Hypnosis for Athletic Performance

Athletes of all age groups from amateur to professional teams are discovering and using hypnosis to improve their performance. Hypnosis for improved athletic ability is certainly not limited to team sports; I have clients who are dancers, golfers, tennis players and martial arts performers. Major factors which make this possible are the ability to improve their focus and concentration, relieving unnecessary stress while maximizing their "edge" to perform optimally, and to practice through visualization (while in hypnosis) all of the moves needed to make them perform at their best.

During hypnosis one mentally reviews for example, the perfect back swing, all of the muscles needed to accomplish it move imperceptibly in the correct way. With continued practice, these same perfected movements are easily transferred to the golf course, baseball diamond, or in lifting weights to the field or competition.

Though most clients do not want it generally known, many athletes and even some pro teams have a hypnotist whom they retain or consult regularly. In some cases the therapist travels with them to guide them in the use of hypnosis to improve and maintain their performance.

One can learn how to get into this "Zone" at will with training.

As athletes continue to evolve and participate in sports, they usually work very hard to train their bodies but every serious athlete is realizing they need an edge. Most sport psychologists say that 80-90% of their performance is in their mind. This involves the use of their imagination, thought processes, and attitudes, to provide incentive, support, reinforcement, and refinement of special skills.

In the Wall Street Journal, performance psychologist Dr. Charles Garfield explained why it is that some people are able to become superior performers, while others are not. Over the years, variations of the technique have been called by different names. But, whatever you wish to call it, it is nothing more than a step-by-step mental preview by the athlete of the athletic goal they wish to accomplish. It is believed that as the athlete imagines the activity occurring, their neurons fire in exactly the same patterns they would follow if they were actually performing the activity. And as the athlete sees the pictures in their mind, the subconscious mind is convinced that the desired feat is possible.