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La Maison Dr. Hauschka is located in a lush green courtyard. An oasis of peace and tranquillity in the centre of Paris. Photo: Dominique Charriau (Getty Images)
The 11th arrondissement is a hip district. Situated away from the city’s major tourist attractions, this former workers’ quarter is now popular with trendy young Parisians. The numerous hidden courtyards, where shoemakers and carpenters once had their workshops, are now home to artists’ ateliers, design studios and architectural offices – as well as our very own Maison Dr. Hauschka.
The world's first Dr. Hauschka spa is just a short walk from the main opera house, the Opéra Bastille. Strolling past vibrant bars, hip restaurants and unconventional boutiques, you eventually find yourself at 39 Rue de Charonne. Here, if you can peer through the archway you catch a glimpse of a lush interior courtyard. Those who enter this courtyard discover an enchanted oasis of peace and tranquillity, far from the fast-paced city life outside.
A piece of Eckwälden in Paris
Until 2008, this idyllic courtyard was home to the offices of WALA France. As the company grew, its employees moved into a larger building – and nature moved into the former offices. Today, La Maison Dr. Hauschka is a home away from home for our natural cosmetics; a little piece of Eckwälden in the centre of Paris. The building is made of wood, stone and glass, naturally decorated with warm colours, lush greenery and a little stream.
From the outside, the building has the appearance of a small greenhouse, which makes the spacious interior all the more surprising. Plants and greenery adorn the space, with plenty of natural light pouring in through the large windows at the entrance. Wood is the main design element: sometimes natural, like the decorative birch trunks, or otherwise naturally treated, like the ornamental wall panels. Plenty of white space in between highlights the design elements and gives the soul space to breathe.
Wood is the main interior design element, like these decorative birch trunks. Photo: Dominique Charriau (Getty Images)
With natural stone walls and dim lighting, the treatment rooms feel like warm, protective caves. Photo: Dominique Charriau (Getty Images)
From the entrance, a little stream leads the way to the treatment rooms. Photo: Dominique Charriau (Getty Images)
Oases of tranquillity
From the entrance area, a little stream leads all rest-and-relaxation-seekers to the five treatment rooms. These little oases of tranquillity form the heart of La Maison Dr. Hauschka. Natural stone walls make the rooms feel like warm, protective caves. The perfect place to really connect with oneself. Simply arrive, let go, and find peace.
A comfortable bed, valuable natural cosmetics, soft hands and delicate brushes. What more do you need for pure relaxation? With special care and attention, our trained Dr. Hauschka estheticians demonstrate the lesson we learned from Elisabeth Sigmund, one of our founders: the value of deep relaxation and effective impulses. This is the art of touch in its purest form, and a true blessing for stressed city dwellers and tired tourists.
The art of touch
What makes the treatment unique is the rhythm of touch, the meeting and releasing, the rhythmic alternation between rest and movement, warmth and coolness. And the core element of every Dr. Hauschka treatment is also driven by rhythm: lymph stimulation with brushes. Dr. Hauschka estheticians use gentle brush strokes to stimulate the lymphatic capillaries. This activates the metabolism, relaxes and decongests the tissue, and replenishes cells with oxygen and nutrients more quickly.
Elisabeth Sigmund trained the first estheticians in her method in 1971. Today, there are around 1,900 Dr. Hauschka estheticians practising in around 25 countries. But there is only one Maison Dr. Hauschka: the little piece of Eckwälden in the centre of Paris.