Steve Karle is an Aquatic Bodywork Specialist, Craniosacral Therapist and Watsu® teacher. 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 classical music and drama which took him from Havana to Rome followed by post-graduate studies at RADA and LAMDA in London. Events took him on a healing journey, which included studying a range of eastern and western approaches to therapy, finally specialising in water. He studied, assisted and co-taught with Theri Thomas, founder of Aquatherics®, and Harold Dull, creator of Watsu, amongst many others. He introduced aquatic bodywork in London in 2010 and has since developed his own integrated method which he teaches within the British School of Aquatic Bodywork’s curriculum.
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 since initial conception of the very first and only two Watsu pools, at the South Kensington Club and the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, where he has installed his concept and leads an ongoing clinical practice with his team.
Steve's most rewarding job has been developing the movement therapy approach for Liquid Vibrations, a charity working special needs children across UK schools in which he is actively involved in. He enjoys 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 awareness, empathy and creativity.
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 psychology as well as blurring the boundaries between healing and art.