HANA founder Sara Higgins’ journey traverses the path between her medical background and her own personal health struggles, both instrumental as catalysts for the creation of the space.
A trained pharmacist, Sara found herself wanting to incorporate more of a holistic viewpoint into her job after being exposed to alternative ways of treating illness and disease. “I’m passionate about getting to the root cause of illness and looking at ways of supporting the body to heal itself,” she says.
Coupled with a desire to help people and offer a sanctuary-like space that bridges the gap between healing and relaxation, this led her to create HANA.
“Your health is your responsibility.”
Sara’s personal wellness philosophy is just as holistic and more than skin-deep. “To me, wellness means living in alignment between your mental, physical and emotional self, and prioritising each one equally.”
She cites a recent read by Bruce Lipton as an inspiration. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles talks about how powerful the mind is at influencing our health. “One of the things he says is that health or wellness is not just the absence of disease; to be healthy is actually about having joy in your life.”
When it comes to HANA’s infrared saunas, the main drawcard is the myriad health benefits they offer, particularly in relation to detoxing. However, there’s another positive side-effect. “What I also think is so important – especially in the current climate – is the nourishment they provide when you allow yourself to relax. It can be a time to meditate, catch up on your favourite podcast, or do a few stretches.”
For many of us, it might be the only time we have focused on ourselves all day and having a calm and relaxing space to do this in is crucial.
A Holistic Approach
Feeling empowered to be proactive with our own health and wellbeing is key, says Sara. “You can’t pin that on someone else, you can’t rely on your doctor to do the work for you – yes, you need their advice, and their support, but at the end of the day it’s up to you to follow through on. Your health is your responsibility.”
She’s learned that listening to her body is vital, even when what works for her might seem at odds with the general messaging we receive on a daily basis.
“When I had quite bad health problems, I couldn’t do much exercise at all. Even a yoga class was too intense at one point, and I remember thinking about how we’re conditioned to think it’s healthy to be exercising all the time but at the time that wasn’t healthy for me.
Fundamentally, Sara finds she’s happiest when pursuing something she loves and is excited to channel this energy into HANA. “It’s about having a purpose and doing something you’re passionate about,” she says. “I’ve definitely noticed I’m more well when I’m doing something that lights me up.”
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