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Student Clinic Day; Update on first Holistic Retreat

Our next supervised student Shiatsu clinic day is on Saturday 28 Nov 2015. The 12noon slot is now full. There are 3 year 2 spaces (£10) for 10.45-11.45, and 1 year 3 (£15) and 4 year 2 sessions available for the 2.20-3.20pm time. Please book in advance by emailing or phoning 07821 264 882.

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We had a fabulous time at our first Holistic Retreat! Here are some pictures to whet your appetite for the next one 15 – 17 January 2016. Holistic Retreats page link

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Enjoying Autumn Sun 1 Nov 15

Divine Dining for Hallowe'en

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Student Shiatsu Clinic Day; Holistic Retreat – final booking date

Shiatsu Student Clinic Day

Saturday November 28th sees one of our very popular Shiatsu Student Clinics where you can come and have a one hour acupressure massage (you keep your clothes on for Shiatsu!) for £10 (a year 2 student) or £15 (a year 3).

Sessions take place in a supervised setting at the Get Down Dog yoga studios, Newhaven, Edinburgh.

There are 3 time slots available: 10.45am, 12noon and 2.20pm £10 and £15 for one hour To book contact or 0131 555 1875 / 07821 264882


Last bookings being taken for our Holistic Retreat

Retreat from everyday life and join us for one or more luxury,
seasonal weekends in the beautiful Scottish countryside with delicious food and inspiring workshops, walks, mindfulness and massage. Peace and tranquility in stunning Perthshire. For those interested in holistic health and massage, who would like to get away from the city to a beautiful, calm venue to be refreshed and inspired.

Link to main page


Practice Classes – updated 30.11.15

Shiatsu evening practice classes for students, graduates and practitioners in Edinburgh


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Monday 30 Nov Perth 7-9.30pm £10 with Jane Groombridge

Wednesday Edinburgh 16 December 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger including Xmas celebration

Tuesday Edinburgh 5 January 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger at Lothian Road

Wednesday Edinburgh 10 February 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger

Wednesday Edinburgh 9 March 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger

Wednesday Edinburgh 27 April 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger

Wednesday Edinburgh 25 May 7.00 – 9.30pm with Tamsin Grainger

All above classes are £8.50 unless otherwise stated. Booking essential one week in advance via

All welcome!


Learn about health and wellbeing

Holistic Health and Massage Weekend retreats

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Retreat from everyday life and join us for one or more seasonal weekends in the beautiful Perthshire countryside with delicious food and inspiring workshops, walks, mindfulness and massage.

  • Holistic Health in Everyday Life 30 October – 1 November 2015
  • Taking control of my own health 15 – 17 January 2016
  • Complementary Health and Research 15 – 17 April 2016
  • Touch 17 – 19 June 2016

New  modular One Year Holistic Health and Acupressure Massage Course

(Stage 1 Shiatsu Practitioner)
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Open and flexible, for beginners and those with medical or other complementary health experience. A range of residential weekends (Dunkeld, Perthshire); one day, evening and on-line classes; lectures. Taken together as 150 hours with a final assessment weekend, this year leads to a certificate to practice. Taken in part, you will learn to give stress- and pain-reducing Shiatsu in a range of positions to family and friends. Read more…

Seated Shiatsu

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Seated Shiatsu is a versatile way to give massage in public places – no need for the receiver to undress, just set up your stool and tempt those passers-by.

  • A 7-day course for those with no previous experience of Shiatsu:  31 July – 2 August, 4 – 6 September, Assessment day 3 October 2015.
  • A 4-day course for those with minimum one year’s experience of Shiatsu: 4 – 6 September, Assessment day3 October 2015.

Read more…

Shiatsu Introductory Days

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Thursday 25th June; Saturday 29 August 2015;

Our Introductory Workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn Shiatsu massage skills to benefit yourself, family and friends.

The course will cover:

  • Do-In self Shiatsu techniques to develop your energy
  • Back Shiatsu or other routine on another person
  • First aid acupressure points for various symptoms
  • Questions and discussion

Read more…

Celebrate Spring 2016 with The Shiatsu School Edinburgh at our annual retreat by the beautiful River Tay

19-23 March 2016

Consolidation and inspiration for Shiatsu students and stimulating CPD for graduates. For full timetable, contact admin@tssed.


Spring Shiatsu Events – for beginners, students, graduates and people who love getting Shiatsu!

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Shiatsu Introductory Day for beginners

Saturday 31st January 2015, 10am – 5pm

at ‘Get Down Dog’ yoga studios, 62 Newhaven Road, EH6 5QB

£55 (£100 for 2 people booking together)

Our Introductory Workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn Shiatsu massage skills to benefit yourself, family and friends.

The course will cover:

  • Do-In self Shiatsu techniques to develop your energy
  • Back Shiatsu or other routine on another person
  • First aid acupressure points for various symptoms
  • and have the opportunity for questions and discussion

To book: 07821 264 882

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Shiatsu practice classes for students and graduates

  • Weds Jan 28th (Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street) and Mon Feb 23rd (51 Lothian Road)
  • 7-9.30pm
  • £5
  • All welcome



Shiatsu student clinic day for people who love getting Shiatsu!

  • Sat 21 February, 10.45, 12 or 2.20 for one hour each
  • Get Down Dog yoga studios, 62 Newhaven Road, EH6 5QB
  • £10 for a session with a year 2 student, £15 for year 3 student
  • Come and treat yourself!



2 places available for The Shiatsu School Edinburgh annual retreat

  • Wed 25 – Sun 29 March 2015, starting at 12 noon on Wed and ending at 3pm on Sun.
  • Eastwood House, near Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland
  • £240
  • Contact (0131 555 1875, 07821 264 882) for more details



Chi Gung Workshops with Peter Browne

  • Sat 21 February and Sun 22 February 2015 10.30-12.30 both days
  • The Healthy Life Centre, Bread Street
  • £12 or £20 for both
  • Contact HLC on 0131 229 0724 or pop in to book


New events 2014/15

SHIATSU PRACTICE CLASS – for everyone who gives Shiatsu (student, graduate, practitioner)

Weds 10 December 2014 7-9.30pm

£5. Please book 07821 264 882

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INTRODUCTION TO SHIATSU – one day workshop for beginners

Saturday 31st January 2015, 10am – 5pm

  • Do-In self Shiatsu techniques to develop your energy
  • Back Shiatsu or other routine on another person
  • First aid acupressure points for various symptoms
  • and have the opportunity for questions and discussion

£55 or £100 for 2 people booking together. 07821 264 882. For more information, see Training menu.

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STUDENT CLINIC DAY – members of the public receive one hour of Shiatsu for £10 /£15

Saturday 21st February 2015, 10.45-11.45am; 12-1pm; 2.30-3.20pm

Year 2 students £10; Year 3 students £15

To book 07821 264 882







Shiatsu Charity Event – Sat 6 September 2014; Pop-up Festival Chi Gung Classes

Shiatsu Awareness Month – Charity Event:

 The Shiatsu School Edinburgh are raising money for young people with depression.



On Saturday 6th September we are offering Shiatsu sessions for £20 (1 hour) at Get Down Dog, 62 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh. Choose a time between 9am and 8pm and book yourself in for a relaxing acupressure massage (you do not take your clothes off for Shiatsu).

All donations will go into a fund which young people will be able to apply to for funding if they are suffering from depression

To book-



Phone: 0131 555 1875 / 07821 264 882

We are also on Twitter @ShiatsuSchoolEd

Pop-Up Festival Chi Gung Classes:

In these classes you will learn short, gentle, and easy-to-learn standing and sitting exercises that are known for deepening the breathing, relaxing the joints and calming a busy mind.


Come to the grassy Meadows (in the area more or less between the tennis courts and the kids playground at the east end of N Meadows Walk) if it is fine. There will be an alternative meeting place if it is not!,-3.1868628,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcd3a5a2dac2b2289

12noon – 1pm   £5   Open to beginners and those with more experience.

With Tamsin Grainger.

‘The strongest evidence for the use of internal Qi gong is as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of hypertension, and less strong but fair evidence for the use in the management of anxiety associated with pain.’

Scientific studies have also resolved that arthritis sufferers benefit greatly from Chi Gung (also known as Qi Gong, qigong or Chi Kung).

Learning Shiatsu

Shiatsu – evolution taking form

Saul Goodman writes, ‘We are seeing (Shiatsu as) an international movement forming around an activity of human transformation. This international connection itself is a part of a larger social change and is a result of evolution taking form. It is very exciting that so many people are choosing to be part of these activities, and in that choice are themselves co-creating a new society and a new level of human awareness.’ *

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This is strong statement and one which I share. I have been practicing the life-changing art of Shiatsu for 25 years, and teaching at The Shiatsu School Edinburgh since being part of the inaugural team in 2000. During that time I have watched women and men between 18 and 75 years of age interact with others through this very special form of touch and it has been a great learning experience.

Shiatsu – as useful for beginners as for experts

Some of them have come for self-development and to get some healing ideas for family and friends, and I have been so impressed by their responses:  many have told me, after only a one-day introductory workshop, that they are practicing Do-In (self-Shiatsu) every day and getting both relaxation and a boost of energy from it. Others I have met many years after they have attended evening classes (in one case 22 years after!), and they can quote back to me things they learned all that time ago, and they tell me they are now using it with their grandchildren to help them get to sleep.

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Others have studied Shiatsu for one or two years, acquiring a deep knowledge of their own and others’ bodys, and say they look at the world differently, that they have a different perspective on health and how we all interact with each other.

Further, over 40 people have trained for a minimum of 3 years (part-time) and become Shiatsu practitioners. They have travelled all over the world, some starting here in Scotland and finishing in Australia or France; others beginning in England, Ireland or Poland, and completing their studies with us. We are part of an international programme and so students can move around and across borders. They might have taken time off between study years (to have a family, to travel, or due to work commitments), or they might have trained concurrently. Like me, anyone can start to learn Shiatsu without knowing where it will lead them in the future.

Shiatsu training is a process

Whichever way we do it, learning Shiatsu is a commitment. Unfortunately, it is effectively private education, because our college, like the majority of Shiatsu establishments in Britain, is too small to be part of a university with public funding, or validated by an exam board. We are not exclusive though, and over the years we have given bursaries to those with disabilities or who are unable to raise all their own fees for some reason. It is a fact that if you start to give a lot of Shiatsu (for a donation) from the beginning of year 2, you can earn back the full cost of the fees by the end of the fourth year. So the people who train with us raise their own fees, usually working alongside the course(s), and because it takes 3 years, the focus is on the process, practice, and understanding of this fascinating Oriental body work. There’s no point in hurrying such a deep and thorough training!


Shiatsu transforms people

One of the reasons I have found Shiatsu so stimulating is that it merges the hands-on work with a thorough and rigorous theory and philosophy. Saul Goodman again: ‘As I continued (to study Shiatsu), I slowly began to notice that something else was taking place. Through this activity, which was like a daily ritual or moving meditation, I was being transformed. I realised I was getting equal, if not greater benefit from the practice than were the clients’.* Not only have I found this to be true myself, but it has given me a whole new way of approaching life, a context for my physicality, emotions, mental processes and spirituality. There’s a lot to learn and you need those 3 years to get properly and professionally qualified.

Never mind that though, people get hooked by Shiatsu and never look back!

*Shiatsu Shin Tai by Saul Goodman, InfiTech Publications ISBN 0-94-843-01-3

Introduction to Shiatsu for beginners; Inspiring year 1 course now booking; Retreat 2015

Shiatsu Intro Day for beginners and those considering booking onto our inspiring one year course

Sunday 25 May; 10am – 5pm at LifeCare Centre, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

  • Do-In self Shiatsu techniques to develop your energy
  • Back Shiatsu or other routine on another person
  • First aid acupressure points for various symptoms
  • and have the opportunity for questions and discussion

Application form and more information here back shiatsu (shSoc)


One year part-time Shiatsu course starting September 2014

Weekend training with a thoroughly practical emphasis and fascinating 5 Element self-diagnosis.

This can be an enjoyable stand-alone year for self-development; as well as the first of the 3-year practitioner training programme. 

Application form and much more information here

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Shiatsu Retreat 2015 at the beautiful Eastwood House, Dunkeld, central Scotland

Time away from home to focus and celebrate Shiatsu in an open and friendly atmosphere.

Application form here

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