Hypnosis has been used in sport for at least 50 years, and has recently seen a keen interest from both the research community and sports participants. Many well-known sportspeople have used hypnosis, including boxers Frank Bruno, Steve Collins and Nigel Benn, former England cricket Captain Mike Brearley, athlete Iwan Thomas, and golfer Ian Woosnam. Sports Hypnosis combines hypnosis with traditional sports psychology to assist with many common sporting psychological problems. It is particularly effective for building confidence, overcoming poor past performances, and visualising new or complicated techniques. Sports Hypnosis is now widely used sports to help both professional and amateur sportsmen and women in their mental training.
What is Sports Hypnosis?
It is the use of hypnosis to overcome particular psychological problems specific to sport, and improve performance in general. Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation, a bit like day-dreaming. You are still aware of everything around you, but it doesn’t interfere with what you’re focusing on like it does in a normal wakened state. You’re in complete control all of the time, and can’t be made to do or say anything you don’t want to, and you can come out of it any time you wish. It’s a relaxing feeling and most people really enjoy the experience. Sports Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis to overcome particular psychological problems specific to sport, and to improve performance in general. Effective sports hypnosis requires a good understanding of hypnotic principles.
Sports Hypnosis is suitable for all levels from amateur to elite, and all ages (although usually 10 or 11 years old is the youngest most practitioners will work with).
How can hypnosis help with sport?
Hypnosis is effective in promoting psychological health, well being and personal growth. It can be a particularly useful tool in helping a client to establish and achieve goals and significantly improve performance. Powerful positive suggestions are given which become embedded in the individual’s belief system and have a dramatic effect on focus, confidence, memory and motivation.
•Improving Focus & Concentration
•Overcoming Slumps in Performance
•Returning from Injury
Sports Hypnosis is a specialised discipline requiring a knowledge of hypnosis and an understanding of sports psychology. I have a Certificate in Sports Hypnosis and I’m registered with the Centre for Sports Hypnosis and can be found on the list of certificated practitioners in the Directory of Sports Hypnotists. I am also a registered member of The Hypnotherapy Society.