How Can Hypnosis Help Improve focus and results for every sport Hypnosis available online live to you Program 2- 6 sessions Contact cathy now for details
2017 March – Sarah went to pieces everytime she competed against other teams in lawn bowling.
“Hi Cathy all went well within my comfort zone in as far as I was relaxed and focussed for the semi and final. I will continue to listen to the CDS and other recordings you gave me, as I have other events coming up. You have awakened in me so much more – thank you so much “ 2016
2016 Terry not his real name came to see me because he had no confidence when he was playing golf in a competition or with friends. When he was practicing he was fine and was frustrated that he was so worried when he played on the golf course. Over 2 sessions of hypnosis and a recording that I gave him to listen to Terry’s confidence returned and he reported that he now was feeling very relaxed about his golf and enjoying the game which he had not before.
2016 Jill not her real name is competing overseas in a body building competition and was terrified at the prospect of competing overseas in front of hundreds of people . Over the 4 weeks of hypnosis I taught Jill how to relax and enjoy and look forward to competing so much so that via a certain technique it brings a smile to her face every time she thinks of it. So often athletes performing at an elite level forget how to enjoy themselves – the fun has gone out of it.
Postscript Jill came 13th in the world and was pretty happy with that -most of all she was thrilled that she was not nervous at all throughout the competition and enjoyed herself so much that she wants to go back in 2017, her goal to be in the top 3 she is 55 years old!. Jill did exactly what she was supposed to in and out of the sessions and so achieved her goal of managing her extreme anxiety with her performance in the United States. Through hypnosis we can reclaim that fun enjoyable feeling whilst still sharpening the ambition and goal to win the competition. I also gave Jill a recording to listen to for 30 days and more to reinforce the helpful suggestions into the subconscious mind.
Recommended program is 4 – 6 sessions and recordings are given ask Cathy for details and cost
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 and imagery have been utilized by many such athletes to improve their game. While some regard hypnosis as some mystical or magical form of mind control, it is actually a legitimate form of treatment which has proven to be effective in bringing about positive change, developing new habits and behaviors, and releasing unhealthy or unproductive emotions, habits and behaviors. Many well-known athletes have worked with highly trained hypnotherapists to achieve significant gains in their personal performance, regardless of their sport.
Since the unconscious mind is really the driving force between most of our beliefs and behaviors, it makes sense that a technique which elicits change at the unconscious level can be highly effective. Hypnosis is such a technique. Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome issues of self-doubt which may be keeping him from moving to the next level. It can help an athlete hone his skills, fine-tune a technique, and have a level of self-belief and confidence which will enable him to excel beyond what he may have previously thought possible. Hypnosis can also help an athlete acquire the intense focus required to be at the top in his sport. Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome performance anxiety or pre-game jitters which can make the difference between winning a gold medal and coming in 6th place.
Tiger Woods is an excellent example of an incredible athlete who has used hypnosis to achieve a phenomenal level of success in golf. He has reportedly been utilizing powerful self-hypnosis techniques since his early teens. Not only has he used it to visualize every swing and stroke in his mind before carefully executing it on the course, he also uses it to “get in the zone”. Self-hypnosis methods have helped him, like many successful athletes, 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 mind and achieve extremely high levels of success.
As Tiger Woods can attest, imagery (or visualization) is an effective self-hypnosis technique which can help athletes perform better. A gymnast may visualize herself going through every movement of her routine over and over in her mind. A basketball player may visualize himself making a perfect free throw shot hundreds of times. By using imagery or visualization, 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. Mary Lou Retton reported used visualization to help win the gold medal in gymnastics at the 1984 Olympics.
Athletes will often use imagery and visualization just before their event to achieve their desired goal. By closing their eyes and focusing on achieving their goal, they can improve their perfor
mance. Once they have pictured it in their mind they then 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. Relaxation methods can also be particularly helpful when it comes to managing pain which is a part of most sports. 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 very important for athletes competing at the highest levels.
Even if you are not training for the Olympics or competing as a professional athlete, hypnosis can help you attain higher levels of performance in whatever sport you play. You can work with a hypnotherapist, listen to hypnosis CDs or learn various self-hypnosis techniques such as those mentioned earlier. You may find your performance improving much more than you thought possible!
What Is Sports Hypnosis?
Sports hypnosis, as the name suggests, is simply hypnotism directed towards improving sports performance. It’s used by all levels of sportspeople, from amateurs to top level professionals, and it’s successfully used to get better results in just about every type of sport. But how does hypnosis, which is concerned with the mind, help with sport, which is all about the body?
The idea of mental factors being just as important as physical factors in sport is nothing new, and is probably as old as sport itself. In the 20th century, this idea was developed by the new science of psychology. The term “sports psychology” has been in use since at least the 1920s, and the Soviet Olympic squads of the 1950s famously employed teams of psychological coaches. Sports psychology began to be taught at universities, and it gradually became big business, as major league teams and players added sports psychologists to their staff. Sports hypnosis is part of this movement, and can be seen as a practical sports psychology tool.
The Concept of Mental Rehearsal or Visualisaton
Certain hypnotic principles make hypnosis particularly suited to sports improvement. First of all there is the concept of mental rehearsal or visualisaton. Any form of mental visualisation is hypnotic, since it involves using the imagination to rehearse the future. This is something that we all do all of the time quite naturally, from imagining what we’re going to have for lunch to planning what we’re going to say at a forthcoming job interview. Hypnosis provides a structure for this natural capacity, and sports hypnosis directs it towards improvements in a player’s game.
A tennis player, for example, might use sports hypnosis to vividly imagine returning their opponent’s serve. A golfer might hypnotically experience the perfect swing. Soccer players might use sports hypnosis to mentally rehearse taking penalties, or saving penalties if they’re the goalkeeper. In all cases, mental rehearsal works in the same way. The mind cannot tell the difference between real and imagined events. The same neural pathways, muscles reactions and body chemistry are activated whether you imagine returning an opponent’s serve, or you actually do so on the tennis court. Hypnotic mental rehearsal, then, is a way of getting in extra practice, with the added advantage that you can consistently rehearse success in your own imagination, which is not necessarily the case in real life practice.
Creating Positive Expectation
The second sports hypnosis principle, which follows on from mental rehearsal, is creating positive expectation. Expectation is a powerful force in human motivation and behaviour. We’re all seeking to fulfil our expectations, good and bad, all of the time. For example, if you go into a meeting expecting it to be boring, it’s highly likely to be tedious beyond belief. If you go into the same meeting expecting to hear information that will be useful to you, you’ll probably find it more interesting. Expectation is like a picture frame that we’re constantly trying to fill with the right picture.
This has a significant physical effect, too. If you’ve ever been getting ready for a night out, only for it to be cancelled at the last minute, you’ll know just how physically uncomfortable and irritating it can feel. Expectation releases dopamine, the motivating hormone, and fulfilling that expectation releases serotonin, the satisfaction hormone. In sports terms, dopamine gets you running from midfield towards goal, and serotonin is the feeling you get when you score.
Sports hypnosis, then, is all about creating the right sort of expectation and channelling all of that dopamine in the right direction. For example, a sports player might use hypnosis to build expectation of doing well in a forthcoming tournament. The release of dopamine creates a mental and physical urge to seek satisfaction and completion, making them far more likely to live up to their own expectation and do well in the tournament.
The third sports hypnosis principle addresses the downside of the first two. It is, of course, quite possible to mentally rehearse failure and to build negative expectations! This might come about as the result of a bad experience, or it might be something that’s become established over time. This can become a vicious circle. Players perform badly because they expect to perform badly, which just reinforces their expectation of bad performance. Hypnosis is an effective way of breaking this vicious circle, because it deals directly with the part of the mind that keeps the unhelpful habit in place.
The Principle of the Mind-Body Connection
Finally, sports hypnosis works on the principle of the mind-body connection. Although Western science and thought has tended to treat the mind and body as two separate entities, advances in neuroscience and neuropsychology have shown that the two are inextricably linked. Mind and body are in constant communication, with a flow of neurotransmitters from the brain to the cells of the body and back again. The mind tells the body how to behave, but the body can tell the mind how to think and feel too.
This has profound implications for sports performance, of course, as hypnosis can be used to encourage the right sort of messages to be transmitted from the mind to the body – a more relaxed stance when taking a golf swing, for example, or an extra degree of determination that helps you overcome physical resistance in an athletics event.
The main theme of these sports hypnosis principles is that they all work with the unconscious mind. This is why hypnosis is so well suited to sport, which is all about unconscious, instinctive reactions. Indeed, it could be argued that sport itself is a hypnotic activity, since it fixes the players’ attention and lets the unconscious mind take control – at least when it’s being played well. By improving the quality of unconscious responses, hypnosis provides sports players with an invaluable “secret weapon”, that can dramatically improve performance
The Effects of Hypnosis on Flow States and Golf-Putting Performance of Tiger Woods
This study examined the effects of hypnosis on flow states and golf-putting performance in 5 competitive players. The investigation utilized an ideographic single subject multiple baseline across subjects design combined with a procedure that monitors the internal experience of the participants (Wollman, 1986). The method of intervention utilized in this study involved hypnotic induction, hypnotic regression, and trigger control procedures. The results indicated that all 5 participants increased both their mean golf putting performance and their mean flow scores from baseline to intervention. There were no overlapping data points between the baseline and intervention for either performance or flow state. Additionally, each participant indicated that they had felt the intervention was useful in keeping them relaxed, confident, and focused. Three of the golfers also reported experiencing reduced concerns about performing and more control over their putting stroke
Performance and Lack of Motivation for Athletes
In an article in the California Association for Counselling and Development (CACD) Journal, published in 1994, studies were performed using imagery with athletes under hypnosis. The study approached using hypnosis in sports along with relaxation and stress reduction, pain management, and performance enhancement.
While using hypnosis for relaxation and stress reduction purposes, one study found that there are three main causes for anxiety in athletes. The first cause of stress is the fundamental nature of sports, which is competition. Competition in sports causes anxiety in athletes. Second, the stress of comparing performance to those you are competing against. And third, the pressure that athletes put on themselves to perform.
The article points out that by using progressive muscle relaxation, for example relaxing all the muscles from your head down to your toes, athletes were able to relax and focus on their abilities and not their stress. Also, the study recommended that hypnotherapists try to figure out whether the athlete is naturally a visual, auditory, or kinaesthetic person. Using imagery in a way that most appeals to the athlete, resulted in more powerful realization of goals. In other words, the athlete was able to best imagine their goal when using the imagery method that they found to be most powerful, either visual, auditory, or kinaesthetic.
The article points out that there are many types of hypnosis methods that help athletes cope with pain. They include: dissociation, distraction, time distortion, anaesthesia, and relaxation. Dissociation helps sports athletes to dissociate themselves from the pain. Distraction allows the athlete to focus their attention on something positive rather than on the pain. Time distortion allows the athlete to shorten the amount of time that they perceive the pain. The anaesthesia method helps to alleviate the pain. Lastly, relaxation techniques are used to help athletes cope with pain. Different studies performed found these methods to work on various athletes. Keep in mind that these techniques, including anaesthesia, are all accomplished without the use of drugs.
The method of imagery used in the study to promote performance enhancement has been shown to be very beneficial for the athlete. Before competition, the athlete is taught to close their eyes and really focus on their goal. They picture themselves accomplishing their goal and when they are able to imagine it, they attempt this goal. This method is referred to as “psyching up.” This “psyching up” technique is found to be most successful when short bursts of energy are needed such as a defensive football player tackling his opponent or a weight-lifter. Imagery has also been shown to prepare the athlete for competition. In the study, there was a direct correlation between success of the athlete using the imagery method and the athlete’s experience and commitment to the sport. A few weeks after I had lunch with my friend John, he gave me a call and he felt like hypnotherapy could help him. He came in for a session and we discussed the problems he was having. I helped him realize that all he needed was a boost of confidence and motivation. I had him visualize running the marathon. I had him visualize himself at different mile markers feeling great and confident. I had him picture himself crossing the finish line. John was a very auditory person, so as he was crossing the finish line, I had him imagine the crowd cheering and clapping for him. John realized that by actually visualizing his goal, it gave him enough motivation and confidence to get through his training and ultimately complete the marathon.
California Association for Counselling and Development Journal, v14 p65-67 1994.
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