Then perhaps it's time to explore this with Mike James - certified HeartMath Sports Professional and NLP Sports Psychology Practitioner as well as an LTA Master Performance Tennis Coach.
have long talked about 'getting into the Zone'. We know we play
better when we are there and we want to be there more often. But
what the Zone actually is has been hard to pin down, leaving it
mysterious, sometimes unattainable and often fleeting.
that entering the zone is an internal process that can be developed
and accessed at will. It reveals that the Zone is not a place –
it's a state of consciousness where your higher motor faculties and
intuition merge in liquid co-ordination. The key to accessing the
Zone is coherence.
over the last two decades has let to new understandings on the
interactions between the heart,
brain and nervous system
and how these interactions impact reaction times and performance. A
measurable physiological state has been identified that underlies
optimal performance and emotional stability called coherence – a
state of synchronisation between the heart, brain and nervous system.
Heartmath system is an innovative approach to optimal performance
based on the fact that we can't just think our way there. Our minds
may be thinking positive thoughts about the game and our performance,
but our emotions are still linked to that sponsorship deal that fell
through, that match point we just blew, and our ability to perform at
our best is compromised. It is just about impossible to feel
stressed and be in the Zone at the same time.
Dominic King, Head of Athlete Development for Everyball Tennis and S&C Coach for Halton Health and Fitness Club, was recently interviewed for The Tennis Files Podcast. The episode has just been released.
The link for the episode is below or you can download it on ITunes or your chosen podcast platform.
The Tennis Files Podcast is hosted by Mehrban Iranshad in which he interviews top tennis pros and coaches to help you learn the best tips and advice to improve your game. Dom joins an impressive list of people within the tennis world to be interviewed for the podcast.
'It was really an honour to be asked to be part of this podcast, given those who have gone before me. I give Halton a few mentions so I hope I represent the Centre well in it! I hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions relating to it or your training, please do contact me;'