Opening up your mind and tapping into your sub conscious can help you become a better runner.
So Hypnosis… let me guess you’re thinking of a shady bloke swinging a stopwatch making you do a chicken dance?! On a day-to-day basis its very different.
Hypnosis works by damping down the conscious mind and bringing the subconscious to the fore, accessing the part of your brain that will implant ideas in there on a more permanent basis.
The subconscious mind doesn't know the difference between a vividly imagined situation and a real one. Therefore, by imagining situations going really well during hypnosis, you can mentally rehearse, so that when that situation arises, you are ready for things to go exactly as you imagined.
As you know from your long Sunday runs, running is a mental challenge as much as a physical challenge. So use our HOW-TO-DO-HYPNOSIS GUIDE to improve your training motivation and running performances!
1. Give yourself half an hour to sit down and relax in a place you won't be disturbed.
2. Slowly relax all the muscles in your body, starting with your toes and feet and leading up your legs, stomach, back, arms, hands, neck, head and face.
3. Next, drift into a deeper state of relaxation. Imagine yourself descending a staircase, and going deeper with each step. Or maybe picture a lift, with a comfortable seat inside for you to sit on and sink deeper and deeper into as the lift goes down.
4. Now take yourself to a real or imagined favourite place. You could possibly imagine yourself on a beach, with the sun warming your skin and the breeze in your hair. Imagine the sand under your feet, the sounds of the waves and of birds. Remember to use all your senses to enrich this experience.
5. About ten minutes in, you should feel like you’re in a daydream - you are relaxed, but focused.
1. Your subconscious is now open for business, ready to respond much more effectively to positive suggestions. Remember to think positive! ‘I am a faster and more confident runner’ is much better than ‘I am feeling less worried about my ability’.
2. Suggestions starting with 'I am' are often effective. Tell yourself what you would like to happen, how you would like to be, think, feel and behave. For example, if you lack the motivation to train, imagine yourself excitedly lacing up your shoes on a sunny day. Tell yourself ‘I am happier when I run’.
3. When imagining situations going well, create a really rich image. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel, think, say and do? Don't worry if this image isn't really clear, whatever you sense or imagine is fine.
4. Repeat the message. The mind needs repetition to remember things, so keep delivering the message to yourself in different ways. For example: ‘I am feeling motivated to run’, ‘I feel excited and driven about the prospect of going for a run’, ‘I am good at running’ and so on.
5. Count back very slowly from 10-1 so that your senses are not shocked by returning suddenly to alertness. Continue to give yourself suggestions on the way up. For example 'Every day, I am getting fitter and fitter'. Open your eyes – you’re done!
*For the ideal results, repeat this routine three times a week as part of your training regime.
Try it out and enjoy! Use hypnosis to motivate yourself to take on a special Run For All challenge this 2018.