Hypnotherapy and Sports
It has been demonstrated in medical and scientific experiments that athletes perform the same or better if they do mind practice instead of physical practice.
Hypnosis does for mind what physical practice does for the body. Hypnotherapy can improve and enhance mental attitude by inducing a relaxed state, increasing confidence, and creating “be in the zone” behaviour.
Serious athletes are often determined to find anything that will give them an edge over their competition, as well as help them perform optimally. Hypnosis and imagery have been utilized by many such athletes to improve their game.
While some regard hypnosis as some mystical or magical form of mind control, it is actually a legitimate form of treatment which has proven to be effective in bringing about positive change, developing new habits and behaviors, and releasing unhealthy or unproductive emotions, habits and behaviors. Many well-known athletes have worked with highly trained hypnotherapists to achieve significant gains in their personal performance, regardless of their sport.
Since the unconscious mind is really the driving force between most of our beliefs and behaviors, it makes sense that a technique which elicits change at the unconscious level can be highly effective. Hypnosis is such a technique. Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome issues of self-doubt which may be keeping him from moving to the next level. It can help an athlete hone his skills, fine-tune a technique, and have a level of self-belief and confidence which will enable him to excel beyond what he may have previously thought possible.
Hypnosis can also help an athlete acquire the intense focus required to be at the top in his sport. Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome performance anxiety or pre-game jitters which can make the difference between winning a gold medal and coming in 6th place.
Tiger Woods is an excellent example of an incredible athlete who has used hypnosis to achieve a phenomenal level of success in golf. He has reportedly been utilizing powerful self-hypnosis techniques since his early teens. Not only has he used it to visualize every swing and stroke in his mind before carefully executing it on the course, he also uses it to “get in the zone”.
Self-hypnosis methods have helped him, like many successful athletes, quiet his mind, release any anxiety, and become 100% focused as he plays the game. Such laser focus can be especially important in a game like golf where onlookers and other things can be very distracting. Tiger Woods has clearly shown how powerful hypnosis can be to conquer his mind and achieve extremely high levels of success.
Hypnotherapy and Concentration
oncentration is very important for students, from early age to university, and learning process is enhanced when the individual is focused on the task on hand. It is believed that learning is a process of repetition and association.
Repetitio est mater studiorum says a Latin phrase – Repetition is the mother of learning.
When we learn we associate the new knowledge with past memories, objects, feelings and emotions. Learning is a conscious process, and the concentration is one of the keys to rapid and efficient learning. Knowledge goes into the subconscious mind as a memory and only a fraction remains for a long period of time. The reason – we filter everything thru our logic and reason conscious process. What doesn’t make sense to us, or is against our values, it is vent out.
Hypnotherapy helps by by-passing critical memory, and drive the knowledge directly into the mind library – subconscious. It is very well known that Hypnotherapy helped kids, gymnasium student, an even high qualified individual to create a state of concentration which facilitates a very rapid and effective way of learning.
Hypnotherapy not only has the ability to increase concentration, but also has a very effective set of tools and techniques to increase short, medium and long term memory.