About Marieta Akalski

•    Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
•    Sport Massage Therapist (cc)
•    Active Release Techniques® Provider (ART)
•    Functional Range Conditioning® Movement Specialist (FRCms)
•    Fascial Stretch Therapist™ (FST)
•    Acupuncture McMaster University

Marieta has been treating sports injuries for nearly a decade. As one of Canada’s most accomplished rock climbers, Marieta has a special interest in treating climbing injuries with a treatment style that is a cross-over between Physio and Massage.

Marieta can help you reach your health goals by relieving muscle tension, releasing joint restrictions, increasing joint mobility and strengthening supporting musculatures.

Treatment Approach

Marieta takes on a very different approach to Massage Therapy. Her treatment sessions are rehabilitation based, bringing an element of Physical Therapy to them. She believes in active rehab to get you back to doing what you love most. She takes on a Neurofunctional approach which allows her to map out the affected area from a Nervous System, Fascial System and Muscular System.

Techniques Used

Active Release Techniques®

ART ® is a soft tissue technique combining manipulation and movement that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. ART entails identifying, isolating, and targeting the affected area to break up scar tissue. Most commonly used technique in professional athletes.
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Graston Techniques®

Graston Technique® (GT) therapy is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that allows for precise detection and treatment of myofascial dysfunctions. Following the kinetic chain using Graston can target and specifically treat affected tissues utilizing specifically designed instruments.
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Functional Range Conditioning®

FRC® is a system of joint health, and mobility training that involves increasing the end-range of a joint while simultaneously strengthening at those ranges. Mobility refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses across a particular joint.
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Fascial Stretch Therapy™

Fascial Stretch TherapyTM (FST) is a table-based assisted stretching system which focuses on the muscles, joints, and connective tissue as the key elements in achieving optimal flexibility, strength, performance, and pain relief.
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Myofascial Cupping

Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that encourages healing by creating a suction on the skin/fascia using plastic cups that pull up underlying tissues, blood, and other fluids close to the surface of the skin. It reduces adhesions in the fascia which increases blood flow to the surrounding areas.
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Kinesiology & Athletic Taping

Therapeutic tape that’s applied strategically to the body to provide support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, and improve performance. The tape changes the information your sensory nervous system is sending about pain and compression in your body.
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What to Expect

Movement and strength abilities and/or dysfunctions

Soft Tissue Release
Manual therapy to address the root cause not the symptoms

Movement Training
Rehabilitation exercises to train the functional movement

Who Marieta Works With

Marieta’s treatments have helped hundreds of athletes improve athletic performance, rehabilitate and prevent injuries. She is trusted by athletes from the NHL, NBA, MLB, elite climbers, kiteboarders, mountain bikers, skiers, snowboarders, runners and ironman athletes.

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What Her Athletes Are Saying

Steven Stamkos   |   NHL – Tampa Bay Lightning


As a professional hockey player, training is an essential part of my summer schedule. Taking care of my body pre-and post-workouts/skates is just as important. Marieta’s skills ensure that my body is ready to perform at an elite level all the time. Whether it was a pre-workout fascial stretch or a post-workout recovery massage / acupuncture session, my body always felt great. Her background as an athlete helps her understand the grind on your body as you prepare for an upcoming season. I look forward to working with Marieta again as I continue to strive to be the best athlete I can be.

Michael Lobel   |   Climber


Marieta fixed me and I'm climbing again! I was suffering from a very internal lower back pain for months and I felt nobody could figure out what was wrong with me. Finally I went to see Marieta and she immediately understood how to treat this incredibly stubborn pain. After my first session I felt a huge relief from pain. The exercises she gave me had helped tremendously over the next few days. Then I saw another huge improvement after our second session. I can honestly say I'm healing now and feeling almost back to normal. Marieta really knows her stuff. I don't use words like miracle lightly, but that's exactly what I'd use to describe her ability to heal. Now I can put my climbing shoes back on!

Conditions I Can Help With

Sports Injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Golfers Elbow

Tennis Elbow

Rotator Cuff Tears

Shoulder Pain


Knee Injuries

Achilles Tendinopathy

Work Injuries

Back Pain

Neck Pain

Carpal Tunnel

Thoracic Outlet Syndrom




General Health


Sleep Quality

Hip Dysfunctions

Plantar Fasciitis

Mobility Restrictions

Myofascial Tension

Flexibility Limitations