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Improving your running with NLP & Hypnosis

As time goes by it is becoming more and more widely recognized that being able to win at sport is significantly affected by your mental attitude.

The principle of improving what you do on the inside in order to improve how you perform on the outside has been known for thousands of years and in more recent years has become popular once again. Research now shows how the brain actually changes according to the different thoughts, feelings and beliefs’ we hold. Therefore, it makes sense that in order to run faster and to enjoy the experience you need to update your thinking, and I don’t mean running faster once but being consistent in your improvement.

We all know people who seem to be doing so well and then just tail off, they seem to stop improving, then get bored and even sometimes give up altogether.

Commonly people think hypnosis is used to dredge up feelings from the past, or to cure people of things like smoking, overeating, claustrophobia, agoraphobia or any other extreme fears they may suffer from. However, it can be used to enhance and improve lives in many other ways.

Hypnosis can be used to improve many areas of life, and sport is no exception. Many athletes are now looking for something more than just hours and hours of physcial training to get to the top of their sport, they find that if they spend some time training their brain, they improve their performance as well.

Top sports people like Tiger Woods (who started hypnosis at the age of 13), Andre Agassi, Pat Cash and Jimmy Connors have undertaken hypnosis with Jack Nicklaus claiming all his success in golf has been achieved through his mind.

And its not just individuals, whole teams have used hypnosis to get them united and focused whilst playing their sport. In 2009 the Paksitan cricket team underwent hypnosis to get them to forget past failures and win the Twenty 20 cup, which they did that year. The Chicago White Socks employ a full time hypnotist as part of their support crew as do the US basketball team the LA Lakers. in 1956 the Russian Olympic team included 11 hypnotists when they came to Melbourne to compete.

Hypnosis even saw the fall of one of the best boxers ever known. In 1973 Muhummad Ali was beaten by a boxing underdog, Ken Norton. Ken was a 7-1 outside rank, when he broke Ali's jaw and claimed his historic win was due to the hypnosis he practised before the fight. After that fight Ali employed his own hypnotherapist!

The athletes are enouraged to visualize winning long before they even step onto the track, court, field, pitch or ring. So time is spent thinking of everything they need to do to get themselves to win; from preparation, overcoming fears, going through the whole event in their head and working on anything that could go wrong and mentally fixing it before they compete. Sally Gunnell mentally practised her 400 metre hurdles event in her head 10 times a day for months before she went on to win that event at the Barcelona Olympics.

Hypnosis can also be effective at learning to block out negative things, even the physical ones like pain. Mary Lou Rettan used hypnosis to block out the pain in her injured foot, so she could compete and win gold in the 1984 olympics.

So how can NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis help you achieve this regular consistency with every training session?

I can help you to tap into the times when you have performed at your best and then assist you in reproducing this frame so that you can trigger it off in the future. As your coach, I can also assist you in setting new goals, show you how you can increase your motivation and overcome any mental blocks that have stopped you in the past.

All of this is done using my skill to recognize the patterns you currently hold that are limiting you in some way and adjusting or changing them to benefit you, not just to enable you to run faster but by updating your limiting beliefs about running just think how your whole life can change when you just learn to think in a more positive and productive way.

We can do this in a waking state or we can utilize the trance state, which I must admit to preferring. In the trance state, I can bypass your conscious mind and talk to your subconscious or unconscious mind to find out what is really holding you back. Your conscious mind, is your Ego state, likes to think he/she knows all the answers, but in a more relaxed state it is surprising what is really stopping you from performing at your best.

I would like to add at this point, Hypnosis is not about me controlling you, it is just a way of you gaining control of your brain rather than it controlling you.
In a hypnotized state, you are aware of everything that is going on around you, you just tend to feel very relaxed.

I work in various ways and could be just giving you direct suggestion for changes to take place or we can do something called ‘hypno-analysis’ which is a way of finding out the cause of an issue so you can let it go and move on in a much more beneficial way.

Generally speaking, 90% of people will experience a marked improvement after just one session. I usually recommend three sessions on a weekly basis.
You will also be given powerful techniques that you can take away and use together with a hypnosis cd. The mind learns by repetition and by using these techniques and listening to the CD you will continue to experience the benefits of the sessions and begin to form new habits in your way of thinking and performing on a consistent basis.

For any Lazy Runners who want to see an improvement in their running and other aspects of Life, I have a special Discount.

My Usual Session is $150 for 90 minutes and I am offering Lazy Runners a session for just $75.

Just to add a bit about me, I have had the fortunate experience to train with both founders of NLP, who are Richard Bandler and John Grinder, I have also trained with two other separate trainers to Master Level in NLP & Hypnosis, who are James Tsakalos in Melbourne and Alistair Horscroft here in Noosa. I also trained to teach NLP in Sydney with The Inspiritive Company in 2008.
My first Hypnosis training was with the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2005, since this time I have continued to update my qualifications.

I am passionate about helping people be the best they can be!
Angela Farlam

*Angela Farlam is a great Lazy Runner, she is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Massage Therapist
To find out more or contact Angela look on her website

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