What is

Sport Massage?

Sport Massge is the application of specific and treatment oriented massage techniques to an athlete with the purpose of enhancing the athlete’s preparation for, or recovery from the physical demands of training or competition.


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Sport Massage Treatment

A CSMTA Sport Fellow candidate or CSMTA Sport Fellow provides specific pre-event, inter-event, post-event and restoration/training massage techniques. This primarily occurs on-site at an event or at the host or team health care clinic.

Members of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) deliver many benefits to local teams, clubs and individual athletes.

Members who earn the CSMTA(Sp.F) designation must acquire at least 500 hours working on site with teams as well as at sporting events. After this they need to pass a written exam and three hour oral practical exam demonstrating skills in four different scenarios.

Mike achieved this in 2012.

How Can Mike Grafstein Help You?

Mike treats active individuals from grass root sports to Olympics and professional levels of competition. He specializes in specific techniques for pre-event, inter event, post event and restorative / training massage. Mike worked with many National athletes in preparation for the 2015 Panam, 2015 Parapan Am, 2016 Olympic and 2016 Paralympic Games.

He was part of the core medical team for the 2019 Summer University games and an alterrnate for the Tokyo 202 Summer Olympic Games.


Here are some of the benefits of Massage for Sport Therapy

  • Encourage general relaxation or readiness
  • Reduce anxiety/competition stress
  • Increase feelings of well being
  • Increase alertness and mental clarity
  • Boost confidence (“Inside Edge”)
  • Used for mental preparation (rehearsal, visualization, focus)

Sport Massage – Clinical Treatment

Mike adapts his sport massage techniques to work with individuals in the clinic. Many of Mike’s clients wear loose fitting clothing or a t-shirt and track pants for treatment. His treatment and rehabilitation over clothing is very effective for many soft tissue injuries.
This includes but is not limited to rotator cuff tendonitis, low back and hip pain.

Currently, Mike treats a wide variety of active individuals both at the grass roots level and above at Balanced Body Breakthrough in Newmarket, Meridian Spine and Sport in Richmond Hill. In addition he treats National Athletes from time to time at the CSIO in Scarborough.

Mike currently provides pre, post and inter event support massage for Swim Ontario.

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