Best of Boston

2018 Best Massage

Viyada Thai Spa

What separates a good massage from a great one? The subtle distinction between attentive and overly chatty; the iota of pressure that wobbles on the line of satisfying pleasure and wince-inducing pain. At Viyada, the Thai-inspired décor creates a serene space, with thoughtful comforts at every turn; most important, though, are the expertly able massage therapists, who specialize in techniques ranging from Thai and Swedish to deep-tissue. All you have to do is show up—and relax. Multiple locations.

437 Boylston St., Boston, 617-266-0308,