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The U.S. Olympic team sports psychologist reports that 80% of any sport is mental. If you want to improve your confidence, focus and performance then using your subconscious mind is the natural option. Using hypnosis to enhance your mental edge and maximize sports performance is different from coaching and sport psychology. Randy Hampton is a former athlete, coach and elite sports performance expert. He has helped numerous athletes, including professional athletes, overcome their own obstacles, improve their personal best and peak performance whether it was reducing their number of strokes or the number of seconds on their clock. He also understands the parenting aspect of the equation while working with his own son who was a nationally-ranked bowler.

Randy can also provide a personalized professional quality audio that addresses the specific issues you are dealing with to reinforce your work long after the sessions are over. This audio file alone would normally cost $150-$200 if you requested it from a professional sports authority. It is available as a package upgrade for clients who book three sessions.

Improve your mental game by staying centered, balanced, and in control. Imagine the difference if you could remain calm and confident when you needed it and could create a "state of excellence" at will. Peak performance is achieved through mental rehearsal. Many trainers say 80% of an athlete's success is determined by your mind in the game. And fortunately, using hypnosis is not considered cheating, but rather sharpening your mind. If you were once good at particular sport and then had a set back, you can once again feel confident in your athletic abilities. 

Benefits of Hypnosis for Athletes
At Hawaii Hypnosis Center we use advanced hypnotic techniques. Athletes can learn how to be confident, increase their focus, break bad habits, conquer slumps, develop muscle relaxation, improve their visualization techniques, overcome mental blocks and barriers, reinforce your self-belief, motivation and positive thinking, develop and focus on success strategies to maximize motivation and develop auto-responses to enhance your performance. Randy has worked with all kinds of sports, both individual and team. Read the full blog Benefits of Hypnosis for Athletes

The first thing to understand about that state of flow is it doesn’t come from a good performance, rather it results in a good performance. Too often, we look back on a game and think that we hit a clutch shot and then found the zone. Sports performance research shows the opposite is likely true—we settled into a zone and our shots became more accurate because of it. If this is true, then the most important thing to improve your game is to find your mental flow. In this regard, mental training becomes more important than physical training. Read More in our Natural Awakenings Article

Famous Athletes who have used Sports Hypnosis

Gymnast and Olympian Mary Lou Retton used sport hypnosis to help her win a gold, and many other medals.

World Famous golfer Tiger Woods has been using sport hypnosis since he was 13 years old. He uses sport hypnosis to relax and calm his mind before golf competitions. Jack Nicklaus also isn’t shy about his passion for hypnosis and enhancing his concentration during golf games.

Basketball star Michael Jordon used hypnotherapy before every game to improve his mental stamina. The Chicago Bulls now utilize sport hypnosis into their pregame sessions to center themselves.

Tennis pro Jimmy Connors uses hypnosis regularly to help him keep his focus during important tournaments. Boxer Kevin McBride listens to hypnosis sessions before every fight to get him into a positive and focused state of mind and on winning.

Steve Hooker won a Gold Medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the Pole Vault and credits his success down to not only his dedicated training routines but also hypnosis for helping him to visualize his success so that he felt completely comfortable, and “at home” on the day.

Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stalone also utilized hypnosis to achieve amazing results, and tennis star Andre Agassi, worked with Anthony Robbins, utilizing NLP and hypnosis. Even teams like the Turkish football team have worked with hypnosis.

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Sports of the Mind

Yogi Berra, the famous New York Yankees player and manager, once said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” While his math was intentionally, and humorously, wrong, he made a key point—the mental side of sports is often more important than the physical side.

As a sports performance specialist, I’ve worked with professional athletes that struggle with confidence, become angry after a loss, or have trouble bouncing back from an injury. Sports challenges like these can be even more significant for the majority of us that are only involved in sports for health, recreation and enjoyment. According to a recent Golf Magazine survey, the average golfer spends 71 minutes a week practicing, plays 46 rounds a year, and spends $2,776 a year on equipment and training. What’s interesting is that very few of these golfers spend any time or money on improving their mental performance.

Ask any golfer what he/she does when standing over the ball, and you’ll quickly hear the number one problem most casual sports participants face. My clients all tell me similar stories: “I go through my mental routine … remembering what my swing coach said, making that adjustment to my wrist position that my cousin recommended. I scan the hole to make sure I’m not lined up with the water, and then I say a quick prayer that I don’t slice the tee shot out of bounds like last time.” This mental rundown of things to do and possible failures is the same for most people standing at the free throw line, batting in the company softball game, or bowling with friends in a Thursday night league. Frankly, we’re overthinking our sports.

If you think about the times that you did really well in an event, you’re more likely to find the times when you got into a “flow,” a rhythm or “The Zone.” Understanding these hallowed zones, rhythms and flows can be really useful for everyone from the casual golfer to the professional field goal kicker.

The first thing to understand about that state of flow is it doesn’t come from a good performance, rather it results in a good performance. Too often, we look back on a game and think that we hit a clutch shot and then found the zone. Sports performance research shows the opposite is likely true—we settled into a zone and our shots became more accurate because of it. If this is true, then the most important thing to improve your game is to find your mental flow. In this regard, mental training becomes more important than physical training.

It’s also important to understand what that mental flow actually is. Being “in the zone” is an alpha brainwave state similar to daydreaming, meditation and hypnosis. Most athletes will tell you that their zone is a place where they don’t have to think about their sport, rather they just play. No thought, just flow. That alpha brainwave state is the minimization of conscious thought and the maximization of subconscious flow.

The conscious mind can only handle about nine things at a time, so it can quickly be overwhelmed. The subconscious mind, on the other hand, handles millions of things at once. It’s the part of your mind that takes care of heartbeat, blinking, breathing and digestion. It makes sense that an athlete would be better served by the part of the mind that adjusts dozens of muscles at a time, accounts for thousands of possible opponent moves, or gauges the necessary swing speed. But when we are ready to serve, shoot or putt, and we think about what we have to do or what we don’t want to happen, we are engaging our limited conscious mind.

As a hypnotist, my job is to help my sports performance clients stop using their conscious mind and start using their subconscious mind. “You’ll never think your way into better athletics,” I’ve told more than one client. When it comes to sports, from my perspective, thinking is the problem.

One of my favorite athletes of all time, martial artist Bruce Lee, said: “A good martial artist does not become tense but ready. Not thinking yet not dreaming, ready for whatever may come … . When there is an opportunity, I do not hit, it hits all by itself.”


What Lee was referencing was that alpha state—the famous zone that all athletes seek. What we do as hypnotists is help people train their mind to find it—not through thought but through focus. Because when you can find that spot between thought and dreaming that Lee references, you can sink long putts consistently, hit a curveball, serve an ace, surf the swell, or do anything else you want to do in life.

Read the Article in Natural Awakenings Magazine

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