Best Massage in Boston


Exhale Battery Wharf


From the moment you enter Exhale’s dreamy quarters in the Battery Wharf Hotel, you’ll feel the stress melt. The spa’s massage therapists specialize in a variety of techniques (deep tissue,…Read More

2015 Best Massage, Sports

Exhale Battery Wharf


Whether prepping for a big race or recovering post-CrossFit, the sports massage at Exhale Battery Wharf is a workout-regimen must. After a pre-massage consultation identifying trouble spots, let your 30-,...Read More

2015 Best Massage, Relaxation



After hunching over a keyboard all week, nothing does a body better than a full-body massage. Enter the newly renovated Bliss facility at the W Hotel, which offers a “Blissage”...Read More

2014 Best Massage

Exhale Battery Wharf


The downside of an hour of someone expertly kneading every ounce of stress and tension out of your body? Knowing that as soon as it’s over, you’ll have to check...Read More

2013 Best Massage



At this integrative health center four floors above Copley Square, our therapist kicked off the 80-minute massage by asking about problem areas and preferences—and actually listened. After guiding our limbs...Read More

2012 Best Massage

Bella Sante


Massages have a practical application, of course: to offer relief for the aches and pains brought on by too many hours logged at the gym (okay, in a desk chair)....Read More

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...Read More

2011 Best Massage

Ardan MedSpa + Salon


Bustling Ardan may not scream “relaxation.” But downstairs, as you lie on a heated massage table in a candlelit room, the commotion melts away. Massage therapist/medical aesthetician Sarah Rattet incorporates...Read More

2011 Best Massage, South

Oasis Day Spa

South Weymouth

There are long-awaited, I-deserve-this massages, and there are last-minute, I-had-a-bad-day massages. In either case, hightail it to Oasis. It’s as sophisticated as a downtown destination, but not so much a...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,...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...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...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....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...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...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...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...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...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...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,...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...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...Read More

1998 Best Massage, Shiatsu

Cindy Banker


Cindy is a master at applying pressure (no, she’s not your boss or your mother). We’re talking acupressure, and her treatments will leave your body feeling better than you knew...Read More

1998 Best Massage, Swedish

Kelly Nezat


The man has magic hands! Nezat, a recent transplant from the now-defunct Spa on Newbury, not only releases any stress-induced tension knotting your body with the fundamental Swedish massage, he...Read More

1997 Best Massage

Backworks Therapeutic Back Center


There’s nothing more disappointing than a bad backrub. Go to Backworks, a clean, professional, and distinctly non-New Age storefront in the financial district. Ask for Renee, and spring for the...Read More

1996 Best Massage, Shiatsu

Shu-Xian Yang


Shu-Xian’s acupressure massage is updated to soothe and energize tired contemporary bodies; she also gives excellent advice on posture, nutrition, and exercise...Read More

1996 Best Massage, Swedish

Helen Cooper


Here’s a masseuse who can diagnose your lifestyle ills just by feeling your muscles. A keyboard jockey? She can tell from those ropy tangles in your forearm. Carry a heavy...Read More

1995 Best Massage

Cathryn Moskow

If she’s good enough for the aching legs and feet of the Boston Ballet, Moskow can surely handle the knot in your shoulders from hunching over a computer keyboard...Read More

1982 Best Massage

Martha Kirschenbaum


Although Kirschenbaum trained as a nurse, she believes she does more healing with her hands. “I started out giving backrubs to work my way through school,” she explains. Now it’s...Read More

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