An Introduction to Embodied Clean

Embodied Clean - Overview


Embodied Clean is an approach to coaching that enables clients to create lasting change by accessing the wisdom and resources within the body.

Embodied Clean draws on Clean Language principles to facilitate clients’ innate self-healing abilities. It uses insights from Eugene Gendlin on the importance of the “felt sense” in successful change work. It takes important practices from other embodiment approaches and “cleans them up” to remove as many assumptions as possible. And it structures all this into a broad and deep approach that can stand on its own, yet also integrates seamlessly into other ways of working.

This gives facilitators an approach that has a deep respect for the client’s experience and wisdom, combined with powerful tools for developing client skills and working with resourceful states.

Accessing and Creating Resourceful States

Embodied Clean - Resourceful States

Embodied Clean primarily works on the principle that clients can often address problems and achieve outcomes when they adopt highly resourceful states.

Embodied Clean has a variety of tools for accessing states, including Clean Time Travel which discovers resourceful states from the past. It also makes use of David Grove’s Feeling to Metaphor, which creates memorable multi-sensory anchors for states, making them easier to access.

Many embodiment activities teach clients new resourceful states, and they may also develop increased body awareness (interoception) or physical capabilities. So Embodied Clean includes “cleaned up” activities for deliberately creating resourceful states based on movement, using music, making sound, working with the breath, and using touch.

Complete Change Processes

Embodied Clean: Complete Change Processes
Embodied Clean has powerful change processes that facilitators can suggest to clients for working on problems and outcomes. There are:
The Body-Based Change Process
A step-by-step change process, similar to Penny Tompkins and James Lawley’s Framework for Change, that engages the whole body
Clean Resourcing
A process that brings multiple resources to bear on problems or desired outcomes
Clean Guided Meditation
A way to access powerful universal resources – a form of guided meditation that has been “cleaned up”

The Developmental Model

Embodied Clean - Developmental Model
Jenny Tower

Jenny Tower - Coach / Educator

My physical vocabulary has changed, my level of curiosity of ‘my insides’ has increased and more and more I am inviting my body to be part of the internal conversations I have around thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

While Embodied Clean offers powerful tools to access the body’s wisdom and change state, real transformations rely on clients having enough connection to their own somatic experience to engage meaningfully with these methods

Unfortunately, many clients arrive with little awareness of their inner sensations, emotions, gestures, and other embodiments. They are often stuck “in their heads”, disconnected from their inner bodily awareness.

Embodied Clean’s Developmental Model addresses this by providing a pathway to improve somatic fluency, starting from wherever a client’s current ability lies. It provides an approach for assessing the client’s interoceptive ability through Clean inquiries. And, from there, the facilitator can suggest activities such as a graduated range of Clean Body Scans to develop the client’s somatic awareness, if this is what the client wishes to do.

Embodied Clean also includes Clean Body Focusing, which is based on Eugene Gendlin’s ‘Focusing’, and invites clients into an emergent exploration of their body, sensations, movements and “felt sense”. Clean Body Focusing underpins most of the other activities in Embodied Clean.

The Three Hat Model

Embodied Clean  - Three Hats
Cathy Hasty

Cathy Hasty - Therapist / Hospital Administrator

Mixing Clean with less Clean ways of facilitating is essential in some of my roles where pure Clean would not be appropriate.

With a broad range of client needs, and a wide range of embodiment practices, it isn’t possible to stay entirely Clean in an embodied session. And the facilitator needs to take on different roles at various times in service of the client’s growth.

Using the metaphor of the facilitator “wearing different hats”, Embodied Clean defines three hats that a facilitator might wear during a session. Wearing a hat the facilitator…

    Offers minimal psychoeducation to clients about embodiment principles as needed, with as few assumptions or personal interpretations as possible. This enables new learning while respecting the client’s agency in integrating material into their own model of the world.
    Gives contextually-clean directives and questions to assist the client to engage somatically with activities. Here the activity that the client has chosen provides the context and the facilitator aims to “clean up” embodiment practices to remove assumptions as far as possible.
    Uses Clean questioning to support self-insight and integration. This is the hat where the facilitator can stay “squeaky Clean”.
    Facilitators need a variety of different skills to wear each hat successfully, and the ability to change their own state to match the required hat.

    Complete Sessions

    Embodied Clean - Complete Sessions

    Embodied Clean has many processes, tools, and activities that facilitators can use individually, or incorporate into other types of coaching or therapy. In addition, Complete Sessions provides a structured way to use these tools together in full Embodied Clean coaching sessions.

    There are 4 main parts to a Complete Session: Arrival, Outcomes, Activities and Takeaways.


    When the client arrives, the facilitator helps the client notice and potentially explore their current state and review any changes they’ve experienced since the last session. They help the client enter a resourceful state that will support the session.


    The facilitator supports the client in determining their desired outcome. Embodied Clean can assist the client in getting their body engaged in a desired outcome. And it also has a technique called Clean Body Outcomes which provides a way for the client to discover desired outcomes from their body. These desired outcomes are often quite different from the desired outcomes that result from people’s every-day rational thinking.

    In addition to the usual kind of outcomes, a client might also work on developmental outcomes, such as improving their body awareness so they can tap into their body’s wisdom more successfully. (This is part of the Embodied Clean Developmental Model – see below for more)

    Embodied Clean is strongly resource-oriented, and so clients can also work directly with problems if they have difficulty framing an outcome.


    The core of Embodied Clean is the activities. Guided by the facilitator, the client engages in embodied practices or activities to access or create resourceful states and make changes.

    In addition, Embodied Clean has tools that allow the client to more thoroughly notice the effects and changes that they experience in an activity and integrate that learning. These tools include the Clean Body Focusing Sandwich, which helps the client become conscious of the changes resulting from an activity, and Clean Reflection, which helps the client turn embodied experiences into insights and learning.


    Finally, at the end of a session, the client may decide to take practices home to repeat. And when there is an action (or “necessary condition”) to be done, Embodied Clean can help to amplify the motivation, or uncover the resistance to that action.

    In Summary

    Embodied Clean gives coaches, therapists, and bodyworkers a structured way to use the body’s wisdom for making positive changes. It has five main parts:

    Accessing/Creating Resourceful States
    Uses embodiment practices to create resourceful states; and Clean techniques for retrieving and anchoring states so clients can access them again
    Complete Change Processes
    Brings the body’s wisdom and resources to acheive outcomes and resolve problems
    The Developmental Model
    Meets clients at their current body awareness level and builds their body awareness skills
    The Three Hat Model
    Allows the coach to educate, guide activities, or coach with questions as needed while staying as Clean as possible
    Complete Sessions
    Provides a complete session format combining Embodied Clean tools and processes into a full experience with a beginning, middle, and end

    Embodied Clean allows the body itself to guide change. And it provides a highly respectful way for the client to be with their own experience and discover their own wisdom, with minimal interference from the facilitator.

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