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2012 BEST Deep Tissue Massage

Phila Massages

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.

132 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-995-6897 | Website

2012 BEST Luxury Massage

Four-Handed Massage at Nurture Spa

415 South York Road, New Hope, PA

Just in case the thought of a simultaneous scalp and foot massage isn’t enough to make your eyes roll back in your head, we’ll explain it this way: It might be best to have a loved one come along to drive you home afterward, as if you are undergoing an outpatient medical procedure for which… Read more »

2011 BEST Budget Massage

Massage Envy

See website for locations

Sure, the sheets might not be as plush or the bathroom quite as luxe, but there’s nothing cut-rate about Massage Envy’s Wellness Program. A $59 monthly membership fee buys a 50-minute massage (we loved the deep-tissue with Regina Cerceo-Hagpian in Ardmore) every 30 days, and you can book additional massages for only 39 bucks. If… Read more »

2011 BEST Post-Marathon Massage

Tandem Sports Massage at Phila Massage

1835 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

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. Read more »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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