Brainspotting For Sports Performance and Enhancement
Sports and athletics can be hard on our bodies and our minds. You've been hurt and now your body has an automatic reflex you can't shake. You watched a teammate badly injured and can't forget the image. Your head is full of negative self talk and doubt. You've trained so hard for so long your body is exhausted and you feel depressed, no longer enjoying the sport you used to love. No matter how much you practice, you just can't meet your goal. The list can go on and on; experiences that happen on and off the training field, that can either enhance or diminish our bodies ability to perform the way we want. Brainspotting, a brain based therapy, can help. Brainspotting allows your brain and body to de condition the mal-adaptive neural pathways created from sports injuries/ failures, traumas ( emotional and physical), concussions or surgeries. Sometimes, we may not even have awareness of what might be getting in the way of our performance until we allow our brain the opportunity it needs to heal.
Brainspotting works by identifying, processing, and releasing the core neurophysiological sources of emotional or body pain, t. trauma, and a variety of other distressing symptoms. Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. During a brainspotting session, you will discuss with the therapist your primary concern or performance goal. Your therapist will help you become somatically activated around the issue, enough to help you find a brainspot, which you will then use to mindfully process on throughout the remainder of the session. You may use the assistance of bi lateral music to help with processing. Your therapist will support your brain through the process, providing attunement and adjusting eye position as needed. At the end of the session the goal would be for your body to feel more calm, relaxed or grounded, having released trauma and pain being held during the session. You may have more awareness, emotional release or feel tired. At least three sessions are advised to fully process an issue, though it can take more or less depending on the person and the experience.
There is growing recognition within the healing professions that experiences of physical and/or emotional injury, acute and chronic pain, serious physical illness, dealing with difficult medical interventions, societal turmoil, environmental disaster, as well as many other problematic life events, will contribute to the development of a substantial reservoir of life trauma. That trauma is held in the body. The traumatic experience then becomes a part of that individual’s trauma reservoir. The body and the psyche cannot remain unaffected by the physical, energetic and emotional costs extracted by this accumulated trauma load (Grand, Brainspotting Pro, 2015)
Brainspotting has been shown to be an effective therapy for : Performance anxiety, fear, shame, depression, body image issues, concussions, substance issues potentially brought on by sports trauma, chronic pain, concussions/ persistent post concussion syndrome, being in a performance " slump"
Typically I see sports performance clients for at least three sessions, more if needed or desired. Session 1 is spent gathering background information on the issue and beginning the brainspotting. Session 2 is a check in to evaluate progress and continue brainspotting. Session 3 and any sessions after are used to evaluate progress toward outcome/ goal and continue brainspotting the issue and any other underlying trauma which may need to be addressed for optimal performance. Each client is different and it can be difficult to know for sure how many sessions will be needed to achieve the desired outcome. Cost is $225 per session, 90 minutes each.
Whether you are looking to heal from an old injury, PR in the next competition or simply be at peace with your body and sport, brainspotting can help. Please contact me to find out more about how this amazing therapy can help you get back to being you again and achieve your goals.