I am a Shiatsu practitioner and teacher, traveller and writer.

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and have two grown-up daughters. I give one-to-one Shiatsu therapy sessions; teach groups for all sectors of the community (Shiatsu, Chi Gung, acupressure, meditation); have collectively set up and run two Shiatsu schools (The Shiatsu School Edinburgh, East West Shiatsu School Scotland), and teach Shiatsu internationally (Switzerland, Spain, Norway, France, Greece, Portugal, France) particularly on the subject of death, loss and grief.

In the Autumn of 2016 I took a sabbatical and travelled to Spain, visiting Shiatsu practitioners there and exchanging my skill for bed and board. I walked the Camino Frances, a part of the Via de la Plata (another camino, but backwards from Santiago de Compostella towards Seville), and around the Sierra Calderona near Valencia.

In 2017 I had the pleasure of teaching in Paris and working on a Shiatsu mobile application (Tsubook) in Normandy, taking the opportunity to walk down that coast to Mont Saint-Michel, and elsewhere in Normandy and Brittany.

I then went to Spain, again exchanging bed and board for Shiatsu, to visit Zaragoza, Seville, and walk a further 10 days of the Via de la Plata, this time towards Santiago from Seville, ending in Merida.

In September 2017 I attended the European Shiatsu Congress in Vienna, sharing my Shiatsu with kind people who were willing to offer me bed, board and boots. I walked the Via Sacra pilgrimage from Vienna to Mariazell, Austria (I am honoured it was featured in the Wanderlust Journal), visited the city of Graz, trekked round the Worthersee, walked in the Italian and Swiss alps, climbed a mountain near the Black Forest, Germany; and wandered along part of the Alsace wine route in France.

April 2018 saw me back in Paris to teach Maternity Shiatsu and walking the middle section of the Via de la Plata camino from Merida to Oursense (finally completing the full 1000 kms).

In May 2018 I walked the St Magnus Way on Orkney, spent a month in Ireland and time in Greece and France.

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Cuween, Orkney, Scotland.

In 2019, I went to Estonia and Wales, walked the Camino da Coasta from Porto to Santiago de Compostella, volunteered for 2 weeks at a Spanish albergue (a hostel) in Grado on the Camino Primitivo, and toured around Portugal.

Between March and August 2020 I was in lockdown with mum in my birth county of Kent where I have been walking around the village every day. For my birthday present to myself, I walked the first 4 days of The Pilgrim’s Way from Winchester to Guildford.

My first book, Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, a Guide to Bodywork in Palliative Care was published by Singing Dragon Press in August 2020. There is more about the book on my website tamsingrainger.com

I write articles about my work and travels, and am available for media interviews.

You can find me on LinkedIn as Tamsin Grainger

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13 thoughts on “About me

  1. I admire your ability to run a business and with a family too. Making time for walking in life is very enhancing though in so many ways.
    I’m looking forward to reading more now that I have found you.
    Amelia Marriette


  2. I don’t know anything about Shiatsu, but you seem to be the one to follow to learn more about it! I’m interested in how you combine your Shiatsu with your walks. What a creative way to live! And how interesting that you walked the Camino Frances backward from Santiago to Seville. 🙂


    1. Thankyou! I exchange Shiatsu for a bed or food etc. And I freely give it when necessary – in a bar kneeling on the floor or on the hostal in the dormitory, in the queue as we waited to get a bed or kitchen before sleeping.

      I tried walking backwards from Santiago to Seville but only managed 10 days. After that I started in Seville and walked to where I had got to, more or less. It was a good lesson.

      Thanks for following and commenting. I could not work out how to contribute to yours.


      1. Sounds like an interesting way to travel, Tamsin. So why did you only manage 10 days from Santiago to Seville? And then where did you go from Seville? I’ll have to keep reading to find out more!
        I’m not sure why you can’t contribute to my blog in comments. If you have a WordPress blog, it should be okay. Is your blog through WordPress?


      2. Wow! That list of the places you’ve been is very extensive! It seems you have bounced around a lot in Spain (and I’m sure many other places as well!). Good for you. I’m sure it was all very exciting. 🙂


  3. Looking forward to making the time to read your blog thoroughly as I love walking too. I found your blog yesterday with the search tag ‘shiatsu’. I have often wondered about training in it having had a positive experience of the healing power of Shiatsu some years ago. Walk on!

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    1. Hi, studying Shiatsu was one of the best things I have ever done – I highly recommend it. Thank you for your message and I hope you are having some great walks. With best wishes, Tamsin


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