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nanny 29April2017

A great opportunity for local families to help their nannies freshen up on skills!

On 29 April 2017, the Swiss Nanny Association is organizing National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) in Geneva to recognize the needs of young children and to raise awareness of the positive correlation between nanny training and quality care.

On this day, over 2000 nannies in more than 36 cities worldwide will gather in their local communities at training events designed to meet their unique needs. This grassroots organized event started in 2012 and has expanded this year to include events in Sydney, London and Geneva.

The Swiss Nanny Association (SNA) is a non-profit organization founded by nannies in February 2016. SNA aims to be the number one reference in Switzerland for in-home childcare by providing guidance education and a community to its members.

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When it comes to celebrating secular weddings, Marylin Rebelo, founder of A Lovely Day, knows just how important it can be for couples to create the perfect ceremony.  

When she married her own husband in 2013, she dreamed of having a personalized ceremony outdoors, reflecting their own lifestyle and representing their own vision of their commitment as a couple. While they had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted, it was nevertheless very difficult to find help preparing for a non-religious celebration, as secular weddings were still relatively unknown at that time.

However, not to be deterred, she set about organizing her own wedding ceremony and what a revelation it was! Not only did she succeed in creating her own authentic and original wedding, but she felt compelled to help others organize their own bespoke wedding ceremonies as well.


Jennie Chen Volet is a highly qualified and experienced hypnotherapist, who has recently opened an office in the Geneva Plainpalais area. Keen to spread the word about her new business, she offered a session to Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman last November. Lisa was suffering from unrestful sleep due to clenching and grinding her teeth. Would hypnotherapy help?

Before she went, Lisa asked those around her if they had ever tried hypnotherapy and what impression they had of it. Most had preconceptions involving losing control and being under the power of someone else... how wrong they were!

Jennie's smile, welcome, and calm disposition were a welcome sight at the rendez-vous. “Sit down, take off your shoes, put your feet up, and let's talk. I'll explain what I am going to do, that you will be conscious all the time, that at any moment you can scratch your nose if you like! Your mind has layers of conscious, preconscious, and subconscious. All I am going to do is lead you there. Once we are at the subconscious we will try to unlock the reasons for clenching and grinding your teeth. Once we have discovered the basis we can find alternatives. Understanding is the key.”

Wikipedia’s definition of “understanding” is “a psychological process related to an abstract or physical object, such as a person, situation, or message whereby one is able to think about it and use concepts to deal adequately with that object.”

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Hiba Giacoletto, an experienced psychologist and coach - and long-time knowitall.ch guest blogger – has just launched a new business in Geneva and Lausanne aimed at teaching clients “skills for living”.

Called Wiser Humans, Hiba’s new business is targeted at all those people who sometimes find that life seems a little too crazy, either because they are feeling out of control, or stuck, or lost … or any number of other adjectives that describe that hopeless feeling you get when things are just not going right!

With a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Lausanne, and qualified as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), Hiba has, for the last few years, been running her own food-oriented coaching business called Healthwise.  However, as her individual and group session work has increasingly taken her in the direction of more general issues to do with psychology, she has now decided to set up “Wiser Humans” because, as she puts it, “being human is hard” and we could all benefit from being a little bit wiser!

Hiba told us, “I created Wiser Humans because I noticed there is so much unhelpful information out there like ‘just choose happiness’ or ‘just think positive!’. And then we are told there is something wrong with us if we can’t do this.”

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In 2015 we featured an experienced reflexologist on our site, called Fabienne Mourgue d’Algue.

Using a unique combination of Reflexology and Maïeusthésie, Fabienne’s treatments are considered to be quite special in the Geneva area, helping clients to overcome a variety of conditions such as depression, lack of confidence, tiredness, sleeping difficulties, constipation, and stress. You can find out more about her services in our article here.

Since we last wrote about Fabienne, she has developed her skills to add a number of new reflexology treatments targeted at two specific groups of people: pregnant women, and anyone keen to maintain the quality of their immune system, especially during the cold winter months.

Talking about her pregnancy treatments, Fabienne told knowitall.ch, “Over the years, I have received a number of enquiries from pregnant women, experiencing a range of difficulties throughout their pregnancy. So I have developed two treatments specifically for these women, one focusing on the emotional aspects of pregnancy and the other focusing more on physical difficulties.”