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 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