To say that physical therapist Shmuel Tatz is good for what ails you is a gross understatement—just ask the throngs of musicians, dancers, and athletes he’s treated at his Carnegie Hall studio. "Professional musicians, dancers, and athletes don’t have time to go from doctor to doctor," says Tatz, who was educated in Lithuania, Germany, Russia, and Israel, and has lived in the US for 25 years. "They want to get better right now with minimum side effects."
Through a mix of yoga, osteopathy, acupuncture, and physical and reflex therapy, Tatz has kept clients like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Susan Jaffe, Peter Jennings, Lou Reed, Kathleen Turner, and members of the Soviet Olympic team in fine form. But an elitist he's not: The bulk of his patients are "average Joes" who come to him with everything from lower back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis to migraines. He calls most of what he sees "happy injuries"—incurred from leisure activities (yoga, golf, running) that leave the bodies in need of a tune up—and prides himself on giving each client as much time as is needed to get the job done properly. We feel better already.