Positive Changes Hypnosis in Sport
Positive Changes Sports Hypnosis has a long history. Tiger Woods is a prominent advocate of hypnosis. Michael Jordan was a devotee. Many local coaches and professional athletes attribute many victories to “mind training” programs at the highest level. Hypnosis for sports does not involve focusing on a pendulous swinging watch, a finger snap or a clap of the hands. It is important to know that you will not be lost in an unconscious trance. You will not relinquish control with a click of the fingers and you will not reveal your deepest, darkest secrets to a stranger. In the small but growing world of sports hypnosis, such stereotypes are hard to shake. At Positive Changes Sports Hypnosis our hypnotists can sense the relief when new clients see how different the reality of hypnosis is.
Many athletes simply close their eyes while being walked through relaxation exercises. At Positive Changes Hypnosis Hamilton, our hypnotists might ask a client to picture falling leaves, or the lights in a skyscraper slowly being switched off. Each activity calms and focuses the athlete, one level at a time, allowing the subconscious to come forward. With weekly visits we can see marked progress and with regular visits the hypnosis sessions improve the athlete at a steady pace.
Relaxation and Focus Exercises
We get into that state where the mind wanders, like that moment when you’re driving down the road and don’t really remember the last 20 minutes. At Positive Changes Hypnosis we help you structure that moment and make it work for you. We stay focused on guided imagery and relaxation exercises, as well as goal setting. We also use visualisation and coping strategies to controlling anxiety levels which are all useful for elite-level competitors. Winning is a common goal, but at Positive Changes Hypnosis Hamilton we work with people for various reasons. There are those who need help overcoming “the wall” in a long-distance event, and others who want to focus on achieving specific elite times.
Some just want the will to get off the couch and hit the gym. We had one client that had a specific phobia around open-water swimming, which she needed to overcome to complete an Ironman triathlon. Positive Changes Sports Hypnosis is not a stage show, it is a growing area. At the elite level in sport, physiologically the players are the same – the major differences are often mental. We know that the mind often gives up before the body does and at Positive Changes Hypnosis in Hamilton Ontario we often work around energy, pride and accomplishment, and use those motivators to push people forward.
Overcoming High Pressure Moments
Hypnosis can help people overcome high-pressure moments in sport, like the cricket player he is helping to face fast bowlers more successfully. We work on building a sense of control, and being on the front foot. And we try to remove any limiting or negative self-belief. “I had this insane fear of sharks,” said Elaine Hutchinson, of Flamborough. “I’m an accountant and I am a very logical, technical, analytical person. I must admit I was skeptical about the whole process. But after four weeks I couldn’t recommend it more highly.” Having now completed two Ironman events, hypnosis is just one more thing in her “training toolkit”.
Many of the athletes that come to Positive Changes Hypnosis in Hamilton think hypnosis for sports gives them a huge advantage. Athletes pay so much attention to all their gear, their physio, their schedule, their nutrition, but they neglect the mind. To learn more about how Hypnosis can help you achieve success in Sports contact us today to book a no charge evaluation 905-383-3500.