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Life Coach

What the heck is a life coach, anyway? You’ve probably seen the term on the Internet but did you know that a life coach is someone that works with you in whatever area of your life you choose. Life coaches are springing up for many different life aspects, businesses and occupations. Most people use coaches because they want someone there to encourage them and ‘push’ them to reach their goals.

Although a life coach does not have to be certified there are several training programs available that offer accreditation for those that wish to obtain a¬†certificate. Life coaches need to have great communication skills, since this is what their business is solely based on. Good listening skills are also a must for any life coach. Don’t try to offer services for all people instead focus in on one area of expertise and be the go to person for that specialty!

Life Coach Business РWhat tools are needed? 

What tools are needed?

As with any business a phone line, computer and internet connection will be needed. A life coach will also need to have contracts for their clients and some questionnaires that clients can fill out before a coaching session. Another tool needed will be payment options; are you going to accept credit cards, paypal, money orders, checks, etc? Make sure those tools are set up and ready to go before hand. A fax line could also be an important part of your business. To assess your clients, or prospective clients you may wish to have a personality profile test available. How do you get started? The first step to getting started would be to decide in what area you want to specialize: business, life/personal, relationships, etc. After deciding your area of expertise you may wish to take a training program, although as stated above it is not necessary, to receive accreditation.

Next you will want to set up your online presence and you do that with a website and by networking with others. Become involved in forums and message boards that other life coaches frequent so that you can seek advice, support and build friendships/relationships with others.

Marketing yourself is also an important step to getting started. Decide if you will market both offline and online and what your marketing strategies will be. Take your time, do your research and begin to promote yourself as an expert in the area of specialty that you decided on.

Check out your competition to see what they are offering and come up with something even better. Make yourself stand out above the rest of them. Portray confidence and believe in yourself. To become successful you have to put in the time and effort to build your business up.

Acupuncture: Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture is surprisingly one of the oldest healing practices in the world. The Chinese have been using it for thousands of years and it is considered a traditional type of medicine there. The goal of acupuncture is to first restore good health by stimulating certain points throughout the body and then to help the body maintain that health for the rest of a person’s life. Acupuncture is a combination of procedures that involve stimulating specific points throughout the body using a variety of techniques. The most common technique in the U.S. is the use of inserting hair-thin, metallic needles through the skin.

Unlike the Chinese, Americans consider acupuncture to be a fairly new type of medicine. It is categorized in the United States as a type of alternative medicine, which means it is not the common type of health care that is provided in hospitals. Studies are beginning to show that acupuncture is a consistent form of medicine that has few complications if it is practiced by a qualified practitioner. Studies have shown that back pain is the most common reason for the use of acupuncture in the United States. Research has also proven that acupuncture reduces nausea and vomiting after surgery and chemotherapy.

Some of the injuries that can be cause by the improper use of acupuncture include nerve injury, brain damage, strokes, pneumothorax, kidney damage, and the risk of terminating a pregnancy. The nerve injury can occur if a nerve is accidently punctured by a needle. The brain damage can occur if very deep needling occurs around the base of the skull. Most injuries that occur from the use of acupuncture are a result of deep needling in extremely sensitive areas. Kidney problems can arise from deep needling in the lower back. If used correctly, acupuncture is a a good way of improving health throughout a person’s lifetime. However, if used incorrectly, acupuncture can cause serious problems for a person and potentially be life threatening if a deep needling procedure goes wrong. This is why it is important to only allow acupuncture to be performed on yourself by a certified practitioner.

Acupuncture helps animals

Acupuncture helps conditions as diverse as kennel cough, hip dysplasia, diarrhea, vomiting, arthritis, seizures, back problems, allergies, anxiety, incontinence, infections, pancreatitis, cystitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, crystals in the urine, hepatitis, vestibular syndrome, Cushings, thyroid problems, cognitive function…and so much more!

Acupuncture works through stimulation of nerve, blood, and lymphatic function. Hormones are regulated, and natural pain-relievers are released in the body.

The animals do not mind the needles, and often become relaxed and sleepy during a treatment.

The first visit we do a thorough physical exam, as well as a traditional Chinese veterinary assessment, which includes a tongue and pulse diagnosis, constitutional and pattern assessment. This includes an herb consult and mini-tutorial on acupressure and massage points that the guardian can use at home to be a part of their own pet’s healing. We also discuss nutrition and other aspects of the pet’s life and environment, such as physical therapy techniques that may be useful.

Schedule acupuncture today for your pet–he or she will be grateful for an alternative approach for feeling well. With holistic medicine and acupuncture, we treat naturally to help the body heal itself. We love our pets, and we love yours, too.