Essentrics: My classes and more


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all classes are cancelled.

Here’s how you can keep doing some Essentrics® at home:

Go to the Essentrics® /Classical Stretch Facebook page for some daily workouts with Miranda Esmonde White, founder of this program. She is doing the program from her home.

You do not have to be a Facebook user to watch these videos.

Miranda shows us how Essentrics® can be done anywhere, anytime, wearing just about anything. It’s fun to see that she is even wearing jewellery!

Go to the Essentrics® website and follow some videos. There are specific ones for Aging Backwards® and there are great tips to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly!


How I started and why I love this program:

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 host, Miranda Esmonde White.

Essentrics® The Esmonde Technique® was developed in Canada in Montreal, Quebec, and is now taught in many countries. After taking a few classes with instructors in Toronto (Ontario) and Montreal, I wanted to learn to teach this program in my hometown, Napanee, Ontario.  I received my certification in the Essentrics® Aging Backwards® program in December 2019.


Essentrics® draws on the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet, and the healing principles of physiotherapy.

In each class you will:

  • Unlock tight muscles and joints
  • Increase flexibility and mobility
  • Increase your range of motion
  • Strengthen the spine and core
  • Improve posture
  • Improve balance
  • Help relieve pain
  • Help recovery from injury
  • Create a youthful-feeling body

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

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.”

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’m working on learning new routines and putting together new playlists so that when I do start teaching again, I’ll be ready.

I may take a stab at doing my own short teaching videos, so stay tuned.

Stay home. Stay safe. Keep everyone else safe.

Keep active. Have fun!



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.