Hypnosis To Improve Athletic Performance
Visualize Peak Athletic Performance and the Mind Body Connection
Hypnosis For Athletic Performance
Hypnotherapy for athletic performance, or to improve or enhance sports performance, has the ability to help a person focus in such a way that they will not be distracted by negative thoughts or worries, but on their best possible performance. Hypnosis for improved athletic performance is used by many top athletes and teams and has been around for many years. Whether you are a professional athlete, Olympic athlete, or you just enjoy a sport like golf or tennis on a league or with friends for fun, hypnotherapy can be a great way to improve your game.
With the help of a hypnotherapist, an athlete can dramatically improve their performance, style, posture and self-confidence. Using hypnosis can even help to speed physical recovery, remove negative feelings, self-doubt, stress and anything that may hinder great performance.
Creating New Neurological Pathways
Neuroimaging has shown that with mental practice or mental rehearsal, the brain changes to reflect the improved skills we are imagining. The Hypnotherapist helps the athlete by using visualization and imagery to see themselves performing their sport exactly the way they want to. This process creates new neural pathways in the brain which equate to memories of performing the way the athlete would like to perform. The body and mind then work together to reproduce that imagined memory.
It is never too early or too late to use hypnotherapy to improve your game. This therapy is great for child athletes, teenage athletes including Gymnastics and Cheerleading.
Visualization For Athletic Performance
Most coaches at some time or another will introduce visualization to their athletes. Visualization involves the athlete seeing and experiencing success in their mind. They are asked to imagine themselves performing exactly how they would like to perform. The results of visualization hypnosis can vary depending on the athlete. Some people are more visual than others and those who are more visual will benefit more from this technique.
Visualization can be done on your own, however you can take it to the next level by using a hypnotherapist specializing in sports and athletics. Greater results can be achieved because the therapist can help the athlete get into the state of hypnosis which is a state of higher awareness, thereby enabling far greater concentration and also improving the ability to visualize. In hypnosis a person would be better able to see themselves performing the tasks with the advantage of the correct expected result being placed into the subconscious where it would form the athlete’s programming.
In this state, the therapist can also help to remove doubts or fears from past negative experiences. It is known that self-doubt is one of the contributors to poor performance on the day of an event. Even when everything else is done correctly, personal doubt can hurt even the best athlete’s performance. Remember, imagination and memory are very powerful and can override reason.
Negative thoughts and self-doubt can also bring about an injury or cramp at a crucial moment.
The Mind Body Connection
This is the “mind/body connection”. When an athlete has a lack of confidence and doesn’t believe they are capable of winning or being “the best,” their body will in a sense help them by having pain somewhere which prohibits them from continuing in the competition. This is of course not happening consciously or purposely.
It happens because the athlete’s thoughts have been running a negative pattern and the subconscious mind is always trying to protect the person from mental pain or failure. The physical pain or injury comes about as a way out rather than the athlete having to admit that they just don’t believe they are good enough. Many well-known athletes have worked with hypnotherapists to achieve significant behavior changes which can result in gains in their performance. If you live in the Denver Colorado area and are searching for a Colorado hypnotherapist, hypnosis can give you a level of self-confidence that will enable you to excel beyond what you previously thought possible.