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BEST Massage

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

Violet Skin Boutique


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

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,


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


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


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»