International Centre for BodyCode and Gyrotonic
The Cultural Association “Vortice” – directed by Pino Carbone and Ivana Chiaravalloti – was founded in Florence in 1988; first Gyrotonic® center in Europe, it can boast the longest continuative tradition of this method and moreover it is the first BodyCode System® center in the world.
In these recent decades Il Vortice has gathered widespread support from professionals in the field of medicine, sports and dance from around the world and still avails of the collaboration of doctors and internationally renowned teachers. The preventive and therapeutic aspects of BodyCode® and Gyrotonic® techniques and the professionalism of the staff of the center have proved highly effective in many fields.
The experiences accumulated in almost thirty years of activity with neuro-impaired, paraplegics, blind, more depressed and postoperative functional recovery of athletes and internationally renowned dancers, have meant that Il Vortice would be recognized around the world as an important and innovative point of reference for the dance world and beyond.
Il Vortice, the first center of BodyCode® and Gyrotonic® in Europe, is specialized for the unique needs of the dancer by offering ever more innovative training programs in order to improve the aesthetic and biomechanical conditions, assisting him during a possible post traumatic rehabilitation phase.
In about thirty years of intense activity crowned by numerous successes, Il Vortice has been the destination of many show business personalities such as Sting, Katia Labèque, Alessio and Beatrice Carbone, Bridget Breiner, Eric Vu An, Mikko Nissinen, Renato Zanella, Alessandra Ferri and Roberto Bolle, frequent and passionate admirer of Bodycode® method.
The Cultural Association Il Vortice conducts ongoing research and study to offer its members more and more advanced techniques to educate to a healthy lifestyle and instill a sense of increased well-being.
Training and refreshment courses are organized throughout the year in order to continuously update the trainers of the center and develop new therapeutic and training programs designed to restore proper function and posture, which is essential to prevent accidents and improve the quality of life.
“When a man is alive, his body is elastic and flexible; when he is dead, it is hard and rigid. The same happens to all the things. Trees and plants are soft and flexible, while they are growing, then they become fragile as soon as they die. So, to be hard and rigid means to go toward death; whereas, in order to live, it is sufficient to be soft and flexible.”
Free translation of a passage from the “TAO TE CHING”, a very ancient Chinese text