Since 1997, I’ve been teaching sports hypnosis guided imagery and mindfulness meditation to professional athletes, high school teams and weekend warriors.
Hypnosis for sports has proven to be effective for mental preparation, energy and stamina and emotional control. Here is one example. Colonel George Hall was a USAAF pilot who was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. During his seven years in a POW camp, he imagined playing perfect games of golf, time after time after time. He’d mentally rehearsed success, in other words, which directly translated into physical success when he was able to return the golf course. While he was never on a golf course during his time in prison, when he returned home from the war, his golf gamed had improved.
Hypnosis mental rehearsal works!
already being there
“ As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can….I visualized myself being there already – having achieved the goal already. It’s mind over matter.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
THE SKILLS OF HYPNOSIS FOR SPORTS TRANSFER OVER TO ALL AREAS OF LIFE
A fun aspect of sports hypnosis is the variety of sports and skill levels of the people that I have had the pleasure to teach mindfulness hypnosis skills.
Lacrosse, baseball, golf, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, triathletes, runners, cyclists, rock climbers, football players, soccer players, dancers and other athletes from amateur to elite.
The skills of hypnosis for sports transfer over to all areas of life. When a client is in school or college, I show them how they can use these same skills for academic performance.
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I am prepared, focused and ready to compete.
By Edward Hale, May 2, 2016
“Whilst raw talent, genetics and physical training make up a large portion of a sports athlete’s arsenal for success, a crucial part of the equation is how we are equipped internally.
Mental preparation and stamina are a significant and consequential part of how we perform in a competitive environment and can be the difference between winning and losing a game.
Sports anxiety is a concept which is cited in psychoanalytical literature and is something that affects many athletes from amateur through to elite. Some of the greatest sports players have maintained an edge through their control of emotions, keeping focus on the most important tasks at hand and also maintaining balance and discipline towards external factors.
Research indicates that there are two effective ways to combat sports performance related anxieties. The winning combination is meditation and guided imagery.” Read Sports Performance Anxiety
Sports hypnosis for academics
Recently on the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, a young man stopped me. “Coach!” he exclaimed. He reached out his hand and then gave me a big hug. I hadn’t recognized him at first, the last time we had spoken was four years ago when he was a high school senior on the lacrosse team.
He now plays lacrosse on his college team and he shared with me that he has taught self-hypnosis to his team mates. He made a point to let me know that he uses self-hypnosis several times a day, every day for his athletics and academics.
Prior to studying, writing papers or taking an exam, the Light Switch Self-hypnosis technique that I had taught to his high school team had helped calm his nerves, focus and improve his recall.
He thanked me profusely and promised to continue to share with others how hypnosis had helped him.
Encounters like this one over the years have warmed my heart. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to share hypnosis with the Bainbridge Boys Lacrosse team.
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