Hypnotherapy & Guided Imagery
$90 per session
Sessions are 60 to 90 minutes and include consultation, guided imagery, and post-session Q&A.
$240 for 3 sessions
$375 for 5 session (save $75)
*packages must be prepaid & can be shared
$70 per session
Universal Energy is used to balance the body’s chakra centers. Reiki causes the body to deeply relax balancing the body, mind, and soul. Session length is 60 minutes.
$70 per session
Releases restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Session length is 60 minutes.
Michael W. Shuey
CCHt, LMT, LA, Reiki Master
Michael W. Shuey is a Certified ClinicalHypnotherapist, Arizona Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and Arizona Board Licensed Aesthetician. He trained at and graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ, specializing in Hypnotherapy, Reiki, and Cranialsacral therapy.
Michael received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Education and a minor in Biology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. While working as a Training and Marketing Director in the Property Management industry, Michael enjoyed his career but felt unfulfilled. He was looking for a way to make a difference.
“I have always had an interest in the healing arts and continually thought about going to massage school. After years of telling myself that I could not do it, one day I woke up and it was time to make my dream a reality. The moment my first class started I knew that this was going to change my life forever. I love going to work every day knowing I've helped someone relax, heal and rejuvenate themselves.”
After several years in the corporate world, Michael fulfilled his dream by opening his own holistic practice in 2003. Continually expending his training and knowledge of massage therapy, Michael now uses the healing practices of Hypnotherapy, Reiki and Craniosacral Therapy in his daily practice.
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics
Northern Arizona University
Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. Hypnosis is really a natural state of mind and is an important part of everyday life. In fact, each of us enters such a state - sometimes called a trance state - at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. Whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route, watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. The conscious mind, the mind you are conscious of, is the critical part of your mind and only constitutes 15% - 20% of who you are. The subconscious mind is the part that directs your conduct through the habits and emotional desires acquired from the influences of your environment, before you were old enough to reject harmful ideas and concepts. Through proper use of autosuggestion and guided imagery the hypnotic state you reprogram the subconscious mind to make decisions favorable to your welfare.
What happens during a Hypnotherapy session?
Your hypnotherapist will take detailed history and then discuss your goal and what you would like to see or feel at the end of your sessions.
Using a range of different techniques your hypnotherapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal with guided imagery.
After a session you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed. Often change is very subtle, as your hypnotherapist will be working with your subconscious mind, and you may just notice a very positive shift in how you are feeling.
What does it feel like to be Hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed.
It’s similar to drifting off to sleep at night, that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, you may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.
Most people are surprised at just how relaxing it is.
Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?
Yes, the American Psychiatric Association and the British Medical Association approved hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool. Hypnosis should never be used to substitute for medical care, but can be used as a holistic partner to traditional medicine.
How can Hypnosis help me?
Hypnosis is used to change attitudes, habits, beliefs and behaviors. It will not make you grow taller or change the color of your eyes, but it will help with emotional states of mind that contribute towards the healing of conditions.
Hypnotherapy can be used with a mind-body connection approach; it can help with resolving and clearing emotional, mental and spiritual blocks which can manifest in the physical form.
Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:
Fears and phobias
Anxiety and stress
Physical conditions such as headaches
Lack of confidence or self-esteem
Improve performance at work or in sport
Changing habits or behaviors
Increasing motivation and achieving goals
Letting go of the past
Myths About Hypnosis
Myth #1 – Hypnotherapy is mind control!
Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. You can actually lie when in hypnosis.
Your unconscious mind job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just “wake up.” You are in complete control at all times.
Hypnotherapy is a gentle, loving process and hypnotherapists are trained to not judge. You will heal and change in your own timing.
Myth #2 – You will not remember anything from the session!
Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, "I wasn't hypnotized - I knew what was going on the whole time!" Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.
There are many different depths of hypnosis a client can experience during a session. These varying levels are natural to the relaxation cycle. The hypnotherapist can monitor how deep a person goes into hypnosis and can bring them “up” if they need to be more aware in a session.
Myth #3 – Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
Let me guess: you've seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood's movies and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don't believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.
Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don't want to do. That's why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.
Myth #4 - Isn't Hypnosis dangerous?
There is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.
You will want to choose a hypnotherapist that has been well trained and that is trustworthy. Select one that gives you confidence. Hypnosis is a safe and beneficial procedure when facilitated by an ethical and trained professional.
Myth #5 - What if I get stuck in a trance?
Because you are always in control, if at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.
Myth #6 – I know someone that was hypnotized and it did not work for them so why would it work for me?
In order to change to a habit or a belief, there must be a want to change. Many people will say they are ready to make a change, but on some level they may not be ready. Hypnosis can help find out if the client is ready for change. A personalized session with a hypnotherapist, who can customize the approach, language and replacement suggestions to match your lifestyle and circumstances, will be much more effective than group hypnosis or listening to a generic CD.