Hypnosis can help a Rider:
- Perform Better on Tests
- Hone Skills
- Gain Confidence
- Develop Focus
- Overcome Performance Anxiety
- Deeply Attune To Your Horse
Guided Imagery, visualization, and self-hypnosis refer to specific techniques used to help people mentally rehearse a desired experience. With the help of a skilled facilitator, you can use all of your senses to create a very real experience of having the desired outcome.
High performance athletes have used visualization for years, and many Olympic athletes are coached daily in pre-practice visualization where they imagine themselves engaged in their sport. Brain scans of these athletes show that during these guided visualizations, their brain fires neurons in the same sequence as if they were actually competing.
Visualization is not simply dreaming, it is actually creating new neural pathways in your brain and strengthening existing, positive patterns. When you listen to a recording, your mind imagines sights, sounds, and feelings associated with quality performance during a ride. Skills can be enhanced similar to physical practice when you repeatedly call up these images. "With mental rehearsal, minds and bodies become trained to actually perform the skill imagined." (Visualization Techniques and Sports Performance, E. Quinn, About.com Health Sports Medicine, 2013)
Just as it works for basketball players and golfers, it also works for equestrians because your brain reacts to perceived experiences. Sherree Russell Ginger, conducting research at St. Mary's University College in Greater London found that "hypnosis is a very effective way of improving riding confidence and performance." (www.HorseandHound.co.uk)
Julie can work with you individually or you can listen to Mindful Living Hypnotherapy recordings produced specifically for use by equestrians wanting to improve their riding.