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2016 BEST Escape Massage

The Quartet at the Rittenhouse Spa + Club

What with the dim, plush lounge, the tucked-away sauna, the outdoor terrace for post-treatment sips, and the mesmerizing experience of having four hands transport you to someplace where stress can’t find you, this particular spa appointment has a permanent place on our calendar.

210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA | 215-790-2500 | Website


2016 BEST Fixer Massage

Houdini JINI at Eviama Life Spa

109 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Book this upper-body massage with Eviama owner Penny Ordway, who zooms in on the spots that cause the most misery, and is always sure to warn you if something’s "about to get weird." (This might mean she’s about to dig into your armpit, which actually delivers sweet, sweet relief from your shoulder pain.) Read more »

2014 BEST Emergency Massage

Spa Terme Di Aroma

32 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

When your aching neck requires expert attention, like, now, hobble right past the generic walk-in places for the de-knotting wizards at Terme, who give 15-minute chair massages between their regular clients. Call ahead first, but you can usually score an appointment a mere 10 minutes in advance. Read more »

2014 BEST Quickie Massage

Spa Terme di Aroma

32 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

A chair massage at this Old City spa is quite possibly the best $15 you’ll ever spend: Expert hands melt away tension while you zone out for 15 minutes. Call ahead and you can usually score an appointment just a few minutes in advance. Read more »

2013 BEST Home Service Massage

Nicki Dekunchak, Hands at Home

Call or see website for appointment

You choose: a quickie office chair massage, or a longer deep-tissue at home. Her expert hands will leave you looser and more relaxed than you’ve been in ages. Read more »

2013 BEST Massage Deal

Phila Massage’s Massage Membership

132 South 17th Street, fourth floor, Philadelphia, PA

The worst thing about a massage is when it’s over. The best thing about Phila Massage’s membership club is that it makes getting regular massages easier. Members pay $20 a month and score deep discounts on treatments—we’re talking up to 50 percent off—plus guest passes and free massage classes, among other perks. It’s exactly what… Read more »

2012 BEST Cheap Massage

Chung Dam Spa & Fitness

41 East Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA

Forgo inhibitions for an au naturel experience at this Korean day spa, where therapists walk on your back and the gender-segregated clientele enjoys (super-clean) pools and saunas in the buff. All day here will set you back just $60. Read more »

2012 BEST Shore Massage

Nicki Dekunchak

, Philadelphia, PA

The secret to a really, really relaxing Shore vacation? Bringing this Philly-based therapist along for the ride. She sees clients in their homes from A.C. to Cape May all summer long, offering Zen-filled massages and facials, along with waxing and makeup services. Read more »

2012 BEST Cheap Massage

Chung Dam Spa and Fitness

41 East Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA

Until you’ve had one of the Korean ladies here walk on your back, you don’t know what you’re missing. Plus, the $60 fee includes a day pass for the super-clean facilities, which boast multiple saunas and pools. Warning: As at most traditional Korean and Japanese spas, clients, segregated by gender, generally go completely naked. Not… Read more »

2012 BEST Deep Tissue Massage

Phila Massages

132 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

When you hurt—we mean really hurt—all the Enya and precious oils in the world can’t help you. What can: owners Brian Rutledge and Natacha Vidal, who train their ninja-like focus on loosening your muscles and teaching you how to keep them loose between appointments. Bonus: One hour is only $65. Read more »

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