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The owner of MAYA Movement Arts, Kelly is the first Sling, Trapeze, Aerial Yoga and AcroYoga teacher in Greenville. She blends both a passion for anatomy and a love of fluidity in her movement and teaching style. Kelly teaches Aerial Sling, Dance Trapeze, Pilates, Mobility, Yoga Flow, Core, Conditioning + Inversions, AcroYoga and Partner Massage.

 

She is certified in Aerial Sling at the Intermediate level through Circus Arts Institute (CAI); in AcroYoga through AcroYoga International; in Aerial Yoga through Levity Aerial Yoga; in Lyra 1/2 through Aradia USA; and has completed the Level 1 teacher training in Silks, Trapeze and Rope through Paper Doll Militia. She is currently pursuing her Advanced Sling training under the mentorship of Amber Monson through CAI.

 

She began teaching yoga in 2006, graduated from the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga in 2009; studied Thai Massage at the Naga Center, as well as in Northern Thailand; became a certified AcroYoga teacher through AcroYoga International based in California in 2013; and apprenticed with Austin-based aerialist Lydia Michelson-Maverick the same year. She continues her studies in Atlanta with aerialists Amber Monson of Sky Gym, Constance Palmer and McKinley Vitale of The Space; in Asheville with Waverly Jones and Cody Hayman of Empyrean Arts; and in Athens through Canopy Studio.

 

Kelly specializes in Thai Massage and deep tissue table massage for athletes -- including cyclists, para-cyclists, triathletes, Ironman competitors, martial artists, dancers, cross-fitters and power lifters, and yogis. Her style tends to be deep, therapeutic and sports-related, and her techniques address muscular imbalance, trigger points and fascia. She incorporates cupping, scraping (IASTM or "gua sha"), Tok Sen (hammering), and kinesio taping modalities into her work, recently adding certifications from RockTape -- including Blades + Blades Advanced, and Fascial Movement Taping Basic + Performance -- into her tool belt.

 

She provides on-site massage and yoga services to the Experience Domestique Climb with George Hincapie camps at the Hotel Domestique. She massaged during training camps and competitions for the Roger C. Peace Para-cycling team and both the road and triathlon teams for the Greenville Cycling & Multi-Sport/Greenville Hospital System partnership. She has worked with the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer "Ride to Austin," the Greenville Spinners’ cross-state tour, the Ride to Remember for the Alzheimer's Association, and the Hincapie CEO Challenge, and the USA Olympic Para-cycling team.

 

Kelly has taught yoga all around the Greenville area for over a decade, including to the drama and voice students at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, the music studios at Furman University, and most of the studios in town. In 2018, she began her Pilates certification through Club Pilates, and now teaches at the Greenville Club Pilates on Augusta Road.

 

Kelly is available for :

1. massage bookings -- deep tissue or Thai massage.

2. small group aerial classes -- in Aerial Sling and Trapeze.

3. private lessons -- in Aerial Sling, Trapeze, Pilates, Yoga or AcroYoga.

4. on-site aerial dance performances for events, fundraisers and corporate parties, etc.

 

For more information, or to book, call or text : 864.704.5605.

Email her at : mayamovementarts@gmail.com, or via the contact tab on the site.

Follow her personal IG at : @kvl_aerialist  //  or the studio IG at : @maya_movement_arts