Over the years I have worked with many sports and performance people to help them focus their minds and improve their performance in sports with hypnosis.
Some went on to gain international titles and others simply enjoyed improving their game. I still use clinical hypnotherapy in my practice in Sydney today to help sports people improve their performance.
You may be surprised to know that sports hypnosis has probably existed for thousands of years.
In ancient Greece soldiers and contestants at the original Olympic Games studied each morning in the gymnasium, which was a sporting and gladiator school. When they were injured they may have been treated at an Asclepion Temple where dream states were used in the healing process along with physical medicine.
The modern revival of hypnotic states to focus the mind for sports developed in Russia in the 1950s and was used heavily in the 1960s, allowing athletes to gain many medals, particularly in gymnastics.
Basketball star Michael Jordan used hypnotherapy before every game to improve his mental stamina
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton used hypnosis to help her win medals.
Golfer Tiger woods used hypnosis to help him focus his game
Boxer Mike McBride used hypnosis to help him beat World Heavy Weight Champion Mike Tyson.
Yes, it is true you need to be a technical sportsperson to really up your game but all the lessons and coaching in the world will not turn you into winner if your mind is not in the right place.
The gate of your stride when you run, swing of the racket in tennis and follow-through of your golf swing all start in your mind.
Personally I have used hypnosis for many years to help my physical performance. At over 60 years old I still train nearly two hours a day four days a week, can outrun 90% of the people in my gym – who are a third of my age – for speed, and 95% of those people for distance.
I also still maintain a perfect weight, muscle tone and can do jump splits with ease, without any stress.
So I don’t just use sports hypnosis with other people but live it myself and plan to do that for many decades to come. Having been a professional dancer in my youth I have always known the value of using my mind to lead my body to excellence.
Hypnosis helps quieten the mind and focuses the attention so you gain a clear picture of your goal.
Most people who have trouble pushing through their barriers in sports are anxious about their perceived lack of ability and need to create a better self-image of themselves winning.
Not only can hypnosis help you do this quickly but the mental imprint in your brain that happens during hypnosis lasts longer and becomes second nature.
What is excellent about using hypnosis to improve your sports performance is the results are fast and you learn to use it each and every day.
Not only do I hypnotise you but also teach you self-hypnosis so you can go away and use hypnosis on an ongoing basis to raise and keep up your sports performance level.
Book your appointment with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.
DISCLAIMER: *Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to anyone else’s. The nature of therapy requires each person entering therapy to actively engage in the session and to carry out any additional recommendations outside the session, so results vary according to the individual.