Best of Boston

BEST Massage

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
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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»

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»

2005 BEST Massage

David Costa,

Boston

Gone are the days of having to endure deep-tissue torture in order to feel terrific, thanks to the skills of master massage therapist David Costa. His touch is strong enough to relieve stress and aches, but soothing enough to remind… read more»

2004 BEST Massage

Maggie Kessler, The Sports Club/LA

Boston

Touch is one of those mysterious forces science hasn’t even begun to understand. But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that Maggie Kessler has the most sensitive, soothing, and magical touch of any masseuse in town…. read more»

2003 BEST Massage

Maggie Kesler, The Sports Club/LA Splash Spa

Boston

You don’t have to belong to the Sports Club/LA to experience the stress-relieving, muscle-soothing magic of a massage by Maggie Kesler at the health club’s on-site Splash Spa. Of course, after an hour or so having each and every tense… read more»

2002 BEST Massage, West

Anna Cherkasska, Salon Capri

Newton Highlands

Anna Cherkasska takes her work seriously, which means clients take her work vigorously. Expect lots of effective pressure that goes deep tissue, gets right to the middle of the muscle, and leaves you ache-free and loose as a rubber band…. read more»