Hypnosis is not new in Sports Achievement you don’t need to look too far in any sport to find great champions using hypnotic techniques to improve performance. The Russian Olympic teams, in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, took no less than 11 hypnotists to develop mental clarity and help the athletes with visualisation. Everyone knows that being a successful athlete involves maintaining high levels of physical fitness. However, this is only part of the strategy required for success. According to research, sports performance has more to do with mental abilities than physical abilities. Thousands of sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance.
Occasionally, however the subconscious mind stores unhealthy beliefs which only serve to limit our potential. These can manifest themselves in a variety of ways such as anxiety, loss of control and despondency, which can all have a negative effect on our game. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a highly effective means to creating positive changes to a sports performer's sometimes long-standing limiting actions, beliefs, feelings and behaviours.
Sports people often refer to being in the ‘zone’. This means that they get totally absorbed in what they are doing and barely notice outside distractions when performing at their best. Hypnosis can often help individuals access the ‘zone’ so that they can use this to enhance their performance.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps athletes of all kinds to get the best from themselves both mentally and in turn physically; from football to hockey, boxing to athletics, a positive mental attitude certainly couldn't hurt could it? The use of hypnosis with guided imagery and creative visualisation, deep relaxation techniques and mental goal setting greatly enhance sporting performance – focussing the mind on positivity and achievement to help you enhance your mental strength and improve your performance, focus and concentration in both training and competition.
Some of the main areas where hypnosis for sports improvement has proven to be useful are listed below - this list is not exhaustive and you may have specific issues affecting your own performance.
- Competition nerves or pre-performance anxiety
- Performance enhancement
- Motivation for training/competition
- Building confidence
- Improving focus & concentration
- Overcoming mental blocks
- Managing emotions
- Visualising success
Of course it’s not just sports related issues that can affect your athletic performance or ability to achieve your very best. Other difficulties such as insomnia, stress, phobias and emotional issues can all hinder your best efforts and if you are motivated to achieve results then hypnotherapy could help with these too. The mental side of sport is set to become more and more important as sports become ever more competitive and those competing get better and better. Sports hypnotherapy could help to provide you with the mental skills to focus and enhance your own performance – if you want to do it, you can!
* Hypnotherapy is a supplementary therapy not an alternative therapy and not an alternative to mainstream medical advice. If you are embarking on a new exercise regime, have not undertaken any exercise for some time or have concerns over your health you should always consult your doctor before embarking on any fitness program.