Hypnosis sports visualization actually has a lot in common with medical hypnosis. The act of creating and ‘rehearsing’ a positive mental experience in order to enhance your ability to achieve a successful outcome in real life is as important when preparing for surgery, recovering from cancer, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia or preparing for your next sporting event. Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge hypnosis clients learn self hypnosis to successful outcomes in real life.
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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says, “I lie in bed the night before the game and visualise myself scoring goals or doing well,” he once revealed. “You’re trying to put yourself in that moment and trying to prepare yourself, to have a ‘memory’ before the game.”
For Rooney, this use of imagery – the act of creating and ‘rehearsing’ a positive mental experience in order to enhance your ability to achieve a successful outcome in real life – is an instinctive method honed since childhood, and one shared by great athletes from Muhammad Ali and Michael Phelps to Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jonny Wilkinson. Prior to London 2012, Ennis-Hill revealed: “I use visualisation to think about the perfect technique. If I can get that perfect image in my head, then hopefully it’ll affect my physical performance.”
It’s clear that visualisation is no longer just an abstract concept associated with hippies, dreamers and people who own crystal skulls, but a quantifiable component of modern sports psychology. We can be fairly certain that Wayne Rooney isn’t burning joss-sticks and meditating on a yoga mat with his ankles wrapped around his neck, but it is intriguing to know that his quest for precise detail could be what makes him so special.
“The most important thing with imagery is using multiple senses, like sound, sight and smell,” explains sports psychologist Dr Steve Bull, author of The Game Plan. “What makes (a player like) Rooney unique is his imagination. When he visualises scoring a goal, he can feel his foot hitting the ball, the smell of the grass under his foot and the sound of the crowd. This incredibly vivid imagery helps an athlete to prepare mentally, by improving their confidence, focus, clarity and speed of thought. It helps them prepare for any scenario: how will I react to the crowd? What if we go 1-0 down? What shot will I take in a certain situation? But it also fires impulses to the muscles, therefore priming them for action. The more vivid the mental image, the more effectively your brain primes your muscles to complete the same physical and technical action in a real game.”
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how to imagine your way to success
Just as hypnosis visualization is a “quantifiable component of modern sports psychology”, it is also a quantifiable component of modern medical hypnosis. The more vivid the mental image, the more effectively your brain primes your body for health and wellness.
Learn self hypnosis visualization and prime yourself for success so that you can celebrate your healthy spirit, mind and body.
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