Therapist spotlight: James Johnston, RMT

Our therapist spotlight is on our Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) James Johnston.  We wanted to highlight him as he is spending the next couple of weeks with Hockey Canada.  He is working with Canada’s National Women’s U18 Team and their selection camp between August 5 and 13 in Calgary.  This is followed by a three-game series against the United States’ Women’s Under 18 Select Team from August 15 – 20 in Lake Placid, New York.  James has worked with this team previously and is excited to have been chosen to represent Canada again!

James graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria in December 2010 and has actively pursued a career in sport,  “I have always wanted to help people, and to work with athletes and be part of a team”.  As a massage therapy student, James began volunteering with the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A Hockey Club and worked with them as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) after graduation and as a First Responder.  Prior to becoming an RMT he worked as an industrial first aid attendant for 6 years and began volunteering with the fire department.  In 2010 he also became a First Aid instructor and continues to teach First aid and First Responder to a variety of professionals.

What does it mean to him to be selected to represent Canada? “It is the biggest thing that’s happened in my career so far. After volunteering in hockey for so many years, to actually get the opportunity to work with our national team was a huge honour. Looking forward to the opportunities they are giving me this year”.

What is the most important lesson James has learned about being part of a team? “It is all about leaving your ego at the door. Working in a team environment like that… (high performance sport) there’s no room for ego, it’s not about you, it’s about the athletes. I already was working this way with sports teams I had worked with in the past, but in an organization this big it’s even more important”.

So how has this impacted his practice and the way he treats people? “Massage is able to help with a variety of different conditions so there is no one condition that I am better at treating. However, I’m better at educating patients or clients with their injuries than I used to be.  It’s about communication more than anything.  I help them look at other factors that may be contributing to whatever issue they are dealing with”.  We agree! James has a great reputation with his clients who always speak so highly about his ability to help them understand their injury, and the professional services they receive from him.

RMTs work with illness, injury and disability that focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal and related systems.  James has a great interest in working with all people regardless of whether they are a professional athlete or not!  You do not have to be a professional to be treated like one!

We are so fortunate to have James working with our team at The Athlete Centre.  We wish James all the best working with such a prestigious sport organization in our country! He is an amazing RMT and his successes are a product of his hard work, determination, and love for sport.  Congratulations James and best of luck in the games against the USA.

Go Canada Go!

James will be back at The Athlete Centre once his duties with Hockey Canada wrap up.  He would be happy to help you with your Registered Massage Therapy needs.  Book online today to see him when he gets back.

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Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia


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