The Stemler Sport Performance Hypnosis Project.
If you flick through the internet searching "hypnosis" the chances are that you will quickly stumble on a cultish new age world of therapy, where tree hugging hippies will council you and try and cure you.
If you have a collection of problems from smoking to fear of flying, maybe you can sign up for hypnotherapy
Inevitably, like many "therapies' this will take numerous sessions, visualisations, a script to read to yourself time and time again and hours of being talked at.
The is now a massive body of online literature discussing NLP,, relaxation and feel good positive thinking . Your reactions to this movement, like me, may be a bit suspicious. I must admit most people who claim to use positive thinking, "Every day , in every way, I'm getting better and better" often seem less than impressive
But, lets face it Talking to yourself it a good thing. Being nice to yourself is a good thing: churches, religion, apricot scrubs, head massages are all good and relaxing things.
But what do you do if you screw up your back flick, fail your back tucks and refuse to get under the bar in an olympic lift. Why do you slow down in a sprint when you sort of know you can go faster. Why does a bit of lung discomfort make you go slower when you know you can rest in a mere 20 seconds time.
That's probably something to do with the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious mind
Many Hypnotists ( like me) guess that the subconscious is rather like a bright 9 year old child. It learns very quickly and "gets it". Then problem is that its guarded by a terrified, bigoted "phobic" adult mind:. Otherwise know as the logical, mature, adult brain.
Imagine an obsessive emotional mother
In many cases to overcome fear, and poor performances you need to leapfrog over the conscious mind.
The conscious mind isn't "king"
Remember how much the subconscious mind does. It breaths, digests, moves limbs, and when you see top performers, it expresses physical superiority through relaxed fluid movement. When you see jerky panic, that's the conscious mind
As a crossfit trainer my whole job is , to put it simply , to access the sub conscious. With correct coaching, perfect practice and repetition and feedback we try and drive unfamiliar movements into our subconscious. Our battle is with a conscious mind that wants to panic, add unnecesary movements and cut essential ovements short
But shouldn't relaxation, visualisation, therapy and reading scripts help that? Maybe it could, but often those protocols seems to take as long as physical practise session. Obviously if you are stuck on atrain, why not visualise your golf swing
Id suggest if you have a busy lifestyle, a longwinded "mental" approach, may not be the best one to take
Lecturing the subconscious as if it's a moron, often isn't needed. The body manages thousands of processes.
Once coached, It probably knows how to back flick, front tuck or do a handstand.
So lets Assume you have been properly taught. You probably know the standard coaching drills and cues. But youstill don't get it. You don't need me to make you relaxed and nag you ! Its more likely your subconscious just needs a bit of support to do the right thing….
Dealing with sports problems is often contaminated with other therapy modalities. You don't need to relive past trauma to fix your golf swing . As fellow hypnotist , Carl Smith, often says, you don't need to dig up the past to build your future
But isn't long winded therapy session the only thing available?
What if we could access the subconscious really fast, tell it what to do, and get on with our life
What if, I could go, "123, you're under", then drop your sports performance suggestion in, then bring you back.
Wouldn't that be cool!
So this what I'm testing, Can I improve your performance by using my hypnotic skill?
The simple reality is that some people can be hypnotised easily, others not.
So obviously this test is open to all who can be hypnotised in what ill call a "stage hypnosis model" ( some use the words "snap inductions")
By working with the likes of Jon Chase, I've compiled a quick testing package that should, within 7 minutes, work out if you can easily be hypnotised. ( I can actually do it in 30 seconds for the right person, but thats just showing off).
Once I know you can be hypnotised, Im developing this protocol:
1) You identify the sport problem, or (sport) problem move.
2) You find a you tube clip of the exercise being done
3) You video yourself doing the move.
4) You write a short essay (or notes) describing what you need to do to move your present performance to the proper or perfect performance.
5) You get your 2 videos and notes checked over by your coach who confirms you have the right problems.
So, knowing that you "know" what to do, Ill hypnotise you and give your subconscious permission to turn your (presumably) poor performance into a better one.
Obviously there is a stage where you are wholly suggestible so you may either record the session or bring a friend to sit in.
If you would like to give this method a try, drop me an email.
The hypnosis assessment will be complementary, the actual treatment will be on my normal PT rates
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