Marieta's Story


Marieta Akalski is a Sports Massage Therapist and a Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner with nearly a decade of experience in sports injury rehabilitation and prevention. As a former Canadian Team athlete herself, it’s no surprise that Marieta’s passion lies in working with athletes to speed up recovery, prevent and/or rehab their injuries.

 

Trained under some of the most respected Sports Medicine Chiropractors and MD’s, Marieta has worked with professional and elite amateur athletes for 8 years. She’s worked with the Toronto Blue Jays, consulted with the NHL, NBA and MLB players, and now primarily works with runners, mountain bikers, kiteboarders, skiers, snowboarders, ironman athletes and elite rock climbers. She recently moved from Toronto to Squamish for the lifestyle this beautiful growing town has to offer.

Qualifications


EDUCATION

  • RMT - Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy
  • BCom - Ryerson University

 
SPORTS SPECIFIC CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Active Release Techniques Provider® - ART®
  • Graston Technique® - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialist® - FRCms®
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Fascial Stretch Therapy™ - FST
  • Kinesiology & Athletic Taping
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program - McMaster University
  • Advanced Sports Performance Program - McMaster Acupuncture
  • Foundations in Neuro-Functional Assessment - Skills in Hand
  • Neurofunctional Meridians Dissection Program - Arizona

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructor – Foundations in Neurofunctional Assessment
  • Instructor – McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program
  • Invited Speaker - Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium

What To Expect During Your Session?


TREATMENT APPROACH

Health History | A discussion to understand the mechanism of injury, your activities of daily living, medical history and your goals.

Assessment |  A thorough assessment of your joint mobility, strengths and weakness of your muscular system, movement patterns and neurological involvement to find the underlying cause of your discomfort.

Soft-Tissue Release | Soft Tissue Massage and sports therapy, Joint Mobilization, Stretching.

Corrective Exercises | Rehabilitation exercises to improve long-term neurofunctional movement patterns and train the brain through the newly acquired movement capabilities.

 

Marieta uses her extensive continuing education and professional experience to offer a distinctive combination of treatment techniques to identify and treat the underlying cause of her patients’ complaint rather than just focusing on the symptoms. 

Her approach is quite different from the conventional Swedish Massage method commonly used by RMT’s. Her patients usually come in athletic clothing to allow for soft-tissue release combined with movement on-and-off the table in order to work towards optimum performance. Marieta’s has often been told her approach to treatment resembles a physical therapy session.