Welcome to Hypnosports
There has been a long history of hypnosis in sport, often used under different names such as mental or autogenic training. According to Les Cunningham in his well known book “Hypnosport”, during the 1978/79 tour of Australia, England cricket captain Mike Brearley consulted a medical hypnotherapist.
In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the Russian team took no less than 11 hypnotists. You don’t need to look too far in any sport to find great champions using hypnotic techniques to improve performance. The reason most of them don’t like to talk about it is because of the age-old myth that hypnosis is a magical power to make you do things.
Athletes use all kinds of scientific technology to improve their performance including equipment, training advances, nutrition and even applied sports psychology which will usually include focusing and visualisation techniques for improvement.
Hypnosis can help sports performance
You don’t have to be a champion to use hypnosis. Anyone can learn and perfect simple, self-hypnosis techniques for:
- Mental imagery and future rehearsal of success (including effective techniques from areas like NLP)
- Focusing on success, strategy (how to get into the success zone when you need to)
- Overcoming mental blocks and barriers
- Reinforcing self-belief, motivation and positive thinking
The largest percentage of sports people coming to visit hypnotherapists tends to be those wishing to improve at golf. However, hypnosis can be equally useful with all kinds of individual and competitive sports. The greatest of champions and athletes also tend to be the ones who have learned to think successfully, they have mastered the psychology of their individual sport.
Hypnosis has been used in various professions including dentistry, medicine, psychotherapy and sports, as a performance enhancement tool. Sports hypnosis incorporates cognitive and sports science methodologies. Hypnosis in sports therefore overlaps with areas such as biomechanics, nutrition, physiology and sports psychology.
Generally sports hypnosis is studied within the field of sports psychology, which examines the impact of psychological variables on athletes’ performance. While sports psychology began to be studied around the 1920s, the study and use of hypnosis was not documented until the 1950s. Members of the Russian Olympic Team are said to have made use of hypnosis as a performance-enhancing tool around this time.Contact us