Shiatsu and Holistic Therapies in Bristol

About Me

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

I have been practising holistic therapies for 25 years, and Shiatsu since 2003. 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.

Recently, I have taken over the Bristol Shiatsu training school from Keith, and I am now Principal at the School. This is very rewarding, and also teach at the School which I love.

My own studies are on-going and I am constantly reflecting, growing and learning through continued self-development work both in my personal and professional life. This allows me to facilitate deeper healing within others, I believe.

I have participated in many personal transformational programmes with the Community Health Foundation at Concord Institute for Integral Studies: 

Over the past 20+ 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

I am very passionate about holistic therapies and believe that every human being innately has the capacity to heal, given the right environment, and lead their life to their fullest personal potential.

My own personal journey with addiction led me to working in the field of addiction and recovery-(both for physical and mental health) for the past 22 years,  providing insight and support to those who need it with use of holistic therapies, life coaching and motivational interviewing. I have worked in both primary and secondary mental health services and gained many insights into mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and somatisation. Life is a path, and for me personally, there have been certain key moments of clarity and choice along that path, which have led me to where I am today.

My other passion in life is horses and I use holistic therapies with horses, which are extremely responsive and sensitive to touch. I love to combine the two and continue to learn from my equine teachers.


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