The project

The inspiral method stems from the analysis of everyone’s desire and need to get in touch with the other at a deep emotional and affective level, beyond personal difficulties and major social conditioning.

Plunged into a very individualistic environment even in terms of inner search and growth and awareness paths - the relationship with the other often encounters difficulties hindering the free expression of one’s emotional life and the need for a full and fulfilling affective contact.

Within the protected framework of the group, the purpose of the inspiral method, through non verbal codes, is to help overcoming one’s emotional blocks and resuming the spontaneity of the affective gesture through the relationship and contact with the other.

It’s an entirely experiential method, whose roots go back to disciplines and approaches stemming from different theories, as a synthesis of psychology, communication and spirituality.

It is founded on Gestalt Psychology, non verbal communication, Body and Humanistic Therapies, Art Therapy and Meditation techniques to get in touch with one’s Inner Self to find the relationship with the other.

Our method, for each session, consists of two stages (opening and closing of the group work) for an individual and deep contact with one’s inner life, and four central stages representing the specific core of our method.

Our targets include:

The body

The protagonist of the experiences suggested through the inspiral method is the body, seen in its sensitive and subtle dimension and used as main channel to reach the emotion and awareness of one’s own relational potential.

All psychological and spiritual disciplines related to the body start from believing that the body is wise, far more than we are used to acknowledging in ordinary life, and this quality can be acknowledged also over time.

From the past the body remembers habitual patterns and significant experiences, in a clear well- rooted manner, though it is sometimes complicated to be fully aware of it.

At a relational level, the expression of some of our needs and intentions of contact is made difficult by the body, that over time has memorized examples, warnings, prohibitions, events and fears anyone has been exposed to during their path and growth.

What happens then is that the heritage of unacknowledged past experiences can be tested in the present unconsciously through tensions, uncomfortable postures, contractures, because the body doesn’t lie but reveals.

To work with the body allows us to look for the truth in our feelings without having to go through cognitive and mental processes which are often hindered by very complex defense mechanisms.

Starting from the awareness of what the body, with its specific language, tells us about us today we can thus tend to a change aimed at the future, in the belief that, besides being wise and honest, our body tends also to our health and well-being, showing us the way to reach more comfortable working modes and relational patterns which are more suitable for our current needs.

The peculiarity of our intervention method starts from the trust we have in anyone’s ability to acknowledge, through one’s own body language, exactly what we need to reach a state of higher well-being and satisfaction in the relationship we have with ourselves and the others.

To go through this process we will turn to those body skills that are often underestimated, being less performative and yet extremely rich in terms of expressive and communicative value, such as contact, look, proprioception, breath, energetic tone, listening to the somatic expressions of emotions, spontaneous gestures and creative movements.

Our target is to create, through the protected work in a welcoming and non-judging group environment, the best affective conditions to help overcoming the emotional blocks hindering our intentions of contact with the other, being certain that this is an essential need for anybody, as well as the actual search at the bottom of most possible growth activities.

The relationship

While the body is the protagonist, tool, main channel of our action, the relationship is the theatre and ground where we move and towards which we take every step together.

It is in fact the case that, when we feel the desire to move some of our emotional balance or to gain more self-awareness, we start moving along different paths of growth and as we gradually feel our inner change we also feel the need to relate to others in a different way.

Yet, most of the times it is difficult to share with significant people the new sensations and perceptions we have about ourselves and our lives. Even more so, our wish to take within our usual relations a different pattern of contact and affective exchange emotional distances and we thus feel discouraged.

The relationship with the other is however what we all tend to throughout our lives, it is the deep core of any search and the place where all our resources and affective needs can be fulfilled.

Our choice to work as a team through experiences focusing on the relationship thus stems from our wish to accompany everyone in recovering their intention to get in touch with the other, first feeling and then overcoming the different obstacles to the spontaneous flow of emotions.

To be in a protected context, together with people feeling the same wish to open their hearts and grow, in a welcoming and non-judging environment, can allow anyone to contact their wish to meet one’s own emotions and recognize exactly when this risks to get blocked due to fears or inner tensions, and mostly to find a way to recover that spontaneous affective gesture which is usually missing.

To take these steps with the other participants, nor on an abstract and purely spiritual level, neither within ‘unequal’ relationships such as during treatment, but rather in the meeting with real people, all committed to sharing their own relational needs, will actually build that bridge between search experiences and the external world which is often lacking.

To experience a contact reached respecting one’s relational style and deeply listening to the other’s needs and possibilities, will allow to increase everyone’s trust in the possibility to actually bring within one’s own affective environment the intensity of the lived experience.

Our proposal is based on the profound value we assign to the need that growth paths manage to turn into both inner and relational enrichment, firmly believing that a real fulfillment of one’s self and of one’s psychophysical well-being cannot ignore the affective contact and exchange with the other, essential destination of every human journey.

The emotion

We organize a context, we look at the body, we turn to the relationship as the main scenario of our deep essence.

But nothing, we are sure that nothing of it all can be enough to create a real and deep change without going through the extraordinary power of the emotion.

Without the emotion we can achieve knowledge, awareness, competence.

But in order to reach a deep understanding able to evolve into change, able to turn everyone’s potential into solid and usable realities, it is necessary to go through the emotion.

Any event is always made significant by the sensitive marks left in our experiences by the emotion we felt while we were living them.

We can follow for years psychotherapy, self-awareness paths, a spiritual path, even very different methods and schools of thought, but if we fail to contact the emotion and permeate with it all our steps, any intention, though being honest, will risk remaining an abstract and not fully fulfilled goal, exposing us to the further frustration of clearly seeing difficulties and needs, without being able to follow them as we’d like to.

The emotion shows us in detail the nature of our relational blocks, offers the vivid image of what we would need to overcome them and most of all it is thanks to the emotion that the experience of their resolution can take deep roots and become the chance for a permanent change.

Still, going through the emotion is far from being easy or taken for granted.

Our emotional heritage is extremely rich when we are born, but the chance it will develop positively or not strongly depends on the surrounding cultural and affective environment.

Among the whole range of original emotions, just a few are considered acceptable from the social and relational point of view and the chance to fully express them highly depends on the availability of the environment to give them room and value and not consider them as disturbing elements to be suppressed and controlled.

It thus happens that as adults we often feel distant from our own emotional world, in some cases the emotional heritage has gradually been reduced to those few traits that haven’t received a negative connotation, in other cases emotions move confusedly somewhere far away from our conscience and cannot be used as they are not recognized and distinguished.

However, one specific feature of emotions is luckily to have a body and sensitive connection, particularly if engaged in a very intense affective contact.

Working with the body and preparing chances of significant contact, we’ll try to get back exactly those emotions that, though not acknowledged, can’t wait to be set free and guide us in our relationship with the other.

The purpose of our method is not to supply new skills, but rather to help everyone to overcome their emotional blocks built up over time and gain back that emotional richness that already belonged to us.

It is a matter of removing rather than adding, going back to one’s inner self and spontaneity rather than learning behaviors suggested by others, acknowledging and developing inner skills overcoming mental and social conditioning that over time we have unconsciously interiorized.

It is a matter of exploring our inner world through our relationship with the other to expand our creativity, our vital energy and most of all our capacity to love.

Because we are convinced of one thing.

If loving and feeling loved is a deep and essential need, it can be fully satisfied only releasing our fears, tensions, emotional blocks and prejudices.

We can’t be truly filled with the transformative power of a deep feeling like love, if we limit its authenticity through judgments, control and repression.

We have to be ready to be surprised by our truest feelings, to be enriched by our own affective potential, to be guided by the spontaneity of our emotions towards fulfilling forms of contact and relationship, in all their most authentic forms.

Because our freedom to love has been soiled by fears and conditioning, but emotions, feelings, true and deep love are always clean, positive, pure, healthy. Precious.

And we have all the right to live them with joy.

Frequently Attested Fears
Others have FAQs... We have FAFs!!!

I’m scared by the idea of team work. Won’t it be hard to be spontaneous in front of other people?

Unlike what happens in groups where the main code is verbal, where the respect of the speaking turns actually brings attention on each single person, in Inspiral’s work the group becomes rather a safe environment protecting each single participation spreading attention. Knowing that all participants are committed together in the suggested game ensures privacy to everyone’s experience and, at the same time, if offers the support needed to test oneself among peers.

There are a few topics that I find particularly hard to face. Will I be forced to test myself?

The freedom to choose what is good for yourself is a milestone of our method. We firmly believe in everyone’s capacity to recognize their own possibility of exposing ourselves through new experiences, and we feel confident that a welcoming and non-judging environment will definitely help the results. In no case will we force the participation in the suggested games, but we will rely on everyone’s wish to try new paths to get in touch with each other.

Is it required to have already tried a path of personal growth?

Not at all. The method is conceived to be adjusted to everyone’s opening needs and possibilities, in that specific moment of their lives. Each game suggested will be interpreted through higher or lower levels of awareness and self-perception regardless of any familiarity with one’s own emotional processes. After all it’s one of our targets to support a spontaneous change process over time, that everyone might be able to lead back to their own personal paths as a chance for further search.

You say that every game will be played in couples. What if I shouldn’t feel comfortable with my partner?

The basic purpose of our work is to facilitate the emotional meeting with the other, and this is supposed to happen if we recognize affinities, that can be tested from time to time with different people on different levels. However, if during the experience anyone ever feels uncomfortable with another person, we think it’s important to observe also this sensation to reach a better awareness of one’s own relational style. We don’t think that it is a target to get on well with everybody, but rather that it is possible to refine one’s own resources also through the acknowledgement of what doesn’t work for us within our relationship with the other.

I don’t feel comfortable to talk about myself and I don’t like so much to listen to others’ theories and problems. How much space will be devoted to verbal confrontation?

We think it’s very important to point out that ours is not a therapeutic setting and that any need to further examine personal issues arisen during work will be welcomed with attention in an individual specific space. The group is the place of experience, not reflection, it’s the chance for testing, not re-elaboration, it’s a box of occasions, not a space for discussion. The main language will be definitely not verbal and wherever we’ll be helped by words, this will be aimed to reach the emotion even more fully.

I already have so many daily problems, won’t it turn out to be a burden?

To grant yourself the opportunity to improve the quality of your usual relationship patterns is always an adventurous journey, but we intend to offer incentives rather than hitches, occasions rather than obstacles. It’s for such purpose that the proposals will be very often playful and, hopefully, engaging, as we are convinced that pleasure, in the experience, is a very powerful vehicle of emotional change, equivalent to the value of the effort required for different paths.

But... does it work?

We don’t have certainties apart from those built together moment by moment. What we know is that we will put our result together!

Daniela D’Uva

Specialized in Communication, she has been teaching for many years in several training courses where she developed her passion and skills for the relational and group dynamics.

A few years ago her body suddenly told her that love was the only thing really counting in her life. Therefore, following bravely (and with great effort) that emotion, she started a path of personal, relational and spiritual growth, through psychology, yoga, bioenergetics, laughter yoga and regular meditation.

Moving between the wide dimension of communication and the subtle dimension of awareness she recognized within herself her inclination to honesty at any rate and her choice of total consistency between what you promote and what you actually live in your own relations.

Stefania Fiocchi

Stefania Fiocchi is a psychologist and psychotherapist following the humanistic-relational approach.

Starting from solid psychodynamic foundations, she felt more and more deeply the importance of a relational and body approach to read the emotional and psychological processes, found in some elements of Gestalt Psychotherapy, that she’s specialized in.

This need to integrate different theoretical approaches has turned into a clinical practice combining individual, group, couples and family psycotherapies, with experiential workshops applied to different frameworks such as, among others, training, non-violence, parenthood and overcoming genre stereotypes.

Her personal path is founded on her search for truth, however hard this integrity proves in her relationship with others, feeling sure that only in total authenticity it is possible to reach full and touching happiness.



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Frequently Attested Fears
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