Sports Performance Hypnotherapy Newcastle
Didn’t the UK do well last week! Four titles in Wimbledon including ‘the big one’; Wales reaching the semi-finals of the Euros; three Britons winning stages in the Tour de France, one of whom wears the yellow jersey; and at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton raced to triumph. Things are looking rosy for British sport.
Of course, it’s no fluke, since 1996 Lottery and Exchequer funding for both equipment, facilities and training has increased massively, and sportsmen and women in Britain have never had it so good financially. Money and the ability for rising stars in sport to be nurtured by full time professional coaches has put the UK on much more of a level-playing field (forgive the pun), with other heavily funded sports nations like the USA, Russia, France and Germany.
But it’s not just money.
The whole psychology of sport and training has changed. These days our teams (by and large) go out expecting to win and not just hoping for the best. There has been a marked change in sports psychology in recent years for the better and that includes sports hypnotherapy. Athletes have used many forms of scientific technology to improve their performance including equipment, training advances and nutrition and in the last decade, sports psychology including focusing and visualisation techniques.
The internal battle for the mind can be bigger than any competitor challenge
You are what you think you are, and you become what you see yourself becoming. Sports Hypnosis is very effective at achieving rapid performance improvements and works with behaviour and the subconscious mind to improve success, far more effectively than any drugs!
Managing the mind as well as the body
A great sportsman or woman can have their career seriously undermined if they concentrate purely on the physical fitness and technical skills and ignore the mental aspect of their sport.
Confidence issues and negative thinking are important issues to address. Poor psychology can repeatedly undermine an otherwise highly promising career, for example, consider the goalkeeper terrified of scrutiny during penalty shoot-outs because of a previous notable failure; the cyclist or racing car driver who goes to pieces with rain on the track because a previous mishap ignited a fear of injury; the tennis player terrified of the humiliation of a shoddy serve in a public arena. It often is simply the loss of mojo, or a memory of a poor performance and the associated fear of repeating it again. It is this fear which is the greatest enemy.
As a qualified business coach and hypnotherapist, I use a range of hypnotherapy techniques and work with sportsmen and women, helping them control their subconscious mind, actions and behaviours, so changes are affected quickly. This is especially important for individuals who find that they fall to pieces during competitions. I have, for example worked with athletes who are outstanding during practice, but totally ‘lose it’ when the starting gun fires. When competing in the public eye these nerves akin to stage-fright and can ruin an otherwise excellent performance.
I recently worked with a Paralympian and a golfer, who both found the noise of the crowd on competition day a challenge. I helped them to focus on their performance and ignore the background din by using a combination of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Integral Eye Movement Techniques (IEMT) as well as a range of other techniques. My approach is client centered, so it’s right on track for each person; from snooker players who need focus and breathing techniques for pre match stress, gymnasts who needed confidence; to footballers who need improved motivation and techniques to change negative beliefs to winning ‘can do’ mind set.
Creating the Olympic mind set
Many sports people form limiting beliefs about themselves and their performance, which lead them to expect failure rather than success. An excellent technique I use is ‘future pacing’ where an individual is taken through every aspect of competition day and given positive thinking techniques connected to each aspect of their performance to envisage a successful outcome. This includes the physical, emotional and mental aspects leading up to the ‘big event’ to reframe the vehicle their fear hangs its hat on, transforming negative thoughts and emotions into positive ones, even to the extent of imagining holding the winner’s trophy aloft at the end of the event. I call this the Olympic mindset.
Think successfully and master your sport
If you are a sportsperson struggling with self-belief or having problems with past injury or failure, my hypnotherapy service recognises the importance of treating you as an individual with specifically tailored sports performance tools, because one size doesn’t fit all. A good sports performance hypnotherapist has to be flexible, client focused and have enough weapons in their armoury to try another approach if one approach doesn’t achieve the desired result.
Sport, especially competitive sport is like life, full of great highs and also the lows, which can create mental mayhem. To help you on the path to success my interventions include:
2. Powerful visualisation
3. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) tools and techniques
4. Breathing and relaxation exercises
5. Overcoming mental blocks and barriers
6. Strengthening self-belief, motivation and positive thinking
Please contact me for more information.
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