Sports Hypnosis

Sports Hypnosis: Solution Focused Hypnotherapists can help people improve their sports performance.

We can help those who wish to improve their sporting performance, from beginners to professional athletes.

As covid restrictions are lifted, we are already seeing outdoor sports facilities reopening. These include golf courses, tennis, basketball courts and outdoor swimming.

Physical practice is essential, I think this goes without saying. But it will never allow the athlete to achieve the perfect swing, or the best run or the textbook corner. The brain doesn’t work that way. Knowing how our brain stores our movements is helpful. In fact, it allows the client to accept bad shots, poor times and mistakes. Furthermore the client will be better able to recover and avoid the mistake in the future. It’s real brain stuff!

During lockdown some people have reassessed their work situations. CPHT Chester Hypnotherapy Training has been as busy as ever. We have welcomed applicants from all different professions.

Certainly, our courses have always attracted students who want to help people overcome struggles with anxiety and depression, it’s not all we do.

Sports performance is one of those fascinating areas.

Sports Hypnosis ‘a new phenomenon?’

No, as far back as 1968 the Swiss Olympic ski squad used imagery and went on to win 3 medals and more in 1972.

In 1959 Ingmar Johannson used hypnosis training to win the heavy weight boxing title from Floyd Patterson.

Jimmy Connors used hypnosis in winning the US Open championship

Tiger Wood’s mental coach, Jay Brunza, hypnotised him to block out distractions and focus on the golf course.

In May 2000 Glenn Catley became World Super Middle Weight Champion. He describes the greatest help that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy gave him was confidence in his own inherent ability.

How can we help our sports performance clients?

We, often hear a sports person describe how they can perform well when they play with their friends. But when there is a competition, they go to pieces! It’s so true that playing sport is as much a mental game, as it is a physical game.

A study in 2020 by Prediou et al Visualisation in sport describes the use of visualisation techniques which can improve motor skills, self – confidence and decrease anxiety. Through the use of imagery, pain management, endurance, motivation and physical performance can be enhanced.

We can help clients focus on realistic goals and increase their self- belief. Learning to concentrate for long periods of time helps to avoid distractions. Getting into ‘the zone’ is key and we can help sports people maintain this.

Likewise, improving specific skills can be enhanced by using mental rehearsal techniques and we can teach our clients how to do this.

During the CPHT training you will get to meet Glenn Catley as he presents his story on how the hypnotherapy sessions improved his performances.

To sum up, if you are thinking of a career change, and hypnotherapy came across your radar. It’s good to know all the wonderful and interesting fields where we can make a real difference.

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If you would like more details you can email Cathy and Jennifer on or call Jennifer on 07379 988653. We are more than happy to answer your questions.