"For me personally, CANTIENICA® is more a life style than a training method. I practise at the bus stop, when standing in line, while jogging, talking on the phone, drying my hair, cleaning the bath tub, picking up kids etc. It’s a MUST HAVE, I couldn’t live without it any more…"
Larene Thomson, Hamburg
Some more testimonials
A DISCOVERY OF UNKNOWN MUSCLES
“24 years ago, I had a hysterectomy, followed by a major life crisis. Eight years ago, I needed to have surgery again, this time to lift my prolapsed rectum and bladder.
After a while, I felt my organs hanging down again. I suffered severe pain in my pelvic floor, I felt weak and as if everything would just drop down and out. If I did even the slightest bit of lifting, I felt that painful downward pressure. I felt burned out and panicky; it was all just too much.
Earlier attempts to avoid surgery through working less, bravely training my outer musculature, and lots of therapeutic support had failed. Now my doctors told me that the next operation would be very complex and complicated – and without any guarantee for lasting results. I felt desperate!
Considering my current state of exhaustion at the time, the physicians did not recommend any further surgery, anyway. Instead, they said that the best thing would be if I went to Tenerife and into the care of a doctor friend of theirs who ran a center for salutogenesis and offered CANTIENICA® training. Maybe, they said, there was a chance for me … In any case, I had to reduce my workload immediately and get some rest. I began to hope again. I was ready to do anything, as long as I didn’t have to have another of those doubtful operations.
I found out that a certified CANTIENICA® instructor gave classes in my village, so I immediately booked some private sessions and practiced 1-2 hours at home every day with a CD. Even though I love my job, I gave it up almost completely for the time being. I just took care of myself, got lots of rest, and did something nice for myself every day.
Feeling that things were really serious this time, I treated myself to a three-week cure in Tenerife (www.eridanos.org) where I took daily CANTIENICA® sessions with Dr. Solveig Hoffman and enjoyed lots of rest and relaxation.
After six months of disciplined pelvic floor training, I had almost entirely overcome my symptoms. I could go hiking again and lift small weights. Today, eleven months later, my pelvis feels younger and stronger than ever, completely symptom-free and robust!
By now I have also realized that at almost 60, I may well approach work a little more slowly. I keep doing my weekly training as it does me good. I am very, very grateful for this method and will keep recommending it!”
Maru Stocker, Richterswil (Switzerland), 59 years
Trains with Irene Häberle, Richterswil www.cantienica-training.ch
AFRAID OF HIS OWN COURAGE?
Afraid of his own courage?“ Mr. D (73 years) arranged for a private CANTIENICA® pelvic floor training session. Two years before, he had a radical prostatectomy. Since then, he’d been suffering from incontinence. Regular, conventional pelvic floor training with a focus on the sphincter had brought no improvement whatsoever.
I explained the structure of the levator ani with the CANTIENICA® anatomic model – an epiphany. Mr. D, who used to be very athletic, responds very well to the instructions. His coordination is admirable. He is happy with the way things are going, and so am I! By the end of the first session, we do the crash test: stand up – and sit down. No leaks! As he leaves, Mr. D seems to be floating on air, smiling and happily shaking his head. A miracle just happened to him.
Second session. How did he fare after last time? Mr. D had diligently practiced and used his new-found musculature and posture wherever he went. He was thrilled! Then came the big “but”: “My conscience is plaguing me.” – How so? – “I’m not doing what my doctor ordered. He is getting me into rehab.” Mr. D canceled his third session. I never saw him again. His doctor won, but his pelvic floor probably didn’t.”
Recorded by Gertrud Beckedahl, Saarbrücken (Germany), CANTIENICA® instructor www.bio-logische-bewegung.de
THE PROLAPSE THAT VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE
“It was in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell; I was about to graduate from university; in Berlin, everything was in flux. And I was found to be pregnant – mistakenly so, as it turned out. Back then, in East Berlin, doctors’ offices didn’t feature all this medical equipment they have now. Through palpation, my doctor discovered that my uterus had sunk, and my irregular period did nothing to exclude the diagnosis “pregnancy”.
When I went to the hospital, they found out that I wasn’t pregnant at all. I then tried more or less anything to get my uterus back to “normal”. But none of the methods available thrilled me, and what’s more important: nothing really helped.
Then I saw Benita Cantieni on TV, talking about Tigerfeeling. Her approach was interesting, and I wanted to learn more, so I looked for CANTIENICA® instructors in Berlin. There were only a few back then. I found a dance studio that also offered an intensive course in CANTIENICA® pelvic floor training. I took it, and it felt really good. When the first weekly class was offered, I joined right away.
After a while, I was asked whether I thought I could work as an instructor myself – I was hugely surprised! I asked for a little time to think it over. And then I decided I wanted to. I remember my instructor training in Karlsruhe very well – it was the weekend after 9/11. Ever since, I enjoy working with others and of course also on myself. The uterine prolapse has vanished completely, and I have no pain in my back and neck. One more reason to keep doing it!”
Ute Dibbert, Berlin (Germany),