Shiatsu and Holistic Health in Bristol

Elaine West IIHHT; Reiki Master, DS; FwSS
Registered UK Shiatsu Society Practitioner (

My own personal journey with addiction initially led me to work in the field of addiction and recovery (both for physical and mental health). For over twenty years, I have provided insight and support to those who need it using holistic therapies, life coaching and motivational interviewing.

I have worked in both primary and secondary mental health services and have experience working with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and somatisation.

Life is a journey, and for me personally there have been key moments of clarity and choice along my path, leading me to where I am today.

Whilst working in the field of addiction and recovery I began learning how to use holistic therapies. I trained in auricular acupuncture as well as gaining my Reiki Level 3 while also qualifying as a Shiatsu practitioner. I used these skills to help clients in rehab working along with meditation, and saw incredible results. 

I have been practising holistic therapies since 2000, and Shiatsu since 2003. In 2022 I took over the Bristol Shiatsu training school from Keith Phillips, where I am now the Principal and teach.

My training in Shiatsu began with Keith Phillips at the Bristol School of Shiatsu. Following on from that I have attended many post-graduate courses including ‘Extraordinary Vessels’ training with Suzanne Yates (WellMother) and also Quantum Shiatsu ‘Light Body’ work with Nicola Ley, Gabriella Poli and Brigitte Ladwig carrying on the work of the Master Pauline Sasaki.

I have participated in many personal transformational programmes with the Community Health Foundation at Concord Institute for Integral Studies: . My studies are ongoing, and I am constantly reflecting, growing and learning through continued self-development work in my personal and professional life. This allows me to facilitate deeper healing within others.

Over the past twenty plus years, I have also attended various other personal development trainings including shadow work, women’s workshops, shamanic workshops as well as equine facilitated learning. I completed the ‘Nature of Wisdom’ equine facilitated training with Rosie Withey (horses as teachers) and Carol Roush medicine . Both apprenticed and trained with Linda Kahonov founder of

Passionate about holistic therapies I believe that every human being has the capacity to heal, and live their fullest life, given the right environment. This is why I love supporting and helping people to come into their bodies more fully, and overcome any obstacles or blocks, which can be physical, mental or emotional. This brings me joy as well as a sense of satisfaction when a client heals and moves forward in their lives. Past clients have reported feeling calmer, more relaxed, grounded and at ease after sessions and often any physical pain has been released or at least lessened.

Clients I have worked with recently have presented with life issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, ME, back pain and stress.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to find out more about my services and to book an appointment.