Akiko Igarashi

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. Whilst many who worked in the same field holidayed in cities or on the beach with a cocktail in hand, 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.



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-day silent meditation in Kyoto, Japan.  

2010 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2011 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2012 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.
2017 Meditation Phuket Meditation Center, Thailand.

Therapy Training

2003 Usui Reiki Masterby Chikako Uehara , Japan.
2010 Usui Reiki Teacher Training at Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.
2010 Ancient Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy by Kathmandu Center of Healing, Nepal.

2011 Kundalini Reiki Master by Shirley Tay, Singapore.
2012 Lama Fera Master by Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.
2012 Komyo Reiki Shihan by Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.

2013 Lama Fera Teacher training by Sivvyachetna Temple , India.
2014 Jikiden Reiki Okuden by Frank Arjava Petter in Lesvos, Greece.
2015 Jikiden Reiki Shihan Kaku by Frank Arjava Petter and Yamaguchi, Germany.


My experience at Shima Healing was without a doubt life changing. I first met Akiko five years ago on Koh Yao Noi, and she administered a Singing Bowl Therapy Session for me. I found it to be deep, gentle, and transformative. Years later, we reconnected, and I was lucky enough to be among the first class to study with her at Shima. The course is unlike any other I have ever experienced, and this unique approach to healing has been so beneficial in my life and the lives of my clients. In addition to the coursework, Akiko is a gifted healer, a generous soul, and it is an honor to call her a teacher and a friend. Learning from her and working alongside her is a blessing for which I am beyond grateful.
Rae, Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist, Vietnam, 2016 March