About Jonathan Maister

Who is Jonathan Maister?

Jonathan is a Registered Massage Therapist and Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist with a further specialty in Sport Massage. At this time, only 4 people across Canada carry all 3 of these designations. Being a recognized educator, author and clinician in this blended domain, he has presented at numerous conferences and is faculty at Centennial College.

 Have you any idea how versatile Jonathan is?

Having mastered a myriad of manual intervention strategies, Jonathan Maister has successfully treated a variety of conditions. His manual based practice focuses on musculoskeletal conditions but he has assisted patients with many non soft tissue conditions as well e.g. chronic swelling, sinusitis, trigeminal neuralgia, respiratory conditions and post surgical pain.

Jonathan’s manual techniques marry well with Chiropractic care. Precise joint positioning and the health of the nervous system, which are the domain of the Chiropractor, are frequently the final step required in ensuring complete healing. Conversely, Chiropractors have recognized that soft tissue integrity is often needed to ensure total resolution of an injury treated with Chiropractic care. 

Jonathan’s focus is clinically based but he always welcomes clients for a great relaxation massage.

Jonathan shares his professional time between teaching, clinical practice, writing and committee work. Intermittently he also works with athletes at various practice and competition events. After hours he likes playing at being a father and husband. Having been a track athlete at university, he is also an enthusiast of an active lifestyle.

What is his educational background?

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Economics. Sheridan College and ICT Kikkawa College are his alma maters in Canada for Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy respectively. His further specialty in Sport Massage was attained through the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.

Did you know that Jonathan is a dedicated Committee person?

Jonathan served as Ontario provincial president for the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association from 1998 – 2001. He chairs the Education Committee for the national body of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.

2010 to 2011 he served as Chapter President for the Champions Chapter of Business Network International, (BNI)

Jonathan also assisted with the Practice Analysis Committee of the  Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

In his private capacity he co-founded and project principle for the York Region Solar Power Initiative, established October 2009

What about his role as an educator?

Jonathan’s contributor as an educator is extensive. He has been faculty at 3 Massage Therapy educational institutions (ICT Kikkawa College [his alma mater], Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and Centennial College [presently]).  He has also presented at conferences of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario, the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

In 2018 he was guest lecturer at the University of the Western Cape and also the Canadian Athletic therapists Association representative guest lecturer at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association  conference, Philadelphia 2018

Jonathan is an author

Tying in with the role as an educator, Jonathan has written extensively. His professional work includes academic articles on sport medicine, orthopedics, massage, as well as reviews of books and videos. He has contributed to various journals in the Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy domain as well as various neighbourhood publications.

His general body of work includes numerous poems, general interest items (fiction and non fiction, travel) and has contributed to the Toronto Star, Travel section in December 2001.

Jonathan has been internationally recognized!
Jonathan has been profiled twice in Massage Therapy journals for his contribution to the profession:

Massage Magazine USA, April 2003

Massage Therapy Canada, Winter 2003

He has also presented abroad, as guest presenter at the University of the Western Cape,[https://www.uwc.ac.za], and for the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association  [https://goeata.org] at their  conference, Philadelphia 2018.

Did you know that Jonathan has traveled internationally in his profession?

The sport medicine professional is the lifeblood of sports teams when they travel. They keep them injury free and hasten recovery when injury does occur. Very importantly and often overlooked, they actually enhance performance and keep the athlete in optimal condition for their sport. This is particularly true when they are equipped with Sport Massage skills.

In this capacity Jonathan was team therapist for the Canadian Masters Track & Field Team. He was responsible for a team of over 70 Masters Athletes at the World Association of Veteran Athletes Championships, Durban South Africa 1997 and for over 120 athletes in Gateshead England 1999.

In 1997 Jonathan was team therapist for the Israeli Junior Hockey Team at the World Junior Hockey Championships, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Jonathan was part of the Team Canada Core Medical staff at the Maccabi Games, July 2013.

In all instances it’s essential the therapist be the quintessential team player. They must be available for long hours of athlete care, familiar with the various athlete’s physical and sometime mental needs associated with their athletic endeavour. The therapist must be patient, supportive, familiar with the sport, the typical mechanisms of injury, and various aspects of training and the stresses on the athlete associated with training and competition. Team travel is definitely a highlight, but also among the most intense of working conditions.