Andrea Spadafora hails from the City of Salerno, near the world renowned Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. He started his career as a massage therapist in Italy at the age of 21. He moved to the US in 2006 with prior education, training and experience as a professional massage therapist. When he moved to the States, and prior to becoming a naturalized US citizen in 2012, he went to the Baltimore School of Massage in Maryland to obtain his American accreditation, degree and license in natural healing arts, therapeutic massage and bodywork.
He spent the next few years refining his skills and working for several local spas and wellness centers in the DC metro area, by putting in his curriculum vitae more than 6000 hours of massage and bodywork as a licensed massage therapist (LMT) and a NASM certified personal trainer (CPT). He then moved to colorful Colorado in 2016 where he worked as the director, the lead student mentor of the Academy of Natural Therapy’s professional massage clinic and the instructor for a couple of extra-curricular classes (Movement Therapy for the Manual Therapist and Nutrition & Exercise for Massage Therapists). While living in Colorado for the last five years, he took Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200) and Emergency Medical Technician Training (EMT) at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. He’s currently a member of Yoga Alliance, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and he is board certified with the National Therapeutic Board of Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB).
Andrea just recently moved to the City of St. Louis, MO, where he is actively involved with the Italian-American community, adding his contribution as an Italian language tutor, translator and credentialed/registered State Courts Italian language interpreter.
Andrea loves spending time with his 8-year-old son Pietro, and as a well-traveled musician/drummer, he loves to deliver high-energy yoga classes and upbeat personal development presentations. He genuinely enjoys helping people in many capacities. He maintains a passion for teaching and learning about the human body and how to help it through the art and practice of Yoga. Andrea is an avid reader of books on spirituality, psychology, human anatomy, history and philosophy. He is a firm believer that all those involved in teaching should constantly remember the ancient Latin motto ‘ludendo docere’, that is, ‘to teach with fun’.