Hypnotherapy and Sports Performance

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with sports performance by Reducing Anxiety, Raising Confidence and by helping to focus on the goal by mentally rehearsing the desired outcome. Michelle has written a wonderful piece about how Hypnotherapy has helped her to achieve the next step upon the Taekwon-Do grading ladder. She has kindly given her permission for me to publish it, alongside her photo. Well done Michelle!!

''I’m a martial artist that has been learning Taekwon-Do for several years (20 years)to be exact, four years ago I changed Taekwon-Do organisation to one that closely follows the original Taekwon-Do as brought into the country from Korea. Facing my first grading with them to 4th Degree ( international level of teaching ) I had to overcome some technical difficulties namely breaking 2 inches of wood with bear hands and feet and possibly breaking a red house brick with my feet, a task I tried very hard to do on numerous occasions resulting in several broken bones. I needed to do this or I could not pass my grading. I felt doomed as I was failing to progress. The more negative the experience with associated pain one is subjected too, the more the subconscious mind protects the body from harm and tries it’s best to stop a repeat episode. With this statement in mind imagine how hard it was to break the wood and get past the subconscious mind? I had 5-6 sessions with Alison who emptied the stress bucket of my mind making me feel happier more relaxed and confident generally in life and with my task ahead. Alison re-framed the exact moves I needed to perform under hypnosis as I described them to her, for each of the breaking techniques , each time I left my confidence grew to the point I was feeling on top of the world by the time I attended the Taekwon-Do grading being graded by four Taekwon-Do Grand Masters. Prior to meeting Alison I was ready to quit as I could not attain the grading requirements. Having met Alison I feel over the moon like walking on air not only did I meet the grading requirements and pass but I had a life changing experience, my mind was calm I felt happy and life’s annoying things just did not annoy me any more what more could you want? The day came and I achieved my dream.''