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.