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»

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»

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»

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»

2007 BEST Massage

Michael Moore

Boston, Brookline

“Bloodless surgery” isn’t a phrase typically associated with spa treatments. Then again, there’s nothing typical about the way that Quincy native Moore—who coined the term to describe his massages—operates. His Stuart Street office is just that: an office, with no… read more»

2006 BEST Massage, Martha's Vineyard
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Zebee Voss, An Island Touch

Vineyard Haven

Zebee Voss has had her hands on most of the island. Ask stressed-out carpenters, lifeguards, and moms if they know her, and they’ll wince before sagely nodding yes. Ross’s so-deep-they’re-almost-torturous tissue massages (no pointless ‘fluff and buffs’ here, she says)… read more»