Sports Performance & Motivation

2-4 SESSIONS required (depending on goals)

Hypnosis works with the unconscious mind and is well suited to sport which employs unconscious instinctive reactions. Being able to control these unconscious responses dramatically improves sporting performance.

Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome issues of self-doubt which may be keeping them from moving to the next level. It can help an athlete hone their skills, fine-tune a technique, and have a level of self-belief and confidence which will enable them to excel beyond what they may have previously thought possible.

Hypnosis can also help an athlete acquire the intense focus required to be at the top of their sport. Hypnosis can help an athlete overcome performance anxiety or pre-game jitters.

Another way that hypnosis can help competitive athletes is in dealing with pain and injuries. Learning to dissociate from the pain can help athlete’s better cope and perform in spite of it. Relaxation methods can also be particularly helpful when it comes to managing pain. Hypnosis can also help athletes recover more quickly from a sports injury. By accelerating the recovery time the athlete can return to practice and competition more quickly.

Mind body connection – Creating positive expectations

Expectation is a powerful force in human motivation and behaviour. We’re all seeking to fulfill our expectations, good and bad, all of the time.

Expectation releases dopamine, the motivating hormone, and fulfilling that expectation releases serotonin, the satisfaction hormone.

Hypnosis creates the right sort of expectation and channels all of that dopamine in the right direction. The release of dopamine creates a mental and physical urge to seek satisfaction and completion.

Players may perform badly because they expect to perform badly, as the result of a bad experience, or it might be something that’s become established over time, which just reinforces their expectation of bad performance. Hypnosis is an effective way of breaking this vicious circle, because it deals directly with the part of the mind that keeps the unhelpful habit in place.

Benefits

  • Relaxation and stress management for a calm and confident athlete
  • An enhanced ability to concentrate, block out distractions or review past events while hypnotized.
  • Control of autonomic functions such as blood pressure and pain control are possible under hypnosis. This may be of direct benefit to the athlete recovering from injury as they can promote more rapid healing by reducing swelling and pain sensations, and increasing blood flow and healing fluids to the injured area
  • Reinforced self-belief, confidence and motivation.
  • Set what you want to achieve with hypnosis (e.g, Goal setting, be more relaxed at competitions, more focused during the event).
  • Supercharged performance with hypnosis lead imagery, which is more powerful than visualization alone.
  • I will work with you to discover and define your blocks and limitations.

Sports Performance Hypnosis brochure.