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Spending long hours at the studio, gym or exercising outdoors takes its toll on your body. But sports massages can help alleviate some of that stress. Therapists will typically use a soothing combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques to ease sore muscles and prevent injuries too. Consider visiting one of these spots to reap the rewards of this therapeutic, and not to mention relaxing, treatment. —Teresa Tobat


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1. Ninotch: an urban retreat

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8301 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 913-0345
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This urban sanctuary located in the heart of downtown Bethesda offers a sports massage designed to rehabilitate injured athletes or to serve as part of a training regimen. [Image]

2. The Spa Room

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4115 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 241-6095
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Tenleytown’s The Spa Room dishes out a slew of wellness offerings including sports massages. Consider tacking on one of its spa “enhancements” — from a wild rose facial to a hot stones massage — to your treatment for just $15 more. [Image]

3. TuSuva Body & Skin Care

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2701 Ontario Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-9005
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This Adams Morgan spot offers sports massages designed to help prevent injuries. For fitness enthusiasts who are short on time, Tusuva even offers a 30-minute massage for $65. [Image]

4. Balance Gym and SomaSpa

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2121 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-2121
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Glover’s Park’s SomaSpa at Balance Gym offers a sports massage that aims to alleviate fatigue, relieve tension and promote overall flexibility. Plus, since this is a gym, you can squeeze a workout in before your treatment too. [Image]

5. Unwind Wellness Center

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1990 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-2232
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Prepare yourself for optimal performance when you get a sports massage at Unwind Wellness Center. This treatment focuses on healing and injury prevention. [Image]

6. Healing District

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1901 13th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
D.C. United’s massage therapist Sioux Barry runs Healing District and can deliver treatments tailored to each client’s needs. [Image]

7. Aura Spa

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1612 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6620
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Book a sports massage to stretch and condition muscles at U Street's brand new Aura Spa, which opened in the fall. [Image: Courtesy of Aura Spa]

8. Healthy Self Therapy and Wellness Center

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1150 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 604-9786
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Enjoy a combo Swedish and Deep Tissue massage designed exclusively for your inner athlete at this 18th Street spa. Relieve pain and increase mobility when you get a sports massage here. [Image]

9. The Teal Center For Therapeutic Bodywork, Ltd.

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4001 9th St N, Ste 230
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 522-7637
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Ballston’s The Teal Center specializes in clinical massage therapy and bodywork. Those who receive sports massages should expect assisted stretching to warm the muscles and gentle touches to reduce muscle spasm and boost circulation. [Image]

1. Ninotch: an urban retreat

8301 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
This urban sanctuary located in the heart of downtown Bethesda offers a sports massage designed to rehabilitate injured athletes or to serve as part of a training regimen. [Image]
8301 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. The Spa Room

4115 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Tenleytown’s The Spa Room dishes out a slew of wellness offerings including sports massages. Consider tacking on one of its spa “enhancements” — from a wild rose facial to a hot stones massage — to your treatment for just $15 more. [Image]
4115 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

3. TuSuva Body & Skin Care

2701 Ontario Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
This Adams Morgan spot offers sports massages designed to help prevent injuries. For fitness enthusiasts who are short on time, Tusuva even offers a 30-minute massage for $65. [Image]
2701 Ontario Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Balance Gym and SomaSpa

2121 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Glover’s Park’s SomaSpa at Balance Gym offers a sports massage that aims to alleviate fatigue, relieve tension and promote overall flexibility. Plus, since this is a gym, you can squeeze a workout in before your treatment too. [Image]
2121 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Unwind Wellness Center

1990 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Prepare yourself for optimal performance when you get a sports massage at Unwind Wellness Center. This treatment focuses on healing and injury prevention. [Image]
1990 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Healing District

1901 13th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
D.C. United’s massage therapist Sioux Barry runs Healing District and can deliver treatments tailored to each client’s needs. [Image]
1901 13th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

7. Aura Spa

1612 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Book a sports massage to stretch and condition muscles at U Street's brand new Aura Spa, which opened in the fall. [Image: Courtesy of Aura Spa]
1612 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Healthy Self Therapy and Wellness Center

1150 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
Enjoy a combo Swedish and Deep Tissue massage designed exclusively for your inner athlete at this 18th Street spa. Relieve pain and increase mobility when you get a sports massage here. [Image]
1150 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

9. The Teal Center For Therapeutic Bodywork, Ltd.

4001 9th St N, Ste 230, Arlington, VA 22203
Ballston’s The Teal Center specializes in clinical massage therapy and bodywork. Those who receive sports massages should expect assisted stretching to warm the muscles and gentle touches to reduce muscle spasm and boost circulation. [Image]
4001 9th St N, Ste 230
Arlington, VA 22203