Where to Get a Pre-Wedding Massage Around Boston

Here's how to get what you knead (see what we did there?) while planning your big day.

The Rubber Neck at Bliss Spa/photograph courtesy of Bliss

The Rubber Neck at Bliss Spa. / Photograph courtesy of Bliss

Fittings, contracts, decisions, color schemes…not to mention who is going to sit where. News flash: Weddings are glorious events with stressful precursors.

Nothing calms you down better than a stress-busting massage, and Boston spas boast some of the best, so here are a few of our favorites to help melt away the madness:

Pyara Salon & Spa
1050 Mass. Ave., Cambridge; 101 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington

The Stress Fix massage at this Aveda spa does just that. It fixes stress. It uses Aveda’s products during Swedish and deep tissue massage, acupressure, and foot reflexology. The high percentage of pure undiluted lavender works to relax. Warning: this ain’t your mama’s lavender. It might smell a little differently than the lavender you’re used to, but that’s because it’s actually lavender. Not the fake stuff. Think of this as your chance to feel like a Sleeping Beauty before you have to deal with the wicked queen your future mother-in-law. $110

Bliss Spa
W Boston, 100 Stuart Street, Boston

Pull your shoulders down from around your ears and shrug off tension with this targeted rubdown. It includes a pre-massage parafango pack followed by kneading, stretching, and acu-pressing to work the boulders out of your neck, shoulders, and scalp. No, this isn’t a full body massage, but your entire body will thank you. $135

Elizabeth Grady
Locations throughout Massachusetts

This is one “lady” who knows how to relax people. She celebrates 40 years in the beauty biz this year, and with 10 locations near Boston that offer their coveted deep tissue massage, you can’t go wrong. The fluid massage on your body relieves tension and eases sore muscles while reducing physical and mental stress. Amen to that notion. $90

Bella Sante Day Spa
38 Newbury Street, Boston; 76 Bedford Street, Lexington; 190 Linden Street, Wellesley

Bella Sante boasts massages with names like Get Tuned Up, I Kneaded That, and Tech Tension Breaker (yes, that’s for you, computer junkies). Every one targets the exact areas that knead work. (See what we did right there?) You can also ask for add-ons like cupping, hot stones, aromatherapy, and an agave nectar hot oil scalp treatment. $90-175


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