Michelle Shinagawa is a Reiki Master and Teacher, a certified aromatherapist and spiritual counselor. She is the founder and owner of Purple Fish Healing where she holds her private practice. In her private sessions, she includes spiritual counseling, aromatherapy, crystal healing and other healing techniques that best fits her clients’ needs.

Michelle was born in Osaka Japan where she was exposed to many forms of what we call “alternative therapy” at a very young age. Coming from a family of healing arts practitioners, which include 3 scientists, 2 massage therapists and 1 doctor, she is the current exponent in her generation to continue the practice. She has experienced shiatsu, kanpo (Japanese herbs), Chinese herbal medicine, okyu, acupuncture, acupressure, and Japanese folk medicine throughout her life.

She studied photography and acquired a B.F.A in Advertising Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1998. After graduating, she worked at an advertising agency as a graphic designer. From working in a highly stressful and creative environment for a couple of years, she came across Reiki. She originally took a class in Reiki to help her dog’s arthritis. Then she discovered that Reiki was helpful in bringing peace and joy into her life as well as others. She also used Reiki to help those who were terminally ill and have decided to become a Reiki practitioner.

Michelle has studied extensively with many Eastern and Western Reiki instructors in the US and Japan can bring in a unique combination various techniques and philosophies. She is very passionate about teaching Reiki because her vision is that more people will have Peace, Passion, Beauty and Love in their lives and in the world. She has been teaching at the New York Open Center since 2007. She also has taught at the Swedish Institute as well as developing and leading private one on one classes. She has taught more than 70 Reiki classes and over 1200 students. Michelle has also studied and taught many other spiritual discipline and will guide you through your journey gently with all her knowledge and experience.

Michelle has worked with ICU patients, cancer patients, lawyers, nurses, musicians, artists, vice president of major corporation, spiritual healers, yoga teachers, massage therapist, photographers, dancers, pregnant mothers, entrepreneurs, and many unique individuals just like you.

Michelle is dedicated in continually educating herself. Below is a list of some of the teachers and organizations she has taken classes, workshops, and certification programs with:

Alison A. Armstrong, Anadea Judith, Ananda Ashram, Amma, Anat Baniel - NeuroMovement, Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institure, Carla Tarantola, Dale Carnegie, Dali Lama, David Deida, David Farley, Delta Gardens: Center for Flower Essence, Energy Arts, Frans Stein - International House of Reiki, Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, Jikiden Reiki, Joseph McClendon III, Kimiko, Kushi Institute, Leah, Lion Goodman, LiYana, Mayumi - Aruku Walk, Marie Kondo, Mission Control, Nichole Daedone, Pax Programs Incorporated, Sterling Institute, Reiki Arts Continuum, Open Center, Reverend Daniel Chesbro, Peak Potentials, Laura Day, Mika, The Academy for Healing Arts, The Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy, The Landmark Education, Dr. Selene Vega, Sera Solstice, She Create Change, Tony Robbins, Yoga Works, Wisdom of the Earth and more.

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Michelle has a wonderful healing presence. I felt peace and tranquility after the session. It was a wonderful experience. Whenever I enter her healing area I feel the presence of peace... a wonderful peaceful energy surrounds and engulfs the entire room where she does her work. On a remote healing I also received relief from symptoms I was experiencing.

N.H. Entrepreneur