HANA is New Zealand’s first first infrared healing sanctuary. Images by Jono Parker and supplied.
Infrared saunas and red light therapy are not just the latest beauty craze but are hailed for their numerous health benefits by leading health practitioners, and while these treatments are hugely popular in New York and London, the concept of a wellness space dedicated to infrared sauna is completely new to this country. The use of an infrared sauna is proven to provide head-to-toe benefits such as full detoxification, ultimate relaxation, alleviation from pain, glowing skin, more energy, improved circulation and a strengthened immune system. While traditional saunas raise the air temperature to very high levels, infrared saunas heat the body directly, so that only around 20 per cent of the heat goes to heat the air. Instead, infrared waves penetrate deep into the body for a deep heating, which allows the body to activate sweat glands and eliminate toxins.
Now, Kiwis have the opportunity to experience these healing treatments at New Zealand’s first infrared healing sanctuary – HANA. Founder, Sara Higgins says her key focus is to provide a space that allows clients the freedom to slow down. “Looking after your health is so important and should be prioritised,” says Sara Higgins. “With HANA my aim is to create a calming and healing sanctuary that encourages people to relax and take time for self-care.”
Consciously designed with a calming and modern aesthetic by Pennant & Triumph, HANA opened as a full wellness centre providing holistic practitioner pop-ups such as massage therapy and pilates. The main attraction, however, will be its private infrared saunas which can be booked for up to 45 minutes and Photobiomodulation (red light) therapy pods, for up to 20 minutes. Post sweat, clients will enjoy private showers with filtered water – a critical component post sauna – and complete the spa ritual with premium beauty collections from Sans Ceuticals and luxury towels by Baina.
Also on the treatment menu are full-body Photobiomodulation (red light) therapy pods which use red and near-infrared light to help mitochondria (the powerhouse of our bodies cells) to function better. Better functioning mitochondria means more energy and less risk for disease. The treatment comes scientifically backed to also repair sun damage, reduce wrinkles, speed muscle recovery, heal scarring and stretch marks, reduce inflammation, boost testosterone levels and enhance collagen.
To find out more about HANA or to book in a treatment, you can visit their website.
Images by Jono Parker and supplied.