Essentrics: My classes and more

I teach Essentrics® Aging Backwards® classes in Greater Napanee.  Join me for a class!

 Classes at Zeal Holistic Health.     Saturdays, 11:30 am to 12 pm

Feb 22 and 29 $8 drop-in fee. No class on Feb 15.

To register call: 613-484-2473, visit the Zeal website or drop in at 
23 Dundas Street East, Napanee, ON
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Register now for March Classes (February classes are full)
at Seniors Outreach Services / Greater Napanee VON.

Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am to 10:50 am
To register call: 613-354-6668, ext. 110 or drop in at
12 Richmond Park Dr, Napanee, ON
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I started doing Essentrics® while watching the PBS Television program Classical Stretch. I learned that the exercise program was started by former ballet dancer, fitness instructor and the TV program instructor, Miranda Esmonde White. Essentrics: The Esmonde Technique® began in Montreal, Canada and is now available in many countries. After taking a few classes with instructors in Toronto and Montreal, I decided I wanted to teach this program in Napanee, where I live.  I received my certification in the Essentrics® Aging Backwards® track in December 2019.

This dynamic, easy-to-follow workout will activate all your muscles, free your joints and increase mobility. It will rebalance your body making you feel more energetic. Essentrics® draws on the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet and the healing principles of physiotherapy.

Scroll down to read testimonials from some of my class participants about how Essentrics® has helped them. To read about how Essentrics® has changed my life visit my blog.

I’ve also written a guest blog post for Lori Wolf Heffner on how Essentrics® fits with my writing business. As my friend and fellow Essentrics® instructor, Sheri Burge, said in one her classes “Essentrics makes everything better.”

This program can be done easily by anyone regardless of age or fitness level. The only equipment needed is a mat and a sturdy chair. A resistance band and a cushion or soft block for the head, shoulders or hips is helpful to make the exercises more effective, but those are optional. The program is done barefoot to strengthen the muscles in the feet.

This program  improves posture, joint mobility, flexibility, range of motion and building up strength. Look for more information on the Essentrics website

I know I am healthier and stronger. When people compliment me and ask what I’m doing to look and feel better I tell them “Essentrics Aging Backwards”.


I went into Essentrics with a little bit of trepidation, I must admit. Although I knew that the stretches would feel great, as a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I feared that the next day I would be very sore. Not so at all!

My range of motion through my tight shoulders is much improved as in other bothersome spots in my body.

Christine makes our class very enjoyable with music that we love to work out to and a beautiful cool down period. She tweaks our posture when needed and is very concerned that we are holding ourselves correctly. This is a very “feel good” class that I do my best not to miss!
Jill C.
I have been taking the Essentrics classes with Christine, at the 55 Plus Activity Centre in Napanee. It is an effective and energizing form of exercise, that has increased my flexibility and strength, improved my posture, and my body feels more balanced.

Christine is an enthusiastic, positive teacher.  She is knowledgeable and clear in her explanation of the different movements, and closely watches us to ensure we are doing them safely, using correct form. Her classes are fun, challenging, and I love her choices of music.

Essentrics is a great way to stay strong and fit. I highly recommend it!
Barb P.
What I love about Essentrics: I can actually move my left shoulder fully around now and it is all because of the Essentrics class taught by Christine Peets.

The exercises are great for getting a full stretching workout. They are simple to do but extremely beneficial to my overall flexibility.

Christine is a great instructor and I love her choice of music that goes with each portion of the program. The one hour duration of the class is also perfect. I always feel good when I leave.

Thanks so much for introducing me to Essentrics, Christine.
Dorothy M.