What is to be found for each individual is within each individual. Authority and the "how to" is to be found from the inside out and not to be given from the outside in.

My invitation is to come together in order to inquire and challenge ideas, dogmas, beliefs, family, social and historical conditioning all the way to free thinking. That is not to be mistaken for an ideal state to be achieved, but to be experienced as a personal gradual revelation.

The choice to examine and discard what does not work anymore is, in my understanding, the fine line between living as a programmed being and living as a human being.

    
    

I was born in Athens in 1975. My curiosity around the inner workings of human nature was my main driving force from an early age. In 1996 I finished my studies on nutrition in SVIE College in Athens. I worked for 3 years as a nutritional consultant with private clientele and for numerous health clubs in Athens. During these years I realized that supporting clients on changing their dietary habits was not sufficient for me. I was becoming more intrigued by natural healing.

In 2003 I received my diploma in shiatsu from the European School of Shiatsu in Athens. In the process, I gained extensive knowledge around human anatomy, Chinese medicine and physical healing through massage. During the period of my studies and while practicing shiatsu, I got interested in the connection between the body and the psychology of a person.

Having come in contact as a shiatsu therapist with many different body structures, I started noticing certain psychosomatic patterns. I wondered how life experiences are imprinted in the body and how different psychological patterns create different physical structures and behaviors. This questioning led me to venture into body psychotherapy. In 2007 I received my diploma in Body Psychotherapy from Bodynamic Institute International in Athens and specialized in treating traumatic shock and post-traumatic stress. After my graduation, I continued with the Foundation and Shock Trainer Course and became the first Greek certified practitioner and trainer.

Between 2009 and 2012 I worked as a trainer in Bodynamic branches in Athens and Kiev-Ukraine. In Kiev I gained extensive knowledge on dealing with heavy traumatic cases by working individually with many clients. From 2008 and on, I connect with people from around the world inviting them, through our work, to a fresh way of thinking and living.

    

All of our experiences are registered in our bodies. Before we can even speak, it is through our physical sensations that we perceive the world and learn about the world. As a consequence, speaking solely with somebody's intellect is not enough for the unconscious material to surface in a way that can bring substantial understanding and change. It is important to address simultaneously the mind (through conversation) and the body (through learning how to use it in order to come in contact with our hidden blocks as well as our unexplored resources).

Combining mind-and-body directed inquiry, information-memories surface in the form of repressed emotions and instincts and physical reactions-responses. People get the chance to become aware of long standing unquestioned beliefs, ideas, rules and values. They consciously access and release what has been suppressed for years. They are better able to understand how their past conditioning has been blindly operating through them as a negatively-programmed lens, thus preventing them from freshly perceiving and responding to life today.

I passionately support people in finding their way back to themselves and reconnect with their spontaneous intelligence, strength and creativity. Choosing honesty over comfort is to me the key. All of us carry pain through our stories and there is no way around it, if we want to regain the authority of our lives. Each one must be courageous enough to go through it and such a choice contains an amazing opportunity. That, of transitioning from the limitation we experience to freedom we desire.

I do not perceive myself as a therapist or a healer or any kind of "authority" that knows better. When it comes to working with people, I am here as a co-explorer. As a partner in intelligent inquiry, out of the confines of conditioned confusion and into the freshness of sprouting awareness.

    
  

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