Essentrics: My classes and more

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Note: January classes at the Zeal Holistic Health studio will be “pay what you can” and these funds will be given to the Morning Star Mission in Napanee for its warming centre.

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 almost eliminating the pain, fatigue, and occasional depression I experience with fibromyalgia.  Impressed with the program, which has also helped reshape my body and improve my overall flexibility, and wanting to share this with others, I decided to become an instructor. In December 2019 I received my Level 1 Certification in the new Aging Backwards® stream for instructors. I am very excited about this as it will help me to be a better teacher, and it will really benefit my students.

I teach classes in Napanee at the Seniors Outreach Services (SOS)/Greater Napanee VON, and at  Zeal Holistic Health.  I also take classes taught by other Essentrics® instructors. With every class, whether as teacher or student, I continue to be impressed by how Essentrics® helps me, and the people in the class.  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, please visit my blog.

I’ve also written a guest blog post for a writing colleague 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.”

This program can be done by anyone, at any age, at any fitness level. It can be done easily since all you really need is a mat and a sturdy chair. No special shoes are needed as the program is done barefoot to strengthen the muscles in the feet.

In the Aging Backwards® program the pace is a little gentler than in the regular program. We emphasize joint mobility, overall flexibility and improved posture as we gradually build up strength. Props such as risers and resistance bands are used to make the exercises more beneficial.

The video below gives a great introduction to the regular program. These exercises would just be done a little more gently in the Aging Backwards® program. Miranda Esmonde White has written three books, “Aging Backwards”, (Random House, 2014)”Forever Painless” (Random House Canada, 2016) and “Fast Track to Aging Backwards” (Random House Canada, 2019).  Look for more information about the books, TV programs, and links to Essentrics TV and live events on the Essentrics® website.

I know I am healthier and stronger and when people compliment me and ask what I’m doing to look and feel better I tell them “Essentrics Aging Backwards®”.

Please join me in a class!

Classes at Seniors Outreach Services/Greater Napanee VON

Aging Backwards® Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 am to 10:50 am.

Current session is full. New session in March.

Contact Seniors Outreach Services/Greater Napanee VON to register: 613-354-6668

Classes at Zeal Holistic Health: 30 minute Aging Backwards®

Mondays, 3:30 pm to 4 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 12 pm.  Drop in or register for classes at Zeal: 613-484-2473


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.