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Brigitte Kawakami found relief from chronic pain through Feldenkrais Method

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Brigitte Kawakami enjoyed Feldenkrais so much that she decided to get a teaching certification in 2012. Now she teaches individuals and groups at the Still & Moving Center in Kakaako. Teaching seemed a natural extension of what she was doing.

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    Brigitte Kawakami likes to start classes on the floor since it can support the body and allows it to release muscle tension. Chelsea Kent, bottom, and Esther Genter participate in her class.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    “I practice Feldenkrais every day. I find it fascinating. … It will change your outlook on life. And it’s improved my balance and agility,” says instructor Brigitte Kawakami, who watches her students, including Ken Smith, bottom, stretch.

Brigitte Kawakami was hit by a car while crossing Kalanianaole Highway in 1980, and life as she knew it changed. Although she didn’t break any bones, some of her vertebrae were misaligned and she was destined to live the next 27 years in pain. Read more

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