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Best Massage

2006 Best Massage

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. […] read more»
2006 Best Massage, Martha's Vineyard

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 […] 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. […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2002 Best Massage

David Kelly, Grettacole

Boston
Don’t plan on accomplishing much of anything after you’ve been under the nearly mystical hands of David Kelly, whose clients have been known to cancel […] read more»
2001 Best Massage

Backworks

Boston
You can go to a luxurious, candlelit spa where they’ll charge you a C-note to slather lavender ointment on your aching back, or you can […] read more»
1999 Best Massage

Kelly Nezat

Boston
After Kelly worked his magic, we felt more like we’d had a session of physical therapy than a massage. Using a technique called Strain/Counterstrain, he […] read more»
1998 Best Massage, Shiatsu

Cindy Banker

Brookline
Cindy is a master at applying pressure (no, she’s not your boss or your mother). We’re talking acupressure, and her treatments will leave your body […] read more»
1998 Best Massage, Swedish

Kelly Nezat

Boston
The man has magic hands! Nezat, a recent transplant from the now-defunct Spa on Newbury, not only releases any stress-induced tension knotting your body with […] read more»
1997 Best Massage

Backworks Therapeutic Back Center

Boston
There’s nothing more disappointing than a bad backrub. Go to Backworks, a clean, professional, and distinctly non-New Age storefront in the financial district. Ask for […] read more»
1996 Best Massage, Shiatsu

Shu-Xian Yang

Cambridge
Shu-Xian’s acupressure massage is updated to soothe and energize tired contemporary bodies; she also gives excellent advice on posture, nutrition, and exercise. read more»
1996 Best Massage, Swedish

Helen Cooper

Cambridge
Here’s a masseuse who can diagnose your lifestyle ills just by feeling your muscles. A keyboard jockey? She can tell from those ropy tangles in […] read more»
1995 Best Massage

Cathryn Moskow

If she’s good enough for the aching legs and feet of the Boston Ballet, Moskow can surely handle the knot in your shoulders from hunching […] read more»