Shima Healing - Akiko Igarashi

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Akiko Igarashi 
Shima Healing

Akiko Igarashi is a distinguished teacher of healing. She is a Reiki Instructor, a Qigong practitioner, a Yoga teacher, and a Tibetan Singing Bowl Master. Above all else, Akiko is a dedicated student of life.


The practice of inner stillness and focus began at a young age with Akiko. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, she was raised in the Eastern tradition of mindful living and the knowing of the interconnectedness of all beings in our existence.


For many years, even though Akiko chose a corporate life path, the practice of cultivating inner wisdom was never far from her heart, or her mind. Akiko walked the pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago Compostela three times, volunteered in orphanages, and studied healing with teachers in far-off places of Nepal, India and Japan.


Through her own journeys, Akiko embodies the understanding that to heal others we must heal ourselves. This healing of the self comes from a willingness to see, feel and listen to the messages within. And from that point of bliss, greater joy is experienced by giving, and receiving in return. This is the gift Akiko wishes to share with the world through the Shima Healing Institute and its associated projects.


Akiko can be found at the Shima Healing Institute in Thailand facilitating courses, or conducting workshops in Asian countries and Europe in the summer. When she is not teaching, practicing or traveling, Akiko is rock climbing, composing children’s science fantasy literature, writing calligraphy works, and creating new projects that uplifts communities. And of course, she makes sure there is always time to just do nothing, and be.


Akiko’s Qualifications:

Yoga and Meditation

  • 2005, Yoga Teacher Training in India. (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham, India
  • 2005, Initiated in TM (Transcendental Meditation) technique, Mumbai, India
  • 2006, Yoga Therapy (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham in Nashik, India
  • 2006, Vipassana 10 days silent meditation in Kyoto, Japan.  Also returned shorter Vipassana meditation in 2010, 2011, 2012 in Singapore
  • 2017, Meditation retreat at Phuket Meditation Center, Thailand

Therapy Training

  • 2003, Usui Reiki Master by Reiki Teacher Chikako Uehara , Japan
  • 2010, Usui Reiki Teacher Training at Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal
  • 2010, Ancient Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy by Ram Shrestha, Nepal
  • 2011, Kundalini Reiki Master by Shirley Tay, Singapore
  • 2012, Lama Fera Master by Dr. Ranjan, Nepal
  • 2012, Komyo Reiki Shihan by Dr. Ranjan, Nepal
  • 2013, Lama Fera Teacher by Dr. Sharma, India
  • 2014, Jikiden Reiki Okuden by Frank Arjava Petter in Lesvos, Greece
  • 2015, Jikiden Reiki Shihan Kaku by Frank Arjava Petter and Yamaguchi, Germany

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