Words that Touch

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Author: Nick Pole

Publisher: Singing Dragon

Published: 21/02/17

ISBN: 9781848193369

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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 performed a real service by showing how Clean Language is something everyone can use. It is a pleasure to see my late friend David Grove’s work receiving such practical explication and application. This is a how-to manual suitable for anyone who wants to be better at working with the wisdom within each of us.’
– Ian McDermott, founder of International Teaching Seminars and UKCP certified psychotherapist

‘For all their skills in working with the body and its energies, few complementary practitioners pay careful attention to the language they use with their patients. With the help of this clear and compelling book they will be better able to practise the mind body medicine which they espouse.’
– John Hamwee, acupuncturist and author of Zero Balancing, Intuitive Acupuncture and Acupuncture for New Practitioners

‘Words that Touch gently balances the Ying 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

‘I had the sense as I was reading, that I was sitting at the feet of a great teacher: the body. Words That Touch provides an insightful, clear and practical guide for accessing somatic intelligence. A profoundly helpful book.’
– Rosalie Dores, mindfulness teacher, supervisor & trainer

‘Might be the best book on Clean Language so far…The practical examples are excellent, with transcripts that aren’t boring or baffling. It provides a fascinating insight into how Nick thinks, as a shiatsu practitioner.’
– Judy Rees