Sport Psychology and Sports Hypnosis

There has been a long history of hypnosis in sport, often used under different names such as mental or autogenic training. According to Les Cunningham in his well known book "Hypnosport", during the 1978/79 tour of Australia, England cricket captain Mike Brearley consulted a medical hypnotherapist. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the Russian team took no less than 11 hypnotists. You don’t need to look too far in any sport to find great champions using hypnotic techniques to improve performance. The reason most of them don’t like to talk about it is because of the age-old myth that hypnosis is a magical power to make you do things. Athletes use all kinds of scientific technology to improve their performance including equipment, training advances, nutrition and even applied sports psychology which will usually include focusing and visualisation techniques for improvement.

You don’t have to be a champion to use hypnosis. Anyone can learn and perfect simple, self-hypnosis techniques for:

  • Mental imagery and future rehearsal of success (including effective techniques from areas like NLP)
  • Focusing on success, strategy (how to get into the success zone when you need to)
  • Overcoming mental blocks and barriers
  • Reinforcing self-belief, motivation and positive thinking

The largest percentage of sports people coming to visit hypnotherapists tends to be those wishing to improve at golf. However, hypnosis can be equally useful with all kinds of individual and competitive sports. The greatest of champions and athletes also tend to be the ones who have learned to think successfully, they have mastered the psychology of their individual sport.

How we can help

If your performance in work or in sports are intruding on your life and preventing you from doing the things you would like then a course of hypnotherapy can benefit you greatly. Depending on your situation we will offer you a course of suggestion therapy or hypnoanalysis. If we discover that there are bottled up emotions involved in your panic attacks, then the root issues can be tackled with hypnoanalysis. Some people can benefit directly with suggestion therapy (clinical hypnosis), but if we find the problems are more deep rooted from your past, then these are tackled with the hypnoanalysis.

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Contact us at HMC if you wish to find out more about our services and see how we can help you.