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Famous people who have used hypnosis and hypnotherapy

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are finding more and more applications today, or are becoming more popular as more people learn about their effectiveness. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are being used to solve psychological problems, to change behaviour, to enhance and improve one's abilities in work or sport, to improve physical fitness and health, to help in difficult or stressful situations, or simply to gain new life experiences. More and more people are benefiting from hypnotic treatments. Among them are celebrities who openly share their positive experiences. Celebrities are successful for a reason. They know that they have to take advantage of every opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their career and fame. For some of them, it was the use of hypnosis that helped them succeed at certain stages of their lives. In this article, you can read some of these stories.

Latin American actress Eva Mendes overcame her arachnophobia with the help of hypnosis. Ever since she was a little girl, she would physically react and panic when she saw a spider. Every time she encountered a spider, she was so distressed that she had to call someone to kill the spider, but she did not believe the person's word, she had to see the dead body of the spider. Occasionally, when a spider escaped, she could no longer sleep in her room. When the phobia got worse, she went to see a hypnotherapist, who helped her deal with the distressing problem. Today, the actress has no fear of spiders.

Catherine, now Princess of Wales and wife of Britain's Crown Prince William, underwent hypnotherapy during her three pregnancies to combat hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. She found it difficult to eat a full meal and felt full quickly. Particularly during her first pregnancy, these symptoms caused the then Duchess of Cambridge to lose weight, which could have jeopardized her pregnancy. Hypnotherapy removed all the negative thoughts associated with morning sickness and replaced them with a desire for healthy, nutritious food. After the treatments, Catherine felt happy and was able to enjoy her pregnancies after the initial traumatic experience. The Princess later revealed that she had used hypnobirthing for all three of her births. This involves using various relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to relax the body before and during labour and birth. Courses typically teach participants to use a combination of music, visualization, positive thinking, words and even prompts from their partner to relax the body and control sensations during labour. Other famous women who have used hypnobirthing include Actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, supermodel Gisele Bündchen and TV star Emily Deschanel.

American billionaire golfer Tiger Woods has learnt to harness his mental abilities for golf, which has contributed greatly to his sporting success. From the age of 14, Tiger worked with a personal mental coach who put him in a hypnotic trance to help him focus on the golf course and block out distractions. The use of hypnosis helps athletes to act unconsciously in stressful situations. Jay Brunza, a clinical psychologist and Tiger's caddie during his six consecutive USGA championships, explained that he used personalized suggestive tape recordings and hypnosis to get Tiger into what Brunza called "The Zone", a state of heightened awareness and consciousness. He taught Tiger concentration techniques and a kind of creative awareness that became second nature to the athlete.

Former Black Eyed Peas lead singer Stacy Ann Ferguson, better known as Fergie, is one of the celebrities who regularly uses hypnotherapy to help control her weight. She was introduced to hypnotherapy relatively early in her singing career when she became addicted to methamphetamine around 2001. She sought medical help during one of the most difficult periods of her addiction, when she suffered from drug-induced psychosis and dementia and had daily hallucinations. During her treatment, she came into contact with a therapist who practised hypnotherapy. At first the singer was sceptical, but after a hypnosis session she was pleasantly surprised by the effect of the method. Since then, she has had a personal hypnotherapist on her speed dial who she can call whenever she needs to. In several interviews, Fergie has expressed her enthusiasm for hypnosis and confirmed that hypnotherapy has changed her life in a very positive way.

Actor Orlando Bloom, best known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the pirate epic Pirates of the Caribbean, also struggled with weight problems as a teenager due to a strong craving for chocolate. His mother sent him to a hypnotherapist. Today, it is hard to imagine that the actor who portrayed the noble Elven prince Legolas or the brave pirate Will Turner struggled with excess weight.

American television presenter Martha Stewart, often referred to as "America's best housewife", was haunted by terrible nightmares after returning from prison. In 2002, Stewart first came under suspicion of using inside information to sell thousands of shares in a pharmaceutical company. In 2004, the celebrity TV personality was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for perjury in connection with her stock sales, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. She used to wake up in a cold sweat every night because she kept having a terrible dream. She underwent hypnotherapy and was finally freed from her nocturnal torment.

Waterworld's famous lead actor, Kevin Costner, suffered from seasickness during filming in Hawaii and was very uncomfortable in and on the water at times. This could have become a serious problem for the production as the film is about a post-apocalyptic Earth where there is no solid land as the Earth is completely covered by water. As Costner already had a personal hypnotherapist on the mainland, he had him flown to Hawaii to treat the disturbing physical and psychological effects. The therapeutic intervention cured his seasickness and he was able to continue with the demanding shoot.

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon suffered panic attacks before filming 'Wild'. The film chronicles a woman's 1,100 mile solo hike to cope with a recent personal tragedy. The filming was so challenging for veteran actress Witherspoon that she experienced crippling anxiety just thinking about it. The actress spoke about the aspects of the production that caused her the most difficulty. These included nudity, sexuality and the portrayal of drug use, but also being alone on camera with no other actors. She had never been alone in a scene for days. She said there were probably 25 days of shooting when she didn't have another actor in front of her. It was just her, a camera and a backpack. With the help of hypnosis, Reese was able to overcome her fears and panic so that she could not only tackle the project, but complete it successfully.

It is now widely recognized that hypnosis can be used effectively to help people stop smoking. Smoking can be a very stubborn addiction that many smokers struggle with throughout their lives. So it is all the more surprising when people report that they have been able to stop smoking easily with the help of hypnosis. Even some celebrities have been convinced of the effectiveness of this method and have quit smoking with its help. There are many celebrities who have publicly stated that they have stopped smoking through hypnosis. Among the most famous are Adele, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.

There are many reports of hypnotic experiences by historical figures. Unfortunately, this information cannot be verified without extensive literature research, but it seems plausible enough to be reported here. For example, the British Prime Minister at the time of World War II, Winston Churchill, is reported to have been kept awake and resisted symptoms of fatigue by posthypnotic suggestions during long, dark wartime nights.

The genius physicist Albert Einstein is also said to have been a master of mental simulation. It is said that he was excellent at using his imagination to visualize highly complex things and their interactions in detail. He built mental models and could imagine a wide range of applications for them. This practice bears a clear resemblance to the self-induced hypnosis that enabled Einstein to make some of the most important discoveries in the history of science.

Another often-cited example of the successful use of hypnotherapy is the case of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The wife of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, suffered from symptoms that would now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. This mental disorder can occur in people who have been victims of violence or who have witnessed extreme violence. For example, many war veterans suffer from symptoms such as distressing memories and nightmares, flashbacks, general emotional numbness, hypervigilance and startle response, etc. Jacqueline Kennedy was reportedly tormented by memories of her husband's gruesome death, having been at his side at the time of the assassination and holding his bloodied body on the way to the hospital. Allegedly, the First Lady sought relief in hypnotherapy sessions, which is difficult to verify as PTSD was first diagnosed in 1980 and there were no practical approaches to treating the syndrome until then. However, it does not seem implausible that the inconsolable widow may have found relief from some of her symptoms through hypnotherapy.

These examples clearly show how versatile and effective hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to solve a wide variety of problems or to achieve seemingly unattainable goals. Dare to use hypnosis to fully realize your hidden potential, or to free yourself from what is holding you back from achieving your dreams.

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