Sport & Performance Enhancement:
For many decades hypnotic techniques have been used to help with performance in various fields of sports, and other areas where an individual needs to be able to 'get in the zone' and perform to the best of their abilities, for example, on stage. In a typical situation the athlete or performer will already have mastered the required techniques and honed them through practice, but will be experiencing some level of difficulty in maintaining their top performance in competitive or public situations. Even the smallest mental distraction can degrade a performance by taking the person 'out of the zone' to some degree, and preventing their best performance when it is needed the most.
This is where hypnotic techniques can help, by training the mind to perform at the same level as the body, regardless of the environment of the performance. In this way, personal bests can be achieved where and when they are needed, rather than in practice.
Although mental rehearsal techniques have been in use for a long time, it's only in recent years that neuroscience has discovered that neural connections are formed to an almost equal degree when compared to physical practice. But it's not a case of replacing physical practice, instead mental rehearsal comes with an added advantage that the mind can visualise a perfect performance in any situation, without unnecessary anxiety, and convince the subconscious mind that this is achievable. At the same time, a healthy mindset develops, helping to prevent the onset of negative thought patterns.
Negative thinking can be very harmful to anyone who needs to deliver a performance under demanding conditions. Negative thoughts can attach to any difficulties or set backs, magnifying them out of proportion and making it more difficult to 'take things in your stride' and move on. Developing a positive mindset leads to greater enjoyment and focus, making it easier to take any set backs without emotional reactions such as anger, irritation and frustration.
The skills developed within hypnotherapy can be maintained and reinforced through the use of self-hypnosis, which I will usually teach towards the end of a course of therapy. At this stage clients are experienced and comfortable with the use of hypnosis, and are usually looking forward to being able to work with it on their own.
Hypnotherapy does not replace the work of a sports coach, but seeks to help individuals achieve their very best performance under the most demanding conditions, by enabling the mind to perform in sync with the body, instead of inhibiting it.
Before the first appointment, it's worth giving some thought to the goals you wish to achieve, so that they can be discussed and set at the beginning of the therapeutic process. Goals should be specific and measurable, rather than in general terms such as 'improving my game'. It also helps if they can be achieved in small steps, giving a sense of progress and achievement.
Please note that, as with any talking therapy, results may vary from person to person.
Call me directly on 07831-693684 to make an appointment, or send me an e-mail (there's a 'contact me' link below).
Sessions are at Snowsfields Wellness Centre, near to London Bridge station, SE1, and cost £75.00.