Best Of 2017

BEST RUBDOWN FOR YOU (AND YOUR DOG): Dawn Murphy at 4GreatMassage


Dawn Murphy is a knot whisperer. Muscles turn to putty in her highly capable hands. The Clearwater-based massage therapist is so good at what she does overworked bodies simply relax in her presence. Gnarled rhomboids loosen up. Necks unstiffen and hip flexors lengthen. Even persistent sciatic nerve pain diminishes after a session with Murphy, who works on accident victims in a chiropractor’s office by day and makes house calls for regular clients on her days off. Armed with a portable massage table and enough coconut oil to rub the wrinkles out of an elephant, Murphy provides a laundry list of healing therapies, including cupping, hot stone massage, Reiki and her signature deep-tissue work –– all in the comforts of your living room. As a bonus, she gives her clients’ dogs a little rubdown because hey, pooches carry stress in their shoulders too. —Heidi Kurpiela