To provide top quality customized bodywork to enhance Athletic performance and decrease muscle pain in a professional and fun atmosphere.
We treat Athletes and Pain Management Clients only. No Nicey-Nicey means muscle specific work to improve athletic training and recovery. Pain Management treatment helps relieve discomfort for clients who have been diagnosed with chronic soft tissue dysfunction. Post surgery clients are treated during or after Physical Therapy to assist scar tissue reduction and increase mobility. We also travel with the NC State Track & Field Team to keep them going at ACC and NCAA races.
For targeting specific areas of fatigue or injured muscle tissue due to intense training. Best utilized during race season to reduce muscle soreness. Not usually a full body treatment.
Maintenance Sports Massage is utilized pre and post-season or on an athlete with no specific muscle issues and is usually full body treatment. Consults can be done to map out an appointment plan according to your training and race schedules.
Vacutherapy / Medicupping
The use of a machine driven vacuum using glass or polycarbonate cups over the body. They are used to lift and decompress the tissue, move lymphatic fluid to clear toxins and reduce inflammation. Treatment typically will cause what appears to be a ‘bruise’, but instead they are cup Petechiae, which is controlled trauma bringing the toxins to the surface via blood. These discolorations last anywhere from 1 day to 1 week. Used to break up scar tissue, release fascia and face cups for decreasing sinus congestion and can prep the face for cosmetic injections. Used at the therapists discretion during appointments.
Medical Massage is used to treat specific areas, assist post surgical scar tissue, acute injury or anyone dealing with a chronic condition that affects muscle and soft tissue. Usually requires multiple appointments.
Active Isolated Stretching (IAS)
Assisted movement stretching to help release facia and increase muscle length. Usually either upper or lower body. Usually utilized at the beginning or end of an appointment. Shorts & t-shirts are provided.
Waterproof elastic tape applied by certified practitioner and worn 3-5 days to aid in muscle healing, reduce pain and improve circulation. Used only with an injury or muscle issue, not used as preventative treatment. Kinesio Tape can be added during an appointment or you can schedule a separate appointment for Kinesio Tape treatment.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization is the use of a blunt edged surgical steel tool on muscle tissue by a Certified Practitioner. The instrument helps to break up adhesions under the skin/fascia and muscle from overuse or injury. Petechiae, or a bruised look can happen when stagnant toxins lay in the muscle tissue. Utilized on chronic issues at the therapists discretion during appointments.
We will always go over your health history and take the time to plan treatment for you to get the best results. We are continually learning so you will always get the most updated techniques available.
Highly trained with over 30 years of combined massage experience. Our team of therapists use mixed modalities including: Medical Massage, Vacutherapy Cupping, Kinesio Taping and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations Techniques.
We understand some issues can’t be corrected with bodywork alone, so we refer to Doctors, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Athletic trainers to provide a wellness team to support specific needs.
Meet our team
Great People and Environment
I took my daughter to the Sport of Massage a few years ago and she loved it. Now I go every 2 weeks to keep a sports injury in check. Dagmar is wonderful. I also love all the little extra touches you find throughout the space. I highly recommend this group for sports related issues as well as regular massage.
Made me whole again!
After 8 long months in a wheelchair, every muscle hurt, from head to toe. Suzie and Dagmar worked weekly to loosen my muscles, to relieve the pain,and to restore my mobility. My appreciation knows no bounds.
Hurt so Good!
Love this place and the people! They’re keeping me moving and working hard.
Very pleased with the service
I have took several massage appointments from Shavon while I was in Raleigh and was very pleased with the service. She is very attentive to detail for example she was paying attention what kind of music the music I preferred etc. She is also very professional in her massage technique.
Get Back in the Game
I have a condition which affect the hypermobility of my joints. As a result I have muscle recruitment or firing issues that are required to stabilize a joint. To do this you need neuromuscular communication, tissue quality, and tissue length. Suzie and her staff all have their unique areas of expertise and handle tissue quality and length very well through massage. For me, the neuromuscular facilitation was what will always be the missing link. Enter Kinesio Tape and Suzie, the "taping Ninja". My movement quality has improved more dramatically and pain controlled more effectively through KT than any other modality I've tried... and I've tried them all. Suzie made herself available to me on weekends, text, would check up on me, educate me... and now I can pretty much tape myself. I can't thank Suzie enough for changing my life!! And I don't think the word quit is in her vocabulary, nor mine. For most high level athletes, it's not. Even if you've lost your drive, her presence will motivate you. Just can't say enough. Best place to go, especially if you are a dedicated athlete or serious weekend warrior.
Best Sports Massage
I saw Emma for a post 1/2 marathon massage. She worked out all the kinks and I could tell my recovery was so much faster. She was knowledgeable, personable and thorough. Love this place.
Dagmar is Professional but at the same time, a very relaxed atmosphere. Dagmar does a great job and really tries to work the areas that need the most help.
Make the appointment!
For relief of muscle or joint pain, soreness, or for integrating an important tool in an overall preventative health and self-care plan, look no further than The Sport of Massage. They are the best!
With a history of IT Band issues, I was understandably disappointed when I felt familiar pain during a long run just weeks before my Ironman event. A trusted friend referred me to Suzy but I skeptically made an appointment. Over the next several weeks Suzy performed a miracle on my leg. It was incredibly painful at first and yet, incredibly effective. I went on to have my best race in three years and the best marathon of my life, stand alone OR Ironman. I'd recommend Suzy and The Sport of Massage to anyone who takes their sport seriously.
Great for Athletes!
The folks at The Sport of Massage are a critical component of my recovery process! As a competitive swimmer, they are very familiar with the primary muscles we overwork and use great techniques to allow me to continue my hard training
Therapeutic Sports Massage
Suzie Bush is an experienced massage therapist who demonstrates what therapeutic sports massage is all about. She is extremely knowledgeable about the musculoskeletal anatomy and the many ways it can become compromised due to stress, overtraining or improper training, or injury. Suzie also recognizes and incorporates a team approach to the optimal care of her clients as she refers out to appropriate healthcare providers. She also receives many referrals from healthcare providers due to her commitment to helping clients achieve their ultimate health goals.
Knowledge and Experience 10/10
As someone who works in sports medicine I can attest that Suzie's exceptional knowledge of soft tissue and anatomy as well as her manual technique is the best you can find. She has given me relief from pain where exercise and stretching alone could not help. She is THE BEST!
I am 66, with all the normal aches and pains that come with that age. However, I have been partially paralyzed for the last 20. I have been pretty proactive with my handicap. I work with a trainer, physical therapists, massage therapists, doctors, etc. Suzie has helped heal my body in ways no one else could or can. She can tell me when I'm going to have a problem before it starts! It is not always a "feel good" massage. But I always feel good when I leave. Mind, body and spirit!!
Best Massage for any Athlete
I'm an endurance coach as well as an athlete myself and have been using "sports" massage for decades personally, as well as recommending it to my athletes. Suzie and her crew are by far the BEST I've encountered with their knowledge of medicine and athletes. Don't think too long about it - just make the appointment!
Suzie is the best! I don't know what I would do without her. - I'm an athlete and have had a hard time finding a massage therapist in the triangle that could deal with my complex back and shoulder issues. But after seeing Suzie Bush regularly, I've never felt better. She is genuinely attentive to my symptoms and knows exactly how to treat them. I can't say enough good things about her.
Absolutely Effective! Great Results
I've been functioning (aka living with) some effects of a car accident injury over the last year. Suzie is really helping to remedy my neck and shoulder issues and helping me to get back on track with my exercise. She really knows how to help you get full function out of your muscles.
First Sports Massage
Never had a sports massage before but my PT told me to do so because of back issues. I am a true believer! Very professional and very personal, I will be back!
from an RN
These ladies are AWESOME!! I look forward to the relief they are able to provide with whatever issue I have at the moment. Highly recommend their services :)
Saved By Suzie
I have been fighting back and neck pain for six months or more. MRI showed bone spurs at C5 and herniation at C6. I had been to a Neurosurgeon four times asking him why no surgery given I was in so much pain. I couldn't work out other than walk. Fortunately Dr. Koeleveld is honest and kept sending me to PT. FInally my PT said he could do no more and recommended Suzie. She has saved me. After four treatments and two dry needling sessions, which she recommended, I am pain free. I haven't felt this good in years. I can't recommend her enough. She will tell you the truth about whether or not she can help you. After this I can't believe I was considering surgery, I just never believed I would ever feel this good again. Thanks
So Thankful for Massage!!
Freed up my shoulder, fixed my arms, worked on my calf & lower back. I love that they know how everything is connected & works together.
Not enough Stars!!
Dagmar has done more for my injured body in just a few sessions than cortisone shots and PT combined. She works with the precision of a surgeon and the touch of a healer. Regular sessions with her is the best use I;ve made of my health care dollars in years.
Love my time at TSOM, I try to make it there once a month. I can use my Flex Spending Account there as well and I leave feeling great!
Suzie Keeps Me Going
from 2013:Thanks to Suzie I have been able to train at the optimal level over the last 10 months which has helped me achieve numerous goals throughout the season. She is very knowledgeable and gets to the you both physiologically and personally. I don't hesitate to send my athletes in to see her for treatment. Looking forward to another successful season with The Sport of Massage.
When you need true experts
I saw countless massage therapists over the years for chronic neck and back problems. It wasn't until I met Suzie that I realized how big the difference is between a "feel good" massage and focused therapy from a true muscle and anatomy expert! Whether you're healing or competing... go see her!
We accept all major credit cards, HSA & FSA cards, check and cash. As a theraputic practice, gratuities are not expected, but if you choose to do so they are appreciated. Please note gratuities cannot be added onto HSA or FSA cards. We are happy to provide you with a medical code paid receipt at any time. Gift Certificates can be purchased online and printed or emailed to you or the recipient Or you can stop by the office and purchase a credit card style Gift Card.
New Client Appointment - Required
New Client Appointment - Youth (16 and under)
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
VCT Face Treatment
Note: Additional $10 fee per service for Suzie
by Emma Caughlin
About 19 months ago I made one of the greatest decisions of my life, so far. I joined The Sport of Massage team. One day at a continuing education class in Raleigh, Suzie approached me because of my cycling tan lines, asking if I was looking for a job. I was! After a life on the road with the Holowesko Citadel professional cycling team, I was just getting settled into my life in Raleigh. I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, or what direction I wanted to go with massage therapy, but as soon as I started talking to Suzie I knew I wanted to work for her. I jumped at the opportunity to go visit the office. When I walked in, I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me. But first, I had to impress Suzie with my massage skills. Massaging Suzie was by far the most nervous I have ever been to give a massage. Luckily, she saw something in me.Read more
by Becky Dendy
I’m sure you have heard it before, from either your coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, or massage therapist; but, has anyone told you the benefits of foam rolling? It will help you recover faster, from that insane workout you did, or that race you just PRd at. Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that increases blood flow to the muscles you just exhausted. The actual act of rolling around, as awkward and slightly painful as it can be, increases mobility of the tissue, which will in-turn make your recovery faster and even improve your performance.Read more
by Suzie Bush
AIS is a method of stretching. My husband, Kyle, calls it ‘Absolutely Insane Stretching’ – but it’s really Active Isolated Stretching. There are many types of stretching including Ballistic, Static, Dynamic, Passive and Isolated. I’m sure we’ve done them all as they surfaced as ‘the one to do’ at some point in time. Aaron Mattes is the developer of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and I had the privilege of studying with him earlier this year. Aaron has worked with thousands of athletes over the past 44 years. He is a wealth of knowledge and has a pretty good sense of humor too!Read more
by Suzie Bush
Baths are not just a relaxing and pleasant activity. Herbal baths are great when it comes to providing health benefits to the body. If you have a very hectic lifestyle, a herbal bath can do wonders to your equilibrium and health. Rosemary is an excellent muscle relaxant and can actually aid in improving your circulation. Thyme, on the other hand, is a great anti bacteria agent and deodorizer.Read more
by Suzie Bush
The general benefits of massage during race/sport season include faster muscle recovery, increased tissue regeneration, increased oxygen and nutrients into tissues, reduced fascial adhesion’s to decrease muscle cramping, improved circulation and increased immune system.Read more