Christa Hall-Sanford: Founder and Director of South African Institute of Hypnotism






1. INTRODUCTION: Christa Hall-Sanford was born in Vienna, Austria, Christa Hall-Sanford [Durbin: I had the pleasure of meeting Christa at hypnotherapy conference back in 1991 but it was just a meeting. Sometimes during 2002, I requested information the date of Dr. Frank Caprio death. It so happened that she had known Dr. Caprio and we began to communicate. Christa and Malcolm Hendry-Holland were named "IMDHA Educators of the Year: 2002 at the IMDHA Conference held in Troy, MI in Oct. 2002. An article printed in a South African Publication appears later. At the Conference had time to get to fellowship with Christa and Malcolm on a number of occasions. I am pleased that the received this award as it was well deserved.] accumulated her specialized wisdom and knowledge in Hypnotherapy in America. She emigrated from her home country in 1975. Her ambitions and expertise have always been in the area of self-improvement and "helping people to help themselves". She studied in fields like general psychology, child psychology, nutrition, health and fitness. As Sigmund Freud - the father of Psychoanalyse quoted: "Hypnosis is the shortcut " - Christa attended Gil Boyne's Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles, California in 1986 and earned diplomas as: Hypnotist, Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist. She got the "FEVER". "The Fever" is a term to describe a quality of excitement that ripens into an intense dedication and a lasting devotion to the use of hypnosis as a major treatment modality.

In 1987, Dr. Longacre's seminar on Pain Control got her diplomas as a Hypnodontist and registered Hypnotic Anaesthesiologist. Her involvement in hypnotherapy continued and in October 1989 she earned a degree in Doctor of Philosophy, specialized in Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy, Santa Ana, California.

In January 1990, Christa has chosen to come to Cape Town, South Africa. Her ambition was to educate and help people, utilizing her expertise in the area of self- improvement, with the aid of hypnosis, visualization, guided imagery, deep relaxation and cognitive therapy and the use of autosuggestion. Her engagement as a guest speaker at Universities, Schools, Corporations, Institutions and Hospitals has been internationally recognized. She has been nominated and received the "Educator of the Year Award at the 6th Annual International Symposium and Holistic Care Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in June 1991. The NBHA, (National Board for Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anaesthesiology), California recognized her as a "FELLOW" and Lifetime Member with all Rights, Honors and Privileges.

Her interest in communication led her to give several radio talk show interviews, news paper press - releases, magazine articles, TV interviews (AM-2day) workshops and seminars on this most advanced personal development technology of Mind-Body interaction skills.

She claims that "No walls are separating science, philosophy, religion and art in a creative mind. All too often we allow our thoughts to be limited due to our upbringing, lack of training, and motivation. It is time to think about the thoughts that are stopping us from creative growth. It is unnatural for a man to be shut off from anything inside him capable of growth. Awareness comes with the gift of life to educate one another".

Her Autogenic Training Classes are crammed with practical advice to enable participants to function at the highest psychological level, improving health, change behavior patterns, increasing productivity and to develop self confidence. The human body has built-in ability to be trained to communicate with the subconscious mind (feeling mind). Focused consciousness is the solution to all our temporary problems.

In June 1997, Christa has been approved as a presenter of workshops using the world famous HEMI-SYNC« TECHNOLOGY, developed by The Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia, USA. Hemi-Sync is an exclusive, patented audio guidance system that facilitates synchronisation of the brain waves produced in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The resulting whole - brain state maximises the function of the brain - the mind.

Christa Hall-Sanford, Director of South African Institute of Hypnotherapy (SAIH), who has her office in Constantia, Cape Town, offers Motivational Counseling also in private sessions, and has established a professional reputation with Doctors, and Holistic Health Care Practitioners. She will continue with her education and public awareness programs in focusing on AUTOGENIC TRAINING, in USA, South Africa and Europe. Malcolm Hendry-Holland Cht. (F.S.A.I.H) is the Training Director of SAIH.

2. IMDHA EDUCATORS OF THE YEAR 2002: CHRISTA HALL-SANFORD & MALCOLM HENDRY-HOLLANDSouth African hypnotherapists win global award: South African hypnotherapists made their mark at the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association's 16th congress in Detroit, USA, at the end of October, when Cape Town practitioners Dr Christa Hall-Sanford and Malcolm Hendry-Holland were presented with the organization's prestigious Educator of the Year award.

Christa, Paul and Malcolm

Hall-Sanford and Hendry-Holland, who established the South African Institute of Hypnotherapy - the country's only hypnotherapy school - just 18 months ago, were honored for the quality of their teaching and the outstanding results that their students had achieved in the international IMDHA examinations.

More than 70 hypnotherapy schools from around the globe enrolled students in the examinations, including teaching institutions from the USA, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Many of the schools that entered have been established for 15 years or more.

Austrian born Hall-Sanford, who is also the founder and director of the Mastermind Centre in Cape Town, has been practicing in South Africa for several years. She holds certificates and diplomas in various specialized fields from colleges and institutions in the USA. These include qualifications as a registered hypnotic anaesthesiologist and hypnodontist for pain control.

At her clinic she specializes in helping smokers break free of the tobacco habit painlessly and permanently. Using autogenic training, an advanced visualization technique, she has a success rate of over 90 percent.

Hendry-Holland, the training director of the South African Institute of Hypnotherapy and an executive member of the Mastermind Centre, is an expert in analytical hypnotherapy. He focuses on regression therapy, the crown jewel of hypnosis. In the past 10 years he has developed new techniques in this field, and teaches through demonstration and past case histories.

With the rapidly growing interest in complementary medicine, people from many different walks of life are considering hypnotherapy as a new career, says Malcolm Hendry-Holland, the training director of the South African Institute of Hypnotherapy (SAIH), the country's first hypnotherapy school.

While the majority of its students are people that are already in helping professions, such as dentists, psychologists, nursing sisters, holistic health practitioners and lifeline counsellors, who wish to add to their skills, others come from diverse backgrounds. Past and present students include a TV cameraman, an estate agent, a farmer, a kinesiologist, a building contractor and a financier, to name a few.

Although the school was established just 18 months ago, its founder Dr Christa Hall-Sanford, a US-trained hypnotherapist, and Hendry-Holland have already received international recognition for the quality of their teaching and the outstanding results that their students achieved in this year's International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) examinations.

The two hypnotherapists were presented with the organisation's prestigious Educator of the Year Award at the IMDHA's 16th congress held in Detroit, USA, at the end of last month.

The award was a feather in the school's cap, as more than 70 hypnotherapy training institutions from around the globe had enrolled students for the examination, including schools from the USA, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Many of these schools have been in operation for 15 years or more.

Hendry-Holland believes that the SAIH was selected as this year's top school because, in addition to the skills and knowledge that it is able to offer, its training is spread over the course of several months, giving students a chance to practice what they have learnt. "Most other hypnotherapy schools run courses for seven or eight consecutive days, cramming in all the information," he says.

The SAIH training program comprises four modules, providing 150 hours of training, as against the international standard of about 120 hours. The program begins with a 40-hour basic hypnotherapy module, which offers an introduction to autogenic training, the advanced visualization technique that the school favors as a therapeutic tool, as well as a broad background of hypnotherapy and its applications in the world of business, sport, medicine and health. The next module is an independent study program to be completed by correspondence. This looks at self-help therapies, creative intervention techniques and the development of treatment programs. It also gives students an understanding of the underlying issues that clients with problems such as weight-loss and stress might face. The third module is an advanced hypnosis course, comprising two intensive weekend workshops that focus on hands-on training techniques. The final module is a hypno-analysis workshop, where students will be taught how to set up a practice and build their clientele. All classroom training is conducted at weekends to accommodate working people, and the course is presently run over the period of a year. The training program is open to anyone who is 18 years older and has a matric certificate.

While there is no formal licensing procedure for hypnotherapists in South Africa at present, students who successfully complete the course will fulfill the requirements to become a certified clinical hypnotherapist and will be eligible for certification and registration with the International Medical and Dental Association in the USA. (End of news article)

3. ANALYTICAL HYPNOTHERAPY: Thousands of people are counseled every year for the effect of trauma ( mental scars), following events such as abuse, mental, physiological, sexual, even financial. Not every one reacts the same way, although there are common symptoms, like flashbacks, disrupted sleep patterns, over dependency in relationships, sudden mood swings, lack of concentration and the determination to try to block it, (shame and guilt locks a symptom in) which leads to excessive in anything like work, sleep, sex, drugs, drinking, smoking, eating disorder, enuresis, fear, worry, phobias. Ideally, a person may go though life without having any "perceived" state of being other than of being thoroughly healthy, completely confident and content, mentally brilliant, and more than enough for any situation. This is the ideal for which we are created.

The subconscious mind would continue to help this "perceived" state of being, and all ideas presented would also sub-consciously be handled to aid this state. It is no dark, sinister enemy of man, but actually is given to us to give health and even to promote a continuance of this state. But, there are neurotic "dis-eases" which manifest itself in insecurity, stress, depression, suicide, chronic pain’ and all bad habits like nail biting, etc.

For this reason, a hypno-therapist may help the subconscious cure by giving it different "perceptions" of a person’s state of being, and the subconscious will then continue to handle ideas thereafter to aid and maintain this new "suggested", imagined state of being. It is not programmed by reality, but by the concept, real or imagined, fed to the cerebral cortex, where memories are stored.

Hypnosis has probably been praised and decried more than any other medical treatment since it was first given notoriety by Dr. Anton Messmer (1773 University of Vienna) under the name of animal magnetism. Many student of hypnosis have claimed that the process will produce marvelous cures, whereas others have countered that hypnosis simply does not exist.

The earliest critical experience is usually associated with uncomfortable feelings, some of which the individual may become aware for the first time. However, a frightening or painful feeling must be faced with courage, an adult mind understanding the child’s view. ( 80 % of all our emotions, happiness as well as fear and sadness - are imbedded in our subconscious mind before the age of 5 years old!!!)

The unconscious mind has to locate this experience by the simple process of tracing the uncomfortable feeling to its source. The detailed conscious knowledge of the actual circumstances is not necessary. Visualization, imagination or even fantasies can locate the critical experience or the repressed emotions, sadness, anger, fear or a combination of any or all of these feelings. An intense feeling reaching the conscious awareness or selective awareness is called an abreaction, since it is a reaction from the original cause of tension, and free from any repressive action.

Once the communication has been established between the hypnotherapist and the individual, and between the intellect and the subconscious ( sometimes unconscious) mind the individual is directed to locate the first event which evoked a feeling, an emotion ( which put a certain part under motion) increased heart rate, higher pulse, goosebumps, headache, discomfort, pain produced by tension, fear, embarrassment, shame, guilt etc.

Throughout the hypno-analytical procedure, the fundamental assumption maintains that the Adult ego state can find a solution underlying the Parent/Child conflict provided it is given sufficient information. The hypnotherapist must skillfully use these techniques to pry such information from the unconscious memories and allow the adult mind to consider to keep only the learning experience and to let go of the conflicting emotion.

This new solution will eliminate any other dysfunction, obsessions and compulsions, in time. The individual now has the resources to care and protect, the repressed emotion is recognized, accepted and relinquished. This phase of analytical hypnotherapy ( regression therapy) must be completed with care and thoroughness, and requires the individuals benefit and personal desire towards healing, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This whole procedure must be pleasant, positive to reach the outcome, goal. The recognition of the current irrelevance of the previously repressed emotion is the most important step in hypnotherapy as feelings of communication, negotiation, forgiveness and understanding, love will set the individual free!!!

4. AUTOGENIC TRAINING: (THE CHILD OF HYPNOTHERAPY): Autogenic training (AT) first was originally devised in the 1920s and 1930s by Johannes H. Schultz, a German psychiatrist and hypnotherapist. His work has since been developed by other leading health care proponents across the world. The technique is a combination of breath control, hypnotherapy and mental affirmation, and creative visualization. He trained patients to go into an self induced hypnotic state of mental exercises designed to turn off the stressful "flight-fight" mechanism - the part of our nervous system that is most often associated with stress response. This system is divided into a sympathetic and a parasympathetic branch, both of which co-operate with one another so as to create and to maintain an essential homeostasis, or natural order, for all the nerves.

In times of stress, the hypothalamus gland in the brain - the stress response control centre- sends out hormones which activate the nervous system and the entire body - quickening the heart rate, raising blood pressure, increasing production of blood sugar and activating the muscle system. Once the perceived stress has been activated too often on a prolonged basis, the nerves of the body become tense and the essential harmony has been broken, thereby exhausting and depleting the vital systems and organs of the body.

Relaxation techniques, such as relaxed breathing, mediation, progressive relaxation and autogenics ( AT- profound relaxation) can be taught and trained-to calm down and to turn on the restorative rhythms.

Autogenic Training helps us to get in touch with our true emotions and feelings and to discharge them safely and satisfactory. Once you Recognize the power that exists in the subconscious mind, your consciousness is directed towards attaining the required results.

AT - probably one of the most powerful techniques for dealing with stress and consists of a series of simple mental exercises. It is a method which, when practiced daily, brings results on a mental level - comparable with those achieved by Eastern meditation; and on the physical level it produces the chemical and physiological changes associated with rigorous athletic training. Unlike most other relaxation techniques, it can be practiced anywhere, anytime - while traveling by train or plane, for example, in the doctors waiting room, or even on the office or your working place.

AT is particularly appealing to the Western mind, because unlike many forms of meditation and yoga it has no cultural, religious or cosmological overtones, and requires no special clothing or unusual postures or practices. Autogenic Training is derived from the Greek word ( auto=self and genous, which means 'originated' = genes = training of the genes) the name implies the physical and mental relaxation. The feeling of peace and tranquillity are generated from within oneself and potential. The self-control and self determination and are not dependent on any external values, philosophies or therapists.

Many of the controlled medical trials on autogenics have established that autogenics can be of great benefit to many of the commonly acknowledged stress-related diseases, such as phobias, anxiety, high blood-pressure, migraines, insomnia, muscle tension, hyperventilation and pain. AT has also found to be very helpful in developing creativity, and improving concentration and co-ordination, and for improving the body's capacity to cope with jet-lag and other forms of physical and mental exhaustion and fatigue.

Because it is such a powerful technique, you can learn AT from a qualified trainer, someone who understands that body and mind has a communication tool - MINDPOWER - which comes out of peacefulness!! CREDO AND GOAL At the MASTERMIND-CENTRE, you will learn to see and feel the value of autogenic training to promote the co-ordination of knowledge and effort in the spirit of harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose. Organized and intelligently directed power, is a condition of profound relaxation, an experience deepened in the subconscious mind with learning and repetition.

Christa is proud to announce the association with Mr.Malcolm Hendry-Holland, an expert in analytical therapy - the crown jewel of hypnotherapy. His dynamic presentation of hypnosis as a lighting-rod as an amazingly effective tool adds to the success of the MASTERMIND CENTRE. Corporate and individual benefits can be archived with the Energy Management Programme, a profound concept to improve team building, communication and understanding to value each others differences.

5. EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HYPNOSIS: Betty was an expert on diets. Over the past seven years she had tried almost every fad diet that hit the market and, all with the same result. A few pounds lost to be sure - but then those same few pounds - and a few more for good measure - soon found their way back. When she attended the WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMME at the Hypnosis Centre- she weighted a 91 kg - an all time high. At the end of four sessions, she felt confident and had shed 11 kg.

Ted was 'three pack a day' smoker who had tried shock treatment, acupuncture, gums, patches and even a six week smoking clinic in an effort to kick the habit. His results were usually the same. Four days was the longest he had ever escaped from the clutches of the terrible cigarette. One session of the Hypnosis Centre was all it took for him to lose both, the need and the desire for the cigarettes. He is now a healthy, happy non-smoker.

These people and hundreds like them have been helped over the years by Dr. Christa Hall-Sanford, a Certified Hypnotherapist (non-medical). As a recognized expert in this field, she received the Educator of the Year award (1991) at an international holistic health care conference in the USA. Christa, born in Vienna, Austria, studied in the USA and with her proven method, is successful in private practice in Cape Town since 1990. She has given educational talks on radio and television, schools, companies, groups and organizations. In a continuing effort to educate and inform the public on the often misunderstood subject of hypnosis, the next few paragraphs answer some of the most asked questions about this valuable tool:

Q.: "Christa, how would you define hypnosis?" Because of its very nature, hypnosis does not easily lend itself into a concrete definition. However, it is a state of heightened suggestibility and a communication tool between our intellect and our subconscious mind (feeling mind). It is a natural state of extraordinary quality of relaxation, heightened and selective sensitivity received by the 5 senses.

Q.: "How does if feel to be hypnotized?" When in a hypnotic trance, people can usually think and perform better than they can in their ordinary state of awareness, probably because of the intensity of their ability to focus. They can more easily recall visual memories, feelings, sounds, and ideas from recent or distant past; quickly and creatively construct mental images (either realistic or fanciful), and remove old attitudes and develop new ones - maintaining the new ones after returning to normal consciousness.

Q.: "How can hypnosis help a person to lose weight or to stop smoking?" The person has to have a desire to change. We have found that hypnosis with Guided Mental Image to be most helpful in these problem areas. Hypnosis allows the mind to vividly visualize a situation and what the mind perceives, the body tends to achieve. Or to put it another way: before anything can be accomplished physically it must be imagined mentally. Every suggestion which can produce betterment in health, happiness and positive change will be accepted by the subconscious mind and acted upon.

Q.: "Do you use diets or shock treatments at the Centre?" Absolutely not. Our approach is totally positive. Nothing is denied to you. After you leave the office you can eat and smoke all you

want. But you'll find that you don't want the fattening food or the cigarette. You'll have no desire for it.

Q.: "What about the person who is short on willpower?" Actually, we recommend that willpower not to be used or even attempted. Willpower is a highly unreliable device. Using willpower means that you have to deprive yourself of something you want. With hypnosis, willpower is changed into "mind power". We work on changing the desire for clean and healthy lungs or a slim and trim figure or whatever else is important to the individual.

Q.: "Does the Centre work with other problems besides smoking and eating disorder? Yes, we do. We've been called upon many times to help with such problems as nail-biting bed wetting sleeping disorders, overcoming exam anxiety, developing self confidence, controlling fears and phobias, handling stress and improving athletic abilities.

Q.: "Pardon me for saying so, but hypnosis seems almost too good to be true?" Oh, make no mistake about it. Hypnosis is no magic wand. We can't do anything for a person that he/she is not willing to do for themselves. Although hypnosis is the shortcut and the most permanent help in relief of curtailing bad habits, to be effective you must go into it with a positive attitude. You must honestly want to change the habit for reasons of benefit in increase joy of life.

Q.: "Does the Centre offer any self hypnosis instruction to practice at home?" Certainly, every private or group session includes this instruction. We also run courses and workshops specialized in the education and training of self-hypnosis, autogenic training and biofeedback (feeding back life). Recognize that stressful situation can not be eliminated, but however, the individual can learn to handle the situation without the same physical reaction. Check out SAIH Website: