What is Body Tuning?

Body Tuning is an approach to diagnosing and treating the cause of pain, much like that of a skilled musician communicating with his instrument. Developed by Shmuel Tatz, the technique involves first scanning the body manually with the hands to zero in on the source of the problem, and carefully “listening” to each of its parts, in order to begin the healing process through an array of modalities.

Shmuel’s extensive experience in examining and evaluating body mechanics enables him to determine joint mobility and customize a program of therapy that will maximize the body’s ability to heal. Learn more

How was Shmuel Tatz trained?

Shmuel was trained in physical education and medical exercise in Lithuania, medical massage in Russia, and physical therapy in Israel. He has worked with the Israeli soccer team, Soviet Olympic athletes and severely injured patients at Hadassah Hospital in Israel. Learn more

What type of problems does he treat?

A steady stream of clientele find their way to the Body Tuning Studio as a last resort after a host of other practitioners have failed to help them. Pianists and writers appear with neck and shoulder strains, while dancers often come with hip, knee and back pain. More than half of his clients have more standard ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis, stenosis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, headaches and pinched nerves. Learn more

Who are his patients?

His patients include everyone from musical geniuses to triathletes and marathoners, “type A” workaholics, stroke victims, weekend athletes, arthritic grandmothers, aging boomers and children.

Tatz has treated a "Who’s Who" of luminaries in the Arts for decades: ballet dancers, concert pianists and violinists, cellists, conductors, opera singers, actors and directors, composers and MVP athletes, and rock stars. To name a few: Andrew Lloyd Weber, Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhim, Lou Reed, Kathleen Turner, Peter Jennings and prima ballerinas Alexandra Danilova, Nina Ananiashvili, and Susan Jaffe.

More importantly, Shmuel Tatz has only one mission: to be able to help anyone who is in pain, regardless of who they are and what they can afford to pay.

What are some of the modalities Shmuel uses in treatment?

Shmuel utilizes hands-on manipulation of joints and muscles, body-specific movement exercises and activities, and a wide array of appropriate FDA approved treatments, including: cold laser, short-wave diathermy, non-invasive electro-cranial stimulation, acupuncture and auricular therapy.

Is Body Tuning a substitute for surgery?

Body Tuning is often used to prepare the body to better accept surgery, sometimes avoid surgery and to help the body heal faster. Of course, Shmuel will refer patients to appropriate colleagues as needed. Learn more

Is Body Tuning covered by insurance?

In many cases, treatment is covered by insurance and we will work with each patient to make treatment affordable.

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Why do so many gifted people in the arts work with Shmuel?

  • “Shmuel – oh, what a relief! Thank you – thank you.”
    Kathleen Turner, actress
  • “I go to Shmuel because he delivers results. Results are what count at the end of the day. Shmuel is a very talented man. I don’t know if there’s anyone like him in the country. If you’re serious about getting better, then you go to see Shmuel, in my humble opinion.”
    Lou Reed, musician
  • “Shmuel is an enormously gifted, highly trained and experienced physical therapist… he is also knowledgeable in the unique needs of artists who so often have problems that are caused by professional work over the years.”
    Isaac Stern, violinist
  • “Mr. Shmuel Tatz is one of the most sensitive and effective gifts to the violinist and to all who require so much of their body. I am most thankful to him.”
    Yehudi Menuhin, violinist and conductor
  • “Mr. Shmuel Tatz has the most extensive knowledge of physical therapy…(and a) great repertoire to affect the muscles of professional performers, but also a unique talent to psychologically impact the patient.”
    Mstislav Rostropovich, cellist and conductor