At MPHC, our entire staff is dedicated to making each and every visit to our facility the best experience possible. Not only do we provide friendly, helpful service, we are also home to some of the most accomplished massage therapists in the city! Have a stressful day at work? Make an appointment with one of our licensed massage therapists and relax as they work out the kinks of the busy city life.
Not sure who to go with? Below, you will find the personal bios of our massage therapists.
Find the person that fits your needs and make an appointment today.
Massage Therapist & Massage Supervisor
KRISTIN BERNHARDT, LMT
Kristin is a 1999 graduate of The Swedish Institute. Her specialty is a therapeutic, deep tissue, full-body massage using a variety of techniques from Swedish to myofascial with shiatsu elements & more. Continuing Ed. courses in medical massage have given her the ability to provide focused TMJ work and to include areas that are often overlooked, such as scalenes, SCM, pectoralis muscles & the abdomen. Kristin studied postural corrective techniques with Howard Mermelstein and is certified in pre & post natal massage. While working for 3 years at one of New York’s Elite 5-Star Spas, Kristin received advanced training in luxury spa techniques which she likes to incorporate into her sessions. She also gained 3 valuable years of oncology massage experience working at NYU’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and understands protocols for survivors in recovery.
Kristin is also certified in Rising Star, an energetic healing system similar to Reiki, that channels energy through the chakras. You may request a Rising Star for the last 10 minutes of any session at no additional charge.
Her background as an actor has taught her to take direction, so Kristin brings this to her work, tailoring sessions to your request. You may leave feeling relaxed, like a wet noodle, or lengthened and rejuvenated.
Many of Kristin’s clients have discovered that regular massage (even once monthly) can be a wonderful aid to relax the mind and encourage balance in the body.
◄ Medical massage
◄ Pre & post natal massage
◄ Postural corrective techniques
SEBASTIAN BERNARD, LMT
A massage therapist and body-worker since 1995, I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy & Allied Health Science and the Ohashiatsu Institute.
While each session is individualized, my general approach is that upper body issues are best addressed on the table while lower body issues are best addressed on the floor.
On the table, shoulders are my specialty. I work deep without using intense pressure. Sessions adapt and integrate several modalities: Shiatsu (a century old Japanese tradition – literally translating to “finger pressure”), Swedish massage techniques utilizing long deep strokes, kneading and friction techniques to stimulate the skin, soften muscles and lengthen the muscle fibers and may include, trigger points and myofascial release, deep tissue, medical and sports massage. Health benefits include improved blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body while strengthening the immune system and encouraging faster healing time from pulled muscles and sprained ligaments.
On the floor, sessions aim to correct and reinforce proper body mechanics. The breathing, stretching, active and passive movements loosen the body and gradually open the joints relieving and correcting body imbalances while stimulating the body’s inherent powers of recuperation. These sessions are a great way to develop and/or refine your Yoga or Martial Arts practice.
“My martial arts practice led me to yoga, which led me to massage. From there I explored shiatsu, Chinese medicine and Ayuveda and have come to realize that although none of us came with an owner’s manual, we all have a lifetime warranty for recuperation. My aim is to help you realize it too.”
◄ Swedish massage
◄ Deep tissue
◄ Trigger point
◄ Medical massage
GUILLERMO BORBOR, LMT
Hello, you can call me Guillermo or William. I am fluent in Spanish as well as English. Massage therapy is not my job or hobby, it’s my passion. I love to help people out with their stressed bodies by relaxing them and undoing their “knots” or adhesions. My specialty is deep tissue. I love working on tight muscles and loosening my clients up. I’m also good at Swedish massage, basic reflexology and some thai massage. I usually combine all of these modalities into my massage so not only you can feel relaxed, but you can also feel flexible and ready to tackle the world.
Besides massage therapy I enjoy playing the drums. People can tell by the way I use my tapotement techniques. My rhythm and flow during a massage is enhanced by my drumming skills. I can keep a steady pace or a fast rhythmic pace depending on the client’s energy and comfort.
My goal down the road is to become a chiropractor and not only help my clients feel relaxed but to also help with alignment and posture.
Hola, me puedes llamar Guillermo o Wiliam. Hablo muy bien Español así como Ingles. Terapia de masaje no es mi trabajo o pasatiempo, es mi pasión. Me gusta ayudar a la gente con su cuerpo estresados para relajarlos i deshacer sus nudos a adherencias. Mi especialidad es en el tejido profundo. Me encanta trabajar en músculos tensos i aflojarlos. También soy bueno en Reflexología, masaje Sueco y algo de masaje Tailandés. Yo suelo combinar todas estas modalidades en mi masaje así que no solamente puede sentirse relajado, pero también puede sentirse flexible y listo para enfrentar al mundo.
Aparte de la terapia de masaje a mi me gusta tocar los tambores, la gente puede decir por el modo que yo uso mis técnicas tapotement. El flujo de mi ritmo durante un masaje se ve reforzado por mis habilidades de percusión. Puedo mantener un ritmo constante o un ritmo rápido dependiendo de la energía del cliente i comodidad.
Mi objetivo es llegar a ser un Quiropráctico y no solo ayudar a mis clientes a sentirse relajados, también ayudarlos con la alineación i la postura.
◄ Deep Tissue
TYM BYERS, LMT
Tym has an artistic and athletic approach to massage. He holds a BFA from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and an Associates Degree in Occupational Health from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. He’s been a theater and dance teaching artist for Alvin Ailey Arts in Education since 2007. As a professional dancer, Tym understands how to manipulate the body and locate the source of discomfort and muscle soreness. And with his dance background, he seamlessly moves through the major muscle groups with a legato technique.
Tym’s sessions relieve tension, improve circulation and increase relaxation.
◄ Deep Tissue
◄ Sports massage
◄ Thai massage
◄ Trigger point
◄ Myofascial release techniques
LAWRENCE MAY, LMT/RCST/ARCB*
I extend my warm greetings to the members and staff of MPHC!
Please allow me to introduce myself and the wellness services I provide to a wide range of clients. I am a licensed massage therapist in New York State with 20 years of experience in private practice, spa, gym and hotel settings.Depending on your needs and preferences on any given day, I will incorporate a single modality or a combination of the following in our work together:
The intent of my sessions is to support your wellness and health.
◄ SWEDISH (for relaxation and circulation)
◄ SPORTS (for maintenance and injury recovery)
◄ DEEP TISSUE and TRIGGER POINT (for tension release)
◄ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (to lengthen tissues)
◄ REFLEXOLOGY (to stimulate healing zones on the feet and hands)
◄ PRE and POST NATAL (to nurture maternal health and well-being)
◄ CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (for subtle release of held energetic patterns)
◄ SHIATSU (Japanese acupressure to enhance flow of life energy)
◄ REIKI (to channel healing energies)
I treat clients with respect and professionalism and look forward to working with you soon!
*LMT-Licensed Massage Therapist, RCST-Registered Craniosacral Therapist
ARCB-American Reflexology Certification Board
CATHY STAWIARSKI, LMT
Cathy is a nationally certified LMT & a graduate of The Swedish Institute. She loves doing myofascial, deep tissue and medical massage, and she also holds a certification in Prenatal & Post Partum massage. In addition, Cathy has studied Reflexology Level 1 & some Craniosacral.
Cathy was a serious gymnast in Poland, from ages 7-17, Cathy has an affinity for athletes.
Cathy will evaluate your body’s needs and tailor a massage incorporating various modalities including shiatsu & trigger point, as needed. She may also offer some stretches or specific exercises to help with tension or imbalances. Member: AMTA
◄ Deep Tissue
◄ Medical Massage
◄ Prenatal & Post Partum massage
RASALIND WOLF, LMT
Rasalind has been working at St. Elizabeth Ann’s Health and Rehabilitation Center for the past seven years. She comes to MPHC as a graduate of Queens College with a double major- Business Management and Physical Education. She is also a graduate of the Swedish Institute with an extensive background in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Rasalind received her certification in MotherMassage * in Spring of 2009 for pregnancy, post-partum and labor support massage from Elaine Stillerman.
While working for St. Elizabeth Ann’s as a recreational fitness therapist and massage therapist, Rasalind has had the opportunity to deal with residents who have been inflicted with several different illnesses, such as stroke, traumatic brain injuries, arthritis etc.
Rasalind feels rewarded to make a difference in their lives, helping them to increase or maintain range of motion and feel more comfortable, both mentally and physically through therapeutic touch.
◄ Deep Tissue Massage
◄ Sports Massage with PNF stretching
◄ Swedish Massage
KONSTANTIN ZUBASHKO, LMT
Able to incorporate various massage treatments like Swedish, Acupressure, Reflexology and so on to achieve the best results for a wide range of issues from post injury and surgery rehabilitation to chronic conditions.
Konstantin is dedicated to providing quality therapeutic massage and educating on overall health and wellness, as well as establishing and maintaining excellent client relationships.
◄ Traditional Swedish Massage
◄ Therapeutic Massage
◄ Deep Tissue Massage
◄ Tui Na Massage
◄ Neuromuscular Function
◄ Stretching Techniques
◄ Western & Eastern Approaches
◄ Traditional Chinese Medecine
◄ Substances, Organs, Channels
◄ Disorders & Diseases
◄ Injury/Surgery rehabilitation
◄ Chronic & Mental conditions