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My personal goal as a natural health practitioner is to support and educate my clients and give them an alternative, improving their health issues and concerns in a way that supports their overall health.

Consultation process

The Initial Consultation

2x 45 minutes sessions ($220)

The first 45 minute session is about gathering information:

  • Clarifying anything on the questionnaire (that will be emailed to you to fill out prior the session)

  • Clinical assessments - iridology, facial, tongue and nail signs

  • I will ask you to request relevant lab results from your doctor and or provide you with a lab form for any tests required


This session is about gathering as much information from you as possible so I can get an indication of your overall state and decide on the best way forward treatment plan wise.

The second 45 minute consultation is about education and providing you with your treatment plan which will include:

  • Prescribed herbs and supplements

  • Diet and lifestyle recommendations

  • Relevant resources and information


This session is about explaining to you what is going on with your current state of health and how the treatment plan can help. 

The Follow-Up

1x 45 minute sessions ($90)

Follow-ups are every 4-6 weeks. A lot of the time I work with women to improve their menstrual symptoms. So often follow ups are done after the next period.

  • Re-assessing issues addressed, improvements and new signs/symptoms

  • Trouble-shooting any issues with the treatment plan 

  • Adjustment of treatment plan, including dosages if needed

  • Explaining where to from here

What does the treatment plan involve?

When coming up with the treatment plan, it is an individualised approach. I want to provide my clients with something that is sustainable and practical.
 

  • Dietary and lifestyle recommendations

  • A personalised herbal blend

  • Nutrient supplementation when required (most the time this is required!)

Philosophy

“It is more important to know the person the disease has, than the disease the person has” - Hippocrates
 

As a naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist, we acknowledge that every factor of your diet and lifestyle is either shifting your wellness in a positive or negative direction. I understand the importance of nutrients for the body to function optimally and that a lack can cause imbalances that result in symptoms experienced when in poor health. I acknowledge the wisdom and power of herbs and how they can bring balance and harmony back into our bodies. We sometimes don't have to look further than nature.

My goal is to figure out which body systems are weakened and need support. After identifying where your nutrient, diet and lifestyle imbalances lie we can address that and fix the imbalances and weaknesses which are causing the symptoms and health conditions. For example if there were hormonal imbalances, where does it come from? Is it a lack of nutrients, stress, digestive issues, lifestyle etc. More often than not there is always more than one pathway to the symptoms!

The approach at I Am Balanced is building health from ground up. We are always looking for the root cause and not just putting a band-aid on the symptoms. This may remove the symptoms but the symptoms may come back and if not then other health issues will arise from the issues that were never addressed. The root cause vary from person to person so working with clients as individuals and not just prescribing standardised remedies is key!

FAQ

How many follow-ups do I need?



 

This really depends on what the client is seeing me for and how the client progresses as an individual. Some may find that only one follow-up is necessary and other will see me over three months. Some will see me for longer or on and off if they have any additional concerns that they want addressed. 


Remember, I am here for your whole wellness journey if you want!

 



When will I start to see results?

 



Once again this depends on what you are seeing me for and your own progress. If you are seeing me for more acute issues then you should notice changes quicker but if they are chronic conditions it can take 1-3 months before you feel like you see major changes.


I always give that 3 month mark because that is the amount of time for cellular turnover. And if we are talking about women’s health and menstrual conditions, it take about 3 months for our ovums to develop.



 

 

Do the herbal liquids you prescribe taste really bad?

 



Most people I have out on herbal liquids don’t complain! In fact, some like the taste or grow to not mind the taste. And the results you get from the wisdom and power of herbs is totally worth taking something thats not your liquid of choice!

Store

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In our beautiful store, we want to offer you all things that nourish you, including skin foods, natural skin care, beautiful natural fragrances, aromatherapy products, delicious herbal teas and more. 



Our ethos is do no harm and support businesses with a holistic and sustainable vision when it comes to our bodies, environment and planet. We are also big on supporting local products and you will find that 90% of our goodies in store are NZ brands.


You can find the perfect gift for yourself or for your friends and family here. Come say hi!

Brand Stories

Ora Aromatherapy Story

How do you get inspired?

 

Oh I am inspired all the time! Often my ideas are sparked by scent (of course). Starting the day creating always starts with scent. I am inspired by other small sustainable businesses, sometimes by speaking with someone who has an ailment that I know I can help with the use of plant magic or essential oils, or by walking in nature where there are so many plant remedies naturally occurring especially in NZ, this blessing inspires me alone. I am lucky enough to live right on the shore of Wainui Beach in Gisborne; every day the ocean inspires me. 

 


Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing before this?

 

My career path has been windy before ORA, I studied a Bachelor of Communication Management & Journalism, then a post grad in Primary Teaching which I went into for 6 or so years... then I travelled and did some amazing jobs, like Chalet Hosting in the French snowy Alps, Horse Trek Guide in the Canadian Rockies. Home in NZ, I worked in Recruitment in Auckland (this is where my hobby of aromatherapy became the beginning of ORA)  and then in a communications team for a council till I had Felix my first born. Thanks to becoming a mum, I think it gave me the time to think what was really important and I took the plunge into not going back to work for someone else, and instead followed my dream! Never looked back. 

 


Tell us about the birth of your business.

 

I have always been so influenced by smell. I think I inherited my exceptional sense of smell from my gran, but its a family joke how she and I could always sniff out anything slightly odd or interesting well before anyone else. Growing up, I was always making potions and believed my middle name (Rosemary) was perfect for me - I used to think I would own a perfumery one day! When I was working in Auckland, life was pretty stressful, everyone including me, were running at such a high vibration. It was not healthy. I became drawn to using essential oils more and doing workshops with experienced aromatherapists. I made products for myself and others in my workplace, and the first one was actually the Hayfever Remedy - used to uplift us from that 3pm slog of recycled aircon. Some people in the office suffered hayfever, and this mist cleared it up. Those colleagues urged me to follow this up as they said "quit your day job Kate, you've got the cure to hayfever!" I started making it in bigger batches for markets. In fact my first market was a Little Big Market in Tauranga and I sold 12 bottles of Hayfever remedy and I was rapt! It all snowballed from there. My whole business has grown from word of mouth. 

 

 


Are there any values or ideas that you will always base your business decisions on?

 

I often get inspired and influenced by others out there as we all do, but I have to bring it back to my core value for ORA which is to have an honest, wholesome and real attitude to running my brand. I have had the opportunity to 'go bigger' but it isn't what we are about, we are handmade in small batches (and I think there's a saying 'stay small stay awesome'). I want to always be making our products by hand, so that the energy and love can continue to go into each and every bottle. I have learnt to work with those who reflect the same attitude, and if the 'vibe' isn't there, they can't be quite rightly aligned with ORA. 
 

 

What do you love most about your products? And what’s your favourite product. Pick one!

What I love about my products is that they are simple, the more simplistic the ingredients are, the better it is for our skin and bodies. I love that they each have an energy I put into them (there is truth behind the sentence 'made with love') that is widely used these days, but its a real thing with my products, they are my babies! I want each bottle to make me proud. 

 

My favourite product, oh this is a hard one! but I will have to go with my current fave, which is the Sol Gypsy All Beauty Oil - its a cleanser and serum in one - my skin has never been better with the help of this blend, and others say so too. And I know you said I had to pick one, but I can't not mention White Light Purification Mist, it seriously does feel like a blanket of magical calm as it falls over the body. 
 

 

What are your personality traits that have helped you with your successes?

 

I am a manifestor. Once I get an idea, I make it happen. My motto is "where there is a will, there is a way." I've been saying this since I was 3 years old, my parents tell me. I also am an empath, so I feel things deeply for others, which because of this genuine caring attribute, it has helped me create products to really help others' wellness. 
 

 

Have there been unexpected life or business lessons since this journey started? Please share!

 

I have learnt it is very important to celebrate the small wins. In small business there are many small wins and probably not many 'big wins' and if you don't celebrate the small stuff, it can feel like you aren't winning at all! Another lesson I have learnt is to outsource where you can to help your business grow - I have done everything on my own, re-investing every penny to avoid any loans, I felt very protective over running things, but once I outsourced, (even if it does seem like you can't afford it at that time) it is so valuable to let someone else's strength take the load off! My final lesson is how grateful I have become since running my own business. I am so grateful that I do what I love, it did take some risk and heartache, but now I love my job, and I make it work for my life, not the other way around. 

 

 

What are some things that you do to take care of yourself?

 

I work everyday on breath, trying to be better at just that, breathing. To allow space or 'holes' to be poked (metaphorically) so the oxygen can get in and I can decompress. I practice yoga, walk on the beach and I will treat myself to a massage every couple of months (there is so much I could say about the benefits of massage). Just as my branding says , it's the simple ordinary rituals in every day that help our wellbeing. 
 

 

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself and your business?

 

I just want to thank all those who support this business of mine, it means the world. 

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Vania Story

How do you get inspired?

 

I get inspired by places I've travelled, colour mixtures I see on my adventures, nature and its' different colours.

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing before this? 

I used to be a sales representative for a company that sold sugar and edible oils.... Always had my craft on the side and some part time jobs here and there... But crafting with my hands has always been my passion. 

 

 

Tell us about the birth of your business. 

It started 3 years ago when I left my sales rep job and decided to turn my hobby into a business. It was super scary at the time, but I am super proud I took the leap and did it. Since I was a little girl, I've been curious about making things with my hands, fixing things. Always drawing, pottering around with trinkets and potions.

 

 

Are there any values or ideas that you will always base your business decisions on? 

I'd say that offering items that have been crafted by hand will always be part of my product portfolio. 

I have a passion for craft and artisan made items... From furniture, shoes, jewellery to pieces of art and sculptures.

 

 

What do you love most about your products? And what’s your favourite product. Pick one!

I love the earthy colours and shapes. My favourite ones are the Classic Daydreamer earrings, no doubt. 

 

 

What are your personality traits that have helped you with your successes?

Hmmm being an extrovert has definitely helped me put myself out there. Not to say that I don't have my shy days!

 

 

Have there been unexpected life or business lessons since this journey started? Please share!

Up until now, nothing major to report... I am ready for what the future has in store for me though!

 

 

What are some things that you do to take care of yourself?

I meditate once or twice a day, limit coffee, recently reduced my alcohol and meat intake, have a bath every now and then. When I get time a mask or a massage

 

 

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself and your business?

YES!, my newest range A BIT OF FUN... 

This new range has its roots in the hectic and unpredictable nature of 2020. While decluttering during the first lockdown, I found a whole heap of beads that deserved a new life. A BIT OF FUN is mindfully hand-crafted in New Zealand, utilising an eclectic but vibrant mix of Murano glass, seed beads, natural gemstones and my biggest range of freshwater pearls I’ve collected from my travels over the years. 

 

After taking everything far too seriously, working with these pieces allowed me to experiment, relax and just create. This up-cycled collection allowed me to break out of the seriousness of 2020 and have fun while creating with no agenda.

 

Check out our promotional video here or shop here.

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Touchstone story

How do you get inspired?

Inspiration is often simply there, just waiting for the right time to explore it, and to find what media is best to capture a concept, a moment of light, or a specific idea in. 

The natural world often has forms or colours that are the language that we use to communicate these ideas. Other times the media (material) will be the source of inspiration, such as the specific shape of a pebble or a type of clay, its then about releasing the form hidden within it. We work in wood, ceramics, stone, bone, light and space, photography  – each have their own unique properties that challenge and inspire us to keep learning, evolving, and growing.



Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing before this?

 

Scott and Lisa are both Architects and we run our own studio Donnell Day Architects together.

Touchstones is a collection of our artistic explorative works that run in parallel with that.



Tell us about the birth of your business.

 

We have both been making and creating from a very young age, it’s in the blood. Touchstones started off with Lisa seeing the evolution in the creative work we were making in our spare time and realising there was a story in it. She started by taking photographs of Scott’s stone carvings, (they were too beautiful not to!) and then creating a blog and Instagram to record our artistic journey together. It began as more of a ‘diary’ of what we were making and learning at the time, and started evolving as people took an interest in wanting to own a unique piece. 

With ceramics, because both of us had pretty high expectations for what we were wanting to produce but were on a very steep learning curve after only having picked it up 18 months ago, we felt a bit nervous about offering them to anyone. It became a bit of a lesson in seeing that a feature for us was a flaw on a vessel, was a character feature to another person. It certainly helped us understand the Japanese wabi sabi philosophy in ways we truly hadn’t appreciated before then. We are still fussy about what is released, but have learnt to be more accepting and appreciating aspects that show something is ‘handmade’, and accepting of where we are at in our own learning curve rather than trying to emulate something from a factory line.



Are there any values or ideas that you will always base your business decisions on?

 

Touchstones for us is, and will always be, about the process. The method of creating, learning and evolving as artists for us personally is about making time to step into our ‘creative flow’ and seeing where it takes us. There is an enjoyment in seeing something beautiful emerge from the raw materials and exploring ideas.

Unlike Architecture – where form & function frequently require extensive paperwork and typically is a long detailed, exacting process from the beginning concept to the end built form  – the art of Touchstones is for us an immediate way of exploring & modelling spatial ideas and the body’s response to them. We love seeing someone else’s enjoyment from the use of a bowl where the proportions are designed to fit into the cradle of their hand, or jewellery that fits the curve of your body and evoke aspects of your favourite places whether in colour or form.



What do you love most about your products? And what’s your favourite product. Pick one!

 

We both have our favourite types of coffee cups – you know the ones you always look for in the cupboard in the morning. Lisa loves the coffee cups with the honed surfaces that stimulate the sense of touch, Scott heads towards the shapes that are designed to sit well within his hand. Looking at our collections, they are often a response to how a piece makes you feel – whether it’s through stimulating the senses through the burnished surfaces, creating a mindful moment as you take a sip of tea, or creating spaces that are designed to suit your body’s intuitive response to texture, volume and light. The vessels and objects evolve as we do – being handmade they are often perfectly imperfect, and that’s something that we have grown to love and appreciate about them – they tell a story about their process, the maker and the materials, and for us are a bit of a timeline as we have perfected or experiment with different techniques.

 


What are your personality traits that have helped you with your successes?

 

For us, a Touchstones success is when we have created a piece (whether ceramics, jewellery, photography) that represents the idea we are trying to communicate beautifully, and that is loved by its new owner.

For Scott, his pursuit of the ideal form hidden within materials is awesome. He questions what a material is capable of and challenges that – pushing the boundaries with wafer thin stone and bone carvings, or honing the surfaces of ceramics so that they are like velvet to touch, and creating elegant forms from blended clay. For Lisa, her intuitive design approach leads her to create functional forms that fit beautifully and feel right in their context. They are designed around celebrating precious moments  in time, such as mindfully drinking tea or that first morning coffee, and are rich in colour explorations. She has an inner drive to make the world a better place through good design, and is the reason you may have a piece of our work in your hands right now…. otherwise our mantlepiece would be overflowing. Each of us has our own stamp on the bottom of our ceramics, you can always see whose hands have made your vessel.

Together we make a great team.



Have there been unexpected life or business lessons since this journey started? Please share!

 

We may be a little different to most, as it has been about trying to ensure it retains a freedom of expression rather than the feel of a production line, that has been an important lesson to learn that it is essential we retain that aspect. 

For Touchstones we learnt to establish that our collections need to be limited edition, and to ensure that we delegated sales to those for whom it was their passion. Because this is the artistic side of our studio – we needed to be careful about aspects that would encroach on family time, our creative time, and our architecture studio – there are only so many hours in the day. 

So instead of managing an online shop ourselves, people come to us who love the pieces, and who want to explore creating or stocking some unique handcrafted products for their stores. 

 

 

What are some things that you do to take care of yourself?
 

Ensuring we have taken time to rest, play, make, and work is important to our well being. Time with the kids, time for ourselves (often to make something!), yoga, walks on black sand beaches and in nature, helps us stay grounded.

If things feel out of alignment, it's often because we have been busy, and neglected one of those things.

 
Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself and your business?

 

Touchstones is about life. It’s about balance, and it was formed as a way of sharing and exploring our ideas. It is designed to be a simple means of filling your world with beauty that not only brings joy to your everyday, but is functional and practical.

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Valka Yoga story

How do you get inspired?

Funnily enough, its often boredom that inspires me. I've read a great deal about how technology and social media are killing our creativity by reducing the number of situations where we are "bored". Boredom often leads to daydreaming which is when the real ideas come about. In a way, the idea for Valka Yoga came to mind on a commute to my consulting job at Deloitte. In addition to wanting to do something creative, I wanted to solve problems - be it a specific consumer pain point or a general environmental issue. Fortunately, with Valka Yoga, I can do both.



Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing before this?

 

I ran two small online businesses when I was at university, where I studied law and finance. After finishing university, I got an offer at Deloitte, which I promptly accepted. Although I enjoyed the challenges of working in consulting, I dreaded the hierarchy and the slow pace at which decisions were made. I also found the work stifled my creativity. Valka Yoga almost became a project to escape the soulless corporate life.


Tell us about the birth of your business.

 

Valka Yoga is the amalgamation of several influences that have shaped my life. I had a very modest upbringing in India, where we lived quite frugally and were always encouraged to reuse and repurpose everything around the house. Toothpaste tubes were used with binder clips to squeeze out every last bit. And soap was, when ingredients allowed, often made at home. In my teens, I became infatuated with Japan and indirectly came into contact with minimalism and sustainable living. Then I moved to New Zealand to study and eventually got a job in Auckland. A chance encounter with a colleague at Deloitte led me to model for her yoga brand. Through her I learnt that starting a yoga brand wasn't that hard. Not anymore at least. It was easy to find suppliers overseas that were more than willing to entertain a small order and make a product to your requirement. At this point, I already had a side business selling office electronics on TradeMe. So starting a full-time online business didn't sound quite as intimidating. As I had been practising yoga for 5 years at that point, I felt I knew the kind of yoga mat a yoga practitioner and environmental warrior needed. 6 months of research and 100+ contacted suppliers later, Valka Yoga was ready for business.



Are there any values or ideas that you will always base your business decisions on?

 

I would never create or sell something I wouldn't use myself. So in that sense the business has to address the core pain point of the customer. So for a yoga mat, this would mean that it must be comfortable, anti-slip, non-toxic and provide sufficient support. The product has to be functional. In addition to that, it's important to me that the products I am selling are aesthetically pleasing. They should be shown off at classes or sit pretty in a lounge, almost enticing someone to get on them and flow. I often lack motivation to do yoga and I know good yoga gear can often be the difference between a calm Danny and a chaotic one. And last, but not least, I want every business decision to have a net positive impact on the world. In that sense, it's important that the business is plastic free and carbon neutral, generating the least amount of waste possible.


What do you love most about your products? And what’s your favourite product. Pick one!

 

The Chakra Yoga Mat. I still use the prototype I got made 3 months before starting the business. I love the fresh smell and feel of the cork. I sweat a decent amount so it's just convenient having a natural yoga mat that can keep up with my intense yoga sessions. The linear arrangement of the Chakras almost act as a guide for alignment when it comes to poses such as warriors, lunges and pigeon.

 


What are your personality traits that have helped you with your successes?

 

I definitely have a higher than average tolerance for risk. I feel most entrepreneurs need to be able to handle the risk of running a business and all the stresses that come with it. I'm also quite curious and therefore always willing to learn and pick up new skills. Technology is changing all the time, so having a perpetual learning mindset is critical to succeeding online. I'm also quite a positive person, which helps in seeing opportunities where others might see problems.



Have there been unexpected life or business lessons since this journey started? Please share!

 

This sounds a bit cliché but it's important to enjoy the journey. Sometimes this means less overthinking. Sometimes it means slowing down and being grateful for how far you've come. There is also a fine balance between being content with what you have as well as striving to level up. Life is meaningless which can be both a blessing and a curse. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we become free. Personally, I feel it's important to find great projects to give your own life meaning; net positive projects that make other peoples' lives better as well. Whenever you can, be kind. And never sacrifice your health for money.
 

 

What are some things that you do to take care of yourself?
 

I try to meditate daily as soon as I wake up. Meditation helped me a lot during 2020 and I feel some mindfulness practice is just as important as "working out". I also try to do some form of physical exercise daily (usually in the mornings as that's when I have the most energy). Apart from that I try to eat a healthy, mostly plant based diet and I intermittently fast as well.
 

 
Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself and your business?

 

We've permanently extended our money back guarantee to 30 days on all products. And we've also launched a new website for customers in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We're launching some really cool products in the near future, so watch this space!

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