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Meet our Practitioner - Tamsin Grainger, Shiatsu

Hi there

The festival is in full swing just outside our shop door - and often right inside it! I don't think I've ever seen it so busy!

Next door to the shop is our clinic which offers a wide range of complementary therapies. Last time, I introduced you to one of our Shiatsu practitioners, Richard Blair, and I wanted to also welcome our newest Shiatsu practitioner, Tamsin Grainger, and introduce her to you.

This is what Tamsin says:

Tamsin Grainger

I trained at the Glasgow School of Shiatsu from 1989-92, gaining my diploma after studying Shiatsu; Oriental Medicine theory and practice; anatomy, physiology and pathology; counselling and listening skills; and much more! I went on to achieve the letters MRSS (standing for Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society) after my name in 1985. Excepting the periods when my 2 daughters were born, I have given one-to-one Shiatsu acupressure massage sessions ever since then in Edinburgh, specialising in cancer; fertility, inducement and pregnancy; and working with children.

I have amassed quite a bit of experience working in diverse settings such as the Scottish Office, school halls, and hospitals. I have worked with all ages, sexual orientation, and with people who have disabilities, and I am glad to have experience with health issues from bad backs to depression, ME to MS, congenital complications, and very near birth to close to death.

Most Shiatsu sessions last an hour and a typical session consists of a health chat (where, with your agreement, I take details of your physical and mental health (past and present), lifestyle and your reason for coming), approx. 40-50 minutes on the futon or massage table (you remain fully clothed throughout), and a feedback session where I am interested in anything you felt, can answer any questions you have, and can offer recommendations.

During the lying down section, I employ a wide range of touch depending on your needs and what you like. This can include stretches and rotations of limbs, strong or gentle pressure with palms, thumbs (and occasionally feet and elbows), holding still, and sometimes asking you to actively participate by using muscular resistance. I do not know what I will do beforehand as it depends on what you say and on the touch diagnosis that I make at the start of the session. There is no need for any pain, although the sensation can be strong if you want that, and it is more likely that you will feel sleepy afterwards and even alert at the same time! Nothing will happen that you do not give your permission for.

If you are coming because you want some Shiatsu for your child, I will follow the same procedure although, depending on the age, I am likely to either teach you some Shiatsu to do on him/her (then you can practice at home), or do Shiatsu in the form of games and play. The older they are the closer to the adult session it will be. Either way you will remain in the room and participate if the child is under 16 years.

I have experienced many types of Shiatsu and make sure I receive it regularly because it gives me a sense of balance and centredness that brings me back in touch with myself (after all my life can be busy and I do not always spend enough time in peaceful contemplation). It also supports me with any health issues that are around, and is a great chance for me to get support from a professional to focus on my life. I get such a lot of pleasure from giving Shiatsu that I cannot imagine being without it. It is a highly spiritual and physical pursuit that gives me the chance to move and meditate simultaneously. I think I am lucky to love my job.



Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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