Elaine Liechti director of Glasgow School of Shiatsu

Elaine Liechti

FwSS (T), School Director

I found Shiatsu through my experience of ill health when in my early twenties. The techniques and principles of Shiatsu and East Asian medicine helped me to alleviate and understand the debilitating migraines I had started to experience. I began studying Shiatsu and macrobiotics at the East West Centre in London in 1980. 

Since then the theories of Yin-Yang, Five Elements and Zen Shiatsu, plus working with energy (Ki) have been the compasses which guide my life journey.

Having completed Kushi Institute Levels 1 & 2, I went on to study with leading teachers from Britain, USA and Japan: Harriet Devlin, Akinobu Kishi, Wataru Ohashi, Shizuko Yamamoto and Pauline Sasaki. My most extensive training has been in Zen Shiatsu as taught by Pauline Sasaki; this is the style which I practise and which we teach in the Glasgow School of Shiatsu.

I established the Shiatsu teaching programme in Glasgow in 1986 in order to spread awareness of Shiatsu and to provide a structured training to professional standards. Over the years I have been a guest teacher at Shiatsu Schools from London to Aberdeen. In 2000 I was asked to teach Acupressure/Shiatsu on the Holistic Therapies Diploma (VTCT accredited) run by Cardonald College, now Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow. I continued as a member of staff at Glasgow Clyde until 2017, teaching anatomy & physiology, business studies and Advanced Massage to Complementary Therapies students.

Since its beginning in 1981 I have been involved in the Shiatsu Society, initially as Secretary, later on the School Ratifications and Education sub-committees. I currently serve on the Board of Directors and thoroughly enjoy networking with members, supporting their practice of Shiatsu and spreading public awareness of Shiatsu.


Health Essentials: Shiatsu
Published by Element Books 1992
(translated into Dutch, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish & Czech)

Complete Illustrated Guide to Shiatsu
Published by Element Books/HarperCollins 1998

The Extended Meridians of Zen Shiatsu
With Vicky Smyth. Published Singing Dragon 2017

I hold an M.A. in Modern Languages (Aberdeen 1979) and a post graduate teaching qualification from the University of Dundee (TQFE) 2013. I am passionate about delivering inspiring, accessible student centred teaching.

My background influences include Tai Chi, Aikido, Spiritual Healing, Native American Medicine Wheel studies and meditation. For relaxation I enjoy being around horses and Classical Dressage.

Qualifications :
M.A. in Modern Languages
Fellow of Shiatsu Society
Professional Memberships :
Shiatsu Society (UK)
CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)
Area of Expertise :
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