For those athletes who still have the mistaken idea that #hypnosis is just for entertainment, they may be missing out on the biggest opportunity to make a significant improvement in their performance. The typical procedure is to offer suggestions to the person while they are in a deeply relaxed state. This may be performed by a hypnotist or it may be done by the individual with self-hypnosis.
Unlike the entertainment hypnosis, commonly referred to as “stage hypnosis”, #hypnotherapy is a proven form of therapy that has gotten results from some of the top names in sports including Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods. Not only can it improve your performance, it can even help you control symptoms of physical conditions that might interfere.
Understanding What Hypnosis is Not
Hypnosis is not mind control that allows someone else to make you do things you don’t want to do. If you have the attitude that you are going to be put into a trance and then do everything you are instructed to do, you are way off the mark. It is important to understand the difference between the stage hypnosis that is used to entertain others and the real hypnosis with a scientific basis. Hypnosis has been used for many decades as a reliable method of behavioral therapy!
Applying the Technique to Sports
Most athletes go through dry periods where they just can’t perform up to their standards. This can be detrimental to the professional athlete’s career. Worry over the results tends to add to the problem so that they end up in a negative cycle of cause-and-effect that they often can’t break free from.
Hypnosis helps by putting the individual into a heightened state of awareness so that they can place their focus in one key area. It allows you to direct specific thoughts at the unconscious mind which will then be exhibited in the consciousness of daily life. It helps to remove those thoughts and beliefs that you have in your unconscious mind that are causing you to respond with negative behaviors.
Precision is an important feature of most athletes’ performances although the skill level will vary from sport to sport. Even though a professional athlete has successfully performed the same move on many occasions, he can quickly become focused on failing. #Sports hypnosis will help him get rid of the thoughts and ideas that cause him to repeat the unwanted behavior and replace it with the positive, desired behavior.
Sports Hypnosis Causes Beneficial Tunnel Vision
If you have ever been accused of having tunnel vision, it probably wasn’t in a complimentary way. However, that is exactly what you want to develop during sports hypnosis. If you are a basketball player who finds himself suddenly unable to make a successful shot, tunnel vision will allow you to stop thinking you are going to miss every time you are prepared to take the shot and start focusing on the outcome that you wish to achieve.
Sports hypnosis can help professional athletes in all types of sports and many have had such good results that they regularly employ #sports hypnotists to keep them on target and focused!
An excellent article on Sports Hypnosis written by: Tom Eng that covers the benefits of this often misunderstood technique. - Dr. Maillet, PhD