Coaches and athletes alike would benefit from using hypnosis. Entering hypnosis is usually accompanied by a relaxation response where there is a peaceful combination of mental quiet and physical relaxation. This is accompanied by a slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure and beneficial changes in body chemistry. It is very useful for controlling anxiety and for stress management.
When in a trance, the mind is very open to visualisation and creating a rich sensory experience. The more real the experience becomes in the subconscious mind in a trance, the more effect it will have on your behaviour later. Hypnosis can allow you to use imagery in a very powerful and effective way to help improve performance. As you are more open to suggestions in hypnosis, pre-arranged suggestions (such as increasing self-confidence or controlling nerves) can also be used with great effect.
Athletes use hypnosis to reinforce the goals they have set, to improve their imagery, to learn to deal with nerves and to address personal issues. I believe hypnosis can be a highly effective performance-enhancement technique. Other reasons athletes would benefit from hypnosis include: relaxation and stress management when hypnotised, a person will have an enhanced ability to concentrate, block out distractions or review past events control of autonomic functions such as blood pressure and pain control are possible under hypnosis. This may be of direct benefit to the athlete recovering from injury as they can promote more rapid healing by reducing swelling and pain sensations, and increasing blood flow and healing fluids to the injured area reinforcing self-belief, confidence and motivation.
Some of the world's greatest elite athletes have used hypnosis to enhance their performance. One of the biggest names to use sport hypnotherapy is Michael Jordan. This basketball star used hypnotherapy before every game to improve his mental stamina. The whole Chicago Bulls team incorporated hypnotherapy into their pregame sessions to center themselves and gain an edge over their opponents.
Tiger Woods has been a disciple of sports hypnosis since he was 13. He uses sport hypnosis to calm his mind before golfing matches. He frees his mind from worry and pressure, and this technique allows him to perform better. Hypnosis is often used for this cause. If one clears one’s mind from distractions, then they can focus solely on the game. This allows an individual to devote all their concentration to the game, so they can play better.
For more information on hypnosis for sports performance, or to arrange a hypnosis session, please contact Janet Marvin at the Barrie Hypnosis Centre in Barrie, Ontario.