At the age of 13, Tiger Woods started to use hypnosis and mental training, which enabled him to go onto becoming a world champion golf player.
Hypnosis works on clearing external factors from an athletes mind, that therefore allows the athlete to perform at their peak by concentrating on their chosen sport, free from external distractions.
Coming from a sporting background myself, I understand the emotional journey athletes must take to achieve their goals.
I also understand that many athletes, while externally balanced and physically fit, can sometimes be hiding real life challenges that are limiting their beliefs, causing them anxiety, depression and often a genuine fear of failure.
So how do we begin to develop the essential balance between the healthy body and healthy mind?
Through sports hypnosis we seek to support and manage the emotional journey that comes with playing sports. Building confidence in individuals, regardless of what sports they may play. Hypnosis in sport has moved well beyond skepticism and into proven practice. It has become an essential tool in the armory of coaches in preparing athletes for ongoing success both on and off the field.
Hypnosis does for the athlete mind what physical activity does for the athlete body.
Sports hypnosis is designed to relax and align the athletes mind and to help improve sporting performance. With a focus on athletes attaining relaxation during practice and competition as well as helping to control anxiety and manage stress.
My experience with sports hypnosis has identified many benefits that have helped athletes handle personal (internal and external) challenges that would otherwise have negatively impacted their sport and personal lives.
Some of the sporting benefits include:
- Reinforce and establishing sporting goals
- Aiding athletes to better handle nervousness
- Contributing to relaxation
- Facilitating stress management
- Increasing concentration
- Assisting in controlling pain
- Increasing performance motivation
- Confidence building in one's ability