Course Dates


Hands that Listen, Words that Touch

A 4-week online introduction to Clean Language

with Nick Pole and Madelon Sinnige

starts Wed 20th Jan 2021


This course is for you if you are a mind/body practitioner, therapist or teacher interested in Clean Language and would like to learn how to integrate it more effectively into your work.

It will be live and interactive, using Zoom as a flexible virtual workshop platform. You will learn to help your clients:

  • Use mindful, embodied inquiry to transform health problems
  • Make insightful connections between symptoms and the life issues underlying them
  • Devise realistic steps towards building healthier habits.

The course consists of 4 live, interactive Zoom sessions, where you can:

Learn from guided exercises and live demonstrations with members of the group.

Work together in twos and threes, with in-the-moment coaching from your teachers.

Share what you learn in your weekly home practice with fellow students.


Course dates and fee

Wednesdays:  20th, 27th Jan and 3rd, 10th Feb 

18.30-21.00 CEST/17.30-20.00 GMT/12.00-14.30 Eastern/9.00-11.30am Pacific

The course fee is £160GBP and payment options will be sent when you register.

 For full course details and to book your place, contact Nick at:

[email protected]

See Nick’s interview with Mark Vroonland on ‘Body-Friendly Language’  here:


Words That Touch

2-day Introduction to Clean Language in Shiatsu

17th/18th April, Shinzui Bodywork International Institute, Brussels



Nick Pole working with Tracy Krikler at the European Shiatsu Congress, Vienna 2017

What Clean Language 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.


See Nick’s YouTube demonstration how effective one simple Clean Language question can be 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.


Kensal Green, London NW10 6AD



+44 (0)20 8969 3405

Metaphors, Qi and the Ethereal Soul

Metaphors, Qi and the Ethereal Soul

How Clean Questions can help your clients understand the hidden meanings in their metaphors, and why that can make a difference to the whole treatment.from the Shiatsu Society Journal, Autumn 2010please...

Beyond Words: Shiatsu and Clean Language

Beyond Words: Shiatsu and Clean Language

How these incredibly simple “Zen Questions” can give your conversations with clients the same depth, awareness and focus you have when you’re working directly with Qi.from the Shiatsu Society News, Summer 2009please...