Michael Moore, Owner of Moore Massage
He’s masseur to the Boston Ballet, and many devotees consider Michael Moore something of an artist himself. The Quincy-bred massage therapist controls one of the most crowded appointment books in Boston. People wait months just to grace his table — “I turn away 30 to 40 massages per day,” he estimates. So it’s about time he snagged his own studio. In January, Moore, formerly a sole practitioner, moved into a large Newbury Street space, hired 10 employees, and began offering massage services for wellness and relaxation as well as therapeutic bodywork programs geared toward athletes, expectant mothers, and others. “All these things that I’ve learned in 14-plus years, I’m now putting together in one space,” says Moore, who trained at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. (“It’s the MIT of massage schools,” he jokes.) In this new space, Moore hopes to mentor young therapists. “You need to be constantly working and discussing treatments. In this profession, people burn out after 10 years. It’s too cookie-cutter.” Not for him, though: “I’m all about the individual. You can be face-up, face-down, whatever your issue is — there’s not one fit for everybody.” So, aside from his freewheeling style, what accounts for his success? “I’m a Quincy wiseass,” he laughs. “I call my massages ‘bloodless surgery.’ And I’m very thorough.”
Improper Bostonian: Winner 2009
Best of Boston 2010: Runner Up
Winner: Best of Daily Candy 2007
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“Bloodless surgery” isn’t a phrase typically associated with spa treatments. Then again, there’s nothing typical about the way that Quincy native Moore—who coined the term to describe his massages—operates. His Stuart Street office is just that: an office, with no cucumber water or silk robes in sight. In place of such frippery, you get what is simply the best deep-tissue, Swedish, and therapeutic massages in Boston, for half the price of most rubdowns elsewhere. This year Moore’s list of clients (which includes several local politicians, athletes, and news anchors) grew so lengthy that he opened a second location in Brookline.
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BEST Massage, Therapist, Sports
When Moore talks about sports massage, he tends to sound a bit like a car mechanic. Forget the fluff-and-buff routine, he says: It’s all about giving muscles an old-fashioned tune-up. His expert kneading may make the body sore in the short run, but it also goes deep to root out stubborn stiffness. The first time you lace ‘em up and hit the track after a stint on his table, you might just find yourself gliding along like a new Rolls.
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BEST Massage, Therapist
It was hard to find a bad massage—if indeed there is such a thing—in this year’s bunch. Natalie at Unique Verve put us quite pleasantly to sleep. Samantha at the Mandarin Oriental soothed our muscles (if, at $200-plus, not so much our fiscal conscience). In the end, though, this previous Best Of champ prevailed—despite attempting to defer credit to his mentor, Keith Stiles, who joined Moore Massage this year. Stiles might have been, in Moore’s words, “the man who taught me everything,” but in this case, student knows best. Moore’s consistently thorough handiwork reversed our laptop shoulder and boosted our energy for days. We’re convinced he even cured us of cellulite. You heard us.