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COVID-19 Update

Changes have been made according to guidance/requirements of the Massage Therapy Board and the State of North Carolina.

  • Face masks are required by both therapists and clients
  • Text your therapist or the office upon arrival
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the office
  • We will take Temp & o2 saturation - if you exceed the #’s you will be rescheduled
  • Be honest about your exposure and reschedule if you have symptoms or have been around people who have COVID-19 without cancellation fee
  • Call for appointments if you are over 65 or Immunocompromised and we will book you in the first appt or a time where minimal people will be in the office
The Sport of Massage

We Are Different

No candles, No flute music, No naps - our atmosphere is light and not so quiet - because our clients care about getting to the root of the problem, we ask a lot of questions and map out a plan that works best for you.

The Sport of Massage

Mission Statement

To provide top quality customized bodywork to enhance Athletic performance and decrease muscle pain in a professional and fun atmosphere.

The Sport of Massage

We are the best

Voted Best Massage in the Triangle by Endurance Magazine 4 years in a row. Received Bronze Award for Best Massage in Raleigh and named the Face of Athletic and Pain Management Massage in Midtown Magazine.


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.

Sports Massage

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

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.

Kinesio Tape

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.


LumbarTrac™ is a Self-operated gentle traction machine for neck and back. Recommended 5-8 min on the back to start and 4-6 min on the neck. You can work up to 10-15 min on either - but just like working out, its a gradual increase on time. Less is better to stretch Quadratus Lumborum (QL), Psoas, Paraspinals and hip. Neck helps Scalenes, upper traps and Semispinalis & capitas. Contraindications for use are Osteoporosis, past Back or Neck Fusion and Pregnancy.

why choose us


Professional staff

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.


Our experience

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.


Qualified support

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

Suzie Bush, LMBT
  • Certified Neuromuscular Therapist
  • Certified Medical Massage Therapist
  • Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner
  • Certified MediCupping Practitioner
  • IASTM Practitioner
  • Nationally Certified MBLEx
  • Certified Member of ABMP

The Sport of Massage is owned and operated by Suzie Bush, LMBT. She received her training at New Life Institute in Atlanta and has been practicing since 1998. She has earned Certifications in Medical Massage, Kinesio Taping, Sports Massage Techniques and Neuromuscular Therapy. Suzie is state licensed, Nationally Certified and an active member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Suzie is a runner and enjoys working out, cooking and photography. Her husband has completed both half and full Ironman Triathlons, raced on a local cycling team and now enjoys lifting weights. Their two boys have raced triathlons starting at age 6 and were competitive swimmers, now enjoy high school swim team and functional workouts. As a family they enjoy water skiing and family gym time.

Knowing the benefits of regular massage Suzie believes it should be a part of everyone’s training. She creates a treatment plan and maintains the importance of understanding the goals of each individual client. Her techniques have helped both youth, adult, professional and amateur athletes in their quest to maintain optimal health.

Dagmar Stopl, LMBT
  • Certified in PreNatal Massage
  • Certified Medical Massage Therapist
  • Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner
  • Certified MediCupping Practitioner
  • IASTM Practitioner
  • Certified Member of ABMP

Dagmar graduated from Medical Arts Massage School in Raleigh, NC in 2005. Her massage training included Deep Tissue, Sports, and Trigger Point Therapy. Dagmar is licensed in the state of North Carolina and is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Dagmar enjoys martial arts and has earned a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido and is trained in the martial art Capoeira. She loves the outdoors and likes to spend her free time hiking, mountain biking, running and swimming. Her two children Nolan and Arwen enjoy swimming and Capoeira.

Dagmar is a firm believer therapeutic massage is essential to maintaining optimal performance and mobility. She loves to work with people of all ages so that they can stay active and continue to pursue the activities they enjoy.

Shavon Green, LMBT
  • Certified Medical Massage Practitioner
  • Certified Rock Tape Practitioner
  • Certified MediCupping Practitioner
  • IASTM Practitioner
  • Nationally Certified MBLEx
  • Certified Member of ABMP

Shavon was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance and Wellness from St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh. She received sports scholarships for both Basketball and Softball and was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Being an only child, sports have given her the value of teamwork and the sense of a bigger family and community.

Shavon received her Massage education in 2010 at Miller-Motte College. She is trained in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Sports techniques.

She enjoys basketball, weight lifting, football and traveling. New Orleans gave her taste for good food and music.

Shavon believes massage is a crucial aspect to providing a longer, healthier and stress free life. Knowing the importance of training, she likes helping athletes with pain relief and increasing range of motion to help improve overall performance. Being in touch with mind and body are two important elements to achieving a healthy life for all ages and backgrounds.




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
    75 Minutes
  • New Client Appointment - Youth (16 and under)
    45 Minutes
  • Therapeutic Massage
    45 Minutes
  • Therapeutic Massage
    60 Minutes
  • Therapeutic Massage
    75 Minutes
  • Therapeutic Massage
    90 Minutes
  • Therapeutic Massage
    120 Minutes
  • Kinesio Taping
    Per Area
  • Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
    30 Minutes
  • Chair Massage
    30 Minutes
  • VCT Face Treatment
    30 Minutes
  • LumbarTrac™ - First Visit
    15 Minutes
  • LumbarTrac™ - Self Guided Session
    20 Minutes
  • LumbarTrac™ - Post Massage, Therapist Guided
    15 Minutes

Note: Additional $10 fee per service for Suzie

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Our N. Raleigh office is located near I-540 and Six Forks Road by the Whole Foods. The easiest and quickest way to schedule an appointment is to schedule online.

8317 Six Forks Road, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27615