Clinical and Sport Hypnosis

Developing mental skills for performance (athletic, arts), habit control, weight loss, injury rehabilitation, and self-confidence is an important strategy for enjoying a life well lived. Hypnosis can be an excellent, and effective method for attaining such goals. Contrary to popular notions of an hypnotic state (now, act like a chicken!), the process for engaging in a trance-like state is actually quite common. For example, have you ever been driving in a car, and suddenly realize you are already at your destination? That is a trance-like state! The role of the clinical or sport hypnosis practitioner is to act as a personal guide to assist you in by-passing your conscious understanding (worry, self-doubt, to do lists) and deeply connect with your innate ability to grow and heal on your own. One of the more important outcomes of an hypnotic trance state is an increased ability to use your imagination, and see possibilities that you may have never even considered. The process is simple, flexible, and personalized. Benefits include; Enhanced Imagination Increased confidence Mobilized Energy Increased Motivation Inner-Strength Development For, athletic performance, the arts, smoking cessation, weight loss, pain management, injury rehabilitation….The list is endless! QUESTIONS OR WANT TO GET STARTED? Call me at (585)-698-4905 OR E-mail...

Positive Psychology and Youth Development

Numerous researchers (Ryff & Keyes, 1995), Peterson, Park and Seligman (2005), and Keyes (2009) have found that young people reported having more developed feelings of emotional well-being than they did a sense of psycholical well-being.  Keyes’ central question became; “is it ok for children to feel happy, but rarely challenged, and frequently disconnected?” Keyes’ question is central to out times. He called for youth programs that both challenge (at the short-term expense of hedonic well-being) and support adolescents to grow. Academic achievement, community involvement, and good inter-personal relationships all require hard work and attention. We have seen from Flow Theory (see posting) that when one is passionate and absorbed in an activity, one becomes more excited and intrinsically motivated to pursue future goals. Research supports that the longer, and more frequent, an adolescent engages in an activity, the more resilient he or she becomes (Barber et al. 2009). Research on Positive Youth Developmemt (PYD) supports a strengths based approach to supporting adolescent growth potential. By focusing on strengths (as opposed to limitations) PYD programs have shown increase for adolescents in happiness, mental health, and academic success (wood, et al. 2011). Certainly, families, organizations and communities can support platforms that enable individual strengths to manifest. Research by Lerner (2007) indicates that the character strengths of competence, confidence, character, connection, and caring are central to adolescent well-being. In addition, Schmid et al. (2011) proved that utilizing the strengths of goal setting in combination with hope for the future, led to positive trajectories for middle school aged youth. The more we can offer young people appropriate challenges, and suppor them to grow, the...

Flow State Development

Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow Theory (1975, 1990) describes moment to moment subjective experience, defined by the relationship between person (perceived skills) and environment (perceived challenge) that is engaged in for the sole purpose of enjoyment. Achieving a flow state is the ultimate manfifestation of intrinsic motivation. Empirical research has proven that when entering a flow state, one not only produces positive emotions, but also experiences personal growth. Jackson and Marsh (1996) define the Flow Sate; 1. A balance exists between perceived skills and perceived challenge 2. The task has clear goals for the participant 3. There is a merging of action and awareness. This occurs moment to moment 4. One acts with deep, effortless involvement. As a resuly, worry and self-doubt are eliminated. 5. There is a sense of control over oneself and one’s environment 6. There is a loss of self-consciousness 7. There is full concentration on the task at hand From the above, we can see that it is important to place adolescents (students, athletes, people) in situations where they perceive their skill lvel matches the perceived demand of the task. Any deviation from this challenege/skill balance allows self-consciousness to enter into awareness, thus compromising performance and potentially limiting the quality of one’s experience. Csikszentmihalyi has also stated that experiencing a flow state creates meaning in individuals lives by allowing them to achieve purpose and, therefore, have a positive impact on their emerging self. Pete Thompson, Ed.S., BCC, is a board certified Life Coach and performance psychology practitioner. He works with adolescents and young adults throughout the United States....

Depth on Your Streamlines & Breakouts

Streamlines and breakouts comprise components four and five of your turning sequence. Keep in mind that the more efficient you are with the first three components, the better opportunity you have for a great component four and five. Another way to look at the streamline is underwater travel. So, the question becomes, ‘how can I maximize my underwater travel so that I go farhter, and do it faster, than my opponent?’ By using the following tips in practice, you will make this a reality. 1. Body alignment and body balance are essential tools for an effective streamline. Think of your body as an arrow- elongate your neck and spine and slightly round out your upper back. use the weight from your head to balance the weight of your hips, and your legs. 2. Keep your core tight! The tighter, the better. 3. Too much stretching with your arms, however, will be counter-productive as this will tend to throw your balance off a bit. Your arms hang naturally from your shoulders (when standing) at a slight bend. This is the bend you want for your streamline. 4. Every swimmer has an ideal depth with which they travel the furthest, and fastest. To find yours, you must experiment with various body depth off of your walls. Try coming off very shallow (not too good!) Then, try coming off the wall very deeply. (probably not too great either). Now that you know your ideal depth is somewhere in between shallow and deep, you can play around with it. Be sure to maintain proper balance, alignment and core tightness each time, and feel (and see) how...

200 Racing Strategies

C-B-A-R is the acronym for the correct way to swim a 200 event. The first 75 of your swim should be “easy speed”, in that you are going fast, but also swimming relaxed. we call this the Cruise portion of your race. If you can be at the 75 mark, with a relatively low heart rate (but a solid split), you have effectively won the race. Why? If your opponent exerts too much effort on the first 75, they will not be able to sustain that effort over the next 125. Since your heart rate is lower, you have the advantage. The next 50 of your race is a Build, where you gradually build your speed into the next 50. This is the Attack portion of your race. The last 25 (more if you can handle it) is the Race portion of the 200. This is where you have the most advantage over your opponent. Of course, the C-B-A-R strategy can, and should be, individualized. Experiment in practice so that you can maximize your velocity over the last 75 of your 200. Once accomplished, you have the upper...