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Special offer for knowitall.ch readers includes 3 complimentary health sessions

The beginning of September often feels a bit like the New Year. Many of us come back after the summer break with lots of new ideas for developing both our personal and business lives, much like we do at the beginning of the calendar year.

With this in mind, the health consultancy, Peak of Wellbeing, is running a special retreat at the beginning of October, deep in the French countryside, designed to help you explore new areas of self development, both on a physical and mental level. Over two days, Peak of Wellbeing co-founders, Duncan and Jennie Delreeve, will walk you through tried and tested bespoke techinques they use every day in their clinic and for themselves.

Describing the retreat to knowitall.ch, Duncan told us, “This retreat is ideal for housewives, coaches, trainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, salespeople, parents, self-development enthusiasts or business executives. In short, anyone who has been working on their health and those who are ready to transform to another level.”

Jennie added, “Peak of Wellbeing will share secrets that, in our opinion, can help you on a number of levels. For example, participants will learn how to gain more confidence and acceptance of their own bodies, see how to remove old niggles and pains, and develop strategies that will help them stop worrying about what other people think of them….all simple things that can have a huge impact on our daily lives.”

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A new bilingual La Leche League group has been launched in the Pays de Gex, offering support to breastfeeding and pregnant moms.

The new group is especially useful for expat women who are potentially far removed from their original support networks of family and friends, and who might find breastfeeding challenging in the early days. La Leche League fills this void by connecting mothers with one another to share their experiences and encourage each other to become confident in their mothering skills, while also providing up-to-date information and breastfeeding research.  

La Leche League (LLL) is an international, non-profit organization with the mission to give information and encouragement to mothers wishing to breastfeed their babies, and is run by volunteer leaders. Accredited leaders are moms who have breastfed themselves, been trained and are keeping up-to-date on current breastfeeding research.

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5% discount for knowitall.ch readers on coaching services booked before end of 2017!

In today’s high pressured, fast moving environment, it’s hard to imagine how anyone has the time to think about healthy living.  It’s all too easy to grab the first thing you find in the food cupboard and jump into the car to your next appointment, instead of investing the time in preparing something more nutritious or attending an exercise class.

To help you make this transition to a more healthy way of living, health coach and yoga teacher, Ceylan Ayik has created a new business whose aim is to empower busy women on their journey to becoming happy, healthy role models for their children, family and friends.  Indeed, she is passionate about helping them to transform their minds, health and bodies through optimal nutrition and yoga.

Ceylan’s journey from corporate marketing to yoga and nutrition coaching

So what inspired Ceylan to set up her own healthy living business in Geneva?  Ceylan explained, “Five years ago when I moved to Geneva, quit my job and became an “expat wife”, I took the time to reassess my approach to nutrition and living, and started the Fitgurme blog. Back then, I was beginning to understand how vital good food and exercise were to keep my family both healthy and happy.”

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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.”