Relaxation & Sports Performance
Relaxation of Mind Equals Relaxation of Body
Relaxation of mind and body is the key to success in life. In today’s world it is becoming more and more important to relax and regain the balance we desperately desire. As the pace of life continues to get faster and faster we can choose to take back control of our energy and focus on a daily basis; thereby turning days into months, years, decades and a lifetime of healthy positive energy.
Here are some of the many known physical and mental benefits of a balanced and relaxed mind/body connection: Stress Reduction, Lowering Blood Pressure, Increased Energy, Positive Mental Outlook, Better Sleep, Improved Concentration, Boost Immune System, Reduce Gastrointestinal Problems, Reduce Muscle Tension, Reduce Migraines, Reduce Headaches, and the list goes on….
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Open Your Mind To Close The Distance
Hypnosis is a gentle, positive technique used by athletes to enhance sports performance. It is valuable for several reasons:
- Relaxes the body, which allows the subconscious mind to open up and accept positive suggestions to reach your goals. Leaves you feeling refreshed and re-energized, ready to work hard to make your goals a reality.
- Creates a positive mental outlook by focusing effort in a forward moving direction instead of dwelling on past failed or disappointing performances.
- Encourages the athlete to congratulate themselves on their best effort on any given day.
- Brings a new level of focus and concentration to your workouts and competitions.
- Mental rehearsal of what movements and thought processes will get you the results you wish.
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Stress and Relaxation Techniques
National Institutes of Health • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, September 2011 http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/relaxation.htm
Definition of Hypnosis
By the Mayo Clinic Staff http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypnosis/MY01020
Mind/Body Medicine--At Last By Daniel Goleman, Joel Gurin, Psychology Today,
Published on March 01, 1993 - last reviewed on May 23, 2012
By Benedict Carey, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, January 5, 2004
Using Hypnosis to Gain More Control Over Your Illness
By Leslie Alderman, New York Times, April 15, 2011
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“In relation to sport psychology, Dr Jamie Barker and Dr Marc Jones from Staffordshire University studied the effects of hypnosis on sport performance. Their research has consistently revealed hypnosis to be effective in helping athletes to develop and maintain the appropriate mind-set needed for optimal performance, along with increasing their actual performance.”
The British Psychological Society, June 2012
“Hypnosis is not mind control. It's a naturally-occurring state of concentration; it's actually a means of enhancing your control over your mind and your body.”
Dr. David Spiegel, Assoc. Chair of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Jane Pauley show, September 2004
“The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain more control over your behavior, emotions or physical well being.”
The Mayo Clinic, December 2003
“Hypnosis has been used in Western medicine for 150 years to treat everything from anxiety to pain, … to enhancing sports performance … [treating]insomnia …”
Dr. Carol Ginandes, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University Gazette
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