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Akiko Igarashi – founder and head teacher

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. Her practice of inner stillness and focus began at a young age. 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, Akiko chose a corporate life path, yet 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 first. 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.


AMANDA LING – Facilitator & Senior Apprentice

Amanda Ling Amanda Ling is a gifted musician and DJ who specialises in producing sounds for healing. She is also a music educator and a Consultant-in-Training in tidying in the KonMari Method™. Additionally, Amanda is an Ancient Singing Bowl practitioner and an apprentice at Shima Healing.

A true embodiment of the heart of Shima Healing, Amanda is dedicated to bringing authentic healing traditions to the modern world. She has worked closely with Akiko to hone her knowledge and skills of sound healing.

Even though this journey of apprenticeship was unplanned, Amanda grew and developed as a healer and an individual in ways she never dreamt of. She is committed to supporting and guiding in compassion, all individuals who come through Shima Healing for learning, or for healing. Along with Akiko, Amanda co-facilitates workshops mainly in Singapore.

As a practitioner, Amanda shares her dedication through the art of Ancient singing bowls and personal development programs. She wishes to empower all she touches to live their best life, through alignment of their Body, Mind, and Spirit. Amanda currently resides in Singapore.


view the Shima Team Qualifications in detail