Immerse. Nourish. Release.
~ The Hana Podcast

Our amazing founder Sara Higgins leads a series of deep dive conversations on a host of health and wellbeing practices. Sara’s background as a qualified pharmacist, as well as her inquiring intellect, gives her an easy authority with her guests.

We aim to inform, inspire and grow your knowledge via these fascinating interviews.

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EP. 39

The Healing Power of Honey | The Story of ACTIVIST Mānuka Featuring Gabrielle Mirkin and Luke Harwood

31 min

In this captivating episode, we dive deep into the world of Mānuka Honey with the visionary founders of ACTIVIST Mānuka. Join us as we uncover the inspiring story behind this unique brand and the personal journey that led to its creation.

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EP. 38

Pregnancy In Your Late 30's ~ Sara's Journey To Motherhood

44 min

Welcome to Season 03! This year we're kicking things off with a heartwarming special episode just in time for Mother's Day. Join us as we sit down with our founder, Sara, for an intimate conversation about her incredible journey to motherhood.

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EP. 37

Hana's Biggest Year Yet! ~ A chat with our founder Sara Higgins

26 min

Welcome to our final episode for the year! In this episode, we have Sara back with us as we reflect on 2023 at Hana, covering our new website, rooms, treatments, and staff. Sara shares her highlights for the year both at Hana and in her personal life, her favourite treatments, and standout products from the past year.

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EP. 36

Endocrine Disruptors & Skin-Care ~ A chat with Tanne Snowden (Creator of Tronque)

20 min

In this episode we uncover the essence of the skincare brand Tronque. Redefining beauty and well-being here in New Zealand, join us in this episode as we sit down with Tanne Snowden, the visionary founder behind this incredible brand.

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EP. 35

Finding ease from pain through movement ~ A chat with Haidee Stairmand

25 min

Join us as we delve into a conversation with Haidee, uncovering the profound ways in which Hanna Somatics can contribute to our holistic well-being. Whether you're a seasoned mover or just starting your journey, this episode promises valuable insights into the practices that can nurture your body and mind.

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EP. 34

Debunking the myths of a healthy menstrual cycle ~ A chat with Shaz Andrew

28 min

In this episode, we are joined again with Shaz Andrew to discuss the menstrual cycle and the intricate relationship between ovulation and various aspects of women's health. Throughout this episode Shaz shares with us valuable insights on how to support ovulation and maintain a healthy hormone balance.

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EP. 33

How to navigate a cancer diagnosis ~ A chat with Kaytee Boyd

54 min

Join host Sara Higgins as she engages in a deeply insightful conversation with her long-time friend and esteemed Biomedical Integrative Nutritionist, Kaytee Boyd. With over 25 years of dedicated experience in the Health and Wellness industry, Kaytee brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to her work at two bustling clinics in Auckland, along with her role as the driving force behind weekend cancer masterclass workshops for patients, nutritionists, dieticians, healthcare professionals, and the wider community.

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EP. 32

How stress affects the body ~ A chat with Shaz Andrew

23 min

Join Shaz as she delves deeper into the science behind stress and its impact on our bodies, offering practical insights for managing stress in your daily life. Whether you aim to enhance your comprehension of stress or are in search of effective coping strategies for its omnipresence, this episode is a must-listen.

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EP. 31

Hormone health & infant nutrition ~ A chat with Gina Urlich

18 min

Gina is a women’s health expert, author, speaker and public figure. Gina discusses her journey, from nursing to nutritional medicine and how she became interested in women’s health. She also shares some common causes of hormonal imbalances and what women can do to bring back the balance. Gina has recently launched a line of whole food-based nutrient-dense baby foods called Norish, which she tells us about. And shares tips for parents that are preparing to introduce solids to their baby.

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EP. 30

Saunas, ice baths & sleep ~ A chat with Art Green

31 min

As a prominent figure in the health and wellness community, Art shares his insights and experiences that have shaped his journey to a balanced and fulfilling life. Art Green takes us on a personal journey as he shares what "healthy" truly means to him. We explore his latest interests within healthy living and how sleep has become an integral part to how he feels and shows up within each day.

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EP. 29

Somatic work & the nervous system ~ A chat with Phoebe Hart

36 min

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Somatic Practitioner Phoebe Hart. In this episode Phoebe shares with us her own personal journey of healing through movement, and how understanding the nervous system has transformed the way in which she practices herself, and now with others. Phoebe discusses how mind-body centred practices such as Somatic work can support in personal growth and emotional regulation, and gives a short intro into the functions of the different nervous system states.

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EP. 28

Where toxins hide ~ A guide to low-tox living with Shaz Andrew

34 min

Join us for this extensive guide with Shaz Andrew on where toxins hide. Packed with suggestions for easy product and lifestyle swaps, Shaz talks into the dangers of our current toxin exposure and how you can start to create changes within your daily choices.

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EP. 27

Exploring the Wim Hof method ~ A chat with Laura Warren

33 min

In this episode, Wim Hof instructor Laura Warren shares her journey as a Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic health practitioner, taking us deep into the science behind ice baths and how breath-work complements cold water immersions. If you are new to the Wim Hof method, this episode gives a fantastic insight into the essence behind the practice, and how it can benefit you in your everyday life.

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EP. 26

The benefits of ice bathing ~ A chat with Shaz Andrew

32 min

Cold therapy as a healing modality has a long history of use, dating back to the Ancient Greeks and even Hippocrates himself. But in recent years, it’s made a comeback. In this conversation Shaz shares the science behind how cold therapy creates changes in the body, the diverse range of benefits it provides and ways to ease into this practice.

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EP. 25

Celebrating 3 years of Hana! ~ A chat with our founder Sara Higgins

17 min

In celebration of Hana’s anniversary, co-host Phoebe Hart chats with founder Sara Higgins about the last 3 years! Sara reflects on her new role as mama, the incredible team supporting her, the original intentions behind creating a wellness space and how things have evolved and grown over this time.

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EP. 24

The healing benefits of sound ~ A chat with Sophie Correia

28 min

In this episode co host Shaz Andrew chats with Sophie Correia about her work as a sound healing practitioner. Sophie describes her journey, how she discovered sound healing and the benefits she has gained from this therapeutic modality. We also learn some of the science behind healing with sound waves and are given a detailed account of what one of Sophie’s sound bath experiences looks like.

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EP. 23

Navigating sex & intimacy during pregnancy & postpartum ~ A chat with Melissa Vranjes

27 min

In this episode co host Phoebe Hart is joined by Holistic Sex Coach Melissa Vranjes to talk about sexual seasons and sexual rest, particularly in relation to pregnancy & postpartum. Melissa has recently had a baby and shares her own experience of a ‘sexual winter’ during her pregnancy and postpartum and ways that she navigated this with her partner. In this chat she also provides suggestions for maintaining intimacy during a period of sexual rest and recommendations for easing back into sex after a ‘sexual winter’.

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EP. 22

How to achieve balanced, healthy hormones ~ A chat with Shaz Andrew

25 min

Welcome back Hana family! In this first episode of season 2 of our podcast, co host Phoebe Hart chats with Hana’s in-house Naturopath Shaz Andrew about hormone health. In this conversation, Shaz discusses ways that hormonal imbalances manifest in the body, common causes of hormonal imbalances and recommendations for regaining equilibrium.

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EP. 21

The art of self-care in 2023 ~ Featuring an intention setting meditation with Kiri Spiotta

42 min

Join Sara & Phoebe in this extended final episode of the Hana Podcast, as they round off the year with updates about Hana space, Sara's personal life and some simple self-care strategies to take forward into the new year.

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EP. 20

Skincare backed by science & the power of New Zealand botanicals ~ Featuring Katey Mandy (Creator of Raaie)

22 min

In episode 20 we talk with Katey Mandy - founder of active botanical-based skincare range Raaie. After spending 15 years working in the creative industry for other high profile names in luxury beauty, Katey decided to create her own skincare brand that harnesses the unique power of Aotearoa’s bioactive botanicals.

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EP. 19

Cold water immersion ~ A customer journey with Dwayne Rowsell

17 min

In episode 19 Sara chats with ex Black Sticks hockey player and founder of Studio Box, Dwayne Rowsell. Dwayne was our very first client at Hana and has been using our treatments regularly to support post-workout recovery, slow down at the end of a long day, and to create accountability with self and others.

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EP. 18

Empowering men through ritual & connection ~ A chat with Graedon Parker

21 min

An insightful chat with Graedon Parker, founder of Bros.nz - a space for men to connect with one another through retreats, workshops and online circles. Bros.nz was born from a realisation that there is a lack of safe spaces for men to be together to express their emotions, process their trauma and the challenges in their lives. Graedon believes that men gathering in safe spaces allows them to journey within and ultimately heal from their trauma.

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EP. 17

Sculpt and shape your face & body - A skin-care brand that has the tools! ~ Featuring Deborah Levy (Creator of Biotyspa)

22 min

This episode explores what drove Deborah Levy to create her line of natural face and body care products, and the genius behind the Biotyspa face and body tools - the Gua Sha & Cellulite cup.

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EP. 16

A holistic approach to training the body ~ A chat with Kelly MacDonald

21 min

On episode 16 we chat with award-winning personal trainer and competitive gymnast Kelly MacDonald. Tune in to learn about the incredible approach she takes to training the body, her journey to health and how our treatments at Hana have supported her post-training recovery and provided a space for her to meet her own healing each week

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EP. 15

Emotional Detoxing ~ A chat with Joanne Bisset

24 min

In episode 15 of the Immerse. Nourish. Release. podcast, we talk to emotional release practitioner and naturopath Joanne Bisset. Jo believes that unprocessed emotions are held by the body and can accumulate, creating stress and physical symptoms. She uses emotional release techniques to help her clients improve their mental and physical health.

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EP. 14

A holistic approach to anxiety ~ Featuring Shaz Andrew

26 min

A conversation with naturopath, medical herbalist and nutritionist Shaz Andrew about a holistic approach to anxiety. Shaz works clinically with a focus on women’s health and is the content writer here at Hana. Through her clinical work she has identified that a great number of her clients suffer from chronic stress and anxiety and that this is impacting their hormones and overall health. Tune in to learn natural ways to support your anxiety to improve your overall health!

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EP. 13

An inner resource meditation with Neal Ghoshal

17 min

Calm your mind, soothe your senses and nourish your nervous system with this guided inner resource meditation by Neal Ghoshal - founder at Contemporary yoga teacher training. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It is a practice that can lower our stress levels and improve our overall mental health. This meditation is the perfect compliment to our treatments, or a relaxing way to wind down your evening from home.

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EP. 12

Unblocking your souls path through cleansing & pure healing ~ Featuring Laura Beverley

25 min

You may have met Laura on one of your visits to Hana last year. She was part of the Hana team and provided energy healing sessions to many of our clients! Laura has since moved back to Bali to create a healing centre with her partner Jimmy. In this episode of the podcast we learn about Laura’s journey and the powerful pure healing work and cleansing processes that she does both in person and online.

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EP. 11

Creating Mother Made mushrooms ~ Featuring Emily Blanchett & Jessica Clarke

25 min

Mother Made was born from a desire to shine a light on one of the planet's true minute marvels - The Mushroom - “Nature's Greatest Healer”. Their potent mushroom extracts are 100% organic and natural and provide powerful adaptogenic properties that help our bodies deal with stress and support immunity, energy levels, physical performance, and cognitive function. Tune in to discover more about the power of the mushroom!

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EP. 10

How to detox ~ Featuring Shaz Andrew

22 min

In this Immerse episode we chat with naturopath and holistic nutritionist Shaz Andrew about the toxins hidden in our environment and ways we can reduce our exposure to them. Shaz has been a part of the Hana team since the very beginning and is the researcher and writer behind the Hana content. She also works clinically, focusing on women’s health and providing preconception care and fertility support for couples. A big part of her work is educating clients on the harmful effects of toxins, in particular endocrine disrupting chemicals and their impact on our hormones. Tune in to learn more about ways to reduce toxin exposure and keep yourself and your family’s as healthy as possible!

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EP. 09

A nourishment episode with John Allan (Raw Yoga)

24 min

Looking for a nourishing meditation to try during your next sauna session? In the latest RELEASE episode of our podcast, we are guided by John Allan from Raw Yoga through a grounding, nourishment meditation. As we follow the rise and fall of our breath through this recording, we are taken deeper and deeper into a state of presence and calm. Find space for this meditation in your week and your body, mind and spirit will thank you!

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EP. 08

Pure, active & multifunctional beauty ~ Featuring Lucy Vincent (Creator of Sans Ceuticals)

23 min

A simple routine based on active ingredients, that can be used in a multitude of ways. In this Nourish episode, we chat with the founder and creator of Sans [ceuticals] ~ Lucy Vincent. Much like our ethos at Hana, Sans [ceuticals] takes a stripped back and natural approach to looking after the body. This episode is a chance to hear Lucy's personal journey that led to the creation of her brand, and offers a deep dive into the thought behind each of the products made by Sans.

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EP. 07

What is PBM light therapy? ~ Featuring Josh Lamaro (Founder of MitoGen Health)

25 min

In this very honest and informative Immerse episode, Sara is joined by friend and business owner Josh Lamaro ~ founder of MitoGen Health. Mitogen pioneer and provide light technology and solutions for human health & longevity. Throughout this chat, Josh talks about the way in which PBM Red Light Therapy works, the effects it has on the body and his philosophy on living a balanced and healthy life.

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EP. 06

A meditation for anxiety with Rosie Jean

12 min

Let yourself be guided by the incredible Rosie Jean as you start your next sauna session at Hana, or a take a well needed 10 minute break of self-care within your day. Supporting you to move out of the mind and into the body, this short meditation is the perfect way to calm your nervous system and drop into a sense of peace within.

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EP. 05

Chiropractic care, fertility & postpartum support ~ Featuring Lydia McClean

27 min

In this Immerse episode, we are joined by the incredible Lydia McClean. Lydia is a chiropractor based in West Auckland, and the host of Chat On This Podcast. Throughout this highly informative episode we delve into Lydia's personal journey to becoming a chiropractor, how regular sauna use creates space for her creativity, and topics such as: ~ Preconception care ~ Lydia's approach to health and chiropractic practice ~ Supporting families on their fertility and conception journeys ~ Calming the body's stress response to everyday life

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EP. 04

Heal your gut & live a balance life ~ Featuring Pernille Jensen (Creator of The Gut Cø)

28 min

On this Nourish episode we are joined by the incredible Pernille Jensen to discuss her journey from qualified Naturopath, to creating her business and brand The Gut Co. We are so excited to share with you this deep dive into The Gut Co.'s ethos and to hear more from the creator herself about the products that are stocked in our space and online here at Hana.

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EP. 03

A calming meditation with Shaz Andrew

21 min

Whether you are looking for something to hit play on during your next sauna session with us, or you are needing 20 minutes of self-care within your day, this episode if the perfect way to calm your nervous system and drop into a sense of peace within. Lead by the incredible Shaz Andrew ~ this calming meditation can be revisited over and over again. We hope you enjoy the very first of our RELEASE episodes!

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EP. 02

Natural apothecary, elixirs & healing ~ Featuring Kirsten Shanks (Creator of Orchard Street)

26 min

On this Nourish episode we are joined by Kirsten Shanks to discuss her journey from qualified Naturopath, to creating her business and brand Orchard Street. We are so excited to share with you this deep dive into the Orchard Street ethos and to hear more from the creator herself about the products that are stocked in our space and online here at Hana.

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Ep. 01

Welcome to Immerse. Nourish. Release. ~ A chat with our founder

22 min

An introduction to all things Hana with the founder & host of this podcast - Sara Higgins. Sara is joined by friend and employee Phoebe Hart as they break down what Hana space is, the treatments on offer and what's to come on this podcast series. Throughout this conversation we discuss Sara's journey to creating her business and the benefits of Infrared saunas, Ice baths & PBM light therapy.

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