Improving Sports Performance with Hypnosis
have all heard stories about sports stars who get injured, and who
performed even better after recovery than they did before getting
injured. They did this by practising in their minds, using the power of
their imagination. As you imagine things, your subconscious mind tends
to make it real to a certain extent. For example, if you imagine the
tip of your nose is itchy, it is very likely that you will be aware of
a tickling sensation there. As you imagine performing well at your
sport, rehearsing it in your mind, your subconscious sets up the neural
pathways linking the activities imagined to the relevant muscles. The
effect of this is magnified when hypnotised, because when you are
hypnotised, you have much more access to your subconscious mind, which
is where learning is stored.
we learn things, we have to get consciously competent at them first.
When consciously competent, we can do it, but every step has to be
concentrated on. After enough practise, we become unconsciously
competent at the activity, and can do it automatically. For example
tying your shoelace, driving, dancing, and all sports.
you think about it, remember a specific time you were in a mental and
physical state where you were at your peak performance at your chosen
sport. Perhaps it was a sort of euphoric savage joy and everything
seemed to go just right for you. Imagine what it would be like to be
able to access this mental and physical state on demand. Hypnosis can
help with that.
may have seen the advert where Johnny Sexton is in a forest clearing
about to take a place kick between two tall trees. The kick is perfect,
and the two trees turn into the rugby goal posts, and the forest turns
into a stadium with a very happy crowd. Wouldn't it be useful to have
the ability to just focus on the task at hand, filtering out everything
else when under a high pressure situation? Hypnosis can help with that.
emotions that can seriously detract from sports performance are fear
and anger. Boxers and other fighters know that if they can get their
opponent angry or afraid, they will start to make mistakes, and then
bigger ones. Discipline is very important in sport, and even though
being angry or afraid can be energetic states, they seriously detract
from the ability to think. Anger especially can really cost you, and it
can cost your team.
anger or fear are issues for you, it would be very beneficial to clear
out the baggage
of unresolved negative emotion so you can perform at your
peak in sport.
thing that hypnotherapy can help with is motivation. Please see the
page on procrastination
to motivation for this, because what is written there applies
to sport as well as anything else you want to get moving on.
thing that hypnosis can help with is speedier recovery from injury.
Hypnosis can be very beneficial for people experiencing pain
or discomfort. Using
hypnosis with guided imagery you have much more access to your
subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is the part of you that takes
care of healing and recovery. Using hypnotic analgesia and anesthesia,
you can reduce muscle guarding, and you can safely trust your
subconscious mind to gently contract and relax the muscles in the
injured area, allowing better blood flow for better healing and
comfort. The increased blood flow also carries away the toxic stuff
produced by inflammation.
are general areas where hypnotherapy can be useful in relation to
sport. You are the expert at your chosen sport, and there are probably
very specific things you want to work with.
you would like an explanatory brochure, or a free
consultation, please phone
Daniel Madden ADHP MICHP BE
Phone: 085 - 1318344