Utilizing imagery to enhance injury rehabilitation. When an athlete suffers an injury it immediately elicits fears, limited or no participation. Depression and hopelessness can soon set in. Time away from sport can be offset by substituting “mental practice” by visualizing sport skills, rehearsing strategic plays or game plans, and reviewing past successful performances. In injury rehabilitation, imagery aids the athlete to organize goals and provides the motivation to achieve those goals. Each athlete’s focus is productively channelled toward what they can do, as opposed to what they can’t. Imagery is an effective, positive, and useful method proven to encourage injured athletes during this tough phase. Imagery that incorporates relaxation, visual, emotive, and healing techniques is a great way to help athletes on the road back to playing their sport. Wise use of imagery techniques can shorten the recovery period and minimizes the psychological damage to the athlete. Imagery allows the athlete to participate actively in the progression and assume ownership for recovery.
Stress is a natural emotion. It is your response to a troubling and upsetting situation. Worldwide we are all facing difficult times; Terrorism and economic downturns create fears of impaired safety, loss of earnings and debt. These fears affect our health, thinking and relationships. It seems like practically everything we once knew is changing at a pace beyond which most people can adjust to in a happy and healthy way. Instead the human emotional landscape is being filled with fear and worry. Research indicates that 35% of illness starts with worrying about “what if” while 75% of doctor visits are stress related.
Stress will always be with us because contrary to popular belief, stress is not just pressure from outside – those are the stressors, it is also your individual response to those stressors.
The role of hypnosis in healing is many faceted. Hypnosis is a trance state induced through focusing attention on any current internal or external sensory experience; hypnotherapy is the art of utilizing this state of absorption to facilitate inner change and physical healing.
People who have experienced guided visualization or other meditative states describe it as being similar to hypnosis in many ways.
Trance states can be accessed in a variety of ways, many of which occur spontaneously. Hypnotic trance is a normal, natural state that we move into and out of many times in our daily life.