Sports Hypnosis

iStock_000002475249MediumHypnosis for Sports Performance

The greatest athletes know how to focus their minds, shut out distractions, concentrate and achieve a state of alertness that is at once loose and intense. It is often called the zone. The state of alert, relaxed, focused attention allows athletes to achieve top performance. Hypnosis is defined as a state of alert, focused attention while the body is relaxed. Many top athletes use this state to train their minds and rehearse events. Fortunately, this tool is available to any golfer, tennis player, gymnast, dancer, football, basketball, or baseball player, runner, or swimmer whatever your age or skill level.

There are three techniques that use hypnosis that can assist both professionals and weekend warriors achieve their top level of performance.

Hypnosis is a state of alert relaxation that is measurable using an EEG machine. It has has several benefits for athletes. First, you can learn to focus your mind and relax. Recent brain imaging technology has shown that this state improves problem solving, reduces anxiety, and reduces blocks that help you have access to the areas of the brain that produce peak performance. In other words, it allows you to get out of your own way so you can perform at your best.

Some people believe they can not be hypnotized. In fact, no one can hypnotize someone else. Each individual can allow themselves to go into a normal state that in fact most people go in and out of several times a day. Anyone who can focus their attention can achieve a state of hypnosis. In fact, learning self hypnosis is an important part of our sports performance program.

Hypnotherapy is the second technique. It can be used to enhance positive thoughts, beliefs, and mental images that can help improve sports performance. There is an old saying, “What you believe, you can achieve.” While this saying may sound trite to some, recent brain imaging technology has discovered the neurological reasons why this is true. Hypnotherapy can be used to help program the mind in positive ways so that your mind set is positive when you are on the course or the court.

Many of us wish we could leave or concerns behind when we get a club or ball in our hands. Unfortunately, because we bring our whole selves, including our memories with us wherever we go, these things can get in the way. The third and most advanced hypnosis technique called hypnoanalysis can help resolve issues that get in the way of top performance. Again, recent brain research has shown that the sensory information necessary for top performance is filtered through memory. Some memories help sports performance, some don’t.

Hypnoanalysis can help restructure memories that block performance. It can help resolve worries, anxieties, negative thoughts, and concerns that may pop up even during an intense event. When these things are resolved it clears the way for athletes to focus, perform and enjoy.

Our sports performance program is a multi-session package individualized for each person. It includes learning self-hypnosis, suggestions for individual sports, hypnotherapy suggestions for individualized for each person, a personal sports enhancement recording, and analysis of issues that block performance.

Take charge today and call for more information on how hypnosis can help you. If you would like more information on how hypnosis can help please call Jeanne Clark, LCSW in the Riverside/Chicago area at 708-442-5728 or e-mail her at Or call Mary Kullman, LCPC in the Naperville/Aurora area at 630-983-4577, or e-mail her at Start improving your life today. To find a hypnotherapist click here. Not all hypnotherapists are qualified to do hypnoanalysis, so be sure to check your hypnotherapist’s qualifications.

  1. The Amygdala and Insular Cortex
  2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “Hypnotic suggestion reduces conflict in the human brain” Amir Raz, Jin Fan & Michael I. Posner102 (28): 9978, July 12, 2005.
  3. Reported in New York Magazine, October 15, 2007, “Snooze or Lose”
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