by Kyle Wright - 60 Reviews - 8 List
Taking a spa day typically means sipping cucumber water while hot rocks sizzle on your back, but the art of massage isn't just for frou-frou chill-outs (not that there's anything wrong with that). Even the most rugged athlete needs a little pampering now and then, so swap your jersey for a terrycloth robe and call a time-out for a proper pat-down. Not only will you release tension in overworked muscles and alleviate long-term pain caused by overexertion, you'll also get to indulge in myofascial release and hydrotherapy. Trust us, your body will thank you for the musculoskeletal tune-up.
(Photo: Courtesy of Moore Massage)
Updated: December 10, 2009
Located in the heart of Back Bay, this full-service massage megaplex is helmed by therapist Michael Moore and his team of swift-palmed trainers and chiropractors. Moore specializes in sports massage--a post-activity muscle recovery technique--and also offers therapies for expectant mothers and people recovering from injury. Try a trigger point treatment, where a talented tapper hits all the right pressure points and uses neuromuscular therapy to render you tension-free.
Just a few floors below Moore Massage is the Copley Square office of Boston Bodyworker. Both offer services like deep tissue, orthopedic and neuromuscular therapy, but Boston Bodyworker also branches into the more holistic options of acupuncture and kinesio taping, a swell-reducing technique that uses strategically glued cotton strips. The team is all about using relaxation as a method of healing and isn't afraid to try new techniques on individuals to find success.
Pathways to Wellness specializes in alternative medicine, which includes herb remedies, acupuncture and cupping. But this South End spot doesn't neglect the power of touch to restore and maintain health, offering shiatsu, non-needle acupressure and tui na bodywork to compliment a holistic menu. Here, body and mind are revitalized simultaneously.
Massage therapist Craig Faucher has been releasing athletic tension at this Back Bay outpost since 2003. At CDF Therapeutic Bodywork, Faucher uses treatments, including myofascial release and neuromuscular therapy, to alleviate stress brought on by sports injury, emotional distress or chronic headaches thanks to your tough-as-nails boss. Try the Thai massage for constricted muscles that could use an extra stretch.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is proof enough that sports medicine can still have plenty of luxe. The super chic and totally indulgent relaxation emporium boasts some of Boston's most over-the-top services, including an interactive shower that simulates a rain forest. Never to be outdone, the Mandarin goes beyond facials and hot stone to offer deep tissue, therapeutic massage and hydrotherapy to hit all the right muscles.