Nikolai was interested in massage techniques since he was young. Later, he graduated with a Degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine and as a Bachelor of Education from Institute for Physical Education and Sport in Ukraine.
He became a professional wrestling trainer which required knowledge of the massage, treatment of injuries and knowledge of the muscular skeletal system. Since then Nikolai started his massage career. In 1981 Nikolai received his license as a massage therapist and began working in the children’s hospital where he treated kids, suffering from cerebral palsy and poliomyelitis.
For three years he’s been working as a tutor in children’s and infants massage for pediatricians and nurses. In 1988 he received a highest nomination as a massage therapist.
In 1988 he completed Postgraduate training in Manipulative Therapy (segmentary-reflex massage) including paramedic training. In 1992 Nikolai completed postgraduate course in Vertebral Manipulation under the methodology of Dr. Charles Maitland at Neurology department of the regional Clinical Hospital. Later, for five years he’s been a massage therapist on international cruise liners.
For 15 years he’d been working in Russian hospital system as a massage therapist where government officials and Olympic teams were among his patients.
In 2000 Nikolai completed a course in Lymphatic Drainage massage.
In 2013-2016 Nickolai completed a courses in Visceral Therapy and Osteopathic technique (Germany),
a course in Yumeiho therapy, and a Hijama (Wet Cupping) courses.
For the last 19 years he has been working in New Zealand, 17 of which – at the Total Therapy Institute.