Essentrics® : My classes and more.
For details on current classes scroll to the end of this page.
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 tone my body and reduce my weight, and wanting to share this with others, I decided to become an instructor. I am an Apprentice working on my certification.
I teach classes in Napanee at the Seniors Outreach Services 55 Plus Activity Centre and at Zeal Holistic Health. Classes and times are at the bottom of this page. I also take classes taught by other Essentrics® instructors. With every class, whether I am teaching, or being a student, I continue to be impressed about 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 as all you really need is a mat and a sturdy chair. No special shoes are needed as the program is done bare-footed to strengthen the muscles in the feet. Occasionally props, such as risers or resistance bands, are used to make the exercises more effective. There are no weights used.
As Miranda wrote 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.”
The program is a gentle one but the exercises also tone and strengthen as well as stretch your muscles. Some classes are more vigorous than others. The video below gives a great introduction to the program. 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 and live events, on the Essentrics® website.
As explained in the literature, “Essentrics® is a unique fitness program that 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.” Since beginning the program 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®!”
Please join me in a class!
For details about each class please contact me.
Classes at 55 Plus Activity Centre:
Gentle Stretch, 7 sessions, Tuesdays 10 to 10:50 a.m. November 5 to December 17.
Tone & Stretch, 7 sessions, Fridays 10 to 10:50 a.m. November 8 to December 20
Classes at Zeal Holistic Health: Flexibility Workout, 7 weeks, Wednesdays 6:30 to 7 pm, November 6 to December 18.
I also work with private groups. Please contact me if you are interested in setting up a group.