Words that Touch

How to ask questions your body can answer

Read ten 5-star reviews of Nick Pole’s book on how to use Clean Language in mind-body therapy here


What people say about “words that touch”


“I didn’t know that this was a book I was waiting to read – until it came along. My body is grateful as I have already used some of the simple questioning on myself in just a few minutes, and wow, that pain has shifted, and some emotion with it.
This book is not just for therapists or bodywork specialists. I for one will use the concepts and approach to deepen the effectiveness of my work as a Clean coach, supervisor and facilitator, and am sure others will too.
Nick’s gentle yet incisive writing, through which he shares his experience and wisdom, left me feeling more connected, peaceful and grounded. A great book.”

Lynne Cooper,
co-author of ‘The Five-Minute Coach’

‘Words That Touch gently balances the Yin and Yang of language and body, theory and practice with hundreds of stories, examples and personal anecdotes. Nick Pole’s delightful book shows how Clean Language questions can transcend technique to become a way of being with another person’s body and mind.’

James Lawley & Penny Tompkins
Authors of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling.


‘Nicholas Pole offers bodyworkers a new skill in this clear and elegant book, showing that the words we use directly affect our clients’ Qi as much as our touch. With simple “clean” questions we can help them reach into and resolve the origin of their own condition. A valuable resource.’

Carola Beresford-Cooke
Author of Shiatsu Theory and Practice and co-founder of the Shiatsu College UK


‘Nick Pole has written an important and convincing book. Spoken language and body language have drifted apart. Words that Touch introduces how to make dialogue an integral part of bodywork. Without any doubt many therapists and teachers of bodywork will find inspiration and practical guidance in it.’

Peter den Dekker
Chi Kung instructor, acupuncturist and author of The Dynamics of Standing Still


‘The use of Clean Language in therapeutic practice emphasises a simple but highly effective questioning style between patient and practitioner. The author of this practical guide explains the philosophy and practice of how to use language to get to the heart of a client’s physical problem, to engage the mind in the process of the body, and to create somatic change. The Clean Language technique is simple and accessible, and can be applied to a range of therapies that deal with the mind and body. Nick Pole provides compelling theoretical explanations and practical case studies to describe the importance of language and relationships in the practice of mind/body therapies. Practitioners of yoga, shiatsu, acupuncture, physiotherapy, The Feldenkrais Technique and more will find this guide transformative in increasing the connection with clients and developing their practice through language.’

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