It is well documented that being a successful athlete involves maintaining high levels of physical fitness. However, this is only one part of the overall process. Research suggests sports performance has more to do with mental rather than physical abilities. You only have to watch a Rugby match to see how the player mentally rehearses how the ball will fall between the two posts. With some players you can even see their eye c-oordination as it lines up to take the try.
Many sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance. Hypnosis has been used for many years to help professional athletes enhance their natural ability.
Serious athletes are often determined to find anything that will give them an edge over their competition, as well as help them perform optimally. Hypnosis has been utilized by many such athletes to improve their game.
While some regard hypnosis as some mystical form of mind control, many people have experienced how effective Hypnotherapy can be. It can help them in bringing about positive change, developing new habits and behaviors, releasing them from previous unsuccessful experiences.
Many well-known athletes have worked with highly trained hypnotherapists to achieve significant gains in their personal performance, regardless of their sport.
Mind control in sport
Successful athletes are often able to control their state of mind so they have a psychological advantage which prevents them from under performing or giving into their nerves. Their bodies will automatically respond in the correct way, as body memory can optimise performance. This can be impacted if someone has a negative experience as this acts like a negative anchor. Expectations will form based on this experience.
Hypnotherapy seeks to engage the mind in a positive way to help athletes focus on their goals, leading to success. Being able to control negative thoughts and emotions is the basis of sports psychology and can often be achieved through hypnosis.
Sports people often refer to being in the ‘zone’. This means that they are totally absorbed in what they are doing and barely notice outside distractions, which can be helpful when they are performing to their best ability. Hypnosis can often help individuals access the ‘zone’ so that they are able to enhance their performance.
How can hypnotherapy help with sports performance?
Hypnotherapy can often help with golf, running, football, cricket, boxing, darts, swimming, and most other sports. Every athlete, whether currently successful or not, has internal resources. Accessing these inner resources and putting them to work is often the advantage successful athletes have.
Hypnotherapy can improve and enhance an individual’s mental attitude by helping them to relax, removing anxieties and boosting confidence. Each individual is different, so results will vary from athlete to athlete, however in general, individuals can use hypnosis to maintain a sense of calmness and control, and will gain confidence in their ability.
The brain can’t distinguish between something real or imagined, so visualising the goal whatever that looks like, can help tune in the mind for success. If the human mind is capable of imagining something, it’s capable of making it happen.
Hypnosis can help to:
• improve their confidence and self-belief
• remove negative thoughts or beliefs
• increase motivation and dedication
• use deep relaxation and concentration to imagine success
• maintain composure and overcome distractions.
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