Sports hypnosis refers to the use of hypnotherapy with athletes in order to enhance sporting performance.
The mental state of athletes during training and competition is said to impact performance. Hypnosis is a form of mental training and can therefore contribute to enhancing athletic execution.
The Ultimate “Secret Weapon”
Sport psychologists often teach athletes how to control their inner dialogue / self-talk, so that instead of developing negative self-fulfilling prophesies, they can actually develop positive ones. This is an excellent strategy for every tennis player to learn.
The problem with it is that poor habits – especially thinking habits – are hard to break and when the player is stressed during an important match, there is a high likelihood that the old negative thinking habit will once again rear its ugly head.
This is where Sport Hypnosis has a tremendous advantage over other methods of helping players modify their thinking and behavior during crunch time.
The athlete is trained to focus his/her concentration in such a way that they will not be distracted by negative thoughts. On the contrary, only positive thoughts and images will occur.
This starts the evening before the match, where the athlete falls asleep visualizing the perfect match and how they overcome every obstacle that comes their way. It is used prior to the match to prepare the athlete to relax and to focus on the court, without allowing distractions to interfere – and this includes distracting thoughts.
Ultimately, the athlete can be taught self-hypnosis, which they can use during changeovers.
Sports history abounds with fabulous examples of athletes using hypnotic and self-hypnotic techniques to overcome adversity and enhance their performance.
Sports hypnosis specialists, have taught hypnotic techniques to athletes in literally all sports, to enhance such important dynamics as intensity, focus, consistency, concentration, mental toughness and anxiety control.
While providing your players with the best equipment, game strategy and conditioning are all key elements of tennis success, experience with Sports Hypnosis can be the most valuable tool you will ever provide them!
The brain can’t distinguish between doing something or imagining doing something so visualizing winning a competition can help tune your mind for success. If the human mind is capable of imagining something, it’s capable of making it happen.
Hypnosis can help athletes:
- improve their confidence and self-belief
- remove negative thoughts or beliefs
- increase motivation and dedication
- use deep relaxation and concentration to imagine success
- maintain composure and overcome distractions.
Sports performance, as every serious sportsperson knows, is as much about what’s going on in your head as what’s going on in your body. We’ve all seen top-notch golfers lose their game for years on end, or sprinters lose those critical hundredths of a second that make the difference at the finishing line, due to a seemingly insuperable anxiety about the outcome.
Our sports performance hypnosis sessions are solidly based on the latest psychological research into what distinguishes the top performers from the rest, and how you get that edge.
Our sports hypnosis sessions will help you fine tune your game so that, whatever field of sports you engage in, you get the very best from yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally.