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.