‘Six degrees of freedom’ is a mechanical term, referring to the ways in which a body can move in three dimensions:

  1. Moving up and down (heaving);
  2. Moving left and right (swaying);
  3. Moving forward and backward (surging);
  4. Tilting forward and backward (pitching);
  5. Turning left and right (yawing);
  6. Tilting side to side (rolling).

Towards the end of his life, Clean Language originator David Grove extended his Clean Space ideas by experimenting with a ‘whirlygig’. The client would be strapped into a seat mounted in a gyroscopic device which allowed the therapist to tilt them in various ways, through the ‘six degrees of freedom’: this proved to have a remarkable healing effect. Two of David’s collaborators, Shaun Hotchkiss and Steven Saunders, are now continuing this work independently.

An article about the effects of a session in the whirlygig, ‘Six Degrees of David Grove’ by Judy Rees can be found in the ‘Articles’ section of this site.

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