Essentrics® : My classes and more.

I was introduced to Essentrics® through the PBS program Classical Stretch, created and taught by former National Ballet of Canada dancer Miranda Esmonde White. She and her daughter Sahra then created Essentrics®–The Esmonde Technique. Doing these exercises has improved my physical and mental health by reducing the pain and fatigue I experience from fibromyalgia.  Impressed with the program, which also helped tone my body and reduce my weight, I decided to become an instructor. There are four levels of certification. I’m currently working on my Level 1, which I hope to complete in 2019.

Essentrics® is a unique fitness program: it improves your strength, flexibility and balance, and the mobility in your joints through a series of exercises designed to simultaneously strengthen and stretch all muscles in the body. Essentrics® has helped me in all of these areas. In other words: it’s a fantastic program for health, and people tell me I look younger!

The Essentrics® video below introduces the program.

This gentle program can be done by anyone, at any age, at any fitness level. There are no weights used. As Miranda writes in her first book, “Aging Backwards” (Random House Canada 2014), “You don’t need to run to a gym or to a store to purchase weights–the human body itself is sufficiently heavy to safely stress our bones…The average arm weighs about the same as a medium-size watermelon. That’s a lot of weight to lift!….Our own bodies provide sufficient weight to tax our muscles and bone structure…..None of the Essentrics® exercises  should be done with external weights–any external weight could actually cause joint damage.” *See below for more resources.

Occasionally props, like risers, straps or bands, are used to make the exercises more effective.

 With every class, whether I am teaching, or being a student,  I am learning so much about how Essentrics® helps me, and the people in my classes. Please see the testimonials on this page. I teach classes in Napanee at the 55 Plus Activity Centre Seniors Outreach Services (SOS) and at  Zeal Holistic Health.  I’ve taught at Studio Yoga Yoga and I hope to add more classes at these locations or others in the area in the future. For class times and other details please contact me: christine(at)ChristinePeets(dot)ca

I’ve written about how Essentrics® has changed my life. You can read those posts on my blog

Please join me in a class!

  • Further resources: Miranda has written two other books, “Forever Painless” (Random House Canada, 2016) and “Fast Track to Aging Backwards” (Random House Canada, 2019).  There are videos, DVDs, and links to EssentricsTV, as well as classes, on the company website.


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.