Sport psychologists often teach athletes how to control their inner dialogue/self-talk, so that instead of developing negative self-fulfilling prophesies, they can actually develop positive ones. This is an excellent strategy for every tennis player to learn.
The problem with it is that poor habits…especially thinking habits…are hard to break and when the player is stressed during an important match, there is a high likelihood that the old negative thinking habit will once again rear its ugly head.
This is where Sport Hypnosis has a tremendous advantage over other methods of helping players modify their thinking and behavior during crunch time.
The athlete is trained to focus his/her concentration in such a way that they will not be distracted by negative thoughts. On the contrary, only positive thoughts and images will occur.
This starts the evening before the match, where the athlete falls asleep visualizing the perfect match and how they overcome every obstacle that comes their way. It is used prior to the match to prepare the athlete to relax and to focus on the court, without allowing distractions to interfere…and this includes distracting thoughts.
Sports history abounds with fabulous examples of athletes using hypnotic and self-hypnotic techniques to overcome adversity and enhance their performance.
While providing your players with the best equipment, game strategy and conditioning are all key elements of tennis success, experience with Sports Hypnosis can be the most valuable tool you will ever provide them!
The success of hypnotherapy depends greatly on the client’s ability to follow instructions and a personal desire for change. As such, hypnotherapy results vary from person to person and I cannot offer any guarantee of success. If you do not want to change, for yourself, you are advised to seek help through other avenues. If you have been sent by another practitioner, then you need to decide on what changes need to be made.