About Mike Grafstein

Mike Grafstein – Mission

“If you cannot be king then be a healer”

Mike’s passion and purpose in life has always been helping others.

Mike Grafstein graduated from Sheridan College with a diploma in Sport Injury Management in 1991 and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1992. In 2000 Mike graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy and became an RMT in October of that year. In 2012 Mike successfully passed his National Certification for Sport Massage. He is one of four people in Canada to hold those three designations. In 2016 Mike became a Registered Kinesiologist and in November of 2017 he successfully completed his Matrix Repatterning Certification (CMRP).

Mike Grafstein – His Story

At a young age I thought I was going to be the next Bobby Orr. My wife will tell you that I am legend in my own mind…

Growing up I played many sports and found myself being the first aid guy patching up my teammates.

I know what it feels like to be injured watching from the sideline  not being able to contribute. I have had stitches from head to toe, been under the knife for my knees a few times. not only that I have broken at least one bone in my body. Lastly  I have had my share of concussions. Furthermore, I never received proper treatment for any of these injuries.

These experiences have given me a better understanding and appreciation of the pain, discomfort and at times lack of function resulting from concussions, broken bones and surgery. I have been there and know it is not a great place to be. I empathize with your pain and frustration.

For seventeen years I was the head therapist for Bryst Football Academy a full services soccer company. In those years I was fortunate to travel to Europe many times as the medical person for as many as three teams.  i enjoyed working with athletes both on the field and back at our makeshift “clinic” at our hotels. Once in a while getting woken up in the middle of night to tend a sick a player.

Mike Grafstein - Halifax 2017

L to R Mike Grafstein, Remo Bucci and Jonathan Maister. Sport Massage Presentation to CCMH students in Halifax Nova Scotia

Teaching and Treating National Athletes

Throughout this time I was an instructor at a private Massage Therapy School Elmcrest College from 2000-2012 teaching anatomy, physiology and remedial exercise and treated in a couple of different clinics.

Next, I have been fortunate to spend a couple of years treating national athletes at the Canadian Institute for Sport. This was a great experience preparing them for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para-Panam Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A New Way of Treating

In the spring of 2017 I made the most difficult decision of my professional life and stepped down as the Head Therapist of Bryst Football Academy to pursue my dream of making a difference with helping people in the clinic.

As a result of this decision I have discovered my passion for treating with a Heart Centered Manual Therapy approach to healing with educated hands. Next, this approach integrates the science of the body at the cellular with the art of healing. It is a non-aggressive, non-invasive, gentle approach to therapy. Restoring the body from the inside out by releasing one restriction at a time at the cellular level.

Furthermore, this approach to treating comes in the form of Matrix Repatterning, Matrix Manual Therapy and my “Finger-ThumbTM” method. I have found this type of approach very successful with concussions, chronic pain and sport Injuries.

These treatments are easily performed with you wearing loose fitting clothing. This is followed with appropriate individualized exercises where necessary.

Yes I still do both relaxation and deep tissue massage if that is of interest to you.

The “Art” of what I do is in listening to your health history and body with an open mind to figure out the best way to address your needs.


Sidelined from school, work or sport? Have a nagging ache or pain that will not go away? Recovering from surgery? Concussed?

Let me help you. Your road to recovery begins when I assesses your injury, listen to your aches, pains and frustrations. I provide you the information you need to to know about what is happening or happened and together we map out your individualized treatment plan to get you to whatever is your finish line.

My goal for you is simple – help you Feel Better Move Better and Live Better.

Mike Grafstein Outside of Therapy

I can be found hiking the trails in York region in the bitter cold winter months with my wife or camping in the summer at one of Ontario’s beautiful provincial parks. I have also been known to be the funny / corny uncle with my four nieces and two nephews.

If what you have read resonates with you then maybe my way of treating is for you.