Wellbeing and grooming in New York – personally recommended therapies, treatments and pick-me-ups

Where the great and the good turn for an instant feelgood boost

The Cowshed spa at New York’s Soho House
The Cowshed spa at New York’s Soho House

Katie Hillier, fashion designer I’m a huge fan of the vitamin C facial at the Cowshed spa at New York’s Soho House. I don’t wear make-up, I’m getting older and I don’t know how to look after my skin properly, and this makes all the difference. 29-35 Ninth Avenue, NY 10014 (+1646-253 6111; sohohouseny.com).

Pilates instructor Alissa Alter of Form Pilates
Pilates instructor Alissa Alter of Form Pilates | Image: Courtney Lindberg

Annabelle Selldorf, architect I adore my wonderful Pilates instructor, Alissa Alter, at Form Pilates. She’s very precise and funny, and this goes a long way to getting me through that door. alissa.alter@gmail.com; alissaalter.com.

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David Rockwell, architect and designer My wellbeing secret is the massage therapists at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Their massages include Swedish and Thai techniques – my week’s stress disappears after an 80-minute session. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, NY 12561 (+1855-883 3798; mohonk.com). 

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz

Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder of Moda Operandi For a sense of wellbeing, I recommend facialist Georgia Louise, on the Upper East Side, who leaves my sensitive skin feeling refreshed; and Mary Helen Bowers at Ballet Beautiful in SoHo, who creates an atmosphere that is very easy-going and not at all competitive. Ballet Beautiful, balletbeautiful.com. Georgia Louise, georgialouise.com.

Facialist Georgia Louise in her salon
Facialist Georgia Louise in her salon

Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist Thanks to personal training sessions at Equinox in New York, where I have a membership, I’m in much better physical condition than I used to be. I don’t need to fly business class now because I can just curl myself up into a ball and sleep in economy. equinox.com.

A personal training session at Equinox
A personal training session at Equinox

Francisco Costa, fashion designer I go to Tracie Martyn on Fifth Avenue for her incredible hydrating facials – and I love the atmosphere at her salon of the same name. 101 Fifth Avenue, NY 10003 (+1212-206 9333; traciemartyn.com).

Facialist Tracie Martyn at her salon
Facialist Tracie Martyn at her salon

Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK I swear by Dr Frank Lipman, my nutritionist at Eleven Eleven Wellness, and doing a periodic cleanse to reset my system. And for a quick pick-me-up, the high-tech Triad Facial at Colbert MD gives you a mild peel, laser and moisture infusion in 30 minutes. Colbert MD, 119 Fifth Avenue, NY 10003 (+1212-533 8888; colbertmd.com). Dr Frank Lipman, Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, 32 West 22nd Street, NY 10010 (+1212-255 1800; drfranklipman.com).

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Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs For a wellbeing boost, I head for Tapovana Ashtanga Healing Center in Sag Harbor, a very Zen place. The Ashtanga is quite intense, but I never feel as good as the moment I walk out of their studio. 977 Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor Turnpike, NY 11962 (+1631-678 3905; tapovana.com).

John Derian, glassware designer My osteopath Monique Bureau’s super-light touch – cranial manipulation, slight adjustments – always makes me feel better, healthier, in an instant. moniqueosteopt@gmail.com

Bobbi Brown, make-up artist and cosmetics entrepreneur My osteopath, Dr Erik Steiner, keeps me perfectly aligned with just 45 minutes of gentle manipulation every other week. The manicurist, Roza Israel, who will come to your office, and my hair stylist Marissa Martoni at Marie Robinson have been valued contacts for years – I trust them completely. Dr Erik Steiner, 41 Union Square West, NY 10003 (+1212-227 6967; eriksteinerwellness.com). Marie Robinson Salon, 10th floor, 40 W 25th Street, NY 10010 (+1212-358 7780; marierobinsonsalon.com). Roza Israel, rozaisrael@yahoo.com.

Olivier Reza, jeweller To feel instantly groomed, I have my hair cut by Dominick at Frédéric Fekkai. He’s the best; clients fly him round the world for one of his haircuts. 712 Fifth Avenue, NY 10019 (+1212-753 9500; fekkai.com).

Kilian Hennessy, perfumer My chiropractor, Wanda Lopez, knows the body like no chiropractor I have ever met – I couldn’t do without her treatments. 120 East 56th Street, NY 10022 (+1212-319 3433; metrocollaborative.com). 

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