Treat yourself to a massage this winter. Being cooped up inside all season can wreak havoc on muscles, especially when people aren’t exercising as much as they do in the warmer months. But a massage can help set the body on the right track for a healthy, holistic start to the new year. Boston has many great spas that offer world-renowned massage treatments, so go ahead, treat yourself!
Boston Bodyworker
575 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 778-7344

Boston Bodyworker in the Back Bay is one of the top-rated massage parlors in the city. It is particularly good for people recovering from sports injuries or those that are sore from a new exercise routine. This place is also able to help with certain types of body pain – but make sure to ask your doctor if massage therapy is the right treatment for you. Pregnant? Boston Bodyworker also offers fantastic pre-natal massages.
Massage Therapy of Boston
10 Milk St., Suite 337
Boston, MA
(617) 999-6071

For those who work downtown in Boston’s financial district, scheduling a massage at Massage Therapy of Boston during an upcoming lunch break is a great way to relieve work-related stress. It offers many types of massage including deep tissue, sports, myofascial release, Swedish massage and trigger point therapy. During a one-hour session, massage therapists typically work on a specific area, which is great for those with one specific problem – tight shoulders, for example.
Exhale Boston Battery Wharf
2 Battery Wharf
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 603-3100

For the ultimate experience in relaxation, head to Exhale in Boston’s North End. Exhale has been one of Boston’s favorite staycation getaways for years because of its incredible fitness classes and spa offerings. It offers a wide range of holistic treatments including massage, facials, waxing, nails and even acupuncture. Grab your friends for a weekend away from it all by booking a bunch of services at Exhale. The facilities are clean, serene and high end and have been praised by national magazines like Allure and USA Today.

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551 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 447-2222

OMBE is one of the best holistic healing centers in Boston. Combine a massage therapy session with life coaching, yoga and a meeting with one of its highly trained nutritionists, and you are sure to come out feeling like a whole new person – in a good way. In addition to offering top-notch services to its clients, OMBE goes above and beyond its mission to be a supporter of environmental and humanitarian causes. OMBE is a member of 1% for the Planet, so customers can feel good knowing that a portion of the profits from their massage session goes to support non-profit organizations with an environmental mission.
Sollievo Massage and Bodywork
2285 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-3082

For those who don’t work or reside in downtown Boston, there are also some incredible choices a bit further out. One such example is Sollievo in Cambridge. Sollievo offers a variety of traditional massage therapies at its gorgeous, relaxing location on Massachusetts Avenue. This is a great place to start for those who are new to massage because Sollievo offers great discounts and bigger selection of payment plans than are offered at many other spas. It also has a great blog with some fun body treatments to try at home!

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on