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Hypnosis Therapy in Sport

How Hypnosis Therapy in Sport Gives Athletes a Competitive Edge

Professional athletes and those who take competing in a sport seriously will always face a unique set of challenges. In terms of physical fitness, athletes must ensure that they are in top physical form to perform at their best. What most do not realise is that caring for one’s mental state can be just as important as physical fitness. Mental “fitness” can be achieved in a few ways, including through hypnosis therapy.

Athletes know all about regular practice, exercise, and eating a balanced diet. Once these disciplines are in place, mental wellbeing must be examined. Therapy proves helpful in this regard, and hypnosis therapy, in particular, is a great option that helps many individuals.

What is Hypnosis Therapy in Sport?

Hypnosis therapy, usually referred to as hypnotherapy, is a therapeutic tool used to help a patient deal with issues while they are in a deeply relaxed state. Hypnotherapy allows for the patient to let their guard down and slip into a trance-like state wherein they feel comfortable enough to explore their past, traumas, and ongoing challenges. Being so relaxed allows a patient to be more open to positive changes and solutions that the therapist guides them through.

Hypnosis therapy in sport works similarly, where the patient is usually an athlete that must deal with the pressure of competing and getting into the right frame of mind. Hypnotherapy is useful to professional athletes, various sports teams, and coaches and trainers.

When Is it Most Beneficial?

While practically anybody can benefit from hypnotherapy, it can be a great advantage to sportspeople in particular. Some of the benefits of hypnotherapy for athletes include:

• Future Mapping: Focusing on competitive success and strategising about how best to achieve it. This is done step by step through creative problem solving and visualisation techniques that the client works through.
• Kicking Bad Habits: Substance abuse, unhealthy eating, and procrastination all work against an athlete in sport. Hypnotherapy can help get to the root of bad habits and addictions, and aims to replace them with more positive disciplines.
• Self-Confidence: Helping patients let go of low self-esteem issues and a lack of self-belief.
• Healing After Injury: Sports injuries are traumatic to athletes. Hypnotherapy can allow a patient to work through this trauma and put them in a powerful mental space that aids in their recovery.

Book Your Appointment

If you feel that you could benefit from hypnotherapy as a competitor, then you have nothing to lose. To find out more about what therapeutic treatments may work for you, feel free to book a session with Marteleze van Graan online.