ONLINE – Mental Imagery for Body Goals Course with Ermina Isanovic
ONLINE – Mental Imagery for Body Goals Course
with Ermina Isanovic
Thursdays 3rd/10th/17th September
10:00 – 10:45am
Mental imagery / visualisation is an evidence based method used to help individuals change unwanted behaviours, thoughts and feelings, lowering anxiety, stress, depression and improving self esteem, confidence and happiness.
I use visualisation to help clients achieve their goals anything from bringing them to a deep state of relaxation to helping them increase assertiveness, stop jealousy, build healthy self image, public speaking and achieve their physical goals.
Visualisation is not only used to cope with psychological challenges such as anxiety and depression, but it has been used extensively in sport and bodybuilding.
In his 2004 study on everyday people, Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist from Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, compared “people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workshops in their heads” (mental imagery). He found that a 30% muscle increase in the group who went to the gym. However, the group of participants who conducted mental exercises of the weight training increased muscle strength by almost half as much (13.5%). This average remained for 3 months following the mental training.
So how can mental imagery help with obtaining physical / fitness goals?
Images stimulate the sensory and emotional qualities of the desired experience, acting as a motivational bridge to support achievement of the goal and giving weight to concrete, familiar and easy to imagine goals (eating, exercising, being warm) over more abstract, long-term goals (getting fit, growing muscle).
Psychosomatic is an interdisciplinary field exploring the relationships among psychological, and behavioural factors on bodily processes and quality of life.
Psychosomatics or the body and mind school of thought isn’t anything new, athletes have practised their shots mentally before taking the winning shot since competitive sport was invented, the difference between winning an Olympic medal or not is the amount of time the athlete practiced their skills in their mind.
In 2018 University of Plymouth and Queensland University did a study and found that overweight people lost an average of five times more weight using Functional Imagery Training (FIT) a brief individual motivational intervention that teaches self-motivating skills using mental imagery, compared with talking therapy alone.
Below is the outline of the 3 session course to help you understand what to expect. Each session is one hour long and is done once a week.
- Learn how mental imagery works.
- Learn how images and words we expose our selves to on a daily bases that we are not even aware of influence our thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
- Clarify what the body goal we want to achieve.
- Learn how to choose the right images to create mood-boards that will help rather then hinder us in obtaining our body goal.
- Homework: create your body goal mood board
- Mental imagery session for achieving the end body goal
- Clarify familiar and easy to imagine goals that will help us achieve our body goal.
- Homework: adjust mood-board to include easy to imagine goals
- Mental imagery session for achieving our body goal and the steps required to achieving it.
- Mood-board final exercise
All participants get one-on-one 15 minute session once a week with Ermina Isanovic.
I am an Evidence Based Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist with a BA in Psychology. My focus and specialty is in helping individuals, groups and organisations achieve a positive change through the rewiring of neural pathways with the help of hypnotherapy and mental imagery therapy.
About the teacher:
Ermina is an Evidence Based Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist with a BA in Psychology. Her focus and specialty is in helping individuals, groups and organisations achieve a positive change through the rewiring of neural pathways with the help of hypnotherapy and mental imagery therapy.