Miranda Esmonde-White's Essentrics and Classical Stretch

A Gentler, Injury-Free Way to Get Fit and Lessen Body Pain

Miranda Esmonde-White is the creator of Classical Stretch and Essentrics.
Photo courtesy of Miranda Esmonde White

Miranda Esmonde-White: A Montreal Stretch & Strength Maverick

Miranda Esmonde-White is a Montreal stretch instructor, TV fitness personality, anti-aging author, and former ballerina who designed Essentrics, a low-impact exercise strength and stretch program after a disabling foot injury and chronic lower back pain cut her dance career short.

 

Essentrics: From Pro Hockey Players to Seniors

Usually, exercise is associated with sweat and strain. Essentrics is the polar opposite, a fluid low-impact exercise strength and stretch method that both enhances athletic performance—Olympic divers Alexandre Despatie, Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion use Classical Stretch as well as NHL hockey players and Cirque du Soleil students—while improving the quality of life of seniors, breast cancer survivors as well as back pain, knee pain, hip pain and fibromyalgia sufferers. It also reportedly helps everyday people trim their waistlines and slenderize the shape of their bodies.

Combining elements of tai chi, physiotherapy, PNF, chiropractic movement, ballet, and yoga, some of Miranda's fans claim to have regained up to an inch of lost height by faithfully adhering to the program.

 

Learn Classical Stretch (and Basic Anatomy) For Free

Esmonde-White's Classical Stretch TV program has been PBS' #1 fitness show for over a decade. Led by Esmonde-White, the show is based on the Essentrics method. she consistently explains what you're doing and why you're doing it in a way that's easy to understand without underestimating viewer intelligence.

Visit the Classical Stretch website for more information on DVDs and live classes held at the MAA and other Montreal gyms

 

More About Miranda Esmonde-White

A ballet dancer who had to cut her career short in her early twenties due to a foot injury, Esmonde-White developed Essentrics over 20 years ago, healing her own foot lower back pain in the process. After testing it on herself and seeing results, she decided to share it with the public.

Her students showed remarkable improvement: some were regaining lost mobility and experiencing less body pain, with some reporting superior pain relief benefits than what they were experiencing with prescription medication. Miranda also started to notice people were losing inches from their waist, arms were no longer jiggling, even neck wattles and saddlebags were disappearing. Her students were developing longer, leaner bodies. Some exercises even seemed to promote staying regular.

Eventually, Esmonde-White got her big break and signed a deal with PBS to present her stretch and strength program on television.

But as if right on cue, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at practically the same time, with surgery scheduled just six weeks before the show was to begin taping. After the surgery, Esmonde-White couldn't raise her arm above her waist and fell into a depression over fears she would never teach again.

But recover in time for taping, she did, using her own moves. The rest is Classical Stretch history.

Esmonde-White has since developed programs specifically designed to help breast cancer survivors going through the same trauma rehabilitate and get through what's often the darkest period of their lives.