Michelle M. Connair, Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Gentle, needle-free acupressure treatments are available for children and the needle-phobic
Michelle received her Master's degree from Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Tucson in 2010. With 3,150 hours of formal training in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Tuina Massage/Asian Bodywork Therapy, Michelle continues to refine her technique and update her skills and enjoys working with others to achieve greater health and happiness.
She is licensed to practice Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation and also by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Michelle is also a nationally board certified acupuncturist and herbalist by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and a member of Vermont Acupuncture Association.
Michelle first discovered acupuncture when she was in severe pain from a skiing injury. As needle-phobic as she had been, she began to see an acupuncturist and soon felt enormous relief. Not only did her knee feel better, but her whole body and mind felt uplifted after each treatment. After reading The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk, she was captivated by Oriental Medical Theory and soon found her way to the Sonoran Desert to learn more.
massage & Bodywork
The combination of acupuncture with massage is soothing and relaxing, and often gives much better results than either modality alone. A normal acupuncture treatment begins with 10-20 minutes of massage, putting the patient at ease and providing the practitioner with more in-depth diagnostic information.
In addition to the 950 hour Tuina /Asian Bodywork Therapy program at ASAOM, Michelle studied 250 hours of KuNye Tibetan Massage at Shang Shung Institute in Conway, Massachusetts. She has also apprenticed with several skilled bodyworkers, and has picked up aspects of other techniques including structural integration, Ayurvedic, and deep tissue massage.
For the past two years, Michelle has been working with Equine healing and bodywork and natural horsemanship at the Patch of Diamonds Ranch. Last year she adopted a special horse, Jasper, who came to the farm with a lot of anxiety, fear, and a history of abuse. After much training, energy healing, and bonding, Jasper is a cherished member of the horse and human herd. Michelle's style has also been transformed to become more intuitive, grounded and energy-based, and the use of color visualization has also added new levels to healing with horses and humans.
Always an animal and nature lover, Michelle started learning about the wild herbs that grew around her home as a teenager. Since then she has worked with herbs in her daily life, and still enjoys making salves, teas, soaps and other herbal creations.
As much as she loves working with native northeastern herbs, Michelle decided to study Oriental Herbalism because it comes with a more complete diagnostic system and long history of use for each herb, which makes treating modern ailments that much easier and effective. She is a student Michael Tierra, founder Planetary Herbology, a system that combines the best of Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western herbalism traditions to help find the most potent and effective herbs for each situation.
In 2014 Michelle had the pleasure of studying plant spirit medicine with Sage Maurer through The Gaia School of Healing & Earth Education in Putney, Vermont. She completed 160 hours of training in sacred plant medicine, holistic healing, and traditional western herbalism, and practiced listening to the wisdom of the trees & herbs.
Allergies & Hayfever
Life Changes & Stress
Custom Herbal Formulas
Michelle recognizes that many paths can lead to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can play a crucial role in the healing process, but never underestimate the power of simple acts of loving kindness, and a daily practice, such as a 10 minute breathing meditation upon waking or before sleep.
Michelle likes to find happiness and peace of mind with gentle Yoga, Qi Gong, meditation, healthy local foods, daily doses of nature, hikes with her dogs Ely and Teddy, and the rest of her human and animal family.