Interview with Saralee Hofrichter, Holistic Skin Care Specialist, Certified Dr. Hauschka Esthetician and Reiki Master
When did your journey to becoming a holistic skin care specialist begin?
When I was a teenager, I had acne. I became very self-conscious and critical of my appearance, and my low self-esteem impacted my relationships I built with myself and others. I sought out treatments that were traditional and readily available from local dermatologists, and I was prescribed many different pills and creams, although but nothing seemed to help.
I became more and more frustrated with the lack of improvement in my skin and the lack of compassion from the practitioners. I began seeking alternative methods, and I began to understand the connection between my body’s inner environment and the outer manifestation of dis-ease. Once I immersed myself in the world of holistic healing and saw my healing process from a holistic perspective, I never looked back.
You work with women with rosacea. Is this a challenge you’ve faced personally?
Rosacea is a hereditary condition, and it runs in my family. I developed the typical rosacea symptoms, broken capillaries and sensitivity in my skin in my 30’s. After making shifts in my diet and becoming aware of the triggers, my condition dramatically improved. Using the Dr. Hauschka products helps keep my skin in balance. Although it never progressed and I have it under control, I know first hand how embarrassing it can be to struggle with this condition.
What has been your experience with maturing skin?
For years women would come to me with concerns about their maturing skin, and as much as I sympathized with them, I didn’t fully understand until after going through menopause myself. I definitely feel my appearance has changed over the past few years with more greying hair and bit more sagging skin. However, I have learned to feel more at ease within myself and embrace the aging process.
Can you tell us a bit about your holistic skin care training and experience?
I have been am a holistic esthetician licensed in the state of Massachusetts and certified as a Dr. Hauschka skin care specialist since 1998. This certification means that I have completed Dr. Hauschka’s intensive and comprehensive training, and I am recognized as an expert in delivering Dr. Hauschka’s unique treatment. I also worked at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for fifteen15 years as one of their “seasoned” estheticians and helped open several local esthetician rooms.
Over the years, I have studied many alternative therapies including Therapeutic Touch and Reiki. Although people come to me for skin care, I often do energy work during treatments as well. For as long as I can remember, my clients have told me that they receive “so much more than a facial” when they work with me. (Thus my tag line). They leave with an internal glow, feeling deeply relaxed and at peace.
What are you most passionate about in your work?
My work as a holistic skin care specialist is the perfect marriage between my own personal skin issues and my interest in alternative healing. I am passionate about helping people feel more beautiful. By helping them heal their skin on the outside, I help them heal the wounds on the inside. I love witnessing the transformation that takes place in someone’s skin and energy.
After many years of struggling with self-criticism and low self-esteem due to my skin problems, I now choose to live my life by my daily mantra: “By loving and accepting myself, I turn off my inner critic and experience peace and happiness in relationship with myself and others.” This life lesson is at the core of what I am here to offer. I am called to help my clients learn to love and accept themselves. It gives me great joy to envision each person leaving after a treatment, spreading their glow. I feel I am doing a small part in helping to heal the Universe, one glowing person at a time.
What makes the Dr. Hauschka products so special?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Dr. Hauschka snob, and part of the reason I became an esthetician was to work with the Dr. Hauschka products. Many products are called “natural” but really aren’t. The Dr. Hauschka products are certified natural by NATRUE and BDIH, and have been “natural” for close to 50 years. They are made from high-quality natural ingredients that are either organic or bio-dynamically grown or wild harvested, and they are responsibly sourced. There are no synthetic fragrances, colors, dyes or petroleum derived ingredients used and no animal testing done. They are made with integrity for the earth and the plant, and are based on the work of Rudolph Steiner and anthroposophy, a spiritual philosophy focusing on human development that resonates with me.
At the heart of the Dr. Hauschka treatment is the Lymph Stimulation. What is this?
Often overlooked, the lymphatic system plays a significant role in the body’s functioning. The lymphatic system is the fluid body located just beneath the surface of the skin that helps to filter impurities from the body and support the immune system. Esthetician Elisabeth Sigmund, the creator of the Dr. Hauschka treatments, was considered revolutionary in her field when she discovered that gentle, rhythmic lymph stimulation could cleanse waste and impurities from the body to promote health and radiant skin. This discovery and incorporating lymph work in each session helps to make the Dr. Hauschka treatment unique in the field of esthetics.
Okay! I know that I want to work with you, how do we get started?
Please go ahead and set up your free clarity session below so that we can get to know each other a bit more. Or, if you’d prefer, you can call me at 413-687-3805 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be honored to support you on your path towards looking and feeling more beautiful!
How much will it cost?
The cost of the program is a bundled rate, meaning it includes your treatments, products and supplements, if needed. You will be given particular products that best solve your particular skin issues. The cost of your program will be discussed during your free clarity session.