Hypnotherapy for sports performance can be effective in: football, golf, athletics, boxing, cycling, darts, game bird retrieval, pistol shooting, rugby, snooker, tennis, ten pin bowling and more.
Hypnosis could allow you to use your subconscious mind to do the sport in a less conscious way and to focus the mind on what you are doing to the complete exclusion of anything else.
The five uses of hypnosis in sport
- It can be used with mental practice to help to strengthen neural patterns and reinforce neuromuscular co-ordination.
- It can be used to help to alter unhelpful emotional states, such as anxiety, and refocus attention onto the task at hand.
- Hypnosis could help the competitor or athlete to get a good night’s sleep before an important event.
- Hypnosis could provide a posthypnotic cue to relax and concentrate for use in a normal state of consciousness when the competition is taking place.
- It could help by getting allowing the sportsperson to use their subconscious mind to do the sport in a less conscious way.
This last point refers to keeping the skill at the level of unconscious competence. This means that anything that can be done without thinking about it, so avoiding, “paralysis by analysis”.
It is well known that performance in many sports is better when it is the subconscious mind that is being used. There is a loss of awareness of self which allows the performance to take place at the subconscious level. Behaviors which have been more than thoroughly practiced should be the responsibility of the subconscious mind so that the competitor doesn’t need to think about what he/she is doing. If the conscious mind gets in the way of this process it can cause “paralysis by analysis”, mentioned before, so that the conscious mind uses energy that would be better left for the subconscious mind to use.
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