Before Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile in 1954, it was considered an impossible achievement. Many sportsmen and sportswomen now employ techniques of mental rehearsal to enhance their performance and achieve a positive mental attitude.
In fact, hypnosis has been used in sport for at least 50 years, first coming to public attention during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, when the Russian Olympic Team used hypnotists to held them visualise success.
In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games, Olympic diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the board while performing a complicated dive during the 3 meter final. Louganis, his head gushing blood, had the wound treated while he put earphones on to listen to hypnosis tapes. And then went out to score a perfect dive the second time, earning him the gold medal!
Sports Hypnosis combines hypnosis with traditional sports psychology to help with building confidence, overcoming poor past performances, and visualising future successes. It can help with anxiety, lack of motivation, mental blocks and goal setting.
Sports Hypnosis is particularly effective for:
For further evidence on the power of hypnosis, please see the news panel on the left.
However, hypnosis is not simply an effective tool for sports performance. It is well known that many individuals consult therapists for help with public performances of all kinds, whether to enhance presentation skills or to gain confidence when called upon to give a 'best man' speech.
Coupled with NLP and EMDR, we can offer the ideal solutions for anyone needing help with a wide variety of performance and sports-related issues, such as: (these are ALL issues we have worked with over the last 20 years)
A development of the basic EMDR protocol has been developed for enhancing performance both in the workplace, to aid in the reduction of performance anxiety experienced by creative and performing artists, and for athletes. Known as Peak Performance EMDR, the therapy emphasises the positive whilst dealing with any negative beliefs and issues, such as stage fright, writers block, sports injuries, fear of failure and procrastination. It can be used with writers, musicians, artists, performers of all kinds, sports men and women and is also used in executive coaching. Carole is one of the few fully qualified EMDR therapists to have trained in this effective technique with its founder, Dr Sandra Foster