Elisabeth Sigmund – Chapter 8

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When developing her skin care treatment, Elisabeth Sigmund addressed the needs of her clients, who she wanted to feel good from head to toe and to be able to relax. Because many women have cold feet, she began the treatment with a warming foot bath, to which she added her sage bath essence. She took the time to build up good relationships with her customers. An appointment lasted approximately 2 hours. During this time Elisabeth Sigmund often had private discussions with the customers. During these consultations, the causes of certain skin conditions repeatedly came to light, for example, intolerances or incorrect nutrition.

Lymph stimulation

Many new customers visited the Salong för Skönhetsvård for a facial massage. When Elisabeth Sigmund worked at the Vienna cosmetics institute, Pessl, in the mid-1930s, she noticed that facial massages allowed the facial muscles to slacken and coarsened the skin structure. She therefore developed lymph stimulation as an alternative treatment for her Stockholm beauty salon based on the manual lymph drainage technique developed by Dr Emil Vodder (1896–1986) and his wife Estrid (1898–1996). The lymph system removes metabolic waste products, toxins, pathogens and excess tissue fluids but can become blocked. Lymph drainage removes the blockages and gets things flowing again using pumping, circling, flat movements.

Facial exercises

“There are two kinds of beauty – inner and outer.”

This quote from Elisabeth Sigmund expresses, among other things, how a person’s inner attitude can influence their facial features. Wrinkles are created through a certain facial expression. Sadness or joy is reflected on a person’s face. Using facial exercises, which you can still learn today, Elisabeth Sigmund balanced out one-sided muscle tension. Targeted activation of individual facial muscles to increase their tone and strengthen the living tissue, triggering its natural activity. Wrinkles can be smoothed out. The facial skin feels fresher as a result of better circulation.

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Facial Workout

Beauty through facial workouts

When trying to tone their bodies, most people go to the gym. But how many people train their facial muscles? Their chin muscles, forehead muscles, lip area muscles, lower cheek muscles, eye area muscles or nose muscles?

Facial exercises refine our facial expressions and shape our facial features. Our face becomes more toned, the invigorated tissue is stronger and its natural activity stimulated, our worry lines are smoothened out. All in all, our facial skin simply feels different: fresher, healthier and with better circulation.

Sound good? Then get exercising!

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Knee bends for the forehead

  1. A great beginner’s exercise to work your forehead area, which you should ideally try in front of a mirror: start by raising and then relaxing your forehead.
  2. Next, place both hands loosely on top of each other on your forehead and raise and relax it again.
  3. Your hands should move passively with your skin. Now keep your hands in the same position but use them to create resistance while raising your forehead. Keep the skin tensed for about five seconds then slowly relax. Repeat four times.
  4. Finally, use circular finger movements to loosen your forehead. Now close your eyes and savour the way your skin feels. This enjoyable sensation alone boosts your inner beauty.

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Since 1967 Dr. Hauschka has been devoted to creating skin care formulations from Nature. Our efficacy is based on our unique skin care philosophy, unique rhythmic process and the highest quality natural ingredients with a preference for biodynamic, organic or responsibly wild harvested sources. The result: healthy, balanced, strengthened and radiant skin!

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