Building the foundations for sporting success with hypnosis
8th September, 20170 Comments
Written by: Rachel Goth GQHP, Ericksonian Hypnotherapist
It's common knowledge that many sports professionals use hypnosis to help perfect their performance. However, beating your personal best or winning that trophy is not just about practising your sport, hypnotically or otherwise. There's also a lot of other preparation, everything from learning to stay calm and focused on the day, to being motivated to get up early to train every day, to committing to eating well and perhaps even recovering from injury. The performance on the day may be the pinnacle but all the important foundations need to be in place to support it. Hypnosis can help to create those solid foundations for you to build on.
Relaxation is important for everyone, sports people included. Everyone needs a little chill out time but a few glasses of wine or a bar of chocolate may not be the best option if it's peak physical performance you're after. A hypnotherapist can help you to learn self-hypnosis so you can relax any time without needing props.
When it comes to getting over injuries there are both physical and mental factors involved. Injuries can set back your training causing frustration and possibly even depression. Hypnosis can help build up your confidence following time out of the game, focussing your mind and strengthening your belief in yourself. On the physical side if you can't train fully due to an injury you can still train in your mind. *A study has shown vividly imagining exercise actually has a physical effect on the body. Not quite as much as actually doing the exercise but a real improvement on not doing it at all.
In competition, you can always do your best but you can't always win or reach your goal first time around. There are factors outside your control which can come into play such as the weather, illness or someone else simply being better than you on the day. Hypnosis can help you learn from your setbacks and come back stronger, so instead of feeling disheartened you're even more motivated to achieve it next time.
When you only have one opportunity to prove yourself and the stakes are high nerves and anxiety may affect your performance. Performing in front of a crowd, distractions of noise and negative comments by pundits can all take a toll. In some sports, it's even traditional for competitors to try to psych each other out with their body language and comments. Hypnosis can help you shake off negativity and rehearse for different eventualities so you remain unphased and in the zone for the optimal chance of success. Giving you a confidence that means you can look at your performance objectively and only take on board feedback that will help you grow and improve as an athlete.
And of course, hypnosis can help with the rest of your life too. If you're committed to your sport but you have anxieties, phobias or other distress in the rest of your life it can inadvertently affect your performance. Hypnosis can help to free you from stresses in other parts of your life and have a knock on effect, improving your sporting performance.
Nobody would expect a house built without foundations to stand up for very long. Hypnosis can help you to strengthen your foundations and give you the best sporting chance.
*The Power of the Mind: The Cortex as a Critical Determinant of Muscle Strength/Weakness, Journal of Neurophysiology http://jn.physiology.org/content/early/2014/09/24/jn.00386.2014
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