Now more and more exercise lovers are turning to sports hypnotherapy to think more positively about physical activity so they can boost their athletic performance without suffering from burn out.
We know obesity levels are rising and that people are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles – but what about those of us on the other end of the scale? Sitting down for long periods of time may be unhealthy, but excessive training on an empty tank can do its own form of damage on the body and mind.
One cognitive sports hypnotherapist Hazel Gale has her own memories of letting exercise dominate her life: “I confused winning with being loved at an early age, resulting in the core belief of ‘I can’t lose’, so I burnt out,” she says.
It was a desire to overcome her obsession that led Hazel to study hypnotherapy. Now as a practicing hypnotherapist specialising in sports, Hazel believes the root of sports issues like this can be found within a ‘limiting core belief’ developed during childhood. The propensity to do too much is fuelled, she says, by an underlying anxiety. Some people use sports or exercise to measure their self worth. If they miss a training session, or don’t do as well as expected, they become consumed by guilt and inadequacy – ultimately taking away their initial enjoyment of exercise.
Hazel uses hypnotherapy techniques to address her clients’ unconscious minds and reframe the negative thoughts preventing them from enjoying exercise. Clients are then asked to listen to a recording of the session every day for the next week to reinforce those new positive messages.
One client, London-based triathlete Christy McKee said she was able to overcome the critical voice in her head and reclaim her initial love for sports by learning to think positively about her endeavours, which has helped her to achieve great things over the last few months.
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