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Hi, I am Tamsin Grainger

I am a qualified teacher and practitioner as well as a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS T) and of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Both these memberships recognise that I have undergone a professional Shiatsu training and regular CPD – attending post graduate courses, peer support groups, and undertaking personal study.

What I am up to now

I am writing a book, Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, and I walk a lot (Spain, Austria, France etc). When I travel I offer to exchange Shiatsu for a bed – it’s a wonderful way to connect with people and broaden my Shiatsu experience.

At home in Edinburgh I love working with my clients, and I work at my local hospice, giving Shiatsu to day-patients and in-patents there as part of the Complementary Therapies Team.

I enjoy teaching Shiatsu and this Summer I lead a workshop on Death and Shiatsu in Athens, as well as teaching the Year 1 students in Scotland. In 2020 I am happy to say I will be launching the book and sharing that work at The European Shiatsu Congress in Amsterdam.

My training

I graduated from the Glasgow School of Shiatsu in 1992 having studied the Zen Shiatsu (Masunaga) style, including Five Element (Chinese Medicine) theory, anatomy, pathology and counselling skills, plus related exercises and diet.

I have continued to further my studies, concentrating on Shiatsu during pregnancy and with babies and children (working with Suzanne Yates and Peter Walker), Shiatsu as part of cancer care (working with Thea Bailey among others), and working with those who are HIV positive and their carers. I have a lot of experience with those who have depression, and I am dealing daily with clients who suffer back, neck and shoulder pain.

My approach to Shiatsu

I have practised Shiatsu in various settings, notably Scottish Widows (two-and-a-half years), The Scottish Office, and Body Positive.

Past teaching experience includes weekly adult beginners classes and weekend courses for The City of Edinburgh Council, independently-run, one-day starter workshops, five-week courses of Baby Shiatsu for parents of new-born babies, and a series of Baby Massage/Shiatsu training seminars for Health Visitors for Fife Health Board throughout the Kingdom. I have also pioneered parent-child Shiatsu workshops in which adults and older children are taught effective techniques for giving Shiatsu to each other. This has received some media attention.

In 2000 I started The Shiatsu School Edinburgh with two colleagues, Audicia Morley and Cynthia Shuken. I was also a founding Director of the East West Shiatsu School Scotland, the advanced training facility of the Shiatsu School Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Shiatsu, with Elaine Liechti.

I have been a member of The Shiatsu Society (UK) for all of my professional career, gaining MRSS in 1985, and have served both as a board member and Chair. I have participated in a major European research project, and am informed and up-to-date with current developments and themes in Shiatsu and other general complementary therapy fields. In addition, I am registered with the Complementary and Natural healthcare Council (CNHC) and am a member of the Shiatsu Profession Specific Board.


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