Essentrics® designed by the creator of the popular PBS show, Classical Stretch, and New York best seller Aging Backwards, Miranda Esmonde-White, is a dynamic full body workout that targets all 650 muscles in your body with the goal of improving posture, increasing strength and flexibility and reducing pain.
The foundation of Essentrics® is based on the science of muscle contraction. Imagine you are doing a bicep curl, as you lift the weight your bicep muscle is contracting and shortening simultaneously. This is called a concentric contraction. However, as you lower the weight your bicep remains contracted (otherwise you’d drop the weight on your toes) but it is lengthening through the contraction. This is known as eccentric contraction and this is where the magic is! In an Essentrics workout we use our body as the weight, our limbs as levers (high school physics at its best!) and we dive into the muscle chains that run through our body loading them up, making them incredibly strong but simultaneously stretching them out. After only a few classes you will feel taller, more balanced and aches and pains will begin to settle as your joints gain range of motion and your connective tissue becomes more pliable and less restricted.
One of the many things to love about Essentrics® is that literally anyone can do it. This program ditches the antiquated adage of “no pain no gain” and instead follows a completely opposite principle that your exercise shouldn’t be painful. Again, let’s look at the physiology. Our bodies are designed to protect us, when you move into a position of pain your muscles will subconsciously contract to protect… the polar opposite of what we are trying to do. Whereas, if you listen to your body’s cues and work through a comfortable range of motion, your body will relax, open up and release tension. Then of course there is the issue that if your workout is painful you likely won’t continue. In a class there is often a wide range of body types and abilities and your instructor is trained on how to modify the movements for whatever your capabilities of the day are. You should always walk away from an Essentrics® workout with less pain and restriction than when you walked in.
Milissa began teaching Essentrics® in 2015 and is fully certified in all 4 levels of the Essentrics certification program. She offers registered sessions, drop-in classes, or individual sessions for those with specific goals or needs.
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Essentrics classes are held at Junction Point 8 – Same entrance as PrimeCARE Health
9625 – 97 Street
Essentrics individual sessions are ideal for those who are new to the program and would prefer some one-on-one attention before dropping into a group class or those who are looking to deepen their understanding of their current Essentrics practice.