Nick Pole (England, UK)
Nick Pole has been practising, teaching and writing about shiatsu for twenty years and joined the Shiatsu College in London teaching staff in 1992.
He specialized in Clean Language which is a simple and effective way to help clients to discover how to listen to themselves at a deep, embodied and authentic level.
Shiatsu, Improv and beginner’s mind
In traditional Japanese culture the martial arts, healing arts and performing arts all begin from the same place…a state of emptiness and pure attention. Traditionally it was important to study more than one of these arts to cultivate a deeper relationship with the innocent curiosity, open acceptance and spontaneous creativity of ‘beginner’s mind’.
The western tradition of Improvisation is a way to bring these same qualities into our work and relationships. The simple act of stepping into an empty space and seeing what happens when you meet someone else there is enough to open us to a world of imagination, intuition and resonant connection.
In this workshop we explore how some of the basic principles of Improv, like accepting whatever your partner does, or staying with a problem without trying to fix it, reflect some of the most ancient ideas in Chinese medicine. With examples of how great performing artists apply these principles in music, movement and the visual arts, this workshop will refresh your sense of shiatsu as a truly mindful, dynamic and creative path to positive health.