Slava Kolpakov, LMT, originally from Siberia, Russia, has studied and practiced Thai Massage in the United States and Thailand since 2004. He completed his LMT training in San Diego at the International Professional School of Bodywork with the focus on Traditional Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Massage (Tui Na).
He studied privately with several renowned Thai Massage teachers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2006, and had combined multiple styles to create his own method. Slava developed Surya Thai Massage and Thai Muscular Therapy to address the specific needs and health concerns of clients and to ensure safe and comfortable body mechanics for therapists.
Since 2007, Slava has operated East West Massage in Boston, MA. He has worked exclusively as a Thai massage practitioner since the opening days, and has seen thousands of clients. His main expertise lies in combining clinical work, such as NMT, with traditional Thai Massage and Tui Na, and in helping athletes prevent and treat injuries.
Slava is a certified Yoga Therapist since 2005, and a running coach specializing in running form efficiency.
He combines all of his knowledge, i.e. detailed anatomical explanation, kinesiology and pathology, and personal hands-on experience in all of his trainings.
In June 2018, Slava sold East West Massage, and moved to San Diego, CA. He returns to New England several times a year to offer the Thai massage trainings.