The way you communicate has a powerful impact on your patients. Your communication influences your patient’s motivation to incorporate new health practices, and affects how much confidence they have in themselves and your treatments to promote change and foster lasting benefits.

Learn how to combine Dao Yin Qi Gong, mindfulness, rapport skills and Clean Language to help your patients develop their own awareness of Qi and how to deal more effectively with symptoms and the issues that may be causing them. This course offers you health coaching tools that are flexible, precise and easy to use, online or in-office. These skills will make your treatments more effective, and your patients will deeply value what you offer.

6 lesson, 4 week journey


‘Body-friendly language’ begins with being open, curious and attentive to your own body. The skills we develop in mindful movement, like Dao Yin, being fully present in an aligned, centered and open-hearted way – are just as important when we want to communicate with words. Through case study and direct experience of mindfulness practices, collective presence and Clean Language, this class introduces you to the potential and power of verbal and non-verbal language, and how you can cultivate communication skills for the greatest benefit to your patients.

Lesson 1

Though it can feel as if it happens by coincidence, rapport—the experience of being in synch with another— is a skill that can be cultivated and put to the very best purpose. Using voice, presence, body language and words, with respect and compassion, rapport helps us offer ecological treatments and recommendations that increase our patients’ awareness and choice. Using body-friendly language, you’ll create harmony and partnership helping empower your patient’s innate healing abilities and support them in taking an active role in their wellbeing.

Lesson 2

When patients experience something uncomfortable in a treatment session, you may feel uncomfortable, too. Your patient or you may not know what to do next.

Fortunately, as patients talk about their issues, they will unconsciously offer you many subtle metaphors. In this module you’ll learn how to respectfully bring those metaphors into awareness, as valuable communications from the bodymind. Metaphors are like the end of a thread which, followed carefully, with the simplest and most open questions, can lead us to the patterns that underlie both symptoms and ways we might discover to resolve them.

Lesson 3

We learn and practice very powerful ways to help our patients recover from illness and get back to ‘normal’. Challenging habitual patterns without seeming judgmental is a delicate art. The Clean Language outcome questions offer us a respectful way to invite our patients to listen to their innate natural healing intelligence. These questions can be sensitively woven into your ongoing work with patients, so they find their own creative ways around familiar obstacles toward a goal that is meaningful and valuable to them.

Learn how to help your patients move away from seeing themselves as passive victims of their health problems, and toward taking an active role in creating a healthier life for themselves.

Lesson 4

Conversation takes time and patience. It requires active listening and creating a space for one to feel safe, respected and free to explore. With time on our minds, we might want to jump ahead of our patient’s process, put words in their mouth or get clarity on a diagnosis without giving them time to explore their issue for themselves. You may not feel like you have enough time for clean questions and a treatment. So, how do you make Clean Language in the initial visit work?

In this segment we’ll explore how setting up space and time for Clean collaboration will actually speed the healing process and make your work more delightful, enriching and effortless.


In this final week, you’ll review and integrate the learning from previous modules, and work with any particular aspect of Clean Language that you would like more help with. With the emphasis on practical integration of Clean Language into your practice, you’ll be reviewing what has been most useful to you from the whole course and practicing the final two Clean Language questions:

‘And what do you know now about all that?’

’And what difference does knowing that make?’

Communicating with Qi $425

6 lessons, 4 weeks • 17 NCCAOM PDA 


July 16, 2020

9 am – 11:30 am

Qi is a Relationship

July 18, 2020

9am – 12:15pm

Mind, Matter, and Metaphor

July 25, 2020

9am – 12:15pm

The Outcome Question

August 1, 2020

9am – 12:15pm

Clean Conversation

August 8, 2020

9am – 12:15pm

Integration and Coaching

August 11, 2020

9am – 11:30am

Meet Your Instructors

When you invite the bodymind into the conversation with Clean Language, painful and frustrating symptoms can rapidly turn into signposts on the path towards the kind of life a person really wants to be living.

In researching my book, Words That Touch, I found the neurological explanation for Lao Tzu’s great riddle: the Tao that can be spoken of is not the “constant/eternal/real” Tao because speech traps us in the left brain hemisphere’s abstract world of names, concepts and categories, as one remove from reality. It’s only through the right hemisphere and its wordless but deeply embodied way of knowing, that we can ever get a sense of what the unspoken Tao is really all about.

This is how I love to work, integrating gentle and respectful questioning with the meridian-based bodywork of shiatsu. I invite the two sides of the brain to have a better relationship with each other, and our patients to have better relationships with themselves.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Eastern medicine and philosophy saved my life. They have rocked my world for over thirty years. In private practice, I see myself primarily as an educator, aka wizard of possibilities. I use the interview process as my main modality for diagnosis and treatment. Patients and I explore the fabric of reality and build an awareness of experience and perceptions. Along with mindfulness, using nature’s systems to understand ourselves helps us feel right at home and capable of shifting with self-compassion, confidence and resourcefulness.

Another essential in my repertoire is movement therapy—either Dao Yin or yoga. I find mindful movement and breathing can influence all issues regardless of where they’re housed, just like water can flow in places nothing else can or wants to go. This medicine keeps reminding me: there is wonder here, simply awaiting our presence.

Conversation takes time and patience.

There’s so much more to learning than just compelling course material. Live courses provide a wealth of opportunities for on-the-spot feedback, connection with colleagues and serendipity. Learn from seasoned instructors and your peers through inquiry and engaged discussions.

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