Improve Your Sports Performance With Hypnotherapy
Many of us dream of one day improving our golf swing, having
a better backhand on the tennis court or beating a personal
best time during a run. Training and practice can achieve
this, but hypnotherapy could also be used to help us reach
our goals and make us better at our chosen sport.
Hypnosis techniques have long been used by golfing professionals
but the therapy has become more popular in other sports including
football, rowing, boxing and cricket. Sports men and women
are increasingly aware of the benefits hypnosis can bring
to improving their performance alongside other methods such
as sports psychology.
Sports psychology uses imagery and mental rehearsal and is
commonly used by someone like Tiger Woods. The psychological
techniques Woods employs help him visualise his next shot
and where the ball will go before ever having to swing a club.
By using this rehearsal in his mind, he can 'act out' a perfect
shot which then aids him mentally as he actually steps up
to strike the ball for real.
This works because the mind and body are linked in such a
way that by preparing the mind in advance, there is a chance
the body will react exactly as you would want it. But don't
think it 's just for professionals, it 's for amateur and
recreational sports men and women too. Although you may not
want to become a champion, poor performance can affect your
enjoyment of a sport and we all want to finish a game or run
feeling happy rather than disappointed don't we? Hypnosis
can get you to a level where you can be proud of your performance
again and enjoy the sport you take part in.
So how can hypnotherapy help? The therapy works by accessing
your sub-conscious (the part of the mind where good and bad
memories are stored) and where you keep information about
previous performances. By focusing on only the good performances,
you can push the bad out of mind preventing you from recalling
past mistakes again. With those bad experiences gone, there
is less chance of repeating them when playing. You can then
just focus on a picture of exactly what you want to do, how
you're going to do it and the feelings associated with getting
it right. This is known as an 'anchoring state' which can
be important when asking your body to react in a certain way.
How does this happen? A hypnotherapist will induce you into
a trance-like state which slows your heart-rate and breathing.
You will remain in total control during this and the sensation
is one of deep relaxation rather than sleep. Once this achieved,
the therapist will use beneficial suggestion to help you control
your sub-conscious mind and allow you to alter behaviour and
feelings that have previously been detrimental to your sporting
performance. The process will also remove any anxiety, free
up tension in the muscles and boost your confidence.
Hypnotherapy is widely used in sports men and women with long-term
injuries too, helping them on the road to recovery. A stretch
out of the game can hamper form and leave you with feelings
of anger and fear. These negative forces can prolong the injury
if not addressed and hypnosis is one way of helping you back.
Belief in your ability plays a major part in your sporting
performance and hypnotherapy can increase this greatly. Hypnosis
is a natural state of mind and its applications can be used
for therapeutic purposes and performance enhancement. Many
hypnotherapists specialise in sports performance and are happy
to work with individuals as well as teams so get in touch
with your local practitioner for further advice on what hypnotherapy
can do for you.
Shaun Parker is an expert on alternative medicine.
He knows a great deal about Hypnotherapy
and shares his expertise to help people that are looking for
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