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Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice

Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice

A Guide to Holistic Bodywork in Palliative Care

Tamsin Grainger. Foreword by Richard Reoch

Quick Overview

This book examines death and loss within Chinese medicine and related Taoist models, offering practical advice for working with frail or dying clients. It considers the different ways that practitioners may encounter death and includes appropriate exercises and meditations, as well as a model for teaching.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.90in x 5.98in / 226mm x 152mm, 352pp
ISBN: 9781787752696


This book considers death and loss within Chinese Medicine and related Taoist models, and offers practical advice and techniques, effective recommendations and appropriate exercises for those working in palliative care, with grieving, frail or dying clients.

Grainger examines the different ways that practitioners might encounter death and loss - including working in end-of-life care, with those facing terminal illness, affected by bereavement, suicide or miscarriage - in the context of different ages, religious and cultural backgrounds, and offers a model for teaching.

Working with Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice is the go-to text for practitioners wishing to improve their expertise and confidence when working with people at a vulnerable time in a respectful, open-hearted and compassionate manner.


'An invaluable resource for all touch therapists drawn to working at this edge of life. Weaving her own extensive experience together with guidance on every conceivable aspect of the subject, Tamsin Grainger balances poignant case studies with the discipline, self-reflection and professionalism that end-of-life care demands. A truly impressive achievement!'
- Nick Pole, Shiatsu teacher and author of Words That Touch: How to ask questions your body can answer (Singing Dragon 2017)

'This is a wonderful book, and a gift to any Shiatsu practitioner. In our practice we often encounter grief loss and death (in all its forms). Tamsin has comprehensively researched every conceivable aspect of the subject, from different Shiatsu ways of interpreting grieving behaviour to the differences the practitioner may encounter between working in a hospital or in a hospice. Many moving and memorable case histories illustrate her theme, some her own, some from other practitioners. I loved her use of tables to clarify and explain, in particular one table - how brave, bold and entirely appropriate in Shiatsu literature! - where she lists her experiences of feeling different kinds of Ki movement in receivers' diverse emotional responses to the prospect of death. Her voice is direct, compassionate and honest. I will be learning from and enjoying this book for years to come.'
- Carola Beresford-Cooke, author of Shiatsu Theory and Practice


By (author): Tamsin Grainger
Foreword by: Richard Reoch