Daily, by appointment only
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
Licensed massage therapist Robyn Rubenstein conducts something of a traveling healing show, bringing on-site relaxation to corporate leaders, rejuvenating frazzled waiters, and putting performers back in motion. A native Texan and dancer, Rubenstein has been hands-on with New York clients since 1992, both operating out of her Midtown studio and making house calls. A yogi herself, the masseuse incorporates the practice into her trademark Thai Yoga massage method, in which she leads her client through a series of guided stretches (she poses your body for you) to more deeply engage the muscles. She also performs prenatal, craniosacral, trigger point, shiatsu, deep tissue, and reflexology treatments, all with a focus more on rehabilitating injuries and aches than on simple relaxation. Perhaps the most valuable part of her gypsy-like existence as a masseuse is her allowance for customization for each client: Her "singer" massages find her rubbing throats and jaws back to stage-ready status. However, the potentially unnerving aspect of her down-home treatments is that they're usually accompanied by a steady wave of chitchat. If you're the silent type, you might want to ask Rubenstein for muted service before she begins.
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