Hypnosis For Tumbling Blocks

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  1. BBinNCsMom

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    my CP has struggled off and on for approx 3 years with tumbling blocks that range in severity. Just when I think they are gone for good, it comes back with a vengence. I tried a different approach to it this year and really haven't paid much attention to her tumbling or watched practices and she's progressed amazingly. Loving to tumble again. Evening gaining new skills. But suddenly the block seems to be easing its way back again. She's questioning herself and her abilities. I don't know why or what's changed.

    A friend at the gym mentioned hypnosis and that it had helped her CP overcome a block. Has anyone else tried this? I'm open to just about anything at this point. I don't want to push her because that doesn't work. I just want her to be proud of herself and confident in her abilities.

     
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    I had a friend try it. Unfortunately, didn't work for her CP. I think some people are more susceptible to hypnosis than others. Maybe it would help the right person.
     
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    It did help my daughter for a while but then stopped. She has also had some success with EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). We are going on 2 1/2 years and I have pretty much given up on ever seeing more than a round BHS in competition. Standing tumbling is fine. It is very sad since she had a full and was an incredible tumbler. She can still do the full but with a spot and inside the gym which doesn't really do her team any good.

    I suggest giving it a try and I would love to hear other suggestions. It really really sucks!
     
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    I'm so sorry. It's so hard to watch them go through it and so frustrating for everyone. I hope it gets better for your CP.
     
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    Thanks and same to you!
     
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    njallday Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Not sure if I shared this before? If so, ignore me... but in undergrad a took a Stress Management course taught by a licensed(? not sure of their credentialing) hypnotist. He was also a PhD psychologist. We learned a lot of other stress management techniques as the class was geared more towards reducing stress of patients than of yourself, but once a week at the end of class he offered hypnosis. It was completely optional and if you did not want to be hypnotized you were free to leave. Myself and a few others were on the fence. I am a control freak, plain and simple, and I did not feel okay with giving control to someone else. We talked at length about it, and the take home message from the professor was that even in a hypnotic state, he could not *make* you do anything your conscious brain would not allow you to do. For this reason, I question its use specifically for mental blocks.

    Also for this reason, I suggest a sports psychologist to find out the root of what's stopping CP and causing the block. Even if hypnosis works, it will only mask the root cause and the block will most likely come back eventually if you don't dig deeper to what triggered it.


    And for the record, because of my control-freak ways and inability to let someone else be in control of me, I never reached the hypnotic state. I tried once a week for 15 weeks and could not give up control. So if your kid is like me, save your money.
     
  7. BBinNCsMom

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    Thank you for the insight. I really have no idea how she would react to it. A friend is taking her daughter tomorrow for a free consultation and I'm eager to hear what she thinks and how her CP does. I think we will go from there.
     
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    I tried a couple sessions during some very desperate times to tumble again lol. Would have tried anything during those days. It did absolutely nothing for me. I am also an overthinking, extremely analytical person and I just didn't gel with the woman I saw. She was much more of an earthy free spirit type and I was turned off from the start. Really just spent a couple hours talking with her and was never actually hypnotized. I agree that spending time with a sports psych would have been more beneficial to me.


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    I wouldn't do it because I don't know where my child's future career will take him or her. Hypnosis can disqualify you for specific background / security clearances. (I am retired military.)
     
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    We did it for my one child. I found it helped her in other ways but after being promised that in a few sessions she should fully have her tumbling back it was not the case. What worked for us was just finding the right coach to do privates with and her being ready. I feel like it was not the best of my mommy looking back but I was desperate... overall it improved her mood and outlook in other ways regarding stress and school but since we went for cheer it just didn't help as expected.
     
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    This is interesting.... What jobs would it disqualify you from. And why? What is their reasoning behind it....
     
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    I'm curious about this as well.
     
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    Me three. Everyone has been hypnotized at some point in their life or another, as it is just a state of deep relaxation. For example, when you're just waking up, but still dreaming, but you're kind of aware of being awake (dozing. maybe??), that's a state of hypnosis - deep relaxation.
     
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    "Anxiety" is the problem that comes with fear and blocking, it releases adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. A certain amount of anxiety is healthy because, it is the release of those hormones that helps with focus, strength and stamina in tense situations. Too much anxiety, however, can lead to serious health issues. In other words, repping it out, watching videos, visualizing tumbling, talking about tumbling, thinking about tumbling, the sight of cheer shoes, the gym, or coach can train and trigger the brain to release stress hormones and put a person in a constant state of anxiety (racing heart beat, tense muscles, higher blood pressure, hyper focus/awareness, etc). Adolescence adds another dynamic.

    Hypnosis can definitely help with relaxation, however, it can also become one more trigger that reminds them they can't tumble. The ultimate goal with anyone that has anxiety is to recognize and eliminate the triggers and retrain the brain so it isn't constantly releasing stress hormones. The unfortunate part, is there is not a single correct answer, what can cause one mans brain to develop yet another trigger, can be the stress reliever that ends up being another mans cure. :(
     
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    I have not been on in awhile (in a very busy season with a new AD!) I just wanted to say that I remember when you started posting about your girl a few season ago. So sorry to hear that she is still struggling.