Maria Karakostanoglou

I studied English Lit at the University of Athens, Greece. Always fascinated by foreign languages in parallel I studied French and Italian and then to make these assets more “marketable” I did my first MA in International Public Relations. Little has stayed with me since that time but the taste of working in a multicultural and multinational environment speaking various languages. So when I was accepted in the aptitude test of the European Commission for Conference Interpreters I was really excited! My DEAs in Conference Interpreting and Translation further strengthened this initial love affair with the charms and seduction of my left brain! As an Interpreter for the Greek Language section I did work for several years and in was during this stay of mine in Brussels that I got to know, as a client, Specialized Kinesiology. I feel this was a turning point. You see, I was not looking for a job! I was happy with the one I had while I felt there was definitely something missing. What caught my attention were the very real changes I and others around me noticed during the year I was working with my kinesiologist in Brussels. These changes inspired me enough or I should say got me curious enough as to enroll in my first ever course in kinesiology in what is called 3in1 Concepts. That was it…curiosity keeps me going ever since along with the many changes I can and do see with those I now and for the last many years work with. To be honest it feels like a very natural continuation from what I was doing: just another form of interpreting and a different, more universal by far, language. I had nearly completed my track to becoming a Consultant for 3in1Concepts when I got across Edu K and Brain Gym. I was totally seduced by how it gave me easy-to-work-with tools to support myself in my everyday life. I thought that for my existential or “profound” questions I could always seek help from the specialists but for my everyday challenges I really wanted something I could use myself. This is how I approach my own teaching of Brain Gym®101 now. Although using muscle testing a lot in private sessions, I do tend to put more emphasis on self noticing during my seminars and encourage participants to start paying attention to the many messages their bodies give them. I guess what they say is true: you teach what you need to learn J Also, what I love about Brain Gym and noticing is that on the one hand it gives you the chance to face you own self-imposed, often, limitations while on the other it also gives you the tools to transform them! I have trained in many other branches of specialized kinesiology always keeping the “educational” model Edu K is built on. I am an Intern for International Faculty at Brain Gym International and Renate Wennekes is my mentor.

Simone Blume, born `69, living in Verden (Germany).

Writing a biography is like going on a short trip through your life. I feel a little bit like a vagabond with a rucksack on my back. My entire life I am collecting different qualifications, special abilities, methods, patterns, thoughts, feelings… By taking a look in my rucksack you can see what I am going to offer in my courses, balances and talks …  beside the definitely very interesting topics of the courses.

That`s what I`ve collected:

• humor, curiosity, interest in my own and other peoples processes/ progress/ ideas, the wish to live a life full of joy, laughter and deepness, ...• working as a primary school teacher, healthy sports trainer, giving

• working as a primary school teacher, healthy sports trainer, giving psychomotoric courses for several years, teaching Brain gym, Touch for Health, Zwischenmenschliche Beziehungsmuster

• working as a primary school teacher, healthy sports trainer, giving psychomotoric courses for several years, teaching Brain gym, Touch for Health, Zwischenmenschliche Beziehungsmuster

• fascinated by the idea of supporting people getting into self-confidence and giving them tools like BG, TFH and others because I took so much out of them for my own work and family life.

Just now I am taking time off work and dedicated to my newly born son Mitja. In the near past I was working at the Institute of Kinesiological Learning (IKL) of Renate Wennekes. She is one of my first kinesiology teachers.

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