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Therapeutic Hypnosis For Sports Performance
Serious athletes are often determined to find anything that will give them an edge over their competition, as well as help them perform optimally. Sports Hypnosis and guided imagery have been utilized by many such athletes to improve their game. While some regard hypnosis as some magical form of mind control, it is actually a legitimate form of treatment which has proven to be highly effective in bringing about positive change, developing beneficial new habits and behaviors, or releasing unhealthy or unproductive emotions. Countless well-known athletes have worked with clinically trained hypnotherapists to achieve significant gains in their personal performance, regardless of their sport, and here's why.
Since the subconscious mind is really the driving force between most of our beliefs and behaviors, it makes sense that a technique which elicits change at the subconscious level can be highly effective. Sports hypnosis is such a technique.
Sports hypnosis can help an athlete:
Overcome issues of self-doubt which may be keeping him/her from moving to the next level
Fine-tune a technique and have a level of confidence which will enable him/her to excel beyond what he may have previously thought possible
Acquire the intense focus required to be at the top in his/her sport
Overcome performance anxiety or pre-game jitters which can make the difference between winning a gold medal and coming in 4th place
Tiger Woods is an excellent example of an incredible athlete who has used hypnosis to achieve a phenomenal level of success in his sport. He has reportedly been utilizing powerful self-hypnosis techniques since he was 13. Not only has he used Sports Hypnosis to visualize every swing and stroke in his mind before executing it on the course, he also uses it to "get in the zone". Self-hypnosis methods have helped him quiet his mind, release any anxiety, and become 100% focused as he plays the game. Such laser focus can be especially important in a game like golf where onlookers and other things can be very distracting. Tiger Woods has clearly shown how powerful hypnosis can be to conquer his own mind and achieve extremely high levels of success.
As Tiger Woods can attest, guided imagery (or "visualization") is an effective self-hypnosis technique which can help athletes perform better. A gymnast may visualize him/herself going through every movement of his/her routine over and over in his/her mind. A basketball player may visualize him/herself making a perfect free throw shot hundreds of times. By using self-hypnosis techniques, these athletes are conditioning their minds and their bodies to carry out the movements in reality just as they have performed them hundreds of times in their minds.
An interesting experiment has validated this fact. An experimenter randomly divided a large group of men into three smaller groups. One group practiced shooting free-throws into a basketball hoop for several weeks, the second group visualized shooting free-throws but did not practice, the third group didn't practice or visualize. Not surprisingly, the last group made no improvement; in fact, they got worse. The group who practiced actual free-throws for several weeks improved the greatest, but only slightly better than the group who just visualized shooting free-throws. What we script or imagine becomes automated by the subconscious mind.
Athletes will often use imagery and visualization just before their event to achieve their desired goal. Once they have pictured it in their mind they then simply proceed to do it. Utilizing this technique is especially beneficial when the sport requires a brief burst of energy.
Another way that hypnosis can help competitive athletes is in dealing with pain and injuries. Learning to dissociate from the pain can help them better cope with it and perform in spite of it. Hypnosis can also help athletes recover more quickly from a sports injury. By accelerating the recovery time, the athlete can return to practice and competition more quickly, which can be key for athletes competing at the highest levels.
Even if you are not training for the Olympics or competing as a professional athlete, Sports Hypnosis can help you attain higher levels of performance in whatever sport you play. And like many of my clients, you may find your performance improving much more than you thought possible.
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-Friday 9am to 8pm. I also do 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.
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