In this practical guide, Nick Pole explains the philosophy and practice of Clean Language, a simple and highly effective way to facilitate mind/body communication in bodywork therapy. He explains 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.
Words that Touch 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 the guide transformative in increasing the connection with clients and developing their practice through language.
Nick Pole has been a mind-body therapist for over 25 years, and discovered Clean Language after training in shiatsu and NLP. Nick is based in London.
Part One. 1. 'A Long Way From Yourself'. 2. Why Clean Language? 3. Keeping It Clean and Why It Matters. 4. Three Clean Questions. 5. Clean Questions for a Cold Shoulder. 6. Letting Your Body Answer Back. 7. Mind, Matter and Metaphor. 8. Embodied Language, Embodied Mind. 9. How Does It Work and Where Does It Come From? 10. The 12 Core Clean Language Questions. 11. The Client's Goals - What Would You Like To Have Happen? 12. What Happens When You Ask the Outcome Question. 13. A Clean Conversation. 14. A Clean Conversation - What Did You Learn? Part Two. 15. The Science Behind Clean Language. 16. Focusing the Mind on the Body. 17. From Body to Brain. 18. The Divided Brain. Part Three. Part 3.1 Introduction. 19. How To Structure A Session. 20. Sorting Out the Rubik Cube. 21. Exploring the Landscape. 22. Taking Less of the Load. Part 3.2 A Clean Approach to Trauma. 23. The Tidal Wave of Trauma. 24. Angry Red Blotches. 25. I Will Die Too. 26. Dropping the Baby. Part 3.3 Working with Embodied Double Binds. 27. The Panther in the Cage. 28. The Man Who Deserved to Die. 29. The Root of the Problem That Causes the Pain. Part 3.4 How Clean Should I Be? 30. Clean and the Therapeutic Relationship . 31. Clean Touch. 32. Approaching Childbirth with Clean Touch. Part 3.5 Interviews with Practitioners Who Use Clean Language. 1. Acupuncture. 2. CranioSacral Therapy. 3. Yoga Nidra. 4. Yoga and the Outcome Question. 5. Physiotherapy. 6. Teaching Tai Chi with Clean Questions. 7. Homeopathy. 8. Clean Language, Feldenkrais and Music. Part 3.6 A Final Word. References. Index.