Best of Boston

BEST Massage

2013 BEST Massage

Ombe

Boston

At this integrative health center four floors above Copley Square, our therapist kicked off the 80-minute massage by asking about problem areas and preferences—and actually listened. After guiding our limbs through a series of stretches on the heated table, she… read more»

2012 BEST Massage

Bella Sante

Boston

Massages have a practical application, of course: to offer relief for the aches and pains brought on by too many hours logged at the gym (okay, in a desk chair). But in the short term, all we really want is… read more»

2011 BEST Massage, South

Oasis Day Spa

South Weymouth

There are long-awaited, I-deserve-this massages, and there are last-minute, I-had-a-bad-day massages. In either case, hightail it to Oasis. It’s as sophisticated as a downtown destination, but not so much a hot spot that you can’t book a same-day appointment. And… read more»

2011 BEST Massage

Bella Sante

Boston

Bella sante strikes the right combination of peaceful spa (fruit-infused water, plush furnishings) and briskly run business (in and done in half an hour). Technicians prune and preen nails into such pristine condition it’s almost a shame to cover them… read more»

2011 BEST Massage

Ardan MedSpa + Salon

Wellesley

Bustling Ardan may not scream “relaxation.” But downstairs, as you lie on a heated massage table in a candlelit room, the commotion melts away. Massage therapist/medical aesthetician Sarah Rattet incorporates aromatherapy into even a basic massage, leaving your head clear… read more»

2010 BEST Massage, Therapist
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Natalie Maibenko, Unique Verve

Boston

We like it rough, but that bruise on our shoulder? Ouch. And do-nothing spa massages? A waste of a good nap. With a just-right blend of relaxation and technical know-how, Natalie Maibenko at Unique Verve can adjust to whatever your… read more»

2009 BEST Massage, Therapist
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Moore Massage

Boston

It was hard to find a bad massage—if indeed there is such a thing—in this year’s bunch. Natalie at Unique Verve put us quite pleasantly to sleep. Samantha at the Mandarin Oriental soothed our muscles (if, at $200-plus, not so… read more»

2008 BEST Massage, Therapist, Sports
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Michael Moore

Boston

When Moore talks about sports massage, he tends to sound a bit like a car mechanic. Forget the fluff-and-buff routine, he says: It’s all about giving muscles an old-fashioned tune-up. His expert kneading may make the body sore in the… read more»

2008 BEST Massage, Therapist

Sarah McMahon

Boston

Trained in such advanced techniques as trigger-point work and myofascial release, McMahon often assists victims of trauma, but is equally skilled at treating those afflicted by everyday stress. She views massage as a necessity, not a luxury, and charges accordingly… read more»

2006 BEST Massage
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Violet Skin Boutique

Boston

You don’t have to worry about that,’ says Shaw when we tell her we really need a therapeutic massage, not just a light shoulder rub. As she begins to press and knead, our concerns, and stress knots, melt away. Shaw’s… read more»