Hypnosis for Sports
If you watch sports on a regular or occasional basis, or have done so in the past, then you probably know that once athletes reach a certain level, then often there’s not much to choose between them. Sure, you can get the occasional exception to the rule like Usain Bolt who was able to perform over and above the others. On the whole though, most sports people who have good natural ability, are determined and practice their skills perform to a good level reasonably frequently…or at least that’s the theory.
You may shaking your head at this point and disagreeing with me in some other way, and rightly so. I am a big fan of the England cricket team and as well as the successes of 2019 and previous years, all of the fans have also endured a fair amount of heartache and shock. Bating collapses galore!! What the commentators often say is that all the players are good enough, have enough talent etc…and that the problem is “between their ears”. And that is often what defines the difference between those who do and those who do not in sport – it’s all about the mental attitude.
And it is training the mind as well as the body that helps many athletes to excel in their field..and that’s why many who are serious about moving ahead often consider hypnosis for sports performance as being essential
There are many famous users….such as Tiger Woods, the professional golfer was able to make shots that no one else could…who’d used hypnosis since he was 13 to free his mind from worry, pressure, distraction and focus on the pleasure of the game. Kevin McBride the boxer who was best known for beating Mike Tyson in a championship fight used hypnosis to unlock his talent at just the right time. Michael Jordan the basketball player was another who repeatedly used mental rehearsal (we call it hypnosis) to become a master of his craft.
However, if you’re reading this, then it’s unlikely you’re a famous sports person (though you might be!!). It is more likely that you are someone who is looking to improve their sports performance on a more everyday level, and of course hypnosis also works quite magnificently whoever you are.
I remember that one of the first people I worked with when I was qualified in hypnosis was a friend of mine. He was, and is, a very analytically-minded software engineer, whose goal was to improve his squash game. He played in a league at work, was a competitive fellow and wanted to improve his position in the league table. A week or after the very first session, he told me that he had won a couple of games and was quite near the top of the table. He also said he didn’t think it was anything to do with the hypnosis!! Instead he was just able to move a bit better around the court, was more focussed and was hitting a couple of shots in slightly different ways. I kept my mouth closed at those point, silently remembering some of the suggestions we used in that session…yep they included “to move a bit better around the court, was more focussed and was hitting a couple of shots in slightly different ways.
Hypnosis can help with many aspects of sports performance, where you’re playing competitively or for fun, amateur or professionally and from ball sports right through to horse riding and water sports, hypnosis can help every athlete get in a position where they can improve what they do.
For it can help with all of these aspects that contribute to the overall picture,
- Confidence Building
- Anxiety Management
- Dealing with Self-Talk
- Improving Motivation
- Maintaining Focus
- Competition Preparation
- Improving Mental Toughness
- Performance Enhancement
- Technique Rehearsal