Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance
By changing how we use our minds when we approach a game – by enhancing self-belief, dealing with how we respond to committing errors, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude – it is possible to make a significant impact on our performance levels. According to research, sports performance has more to do with mental abilities than physical abilities. To many people this may sound like a strange concept, but thousands of sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance.
There has been a long history of hypnosis in sport. Since 1956 (Melbourne Olympic games) the Russians have used hypnotic techniques extensively to improve performance and produce champions. You don’t need to look too far in any sport to find great champions using these techniques. Hypnosis has been used for many years to help professional athletes enhance their natural ability. Athletes utilise many forms of scientific technology to improve their performance including equipment, training advances, nutrition and sports psychology which will usually include focusing and visualisation techniques, both of which are hypnotic techniques. You don’t have to be a champion to use hypnosis.
So no matter what sport you play, or what level you compete at, sports hypnotherapy could help you maximise your potential.