Steve Karle is an Aquatic Bodywork Specialist, certified Watsu® teacher and Craniosacral Therapist. He is director of the British School of Aquatic Bodywork and founder of Poetry in Water.
Steve grew up between Germany and Mexico and originally studied music and drama which took him from Havana to Rome followed by post-graduate studies at RADA and LAMDA in London. Following a personal healing journey, Steve studied a range of eastern and western approaches to bodywork, finally specialising in water. He studied, assisted and co-taught with Theri Thomas, founder of Aquatherics®, and Harold Dull, creator of Watsu, amongst many other teachers. He introduced aquatic bodywork in London in 2011 and has since developed his own method in water which he teaches within the British School of Aquatic Bodywork’s Foundation course.
Steve's work within Wellness is reflected in his work with Aman where he first introduced and developed the concept over several years starting in 2011, traveling regularly as visiting specialist, trainer and consultant. He was also part of Aman's first retreat concept, the Alignment & Movement Retreat, combining his work with Osteopathy and Clinical Pilates. In London, Steve was involved as consultant from initial conception of the very first and only two Watsu pools in London, at the South Kensington Club and the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, where he has installed his concept and leads an ongoing clinical practice.
Steve's most rewarding job has been developing the movement therapy approach for Liquid Vibrations, a charity working with underwater sound for special needs children across UK schools. He loves sharing his work at festivals such as the Boom Festival in Portugal which he has attended over several years now, being especially interested on the value of this work to facilitate empathy, creativity and conscious community.
Steve's approach is characterised by a neutral presence, an impeccable technique and an organic understanding of movement as a reflection of one's mind-body process. Particular fields of interest include trauma work, pre and peri-natal development as well as exploring the intersection between healing and art.