Cliff Hughes - Instructor

Cliff’s background is in College Lecturing (Art and Art history) as well as Film and TV Production Design. His first degree is in Sculpture (Middlesex University 1985). While studying for his subsequent teacher training certificate at John Moore’s University he chose memory systems as his dissertation topic. He draws on these talents and experience in his teaching methods creating an imaginative learning environment full of enthusiasm, creative approaches and artistic study aids. Cliff has a knack of explaining complicated topics in simple, direct and understandable terms, is passionate about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and wants to share his passion with others.


Cliff’s interest in TCM began when he studied the Oriental exercise systems Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Do-in. While practicing these he became increasingly drawn to the Oriental approach to the healing arts and, in 2002, he gained qualifications in Shiatsu. He then went on to study other body-work systems and related subjects including sports massage, hot stones massage, reflexology, Biomedicine; (Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology), Nutrition and a number of other similar investigations and techniques. In 2010 he qualified as an acupuncturist and in Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA, Liverpool Medical Institute) then TCM Acupuncture (Cheltenham 2013).

Cliff‘s engagement with Total Therapy began in 2015 while attending our Tui-na classes. Of this time he said; “I was so impressed with the depth of knowledge displayed on the course that I started to attend other Total Therapy classes” Since this time Cliff has attended our Masters Acupuncture, Accelerated tendon healing, Japanese Hara diagnosis, Advanced Cupping , Advanced Gua-Sha, Moxibustion therapy, Magnet therapy, Chinese bloodletting, Plumb blossom hammer, Electro acupuncture and Phlebotomy blood collection courses.

Cliff has recently began writing and illustrating an Acupuncture text book. The book has an interactive element similar to the anatomy colouring-in books used by medical students. Aspects of the book are used to support learning on the courses he teaches.

Cliff lives and holds clinics in West Kirby, Wirral.

Positions and Achievements




Microsystems Acupuncture
Le Stone Therapy
Facial Rejuvination Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture
Holistic Facials
Sports Therapy Massage
Swedish Body Massage
Indian Head Massage
Aromatherapy Massage
Ear Candling
Qi Gong
Foundation in Natural Therapies
Community Therapeutic Care
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Nutritional Practitioner Diploma
Health, Safety, Security and Employment Standards


Jessica Annah
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“Michelle is such an amazing person. She understands a lot about physical and mental pain, and her knowledge about this is unreal. She knows exactly how to release any kind of pain or unwanted tension, I have a build up of unwanted tension in my shoulder and have done for around 20 years, I never thought I could get rid of it, and no one else knew what was wrong, had scans , had a chiropractor, ect .. nothing, there was just tension and it was inflamed a lot most of the time, Michelle’s treatment is working slowly but surely, I love just going to see her. She is my inspiration. X”
Becky Holt
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“Had some fantastic treatments with this wonderful lady @michelletcm I had a great day of Massage (in various forms), Gua Sha, Facial Gua Sha, Cupping & Magnet Therapy If anyone has any issues they need sorting or solving I can personally and highly recommended Michelle. Not only is she very talented in her field, she’s also highly spiritual and has a mass amount of energy and her aura is absolutely heart-warming. I can’t thank her enough for my treatments and really can’t wait to go back and have my reiki healing and acupuncture ”
Dan Lampard – WNBF World Champion Bodybuilder
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“Superb therapist who is very skilled at what she does – always focused on resolving issues. She’s had treated me for many different injuries and always helped me recover very quickly. First rate and thank you!”
Alison Geary
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“I highly recommend Blue Sage / Michelle and cannot thank her enough for providing emergency treatment on my back prior to a big competition. She is extremely thorough and certainly put me right well enough to not only compete … but to win !!”
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