Sports Hypnosis

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How Hypnosis Helps Improve Sports Performance

Using Cognitive behavior therapy and creative visualization, while hypnotized, has shown to be beneficial in sports improvement. From golf, Tennis, swimming, hurling, baseball, softball, kayaking, basketball, volleyball, football and many others.

Visualizing a physical action while deeply relaxed has shown to be very similar to actually doing the action. Correctly practicing this action in your mind assists in coordinating your muscle activity as well as your self-confidence in your ability to perform the action. This may sound odd. But, if you think of how after waking up from a bad dream, you may have a high pulse and breathing rate. Your physical body reacted to what was going on in your mind. Also, you know that worrying about something can create stress and your body will react in different ways to this. You are always getting physical reactions to your thoughts.

Hypnosis also goes a long way in soothing a player’s nerves through calming audios and takes care of the performance anxiety which so many players face before a game. A great sportsperson might fail to leave a mark at a game, if he is anxious and tense. Hypnosis helps them deal with these jitters by smoothing the rough edges of their subconscious mind.

Athletic performance is increased dramatically in many areas – correction, speed and strength enhancements are particularly effective with sports motivation hypnosis. Some of the best known sports stars use some form of hypnosis

Hypnotherapists differ from Sports Psychologists in that we work directly with the subconscious mind which controls the behaviour patterns, and resolves fears or anxieties that may hamper performance, as well as building positive pictures of success at a subconscious level.

Cognitive Behavior modification can also play an important role in sports improvement. It can increase motivation for training and help you stick to a particular diet.

A person that learns to make behavior modification and creative visualization work for them in sports has a big advantage, An advantage they can feel and use and others can see.


Hypnosis For Golfers

hypnosis is inherent in what I do now.

– Tiger Woods

Lisa as a former ‘Singles Player of the year’ and President Prize winner of her local golf club understands only too well how golfers will sometimes experience their game “going wrong”. A part of them “knows” how to swing correctly, but is not able to get their body to act accordingly.  That moment that you are about to make that putt or tee off and just as your about to impact the ball the memory of the last time you teed off and the ball hooked into the trees comes to mind and low and behold what has just repeated itself!  This is the part of the mind that needs reprogramming by visualising and setting yourself up for success.  Using that  knowing part of the mind to act like a coach when visualizing under hypnosis.

Hypnosis helps to increase concentration and focus, by succeeding in blocking distractions and disturbances.  Golf and Tennis requires a great deal of focus, and if this focus wavers the game is lost.  Hypnosis works towards recreating images of the perfect move or the perfect stroke required of a player to win a match. The images are visualized by the player in his mind, and repeated over and over, till it has made an imprint in his subconscious.

Hypnosis can also help players become their very best version of themselves in Hurling and Football and many players are already working with sports Psychologists to help improve their game or speed up the healing of Injuries incurred in the game.  Hypnosis works on the same issues as a Sports Psychologist but improvement will be faster as we are accessing through a trance relaxed state the parts of the mind sabotaging the confidence or behaviour of the player.

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Famous Sports People Using Hypnosis For Sports Performace

  • Golfer Tiger Woods ability to produce peak performance by quote ‘willing myself into the zone’ is unprecedented. At age 13, Tiger began mental training with Dr. Jay Brunza, a family friend and psychologist.  Among the techniques Brunza used were subliminal tapes and hypnosis.  Just watch the controlled and methodical series of blinks he makes just before stepping into every shot.  It’s clear he’s using that trigger to enter self hypnosis once he’s decided on the shot he’s going to make. The self-hypnosis quiets his conscious self-talk and leaves his unconscious golf programming to execute the shot.  Woods ability to produce peak performance by ‘willing myself into the zone’ is unprecedented.  (extract from Golf Digest December 2002)
  • Tennis star, Jimmy Connors is said to have used hypnosis techniques to practice his winning strokes prior to the US Open Championship, which went a long way in sealing his victory at the tournament.
  • Runner Lee Evans, a famous 400-meter Olympic champion and world-record holder, success involves visualizing every stride of the race.
  • Nigel Benn, WBC super middleweight champion, and Frank Bruno, WBC heavyweight champion both used sports hypnosis for boxing performance enhancement.
  • In 1996, Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the WBO super middleweight title his sports success is attributed to Hypnosis with the help of Dr. Tony Quinn. Collins was programmed to deliver two punches to Eubank’s one which helped win him the WBO super middleweight title.
  • A recent Wall Street Journal article (February 11, 2002) brings recognition to the field of hypnotherapy in sports excellence. Bronze medal Olympic champion Adam Malysz used hypnosis for his ski jump victory: “And before ascending the ramp and lurching down that icy slide in the 90 meter event, he descended an imaginary staircase-20 slow deep steps into a trance.”
  • The Soviets and Eastern block countries have used hypnosis much longer than other countries for sports enhancement. Eleven hypnotherapists accompanied the Russian Olympic team in 1956

Schedule a private session with Lisa today 083-3632252 and start moving beyond your limits.