Joanna Welch is both a manual and movement practitioner. A performing circus artist since 2002 in the disciplines of aerial acrobatics, hula hooping, and fire arts, she is now retired from performing but continues to teach students of the circus arts. Joanna is also a certified 500 hour yoga teacher and ERYT-200. Bringing together her background in yoga and aerial arts, she developed Integrative Aerial Yoga and trains yoga teachers in this discipline. Joanna has also studied with Divo Mueller and Robert Schleip to become a Certified Advanced Fascial Fitness Trainer.
Joanna is a graduate of the Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) training, which forms the basis of her manual practice, Boston Integrated Body. Her practice also incorporates Barral visceral manipulation, neural and arterial release, and the orthopedic work of Dr. Ben Benjamin.
A former high school teacher with a degree in Education, she is an avid teacher and perpetual student. Joanna’s extensive studies of anatomy have brought her into the dissection labs of Gil Hedley and Todd Garcia. These explorations in seeing first-hand the interconnectedness, complexity, and unitary integrity of the body form an important underlying theme in Joanna’s classes.
Currently writing a teacher’s instructional manual for Aerial Acrobatics classes, Joanna is also the Chair for the Exam Construction Committee of the Board for Certification of Structural Integration.