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5 Great Ways to Unwind in Boston During 2017

From massage to fitness, these are tops for a rejuvinating New Year

As happy as the holiday season is, it can be quite taxing. But the presents have been opened, the shopping is complete, the Champagne has been sipped, and now it's time to focus on yourself for a little R&R, or a reboot to the wellness routine. Here are some of our favorite ways to start the year on the right foot. 

Viyada Thai Spa

The authentic Thai treatments at Boston’s first Thai spa includes such luxury experiences as traditional Thai massage, which combines acupressure and stretching techniques. Massage balances the body’s energy and clears blockages to leave clients rejuvenated. 

Must Try:  Thai Herbal Compress Massage, which combines a traditional Thai massage with an organic, warm pouch of Thai herbs kneading the body.

Price: $195 for 90 minutes.

Display at Viyada Thai Spa (Courtesy Viyada Thai Spa)
Display at Viyada Thai Spa (Courtesy Viyada Thai Spa)


This one-stop wellness retreat offers fitness classes like barre and yoga as well as traditional spa treatments to relax sore muscles. The Back Bay location offers incredible relaxation with facials, massages and acupuncture, while the Battery Wharf site has barre, yoga and cardio classes for all fitness levels.

Must Try: Glow Body Scrub, with dry brushing and exfoliation to increase circulation and improve skin.

Price: $160 for 60 minutes.  

Woman performing the plank exercise (Courtesy Exhale)
Woman performing the plank exercise (Courtesy Exhale)

Bella Sante

The name literally means “beautiful health,” and the treatments at this Newbury spa certainly deliver. The award-winning oasis on Boston's top street for shopping proffers soothing services and has plenty of specials, especially for first-time guests.

Must Try: Five Elements Whole Body Ritual, which combines the energy of traditional Japanese elements—earth, fire, water, air and sky— for a whole-body Zen.

Price: $225 for 100 minutes. 

Bella Sante spa treatment (© Sarah Winchester)
Bella Sante spa treatment (© Sarah Winchester)

Laughing Buddha Boston

This Swiss healing center is built on the philosophies of Eastern medicine and offers varied alternatives to a traditional spa with just as much rest and relaxation. 

Must Try: Reiki, to restore physical and emotional well being by simply using the power of touch rather than massage.

Price: $150 per session.

Treatment room (Courtesy Laughing Buddha Boston)
Treatment room (Courtesy Laughing Buddha Boston)


Try Boston’s first and only organic spa, offering luxe face and body treatments and nutritional support for a total reset to start the year off right. And take the spa experience home with you with a purchase of a little something from the organic skincare line used in the treatments. 

Must Try: Organic Dark Chocolate Body Wrap, which clears skin and is also anti-cellulite; Float Therapy, where you float for an hour with guided meditation in a salt-saturated bath.

Price: $155 for 60 minutes (body wrap); $79 for 30 minutes (float session). 

Spa room (Courtesy Balans)
Spa room (Courtesy Balans)