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2011 BEST Post-Marathon Massage

Tandem Sports Massage at Phila Massage

Tight hamstrings and achy backs are no match for Dereck Balbontin and Natacha Vidal, Phila Massage’s tag-team duo who simultaneously attack coiled muscles with hot-and-cold therapy, deep-tissue massage and intense stretching for an amazing 60 minutes. Your beat-up bod won’t know what hit it this time in a good way. $125.

1835 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA | 215-963-2700 | Website

2011 BEST Prenatal Massage

Gwyn MacDonald at Judy Moon and Associates

604 Washington Square South, Philadelphia, PA

In the span of one hour, Gwyn makes you feel the way you should when you’re pregnant: relaxed, happy, glowing … ready. Read more »

2011 BEST Stress-Relieving Massage

The Total Tranquility Massage at Four Seasons Philadelphia

1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA

This frequent BOP winner, in a word? Ahhhhmazing. Spring for 80 minutes; your blissed-out body will make amends with your budget later. $195. Read more »

2010 BEST Post-Run Massage

Thai Herbal Massage at 3000 BC

8439 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

A warm, herb-scented sachet helps even the tightest of muscles let go, and the yoga-style stretching of hamstrings and shoulders is absolute bliss for overworked limbs. Read more »

2010 BEST Massage (Suburbs)

Decadent Double Rub massage, Ame Salon and Spa

111 Waynewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

This indulgence ($185) not only features a blend of aromatherapy oils and hot and cold stones placed from your feet to your sinuses, but also four hands working to banish knots and with them any stress trying to sneak in from the outside world. Heaven. Read more »

2010 BEST Massage (City)

The Spa at Four Seasons

1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA

They’ve thought of everything scented oil under your nostrils to deter sinus stuffiness, heated tables for the chill-prone, steaming towels steeped in relaxing -aromatics to make this 80-minute ($195) Swedish rubdown even more of a luxury. Stretch out the tranquility with a post–treatment sojourn at the adjacent pool. Read more »

2009 BEST Prenatal Massage

Penny Ordway at Eviama Life Spa

109 South 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

She knows how to keep you comfortable, where your kinks are, what scents will appeal, where the baby is resting; she even offers holistic solutions to pregnancy-related aches. (Heartburn, be gone.) As one mommy-to-be staffer put it, “An hour with Penny feels like getting massaged by Mother Earth.” Read more »

2009 BEST Specialty Massage

Thai Yoga Massage at Terme Di Aroma

32 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

There is something so intimate, so whole, so physical and, yes, so spiritual about giving yourself 90 minutes with Angela Walker, who uses her whole body her whole, dare we say it, aura to relax you like you’ve never been relaxed before. (Plus, you get to keep your comfy clothes on the whole time.) Read more »

2009 BEST Sports Massage

Christa Flood at Salon L’Etoile and Spa

4360 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA

If hitting the gym has left you achy, stiff or sore, get in to see Flood in the less-ballyhooed spa a floor above the bustling blow-dry haven that is Manayunk’s Salon L’Etoile. Her BASIC massage a combination of myofascial therapy and deep tissue will work your muscles slowly, releasing them from holding patterns so you… Read more »

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