School of Movement
For many years, people have sought a vision of a sacred and unified
existence. Our way of life, in this world, derives from our being
able to feel and understand the harmony between different ways of
knowing. This is why many Westerners have searched, in the Eastern
disciplines and philosophies, for a harmony of path and growth. For
us, this has been a personal search that started with the practice
and the study of Martial Arts, Karate, and Indian Yoga, then reached
back to the ancient Chinese physical disciplines of Tai Chi Chuan
and Qi Gong, with their grace, harmony and rhythm, and finally to
the Tibetan-Nepalese dances, with their sacred rituals – all of these
gestures of purification and self-realisation practiced for millennia
by people seeking to rediscover their divine roots.
The natural instinct for movement has guided us down a path of listening
to the body, and of working on it through many disciplines and Martial
Arts. This combination of forms and exercises has allowed us to discover
soft and synchronised movements of true strength, movements that flow
like a dance, one into another, in continuity. Each is different,
with its own characteristics, but each is always accompanied by the
dance of breathing, which is rhythm, poetry and movement for the soul.
This continuous search for new similarities and diversities to be
used in training, together with an interest in new forms of expression
from other countries and traditions, has made us into a laboratory
for transformation, and for the discovery of new potential for the
We’ve tried to look at movement from a new perspective, considering
not only the physical, but also the mental aspects – how we sense
and perceive movement in space. “Sferologico” is the name we have
chosen for our school, because we believe in the logic of the sphere,
the circularity of movement, and in the principle that all movement
has an origin from which it departs, and to which it returns, more
fluid, after a process of purification.
As Leonardo Da Vinci said: “Reality is made of circumferences, but
we see only straight lines”. The exercises we propose are taken from
different disciplines and Martial Arts, and are based on stretching
and lengthening the muscles in order to correct posture, and to re-establish
equilibrium and symmetry. These are followed by progressively more
complex exercises, to be performed with diverse rhythms, with increasing
concentration, involving both mind and body.
Through practice, we can discover the extraordinary objectives the
body can reach when trained in a natural way, in harmony with the
mind. Practice helps us to regain control of the body and to tune
in to the natural rhythms and the coordination of movement. These
exercises don’t simply reinforce individual muscles, but benefit the
whole body; this is why they require attention and concentration,
because only exercising with awareness can lead to correct posture
“Good-looking and endowed with an exceptional physique, he seems the
model for human perfection” - this is what Goethe said about Leonardo
Da Vinci. With few exceptions, the great geniuses of history demonstrated
great energy and physical capacities; in Leonardo, his extraordinary
physical virtues combined with unparalleled intellectual and artistic
gifts. Vasari exalted “the beauty of his body, not praised enough”
and “the infinite grace in any of his actions”. Leonardo himself said:
“Human beings should assume responsibility for their own health and
well-being”. A vegetarian - and a skilled cook - Leonardo believed
that a rational diet was a big part of the way to health and wellness.
Among the citizens of Firenze, Leonardo was renowned for his bearing,
elegance, and athletic gifts.
Good bearing, balance and grace – and how to achieve them – were also
the subjects studied by another genius, F. Matthias Alexander. Born
in Tasmania, he invented a method in 1869 that helped to stretch the
body. Alexander was a Shakespearian actor and his Alexander Technique
gave him the opportunity to obtain full control of his own voice,
and he became famous for the quality of his vocal placement, his breathing,
and his appearance on stage.
Gandhi always took care over what he ate. He walked a lot to keep
fit, and to prepare himself for his non-violent initiatives, which
required a healthy body and a calm and alert mind. Gandhi valued nature
and simplicity. He believed that body, mind, and spirit could be maintained
in good health with the observation of some simple rules which he
himself followed. Over the years he established a Centre of Nature
Cure where he carried out his experiments on health and hygiene, always
providing a service to the poor. He believed that the body was a marvellous
and perfect machine, and that when it was out of order, it could recover
without the help of medicines, so long as it was given the opportunity
to re-establish itself.
The same was true for Nelson Mandela, lawyer and boxer. During his
27 years as a political prisoner in the maximum-security prison on
Robben Island, South Africa, he never lost control, thanks to the
physical regime which he followed early every morning. His exercises
kept him fit, kept him in contact with his own body, and helped him
to calm his mind and reach clarity of thought.
It is worthwhile to reflect on these great human beings, and on the
immense creativity that allowed them to look at the world in a new
and systematic way. They did not discriminate between good and bad,
better or worse, but instead learned to link diverse elements together
in order to form new structures, and to propose new solutions eventually
recognised by the entire world.
We believe there is a profound relationship between movement and the
psyche. And we have observed that a gradual internal evolution usually
accompanies physical changes in the structure and use of our bodies.
By changing our habits of movement, or even simply by adjusting our
posture, we can create positive changes in our own being.
This is the goal of “SFEROLOGICO” – and we welcome your participation.