Slava Kolpakov, LMT, Owner

Specialties: Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Thai Herbal Muscle Recovery Massage, Runner's Clinic, Kinesio Taping, Yoga for Runners Group Classes, Private Yoga, Thai Muscular Therapy

Personal Statement

Slava was born and grew up in Siberia, Russia, and from a young age, was trained in and competed at the national-level in Gymnastics, Judo, and Track.

He left Russia at sixteen and was fortunate to live and study in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States. 

In 2002, Slava completed his first Integral Yoga Teacher certification in the tradition of Swami Satchidananda. By 2005, he finished a two-year Structural Yoga Therapy™ program and started working as a yoga therapist in San Diego, CA.

He continued his study of the healing arts by receiving a Massage Therapy Certification (2004-2006) from International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego with specializations in Thai Massage, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage), Deep Tissue Sculpting, and Neuromuscular Therapy. 

Promptly after massage school, Slava worked at various healing arts and massage therapy centers in San Diego, including Scripps Hospital, La Jolla Acupuncture, and Prana Yoga Center. After his 'western' training and work experience, Slava decided to go to Thailand for more advanced training, where he had the opportunity to study with the following schools and teachers:

  • Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai;
  • Mrs. Nit Chaimongkon;
  • Mr. Sinchai;
  • Mr. Jack Chaiya at the Lek Chaya Nerve Touch School;
  • Mr. Koji Hiroshige, one of the primary students and instructors in the lineage of Master Pichest Boonthume.

In 2006, Slava put together two of his favorite modalities Thai Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy to create Thai Muscular Therapy, an effective massage therapy technique for athletes and people with injuries.

In 2007, Slava moved to Boston, and founded East West Massage Therapy Center.

His work with runners and other athletes inspired him to get back into running and eventually become a running coach specializing in injury prevention, running form, and safe training plans. He offers a Runner's Clinic at East West Massage. 

In 2012, Slava decided to connect with his friends around the world, and combine his expertise in running, yoga, and travel. He founded Running Treks, a travel company which organizes Yoga and Running adventure trips . 

Schedule Your Massage: 617-340-9870