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.