Michael Wang Hippard moved to Flagstaff, AZ to attend Northern Arizona University and ended up staying and making Flagstaff his home.
Michael's interest in Martial Arts led him to study Massage Therapy, which was required as part of his training in order to become a Martial Arts instructor.
In 1993, Michael started his professional massage therapy career, in the Chiropractic Office of Dr. Douglas Larsen and since has continued a private practice as well as working part time in conjunction with various doctors and health professionals.
From 2004 to 2009 Michael worked with Dr. Jane Barnwell, MD as a Myofascial Therapist, and Tai Chi instructor at the Pain Relief Center in Flagstaff. He was an integral part of a holistic staff which consisted of a psychologist, physical therapist, an acupuncturist, and Doctor Barnwell, who is a pain specialist.
Michael has also worked with local groups who provide massage therapy for international, elite, and Olympic athletes. He is often sought out by these professional athletes who come to Flagstaff for high altitude training, because of Michaels advanced training and abilities in sports massage.
During the years working with medical doctors and chiropractors, Michael acquired a working knowledge of Biomechanics and how strains and pains develop through specific movements or activities the individual has done. He understands how people can achieve relief from pain with an integrated approach of massage therapy, movement therapy and the various holistic modalities available today.
Michael currently has a private practice at the Acupuncture and Massage Wellness Center in downtown Flagstaff, along with Acupuncturist Cynthia Hull.
Michael has training in Cranio-sacral therapy, Musculoskeletal Alignment, myofascial release, acupressure, and is a Reiki Master Teacher.
During his 30 years of study in martial arts, Michael achieved his status as an instructor in Kung Fu, and Tai Chi Chuan. He currently teaches Tai Chi and martial arts at the First Congregational Church in Flagstaff.