For some people, physical therapy means going to an office where they may have a short hands on experience with the therapist and then are given strengthening exercises in a gym-like setting followed by ice therapy.
Shmuel Tatz's approach to healing the body is something entirely different. He calls his work "Body Tuning." Just as musicians tune their instruments until they are perfectly in tune, Shmuel Tatz does the same for the human body. He says: "Only when the body is in tune can it function normally."
First, Shmuel observes his client. Then with physical touch he moves the body, both soft tissue and joints, to evaluate its restrictions. Though clients tell him their stories, he prefers to listen to their bodies with his learned hands. Silence enables him to think and feel the problems in the body. What he sees and feels is conveyed to the client and if he sees that there is damage that needs repair, he will refer the client to a physician. The goal of Body Tuning is simple: to ease the pain and suffering and send the client back into the world healed in as far as it is possible to do so.
Dr. Tatz blends the best of Western physical therapy and Eastern healing arts. He also uses reflexo-physiotherapy (using modalities at acupuncture points.) Tatz says that the eclectic mix of therapies is designed to bring peace to the body and keep it free of pain. To that end he includes FDA approved treatments such as magnet therapy, electro-cranial stimulation, electro-vibration, cold laser and ultrasound. He also re-educates clients in breathing techniques and movement.
This is only a partial list of conditions treated by Body Tuning method.
Shmuel Tatz has over 40 years experience on three continents. His studies in Lithuania led him to work with the Soviet Olympic teams in the 1970’s where he gained proficiency in treating sports injuries. In the early 80’s he continued his studies in Israel, working in hospital intensive care units and rehabilitation facilities. He then came to New York City where he worked mostly with world famous dancers and musicians. In the 90’s most of his clients were music students and yoga practitioners. For the past fifteen years he and the team of body tuners have devoted their practice to New Yorkers from all walks of life, stressed from their busy lives with pain and discomfort in their bodies. Practicing his system of Body Tuning, Shmuel has solved problems that have not been successfully treated elsewhere. Learn more
Dr. Tatz has written several books, including Hands on a Keyboard: A Guide for Musicians and Computer Users.
Formerly located at Carnegie Hall, the Body Tuning Studio is now in central Manhattan at Columbus Circle. The opposite of a clinical setting, it is an oasis of calm. Before treatment, clients are seated on vintage Carnegie Hall seats and listen to classical music, surrounded by photographs of famous musicians, dancers and artists who have been treated by Shmuel Tatz. The Studio runs on time and rarely does a client have to wait for their session to begin. There are four individual treatment rooms which look out on a beautiful garden.
Joining Shmuel Tatz in his practice is Daniel Padmos, a musician turned physical therapist. After completing a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music performance, from NYU and the University of Michigan respectively, Daniel found his true passion: listening to the body. While working as a professional musician, he completed clinical affiliations at Maimonides Medical Center, where he worked primarily with cardiac patients in the intensive care unit, and at two out-patient orthopedic clinics for treating sports injuries and providing post-operative care. Trained by Dr. Tatz in the body tuning system, Daniel’s crossover knowledge as a musician and therapist allows him to provide the unique care needed by performing artists.