Many of us dream of one day improving our golf
swing, having a better backhand
on the tennis court
or beating a personal best time during a run.
Training and practice can achieve this, but hypnotherapy could also be used to help us reach our goals and make us better at our chosen sport.
Hypnosis techniques have long been used by golfing professionals but the therapy has become more popular in other sports including football, rowing, boxing and cricket.
Sports men and women are increasingly aware of the benefits hypnosis can bring to improving their performance alongside other methods such as sports psychology.
The psychological techniques Woods employs help him visualise his next shot and where the ball will go before ever having to swing a club.
By using this rehearsal in his mind, he can ‘act out’ a perfect shot which then aids him mentally as he actually steps up to strike the ball for real.
This works because the mind and body are linked in such a way that by preparing the mind in advance, there is a chance the body will react exactly as you would want it.
By focusing on only the good performances, you can push the bad out of mind preventing you from recalling past mistakes again.
With those bad experiences gone, there is less chance of repeating them when playing.
You can then just focus on a picture of exactly what you want to do, how you’re going to do it and the feelings associated with getting it right.
This is known as an ‘anchoring state’ which can be important when asking your body to react in a certain way.
Once this achieved, the therapist will use beneficial suggestion to help you control your sub-conscious mind and allow you to alter behaviour and feelings that have previously been detrimental to your sporting performance.
Hypnotherapy is widely used in sports men and women with long-term injuries too, helping them on the road to recovery.
A stretch out of the game can hamper form and leave you with feelings of anger and fear.