Best of Boston

BEST Massage

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»

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 over a computer keyboard. read more»

1993 BEST Massage

Backworks Therapeutic Back Center


No frills, no New Age music, just relief for aches and pains. read more»

1984 BEST Massage

Chris Harnish, Back Bay Racquet Club


A gentle man but a deft masseur. read more»

1982 BEST Massage

Martha Kirschenbaum


Although Kirschenbaum trained as a nurse, she believes she does more healing with her hands. “I started out giving backrubs to work my way through school,” she explains. Now it’s a full-time job. Kirscenbaum specializes in the Esalen style, which… read more»

1975 BEST Massage

Ananda Massage Collective


By appointment only. A 1 1/2-hour pounding which will leave you as limp as spaghetti marinated in Adolph’s. read more»