While many people are just fine with convention al medicine, there are others who prefer alternative treatments. In Australia, a study shows that ten per cent of the population have visited a naturopath for a reason or the other. However, the question remains, just what is naturopathy exactly?
Naturopathy, a practice that began in Germany in the early 19th century before being introduced to the United States shortly after, is a holistic treatment that employs the use of herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise and nutritional counselling. The aim of naturopathy is to take care of the whole person and not just concentrate on the symptoms alone. Naturopaths claim that the alternative treatments take care of not just the body, but the mind and soul as well.
After all these, you may wonder how exactly it works and the answer is this simple. You may have heard someone say that healing begins in the mind. Well, there is some truth to that and that is the idea naturopaths employ. At the natural medicine clinic, the naturopath might take up to two hours examining you. He/she will employ the use of integrative medicine which is basically asking questions about your lifestyle including how well you manage your diet and stress, after this natural therapies may be discussed as required, if you are unsure you can find out more about integrative medicine if you visit this page. After this process the naturopath may use touch, massage and acupuncture to create balance in your body in a process known as naturopathic manipulative therapy. A naturopath may also request a hair mineral analysis which is just a simple non-invasive procedure to determine the level of nutrients and toxic metals in your body. The analysis is aimed at helping a patient improve their lifestyle to help him/her lead the best quality of life.
In Australia, there is no body that governs naturopaths which means that any Tom, Dick or Harry can call themselves a ‘naturopath’. People practicing naturopathy are also not required to be registered. However, a body known as Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists or ARONAH in short, came up to bring some kind of sanity in the field. Some people in this practice are members of professional bodies which only accept members who have gone through approved colleges. These bodies are the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA) and the Association of Massage Therapists in Australia (AMTA).
It should be noted however that while a lot of people go for naturopathy, it is not and should not be used to replace conventional medicine. A lot of people make this mistake and this may have tragic results. If a patient is battling cancer for example, the naturopath may suggest lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and exercising to complement the chemotherapy rather than suggest the treatment in place of the radiation which is most likely to fail.
Even though naturopathy as a treatment is generally thought to be safe, it is important to note that it also has its own set of side effects. There is a big misconception that because a product is natural, it should be safe. Like conventional medicine, herbs have also been known to have their own side effects. Moringa, for example, is a great herb for cleaning out toxins but at the same time, the root can cause paralysis and even death. While the leaves can be eaten as food, the bark and flower have been known to cause miscarriages due to the fact that moringa makes the uterus contract. Therefore, it is not safe for an expectant mother. This is just an example of a useful herb which can also cause damage.
When planning an event, from a business meeting or social function to a seminar or national conference, there are many venue-related factors to keep in mind--so much so that the task can seem quite daunting at first.
Fret not: here is a manageable list of dos and don’ts to guide you smoothly through the process of booking the perfect venue for your meeting, conference, or function.
Do begin with a clear mission for your event.
Before making any venue-related decisions, draw up an outline of what this event must achieve and use this to guide you through all of the following steps.
Don’t delay in booking and preparing your venue.
You don’t want to be rushed into making decisions about which you are not confident so it is important to plan ahead and find resources to help you find a conference venues to host your conference, you can find many conference room options at this website so I would recommend starting your search here.
Do personally visit the venue prior to your event and oversee the arrangement of the room.
Don’t make the mistake of confirming a venue booking before seeing it in person. Not only must you ensure that the venue suits each distinct set of requirements; you may also be required to have a personal hand in the arrangement of your meeting room, function room, or conference venue.
When it comes to the layout of the room, there are a number of important issues you will want to manage. This includes seating arrangements and orientation, the location of the stage, and the amount of room for both the speaker and the audience to conveniently move about when necessary. Each of these aspects should be suited to the needs of your event and therefore will require your personal attention.
Do consider the desired mood of your function.
Would you like your audience to be energised and inspired by this event? Consider not only the enthusiasm of your speakers but also the colour scheme of available function rooms in Melbourne, a function room with a red or orange decor will inspire discourse and spark excitement while a green or blue backdrop may have a relaxing, calming, or even gloomy effect depending on the hue.
Do consider your guests when choosing a location.
You may have found a meeting room or conference venue that perfectly suits your needs in terms of budget and other requirements but do take care not to forget the convenience of your guests. It is best to make sure the venue is easily accessible; however, if you are going to ask your attendees to go out of the way to get to the location, you must be confident that the venue will not only satisfy your demands but truly wow your audience.
Do ensure that attendees can conveniently use their laptops or note-taking material during the meeting.
If you would like participants to walk away with newfound knowledge, understanding, or insights after your function, it may be helpful to ensure convenient means for them to document notes, thoughts, and ideas that arise during the event.
Don’t allow attendees to bring open beverages to their seats if there are no suitable cupholders in place.
This advice may seem insignificant but spilled beverages on your guest’s clothing or computers will put a serious damper on their ability to enjoy and benefit from the meeting or event. More importantly--though it may not be the fault of the organisers, it will be difficult for such participants to walk away from the function with a positive impression.
Whatever country you visit, you are bound to find a number of flower shops if not on every street, then every other street owing to the fact that the flower trade is a fast growing industries. In the fifties, the global flower trade was a three billion dollar industry but by 1994, that figure had grown to a hundred billion. However, despite the flower business being one of the most common professions in the world, those involved in it report that ironically, it is not a bed of roses. Most florists have to start their days relatively early and work late, not forgetting the extremely busy streaks that are matched by some very quiet times. If you are prepared for these somewhat extreme variations then you are halfway there to becoming a florist.
The first step is the training and though this is not a course offered in most learning institutions, the fact remains that knowledge is power. One of the few educational courses you can look into is garden design but apart from this, the best way to gain knowledge in floristry is doing some training on the job. You can look into the flower businesses in your area such as Albert Park and find out if you could get an apprenticeship, or even purchase flowers from a florist in South Melbourne to learn the technique and design ideas. This way, you can get all the training you need concerning flower arrangement and presentation, a skill that will come in handy especially with the countless number of ceremonial flowers you will have to deliver such as wedding bouquets and valentine’s day flowers.
Secondly, you should be prepared for aggressive marketing. This means that you should have done your legwork and determined just how many flower shops are in your area and how many are successful. This way, you will be able to know what you should be doing in order to increase your visibility in your area and which the best marketing strategies are. Online platforms for examples are great when it comes to marketing. However, if you don’t utilise the platform well, you will never realise its true potential because the advantages of having an online presence go further than an online delivery service. Aggressive marketing is also important since the flower industry is a seasonal market. You should be able to find ways of cashing in on the low seasons so that you can stay afloat even then.
As mentioned before, a formal education, though not necessary is key. This way, you will learn what you need to do to be eligible for certain awards aimed at recognising florists and garden designers. I know that you are probably wondering why you would concentrate on getting some award instead of making profits but think of the awards as some kind of Oscars. Getting recognition makes you more marketable and will open you up to more clientele and if you are lucky, you may even get clients that require regular delivery such as restaurants, clinics and maybe even offices.
Most professional florists say that the flower business is more of a lifestyle than just a mere job, assisting others with choosing flowers and providing timely delivery is very different from a regular career, look at this florist from Port Melbourne to get an idea about professional floristry. Once you learn how the florist industry operates then you should be able to run a successful business.
By Thomas Miles