SPORTSHYPNOSIS

 

 

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CONTENT

Preface

What is hypnosis?

Who can be hypnotised?

The role of the hypnotist

Ethics and hypnosis

Before we begin

The representation system

Tuning into the right channel

The yes set

Suggestion methods

Trance

Coming out of a trance

Getting started

The vice

The pendulum

The eyes

Verbal suggestion

Methodology

Focus suggestion

Eye catalepsy

Hand levitation

Posthypnosis

Client cases

Performance anxiety

The will

Pain

Concentration and focus difficulties

Reflex optimisation

Self-suggestion and mental training

Conclusion

Glossary

 

PREFACE

With this book I wish to pass on the experiences I have built up over more than 35 years as a professional sports psychologist and hypnotist.

The book is written as a practical textbook for those who wish to learn the basic methods and techniques of hypnosis and trance; it is not an extensive theoretical work on hypnosis.

It is my experience that the basic techniques or the more traditional ways of working with hypnosis have been overlooked in favour of more or less sophisticated “clinical” methods. This book aims to remedy this. Becoming a competent hypnotist first and foremost requires learning the basic methods and techniques.

In all the jobs I have had over the past 35 years, hypnosis has proved a useful tool for working with other people. I have used the communication techniques of hypnosis directly and indirectly in psychotherapeutic treatment of various serious and less serious psychological problems.

However, hypnosis has been most beneficial to me in my work with different athletes. Here hypnosis has proven an unequalled method for improving the mental condition and performance of individuals as well as entire teams and thus ensuring optimal results.

I owe many thanks to my late mentor Egil Hau. He was the first person to give me the feeling that I could do it, and he taught me how to induce a trance-like state in another person. He has thus had a great influence over my professional life.

I also wish to thank everyone who has volunteered for hypnosis treatment over the years – because only through practice and training have I been able to perfect my skills.

 

 WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

 To begin with I will describe what hypnosis is. Hypnosis is a sleep-like condition, where the hypnotised subject is especially susceptible to influence. The hypnotised subject seems automatically and uncritically to obey the instructions of the hypnotist, and he can hear, see, feel, smell and taste imaginary things. In addition, a person’s memory and self-image can be influenced under hypnosis.

The sciences have so far failed to explain exactly what happens in the brain of the hypnotised subject, but tests have established that the brain activity during hypnosis is similar to the brain activity during sleep or in deep meditative states.

The methodology of hypnosis concentrates on reducing consciousness and thus opening the subconscious. It is the same thing that happens when we fall asleep. The difference between deep sleep and the state of hypnosis is that the person is unable to control his dreams, whereas the hypnotised subject is able to change his behaviour and worldview.

The conclusion must be that the hypnotised state of mind is located somewhere between sleep and waking state.

Today we are able to measure the activity in the brain in different ways, which has revealed that the brain works at different frequencies, measured in Hz (hertz).

Awake 17-30 Hz

Relaxed 8-13 Hz

Drowsy (on the verge of sleep) 4-8 Hz

Deep sleep 0.5-4 Hz

Today it is possible to measure our brain activity using EEG, but we are also able to scan the brain and determine in more detail the activity of different parts of the brain in different situations. In trance it is possible to help the client introduce new positive images in his subconscious in order to process and replace negative images. The brain is unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy, which makes it possible to “cheat” the brain and, for instance, make it feel safe and relaxed in an airplane, even though the person used to suffer from fear of flying. In the same way, the hypnotist can teach the athlete’s brain not to freeze in a situation where he must score a goal and in general give the person the feeling of being able to perform what he for some reason has so far been unable to.

Sports hypnosis is a form of hypnosis that focuses primarily on performance optimisation, but sports hypnosis can also with advantage be used for mental development and, not least, in connection with injuries, pain and physical rehabilitation.

Sports hypnosis is particularly useful in connection with performance anxiety, including different anxiety symptoms, and mental and psychological conditions that prevent the athlete from realising his full potential.

Opinions about whether the mental trainer or sports psychologist can help the athlete during a competition seem to differ, but in my opinion it is always necessary and imperative to have a tool that works instantaneously and in the short term. Here sports hypnosis is my most important tool.

In the world of sports, performers must provide results, and a football player who has lost his self-confidence and is in a crisis must be helped here and now. A racing driver who has had a crash must be helped back on track, and a boxer who has difficulties meeting opponents who put their left foot in front must be helped to do so without difficulty and negative thoughts. Problems or symptoms in the world of sports are thus often very specific, which is why hypnosis as a form of treatment is very powerful – especially the more orthodox methods I describe in this book – and that is because hypnosis is targeted, effective and can be used in the concrete situation and performance.

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