The 411: Hope Gillerman
Hope Gillerman practices what she preaches. The creator and founder of H. Gillerman Organics essential-oil remedies, a genius line of natural oils based on traditional Chinese medicine that addresses everything from stress and sleeplessness to sinus pressure and even jaw clenching, is herself a wellness expert and holistic healer with twenty-five years of experience. The New York-based naturalist is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, which aims to teach people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during their everyday lives—and, impressively, created the curriculum around it for Harvard’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training (a former dancer, Gillerman adopted the method into her own life as a way of treating chronic back pain). Given her wealth of wellness-related knowledge, we were eager to get the inside track on Gillerman’s own favorite stops for yoga, green juices, and the kind of R&R destinations that are “pure healthy, rejuvenating time off.” Read on to get her picks below.—Fiorella Valdesolo
The Morning Ritual: Beauty From the Inside Out
“First I drink hot water with lime. Then, in the shower, I do a light loofah scrub, followed by a roll-on H. Gillerman Organics remedy oil. I have been using my Pure Breathing Chest Remedy to keep my immune system and energy level pumped. I follow that with H. Gillerman Neroli Face Oil, Face Balm, Lip Balm, and Hand & Body (from my own small-batch skincare line). Then I touch up my nails with HIPP x RGB nudes. Breakfast usually includes steel-cut oats, pure tea, and my green juice with local greens, Red Jacket Cider, Hemp Hearts, cardamom, and cinnamon, diluted with water or nettle tea—and sometimes a banana.”
Available at www.hgillermanorganics.com and www.rgbcosmetics.com.
The Personal Yogi: Frank Ricci
“I have a private yoga teacher, Frank Ricci—he does his homework and is always prepared. He just has a brilliant mind.”
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The Man With the Crystal Vision: Joseph Giacona
“Joseph Giacona works with crystals, Chinese medicine, and supplements. He has a great ability to gently motivate change and self-healing.”
For more information, visit www.neighborhoodnaturalmedicine.com.
The Favorite Micro-Neighborhood: New York’s Flower District
“The Ace Hotel is great for meetings. There are unique new shops and eateries there, as well as Yoga Union, where anyone can practice because teachers know how to work with people with reasons why they can’t do yoga, like back injuries, scoliosis, extra-tight bodies, wrist injuries, foot pain, and more.”
For more information, visit www.yogaunion.com.
The Locavore Food Fair: Fort Greene Park Greenmarket
“I always do Fort Greene farmers market on Saturdays. I go after I walk Mary Martin (my dog) in Fort Greene Park, and I don’t have to push through the throngs in Union Square.”
For more information, visit www.grownyc.org/fortgreenegreenmarket.
The Quick Escape: Mohonk Mountain House
“Definitely Mohonk Mountain House. It has amazing hiking, a top spa, the best skating rink, and atmospheric beauty. And it’s less than two hours from Manhattan.”
For more information, visit www.mohonk.com.
The Escape from L.A.: The Carneros Inn and Spa
“I have to go to L.A. a lot, so I need a West Coast escape, too. The Carneros Inn and Spa in Napa is it for serious R&R, because you don’t feel you have to do anything when you are there. It’s pure healthy, rejuvenating time off.”
For more information, visit www.thecarnerosinn.com.
The Perfect Posture Producer: Ergonomic Chairs
“An ergonomic computer chair is important. And you don’t have to buy an expensive one! I love this one—and for all you artists and designers, there’s an adjustable stool version, too!”
For more information, visit www.globalindustrial.com.
Photo: Courtesy of H. Gillerman