Imagine waking up in a hospital bed to discover that three months have gone by and you have no memory of it.
by Norman Cloete
Wednesday February 23 2005 Helderberg Sun
Jason Unleashes the Power of the Mind
Hypnosis
Hypnosis as done by Master Hypnotist Jason Sandler
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Jason Unleashes the Power of the Mind
by Norman Cloete
Wednesday February 23 2005 Helderberg Sun
Imagine waking up in a hospital bed to discover that three months have gone by and you have no memory of it.

That is exactly what happened to Somerset West resident, Jason Sandler, who now practises as a hypnotherapist and performance counsellor.
That is exactly what happened to Somerset West resident, Jason Sandler, who now practises as a hypnotherapist and performance counsellor.
Jason's story started in February 2001 on the M3 near Newlands Forest .

"All I can remember is that I got into my car because I was going from Claremont to Cape Town and the next thing I knew, I was in hospital."

While he was driving on the M3 he apparently swerved to avoid hitting a dog and lost control of his car.

Jason is living testimony of how you call use the power of your subconscious mind to overcome adversity and reach your potential.

His will to live not only kept him alive after the accident that caused an injury similar to that suffered by the film star Christopher Reeve, but also gave him a second chance in life.

Like the actor, Jason sustained a break to the C2 and C3 spinal vertebrae. It is known as the hangman's fracture and can leave the victim paralysed from the neck down. Because of the severity of his spinal and head injuries, he was in a coma for three months after the accident, his mind not functioning properly.

But Jason still had too much to achieve in his life and he pulled himself out of the coma and slowly began to win his way through the rehabilitation process. Physical rehabilitation took over 18 months of hard work, pain and will to succeed.

Jason had to learn to sit, then stand, then slowly progress from a wheelchair to a walker, to crutches and finally to a sturdy walking stick which he still uses.

"The first time I got out of bed I could not even sit up. I remember just managing two steps and that left me so exhausted," he said.

But his physical rehabilitation was only the first hurdle that Jason had to conquer. Before the accident, Jason was a qualified chef and had worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years. When he was ready to go back to work, he received the devastating news that he was regarded as a safety hazard in an industrial kitchen due to the extent of his injuries. He was subsequently medically boarded. .

"It felt like my whole world was falling apart. I was too scared to try something else and just wanted to do what I knew I was good at."

Jason had his second chance at life, and he was not going to spend it moping on the couch. He wanted to use the experiences that he had gained to help others overcome adversity and unlock their own potential.

During his rehabilitation he had read books on hypnosis and had used self-hypnosis to help programme his mind and body for success.

After considering his own experiences and realising just how powerful the mind can be, he decided to pursue his interest in hypnosis more seriously.

He studied hypnotherapy and is now a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist as well as a certified HypnoTechnician.

He has also completed a certificate in counselling and is currently studying towards a diploma in sports and performance counselling at the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). This enables him to combine hypnotherapy and counselling skills to help clients to learn how to recognise and control destructive thought patterns, eliminate the root cause of their problems and reprogram themselves for success.

Jason is currently facilitating a course for the Sports Science Institute of SA and is helping to teach life skills to a group of upcoming young cricketers.

"Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural way for you to open a channel of communication with your subconscious mind. Everyone goes through a hypnosis state naturally whenever you fall asleep or wake up. It is the time in which you remember the name that was on the tip of you tongue while you were awake," he added.

While in hypnosis Jason guides you to investigate your attitudes, memories and beliefs to enable you to eliminate the root cause of destructive thought patterns and reprogram yourself for your benefit. It is a very effective tool to overcome stress and control anxiety or panic attacks, to stop smoking or any destructive habit. It is also a useful tool to programme yourself for sport, sales, academic or creative success.

Jason told the Helderberg Sun that he has successfully treated people with anorexia or obesity and he has helped programme their minds to eat properly.

The main difference between stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy is that a hypnotist on stage will tell his subjects that they will not remember anything about the show and all the effects and suggestions given during the show will leave them. But a therapist will tell the person he is counselling the exact opposite, as this is where the healing lies.

"The one thing I must stress is that we do not lose our memories, we just lose the ability to retrieve them."
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