Best of Boston

BEST Massage

2017 BEST Massage, Low-Cost

Guerda Massage & Skin Care

Wellesley

After many years spent working at some of the area’s top spas, Guerda Paul struck out on her own in 2010. Her warm demeanor and ability to find, target, and soothe problem areas make her deep-tissue and Swedish massages ($90… read more»

2017 BEST Massage, Luxe

G2O Spa and Salon

Boston

Carefully considered questions about pain points and pressure yielded a rigorous 60-minute massage ($125) that turned our computer-worn shoulders and chair-stiffened lower back into Jell-O. An aprՌs-treatment hot-tub soak on the penthouse level, meanwhile, helped bring the brain back into… read more»

2016 BEST Massage

Exhale Battery Wharf

Boston

From the moment you enter Exhale’s dreamy quarters in the Battery Wharf Hotel, you’ll feel the stress melt. The spa’s massage therapists specialize in a variety of techniques (deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, craniosacral), which means you’ll get precisely what your… read more»

2015 BEST Massage, Relaxation

Bliss

Boston

After hunching over a keyboard all week, nothing does a body better than a full-body massage. Enter the newly renovated Bliss facility at the W Hotel, which offers a “Blissage” treatment perfect for wound-up muscles. Using hydrating creams and warming… read more»

2015 BEST Massage, Sports

Exhale Battery Wharf

Boston

Whether prepping for a big race or recovering post-CrossFit, the sports massage at Exhale Battery Wharf is a workout-regimen must. After a pre-massage consultation identifying trouble spots, let your 30-, 60-, or 90-minute treatment melt away tension, then enjoy luxurious… read more»

2014 BEST Massage

Exhale Battery Wharf

Boston

The downside of an hour of someone expertly kneading every ounce of stress and tension out of your body? Knowing that as soon as it’s over, you’ll have to check your Zenlike state at the door, only to hop on… read more»

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»