Sports performance hypnosis or sports psychology?

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Sports psychology and sports performance hypnosis are similar. Both work with behaviour and the unconscious mind.

The key difference between the two is that sports psychology aims to make improvements over a long period. Sports performance hypnosis, on the other hand, can promote change over a much shorter timescale.

Sports performance hypnosis has been shown to give rapid results and a lot of the most effective techniques (such as visualisation) used in sports psychology are forms of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy for runners

Big race coming up?

As with most hypnotherapy, sports performance hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind. This is the part of the mind that controls our actions and behaviours, so changes can often be noticed quickly. This is extremely important to sports people and athletes who need to make sure they’re ‘in the zone’ when competing. So whether you’re a runner, cyclist, triathlete, duathlete or swimmer, sports performance hypnosis could help train your mind.

The sporting mind

Our fitness level, technical skills and mental skills are the three major factors that influence our sporting performance. Although many athletes will spend a lot of time on their fitness and technical skills, their mental skills are often neglected. With this in mind, it’s ironic how good we can be at using our minds against ourselves.

We can often find a number of reasons for failure, even before starting an activity. Things like doubt, bad weather, lack of practice, tiredness, anxiety and stress can all find us living up to our own subconscious expectations, setting ourselves up for failure before we’ve even begun.

In essence, we can find ourselves performing badly because we’re not thinking positively. As a result, limiting beliefs can be formed about ourselves which can leave us expecting failure rather than success.

By changing how we use our minds when we approach a race, game or event, and by enhancing our own self-belief, identifying how we respond to errors, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude, it becomes possible to make a significant impact on sports and fitness performance.

Sports performance hypnosis isn’t just for professionals

Many amateur athletes and sports people in Swindon have approached me for help with their next big race and have found hypnotherapy helpful. This form of hypnosis can also be helpful if you’re experiencing performance anxiety over group exercise classes. Whether you’re thinking about attending a new class or trying to improve your performance in a class you’ve been attending for a while, sports performance hypnosis could give you the edge to achieve that PB!

Need some help to improve your sports performance?

If you would like some help or would like to ask a question about sports performance hypnotherapy, get in touch.