A tennis team engaged Louise Robb Associates to deliver a programme of team coaching focusing on personal development and somatic body work, based on leadership embodiment principles. The aim of the work was to build players’ confidence and presence on court.
Participants were shown strategies to help each person play more freely, to experience less stress and to enable them to recover their centre more easily during the pressure of a game. A key premise of the work was that a person can prepare his or her mental and physiological systems to face difficult or stressful situations by, for example, changing physical posture or adjusting their breathing. This work could be summarised by the phrase, “Learning to learn from our bodies.” Team members were also introduced to a more positive form of language to use amongst the team.
“Louise came to deliver a session to our University Tennis players who were looking for help and strategies to allow them to play more freely and with less stress. Louise’s style of presentation was perfectly pitched for those who attended. She managed to bring out plenty of honest self-reflection from the students and encouraged them to all contribute in their own way. The main focus was on learning to become ‘centred’ through breathing and be set for the next point and/or shot. The students put the strategies in to practice on court and all fed back to me that they were looking forward to practising these strategies more and that their game would benefit by doing so. Several of the players also commented that they would be able to use the ‘centring’ in other aspects of their lives. For our first session with Louise, I feel we learned a lot about ourselves and how to become centred. We are looking forward to having Louise back for follow-on sessions.” – Mike Aitken, University of St Andrews
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