Based in Toronto and New York, but available “via modern transport or the Internet,” Rachel Schipper (www.rachelschipper.com) delivers wellness solutions directly to her urban clients, offering everything from 90-minute sessions to multiday retreats for individuals or groups as part of her Curated Wellness service. Schipper, a lawyer by training, has worked at an international criminal tribunal, the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, and even on Wall Street. But she is also a 10-year disciple of yoga, a meditation guide, and a certified holistic health coach.
She has been mentored by wellness luminaries such as Deepak Chopra and Walter Willett, who heads Harvard Medical School’s department of nutrition. But, she says, “the best training I’ve had is working back-to-back, 90-hour weeks as a lawyer in Manhattan. I know the lifestyle well and the impact that it has on body, mind, and spirit.”
As a health coach, Schipper helps her clients untangle the web of contradictory nutrition advice and determine what sort of lifestyle changes are necessary for their individual goals. One thing she does differently from many other services: She will also provide ongoing support and guidance.
Also in New York is Joshua Margolis, the founder of Mind Over Matter (mindovermatternyc.com) and the expert to whom the Mandarin Oriental New York reaches out for its fitness clientele. Margolis, a certified trainer for 15 years and a former college athlete, and his team of specialists will meet clients in their hotel rooms, gyms, the office, or at the edge of Central Park for a yoga session or a back-to-basics course of push-ups and lunges. He matches clients with trainers by personality, fitness level, and sport. His team can cover nearly any athletic discipline a client might desire from ultimate Frisbee in Central Park to one-on-one on a nearby basketball court to swimming laps at the Mandarin’s sun-drenched 75-foot pool—one of the few of this size in Manhattan hotels—with inspiring views of the Hudson River from its 36th floor.