Best of Boston

BEST Massage

2003 BEST Massage

Maggie Kesler, The Sports Club/LA Splash Spa


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»

2002 BEST Massage

David Kelly, Grettacole


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 meetings just so they can better enjoy the aftermath of his massages. Kelly’s steady pressure,… read more»

2001 BEST Massage



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 go somewhere where licensed therapists will actually help get to the source of the problem…. read more»

1999 BEST Massage

Kelly Nezat


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 gently unknotted the rock collection in our shoulders. A doctoral candidate interning at Beth Israel’s… read more»

1998 BEST Massage, Shiatsu

Cindy Banker


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 feeling better than you knew it could. She also offers diet and lifestyle advice of… read more»

1998 BEST Massage, Swedish

Kelly Nezat


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 the fundamental Swedish massage, he can also pinpoint problem areas and offer sweet relief with… read more»

1997 BEST Massage

Backworks Therapeutic Back Center


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 Renee, and spring for the hour-long full-body massage. read more»

1996 BEST Massage, Shiatsu

Shu-Xian Yang


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


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 your forearm. Carry a heavy bag on your left? Those crooked shoulders are a dead… read more»