love using hypnosis to help people with all kinds of different challenges,
hypnosis for sports performance is a special area of interest for me. I just love to see the way it helps people
take their performance to the next level!
Every athlete has found themselves, at one time or another, challenged
in different areas when it comes to their sport. Whether they are overcome with powerful
fears, challenged with performance anxieties, limited by injuries, or simply
not living up to their full athletic potential, mental blocks can be a
considerable hindrance to one’s training and athletic success. In Western culture, there is a tendency to
give little attention to the mental aspects of our training, significantly
limiting our performance potential. It
is when we develop both body and mind that we are able to achieve an optimal
level of performance. We bring the whole
person, both mind and body, to each and every athletic event and
sports performance is gaining in popularity as a complimentary approach to
athletic training. Professional
athletes, Olympians, sports teams, and individuals alike are incorporating this
as a strategy and achieving incredible success with it. Tiger Woods has been well-known for
incorporating hypnosis as part of his preparation prior to big events, using it
to keep him calm, focused, and to mentally rehearse performing at his best. It is a powerful tool for athletes that gets
real results quickly, often within one session.
often misunderstood by the general public.
People tend to be intimidated by it, expecting it to be a magical,
mystical, or “new age” process. There is
sometimes concern that it involves “mind control.” However, as it gains in popularity, more and
more people are experiencing hypnosis.
They are developing a greater understanding of what it truly is and its
benefits. They learn that hypnosis is simply
a relaxation technique, similar to guided meditation. They come to understand that hypnosis could
never be “mind control” in that the hypnotherapist can never make a hypnotic
suggestion that the client is unwilling to follow.
simply allows us to harness the power of the unconscious mind to address mental
blocks and enhance performance. It is a natural state that many of us
experience several times throughout the day.
Examples of this are those times that we “space out” during a boring meeting. Also when we drive for miles without being
consciously aware of it, noticing later that we don’t remember parts of the
drive. And because it is a natural
state, everyone is capable of reaching hypnotic trance when they come in for a
session. It has the potential to work
So how does
it work? To understand the process of
how hypnosis works, you must first understand that the mind is made up of both
the unconscious and conscious. The
conscious mind is all of the things that we are currently aware of right
now. It includes the thoughts and
experiences that we are currently having.
The unconscious mind's job is to take care of everything else. It stores all of our memories, maintains our
biological processes, controls our movement patterns, houses our emotions,
habits, and fears, and so much more.
When we are looking for changes in our athletic performance, it is
helpful to consciously focus on what we want to see happen. However, the real change occurs in the
subconscious mind. We also have what is
called the critical factor in the brain which can serve as a sort of "body
guard" to the unconscious mind. The
conscious mind is desiring change but for one reason or another, the critical
factor is blocking change within the unconscious mind. Hypnosis allows us to bypass the critical
factor and create real change within the unconscious mind. It helps us to access our own internal
resources and make direct suggestions for change.
There are many ways in which hypnosis
can be used to help the athlete to be successful:
* In the
state of hypnosis, the athlete can be guided to visualize themselves achieving
success or mastery in areas that have been previously challenging for
them. This mental rehearsal allows for
significant improvement outside of the hypnosis session.
suggestions for reduced anxiety and improved stress management can also be
helpful to the athlete, reducing the likelihood that this will impact future
performances. We often bring our fears
into our training and these can serve as a significant block to our athletic
achievement. Hypnosis can address the
fears that aren't conducive to our success
* It can be used to reduce distractibility
for the athlete, helping them to focus on their performance.
and pain are common amongst athletes and can significantly impact
performance. While it is important to
have pain addressed by a physician, hypnosis can also be used to help reduce
the athlete's experience of pain.
Hypnosis assists with the general recovery process as well as faster
healing from injuries or surgery.
hypnosis allows for connection of the mind and body, allowing the athlete to
use resources from both simultaneously to achieve maximum performance
If you are
interested in enhancing your training with hypnosis, seek a certified
hypnotherapist in your area. He or she
will assess your needs to determine how you might best be helped with hypnotic
techniques. Want to schedule a session with
me? Hypnosis sessions via Skype and/or
customized mp3 hypnosis session recordings to use at home are available for
those who do not live close enough to visit my office.
Christy Forsyth is a Certified
Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, practicing
since 2004. She and her business
partner, Nichole Eaton, co-founded Clarity in 2014, which offers a wide array
of services to help connect clients with the best possible version of
themselves. For more information about
scheduling a hypnosis session, please contact Christy at 607-438-2939. She can also be contacted via email at
Clarityhyp@gmail.com. For more
information, please visit Clarity's website at discoveryourawakening.com
Posted on Mon, August 18, 2014
by Christy Forsyth, CCH, LMHC