Essentrics® Classes

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. I’m currently working on my Level 1 certification.

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.

This gentle program can be done by anyone, at any age, at any fitness level. There are no weights used but occasionally props are offered to make the exercises more effective. The Essentrics® video below introduces the program.

My apprentice classes are taught at the 55 Plus Activity Centre at Seniors Outreach Services (SOS) in Napanee on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Registration is through the SOS. I’ve also taught classes in Napanee at Studio Yoga Yoga and may soon teach at other locations.

When I started on this journey I began writing about my experiences on my blog. You can read the first entry here:   My Eccentric Journey

I hope you will join me as the journey continues.


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.
Dorthory M.