Many of us have heard the term “being in the zone.” In sports, this is a natural state of trance in which everything on the field or court seems to slow down and the game comes easily to the player. How do athletes get there?
Mental focus, concentration and visualization are critical to success in any endeavor, and sports in particular. Adding a mental training regimen to physical and sport-specific training can greatly increase confidence, consistency and ability.
One such therapy finding success in sports is hypnosis, which can slow down the athlete so he or she can achieve being in the zone in mind, body and spirit.
A broad definition of hypnotherapy is an altered state of consciousness characterized by certain physiological attributes such as relaxation, slowed breathing and enhanced receptivity to suggestion. It also allows for increased access to unconscious thoughts, memories and emotions.
The use of hypnosis coupled with your training regimen typically focuses on performance enhancement through concentration and stress reduction. While performance is the primary concern for athletes, the process of hypnosis is expanded to focus on growth, healing and transformation. We use hypnotherapy as a way to focus the mind and spirit as well as the body.
At any given time, a variety of issues are influencing the mental health and functioning of an athlete. This includes identity issues, personal competence and career planning. Athletes must also consider issues related to their level of participation and achievement. For athletes whose sole focus is on their sport, identity and social connections may be entirely dependent on their athletic involvement and success.
All athletes open to the idea of reducing stress and honing concentration can benefit from hypnotherapy. But athletes who are going through a stressful time or recovering from an injury may be especially helped by it. This may be the first time an athlete is dealing with physical limitations and wondering how he or she will perform in the future. It can be useful for all levels of athletes – from the professional to the school athlete to the “veteran” who is dealing with recovery issues.
Today, most professional sports teams employ a sports psychologist to help give athletes the mental concentration they need to succeed. In studying the best athletes and sports stars, it becomes apparent that the common edge they all have in achieving “being in the zone” does indeed begin mentally.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Golf is much more than just a physical sport. Golf is a game of the mind. While this is true of most sports, golf really does depend a great deal on how you think. Tension and self-doubt can get in the way of making a great shot. But we can also struggle because we are using the wrong mind-state, or because we don’t realize that we can practice mentally to great effect even when we don’t have a club in our hand.
Imagine what it would be like to: Improve your golf swing and putting skills! Feel relaxed and confident on the golf course! Find your personal rhythm and get in the zone!
Darcy MacDuff, MA. CHt is passionate about helping others. As CEO of Heal Our Troops America, Darcy has been helping veterans and athletes thru the use of hypnotherapy since 2012. Darcy was certified by the award winning Marilyn Gordon of the Hypnotherapy Center in Oakland, CA. She is also an animal lover.
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