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Words That Touch

An Introduction to Clean Language for Shiatsu Practitioners

Course Dates 2017/2018


The Language of Beginner’s Mind: Communication in Shiatsu

European Shiatsu Congress, Vienna: 28th Sep-1st Oct 2017 www.europeanshiatsucongress.eu/


Listening to the Bodymind - Mindfulness, Embodiment and Clean Language

Clean Learning Practice Group, 7.30pm 16 Oct, Portchester PO16 8JG, UK. Marian Way marian@cleanlearning.co.uk


Introduction to Clean Language and Shiatsu

Amsterdam: 27th, and 28/29th October 2017: Talk and two-day workshop. Joyce Vlaarkamp www.zenshiatsu.nl/cms/nascholing/


Asking Questions Your Body Can Answer

with Tamsin Hartley and Nick Pole, 10am-5pm, Sat 18 Nov 2017-08-16. St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York YO24 1AQ Contact: tamsinhartley@hotmail.com


Clean Language for Bodywork Therapists and Shiatsu, Seiki & Clean Language

Athens: 24th, 25th and 26th November 2017: Talk and 2 one-day workshops. Panayiota Giannino www.shiatsugr.gr/en/


Shiatsu Coaching: Clean Language Module

Heidelberg, Jan 27/28th and Sep 12-14th 2018; contact: renefix.esi@gmail.com


Words That Touch: Clean Language, Mindfulness and Shiatsu

European Shiatsu Inst, Basel 10/11th Feb 2018. Contact: Claudia Per at c.per@shiatsu-institut.ch

Glasgow, Scotland,  23/24th June 2018. Contact: Elaine Liechti at admin@glasgowshiatsu.co.uk

International Hara Shiatsu Institute, Vienna. 2-day Introduction and 1-day Advanced course. Autumn 2018, dates to be confirmed.



What this course is about...

  • Understand how language can have a direct effect on a client’s mind, body and energy, for better or for worse, depending on how skilfully it’s used;
  • Listen to, and respectfully explore, the client’s verbal and non-verbal metaphors, since these can be the key to making positive, lasting change;
  • Liberate yourself from thinking that you need to know the answers;
  • Help your clients bring trust and compassion to the bodymind and its symptoms.

‘Words That Touch’ is an introduction to this phenomenally effective way of asking very simple questions, which help clients to make their own mind/body connections and participate more in their own healing process. Clean Questions bring a Zen-like clarity to understanding what a client really wants from a session, and are an excellent way of keeping the therapist’s own unconscious judgements, preconceptions and prejudices to a minimum in communicating with the client.

The course is open to practitioners of shiatsu and any other kind of bodywork who are interested in integrating Clean Language into their work with clients and students. In this workshop, we will explore both words and touch as an extension of the presence, awareness, curiosity and compassion we bring to the process of meeting another person. The kind of contact we will be using during the course will be simple and intuitive and you don’t need any formal training in shiatsu or any other kind of bodywork to do it.



For a short YouTube example of how Clean Language can help with unusually high stress levels, click here


In this experiential workshop we will explore through movement, posture, metaphor and touch how mind and body communicate within a therapeutic relationship. If you are interested in how Clean Language can help your clients get more from their treatments, this workshop will give you an unforgettable taste of the many ways that language can open your awareness of Qi.

You will learn how to:

• Discover the mind-body connections hidden in the key words your clients use.

• Keep your therapeutic language as free as possible from your own unconscious pre-suppositions, preferences and judgements.

• Help clients work mindfully with the fears that can block their healing process.


For a personal, unsolicicited appreciation of this couuse, have a look at these comments from Dr Rose Fuhrmann, shiatsu therapist and voice teacher:

I booked myself into Nicholas Pole’s workshop with the aim to look into the way I talk to my patients during initially consultation and consequent feedback before treatment. I had felt for a while that my communications skills in this area could be improved and made it my CPD issue of the year.
What I took home after the weekend was something far more profound than “good practitioner communication skills”. I had deepened a friendship, had seen a person I had found difficult to get on with in a completely new and compassionate light, and I had experienced how a stranger came to authentically and deeply appreciate where exactly in my life I was standing at this very moment. This left me with a feeling that is not easy to describe – maybe I will offer: “bathing in trust”.
You have to understand that I am not a flatterer and I am not carried away easily. This was CPD (continuing professional development) and to be put to the test.

So what happened, when I tried the new trick on my patients?

Well, it cut down the talking at lot. But more importantly, it seemed to put them in a space similar to what I had experienced during the workshop. As they took up the invitation to reflect on their own words there seemed to arise the desire to re-consider and fine-tune, to re-experience in a different light. The old, often told “story” was no longer good enough – or true enough? They said surprising things and felt those to be heard.

So how does this help the Shiatsu practitioner?

Well, I found the Hara was clearer, the kyo/jitsu reaction had more certainty and my composite sounded much more compelling. That could have been just a good day. But it was repeatable.
Furthermore, it was easier to get right to the point with the treatment, to keep focussed and change things that previously had proven fairly resilient.

In my opinion, what is facilitated by using “Clean Language” with a Shiatsu client is an opening up of the field. Using the method with some skill, the practitioner will know when “enough has been said”. So, by the time the client is lying down, the field is tuned and vibrates at the level the client has chosen to work on. The focus appears to be easy to maintain, because the client still plays with the echo of the truth they have just spoken and are happy to let unfold further – supported by Shiatsu. Having witnessed the patients spoken truth, the practitioner is being asked to also witness the “felt experience” encoded, but not directly represented in the spoken word. The patient thus listens more intensely, staying with the treatment and its focus, even guiding the practitioner – rather than being taken by him or her – to the places where change can happen.”