Best of Boston

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 muscle manipulated into relaxation (Kesler’s technique combines a therapeutic blend of traditional Swedish strokes with pressure-point work and shiatsu), and a few minutes in the oversized steam and sauna rooms, you might find yourself signing up for a membership—or at least another massage appointment. Kesler has a way of leaving clients’ previously aching muscles rejuvenated, restored, and ready for action, whether that’s a heart-taxing spinning class or simply the long drive home.

4 Avery St., Boston, 617-375-8200,