Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance is achieved by tapping into what all athletes naturally possess, which is the ability to get into, “the zone.”
One interesting study focused on sports performance between 5 professional golfers showed the following results:
“…all 5 participants increased both their mean golf putting performance and their mean flow scores from baseline to intervention. There were no overlapping data points between the baseline and intervention for either performance or flow state. Additionally, each participant indicated that they had felt the intervention was useful in keeping them relaxed, confident, and focused. Three of the golfers also reported experiencing reduced concerns about performing and more control over their putting stroke.”
Another study focused on basketball players revealed cognitive markers to show that being in a state of hypnosis and visualizing free-throws was no different compared to when the same person actually shot free-throws. The results for brain involvement, as well as actual performance statistics, was exactly the same. The obvious question is… “what happens when you combine the act of practicing with the act of visualizing during the state of hypnosis?” The answer is enhanced performance and better consistency.
So what can we gather from the aforementioned information?
It all starts with understanding the individual. Sports Performance must be personalized to create the intended and desired effects. Athletes naturally hypnotize themselves, which makes them phenomenal subjects. If you aren’t familiar with the term “suggestibility,” then here’s a simple analogy…
Have you ever watched a movie and cried, laughed or become frightened? How did that happen?… Your answer may seem simple enough, which is why when you truly understand what hypnosis is all about, it may quell the misconceptions that are amplified in movies and on TV.
Despite the fact that you are aware that the situations and subjects are not real, you still allow yourself to become emotionally open to what you see. You completely understand that they are only actors and that the story isn’t real… but the emotions you feel because of it and the feelings you succumb to are 100% genuine. This is because you allowed yourself to become suggestible to what you are witnessing.
It is this very basis, this pathway in the mind, that we tap into during hypnosis. We utilize what you already have to elevate you into a more crisp and consistent state of being. For most athletes, this state of being is often referred to as, “the zone.” If you ask any athlete what it felt like when they performed at their best, they will say it was fun, easy and everything just sort flowed. That is because they were able to focus and access their “zone.”
The goal with hypnosis is for the client to become suggestible to what the therapist is saying. The first half of the session revolves around cognitive behavioral therapy, where the client can share details about why they are struggling or what they would like to improve upon. It is critical to ascertain the proper and necessary information in order to know how to customize the hypnosis session.
Since we know that athletes are already attuned to this “zone,” this serves as an advantageous position for the client. As long as they are willing to open their minds for the purpose of enhancing their game, the sky truly is the limit.
Zero-EMF Infrared Sauna
Zero-EMF Infrared Sauna can help stimulate muscle recovery, detoxification, lymphatic circulation, microcirculation and strengthening of the cardiac muscles (heart). When your body is exposed to the infrared heat waves, it warms you from the inside out. This creates a thermogenic effect, except you don’t actually have to move a muscle.
This brilliant paradoxical response in the body is what allows for a person to sit calm and relaxed, without moving, yet still burn up to 800 calories in one session.
Our bodies demand balance, which is why when we expend energy we need to eat and drink water to replenish. However, in the case of athletes, the topic of recovery is often overshadowed by the emphasis on intense physical training.