Slava Kolpakov, LMT
Slava Kolpakov, LMT, is originally from Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia, Russia. He is a yoga philosophy teacher, author, Thai Massage teacher and Neuro-Musculoskeletal bodyworker.
Slava grew up in the Soviet Union with yoga-practicing parents, and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002, completing several Integral Yoga certifications, and 750-hour Structural Yoga Therapy training in 2005.
His method of bodywork is drawn from the traditions of Thai Massage, Tui Na, Russian manual therapy, and Neuromuscular Therapy.
Slava has studied and practiced Thai Massage in the United States and Thailand since 2006. He received his LMT training in 2006 in San Diego at the International Professional School of Bodywork with the specialties in Traditional Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Massage (Tui Na).
In Thailand, Slava had studied at multiple massage schools, and privately with several renowned Thai Massage teachers in 2006. He had combined multiple styles to create his own method, developing “Surya Thai Massage” and “Thai Neuromuscular Therapy” to address specific needs and health concerns of clients and to ensure safe and comfortable body mechanics for therapists.
From 2007 to 2018, Slava owned and operated East West Massage Center in Boston, MA, a massage clinic with 20 massage therapists and two locations. He and his sports massage teams have worked with elite and Olympic athletes around New England, as well as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities’ sports teams. Slava’s experience lies in combining clinical work, such as NMT, within traditional Thai Massage and Tui Na, and in helping people prevent and treat injuries.
Slava is fascinated by the power of stories that contain wisdom and new perspectives. He loves sharing his knowledge in massage and yoga trainings, and has been teaching Thai Massage since 2010. He provides detailed anatomical explanation, kinesiology and pathology, and personal hands-on experience in all of his massage trainings.
In 2017, Slava wrote Threads of Light (available on Amazon), a book of yoga stories and practices, born out of the stories he had shared in his yoga classes and trainings.