance anxiety. However, it now appears that some people have yips that are caused by a focal dystonia, which is a neurological dysfunction affecting specific muscles. The Mayo Clinic, recognized as the best hospital in the nation for 2014-2015, recently confirmed that the yips are actually a psycho-neuromuscular affliction. Part of their suggested treatment includes the following: relaxation, visualization and positive thinking. Three proven and useful tools that I successfully use in my hypnotherapy practice to help clients who struggle with the yips.




Relaxing during an event can be challenging for an athlete. How can an athlete change their automated excitement (negative or positive) and achieve a more relaxed state during a perceived pressured play? That is exactly what a sports performance hypnotherapist can help with, by creating a paradoxical state where anxiety and relaxation cannot coexist. Sports Performance hypnotherapy can help form a new neural pathway for a new conditioned response.




As a Sports Performance specialist, many athletes I see tell me they only envision negative outcomes of their performances. These images often become the ground for a self-fulfilling prophecy over time. Working with hypnosis to reprogram the subconscious mind in an attempt to rid it of the unwanted scenes and produce positive visualizations can greatly help an athlete change negative imagery.


Positive Thinking


How does an athlete keep composure if they believe they are down or going to lose even before the event? Sports Performance hypnotherapy helps athletes' mindset change from something that doesn’t work to something that does.


By understanding the subconscious reasons that lie behind the yips, the sports hypnotherapist can link an athlete’s mental game with their physical attributes and create a successful​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ outcome that couldn't be performed through regular coaching or training.

The new buzz word going around the subject of sports performance studies recently is "yips". Usually spoken as "the yips", this often crippling condition is affecting amateurs to seasoned pros, and more and more athletes are complaining about it. If you have the yips, is there anything you can do about it?

Founded by Los Angeles Board Certified Hypnotherapist & Mental Coach Brice Le Roux, The Change Method offers a powerful combination of therapeutic hypnosis and state-of-the-art coaching techniques to help golfers achieve their highest level of performance.


"Yips" is a term applied to a putting problem that afflicts some golfers. The term describes a nervous affliction in which the golfer cannot make short putts due to the inability to create a smooth putting stroke. It's usually felt by the golfer as a nerve-tingling experience in which he or she feels unable to be steady over the ball, particularly in his or her hands or wrists.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Beat Golf Putting Yips With Sports Hypnosis

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Founded by Los Angeles Board Certified Hypnotherapist & Mental Coach Brice Le Roux, The Change Method offers a powerful combination of therapeutic hypnosis and state-of-the-art coaching techniques to help you achieve your highest level of performance.

Without a doubt, it is the mind that determines the outcome of our performance and behavior. Working with me, you will benefit from multiple psychological principles and cutting edge mental techniques specifically tailored for you and your sport.


In-person office sessions are available Monday-Saturday 9am to 8pm. I also do numerous hypnosis sessions for athletes worldwide by Skype with great success.


I normally take my athletes through a 5 to 10 session protocol. In that process, most importantly, we clear all of the mental baggage that interferes with achieving peak performance: useless limiting beliefs, faulty programs, old hurts/injuries, etc.


In addition, the athlete learns: intention, self-empowerment, thought control, emotional mastery, self-hypnosis, and how to increase self-confidence. Those skills develop mental toughness and lead athletes to the gateway of "the zone". 


When we are through, the athlete is able to keep him/herself clear, continue to build confidence with these tools and apply it all to other areas of life. I am most proud that this training helps a lot of young athletes build solid life skills through sport.


Call 424-645-7517 or send an email to arrange an appointment time.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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