Sports Motivation & Performance



Combining visualisation and NLP, this hypnosis session helps clients improve their skills and bolster their confidence in their chosen sport.




The use of hypnosis in sports can be very useful to the sports enthusiast because they are seeking self-improvement in their respective sport.  The progress, gains and successes can be quick dramatic and measurable.  Hypnosis can be very helpful in dealing with a fear or anxiety about competing.  It is generally accepted that we act and perform in accordance with the beliefs our minds tell us are true.  If you think something is not possible or out of reach then you’re probably not going to invest much energy trying to reach that goal.  So in order to get rid of any self doubt we must think productively and positively.  So by identifying your specific goal or results that you want to achieve, then creating and developing actions that will help you to reach those goals, you can then determine the methods necessary to reach these goals.

Athletes sports motivation and performance can be affected by what they think about themselves, their situation and their performance and this then can impact on their feelings and behaviour.  High performance individuals know the power of self-talk.  They programme themselves with positive messages that feed their self-esteem and self-confidence.  And using positive self-talk, they emphasize what can be done, not what might go wrong.  They know negative self-talk drains their energy and can create toxic effects inside them.A  recent study at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Quebec tested the effects of mental training versus physical training for strength development.

The Study                                      

Thirty male athletes were divided into three groups.  Members of the first group used a hip flexor machine for 15 minutes per session, five times per week, for two weeks. Fifteen pounds of weight was added every third session.  Members of the second group envisioned themselves using the hip flexor machine at the same interval and duration, imagining an increase of the lifted weight of five pounds per day.  Members of the third group (the control group) performed neither form of training.  Strength, blood pressure, and heart rate were measured at the beginning and the end of the experiment.

The Results

The physical training group increased their hip flexor strength by 36 pounds (28.3%), while the control group increased their strength by only 6 pounds.  But what is surprising is that the mental training group increased their strength by 32 pounds (23.7%) -- almost as much of an increase in strength as the physical training produced.  And both the mental and physical training groups reduced their systolic blood pressure and pulse rate.  The complete study was published in Erin M. Shackell & Lionel G. Standing,"Mind Over Matter: Mental Training Increases Physical Strength," North American Journal of Psychology, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 1, 189-200.

Train Your Mind, Not Just Your Body



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