Essentrics: My classes and more
We’re all staying home to stay safe during this COVID-19 pandemic so all of my classes are currently cancelled. I’ll be teaching again as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, here’s how you can keep doing some Essentrics® at home:
Go to the Essentrics® website and follow some videos. Scroll down to find specific ones for Aging Backwards®, which is the program that I teach. There are great tips to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly. There’s also a video on choosing the right chair which you might need to help with balance.
Go to the Essentrics® /Classical Stretch Facebook page for a daily workout with instructors from the Essentrics® program, all working from their homes. These are 10-minute workouts that will make you feel great. You don’t have to be a regular follower of the program nor do you have to be a Facebook user to watch these videos.
I’ll be signing up as I know it will really keep me moving although I really don’t need too much motivation. Here’s 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.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE ESSENTRICS AGING BACKWARDS®
Essentrics® draws on the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet and the healing principles of physiotherapy.
The program is designed to:
- 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 recover from injury
- Create a youthful-feeling body
Essentrics® can be easily done by anyone regardless of age or fitness level. All you really need is a mat to stand on. A resistance band and a cushion for the head, shoulders or hips, are helpful to make the floor exercises more effective but those are optional. It also helps to have a sturdy chair nearby to help with balance for the standing exercises. The program is done barefoot to strengthen the muscles in the feet which is why the mat is helpful.
Essentrics® has been life-changing for me.
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 classes are running again, I’ll be ready.
Keep moving. Keep smiling. Stay safe.