INTERVIEW WITH BENITA CANTIENI
By Piotr Przybylak on December 27, 2019
Benita Cantieni is a person who has a real story to tell. And it is something for everyone, because all of us should care about our health. It is the story about CANTIENICA®.
A former journalist writing for women’s magazines, who was suffering from scoliosis since childhood. she has gone through a bumpy life path that few have gone through to finally create something that can really change the lives of others.
CANTIENICA® body in evolution is an intelligent form of fitness and the optimum training for anyone wishing to increase their muscle mass and also gain more elasticity, a good posture and more charisma. It gives you visible results as well as tangibly more strength, suppleness and vitality. This unique training method uses attentive self-perception to prevent, alleviate or improve incorrect postures and their consequences. CANTIENICA® body in evolution is an integral approach which more and more therapists are now recommending to their clients.
BENITA, COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR PERSONAL STORY, PLEASE? WHAT WAS YOUR LIFE LIKE BEFORE YOU CAME ACROSS THE CANTIENICA® METHOD?
Benita Cantieni: I was a successful journalist, worked as editor in chief of Annabelle (Switzerland), Vogue (Germany), Shape (Germany). Then I worked as Freelancer. I loved my job.
Personally, I suffered more and more from after-effects of my severe scoliosis. That is a curvature in the spine. It was diagnosed when I was 6 and it was crippling me more and more. When all Physicians I consulted recommended replacement of several joints and stiffening of the spine I revolted, “how shall I handle artificial body parts, when I can’t handle my own natural bones!”
That was the start for my body research. I had tried every therapy I could get hold of. Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Rolfing helped me to live as good as possible with the ailments. I decided I wanted more. What I wanted was to change the structures of my bones. I wanted to adjust my body to the original blueprint, which must have been sane and whole.
This was the beginning of a fascinating journey in which I still don’t see an end. I discover ever finer connections in my and the bodies of others. My body has become a Stradivary, coming of age, shattered and bruised, yet it plays the most beautiful “music of life” I could ever imagine.
I HAVE READ ON ONE OF THE WEBSITES DEDICATED TO THE CANTIENICA® THAT THESE EXERCISES SEEM UNUSUAL AND ATYPICAL AT FIRST. WHY IS THAT?
People seek quick fixes. People get promised quick fixes. “Squeeze your buttocks and press your back onto the floor”, is still a typical instruction. In my method people have to be mindful, self-aware. The instructions are very detailed and precise. For the given example it would be: “Feel your sit bones, pull them closer to each other. Keep the glutei relaxed. Widen the pelvic crest.” You have to be willing to get to know your bones. You have to get to know the body house you live in. That is new to most people.
ARE THERE ANY VALUES, ANY GENERAL HUMAN IDEAS, THAT CANTIENICA® FOLLOWS OR PROMOTE?
Your body is sacred. It is a masterpiece. Your mind is guest in your body. Treat it well and it treats you well.
Life expectancy grows at a speed we could not imagine 100 years ago. We doubled our life span within this 100 years. “Traditional evolution”, if I my call it so, does not work that fast. Evolution cannot keep up with our speed. It is no longer search for food and shelter. It is way beyond. We have to take our evolution in our own hands. I decide now and here how I want to become 100% flexible, strong, fit, resilient or humpy, stiff, miserable.
By the way: We face the same challenge of conscious evolution in climate issues, in politics, in religious ideologies. “Flight or fight”, “friend or enemy” are no longer useful concepts. Evolution lies in our hands, we have to shape our human future. Now.