Best of Boston

BEST Massage

2011 BEST Massage

Bella Sante


Bella sante strikes the right combination of peaceful spa (fruit-infused water, plush furnishings) and briskly run business (in and done in half an hour). Technicians prune and preen nails into such pristine condition it’s almost a shame to cover them… read more»

2010 BEST Massage, Therapist

Natalie Maibenko, Unique Verve


We like it rough, but that bruise on our shoulder? Ouch. And do-nothing spa massages? A waste of a good nap. With a just-right blend of relaxation and technical know-how, Natalie Maibenko at Unique Verve can adjust to whatever your… read more»

2009 BEST Massage, Therapist

Moore Massage


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

Michael Moore


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


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

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»