Flexibility, Agility & Muscle Empowerment
The purpose of this program is to stretch, strengthen and rebalance the full muscular structure leaving you more flexible and agile. Essentrics prepares the muscles and tendons to both withstand the maximum demands of your sport and to rebound injury-free from unexpected twists, turns and stresses. Essentrics is dynamic stretching in motion, which means you develop flexibility the way your body needs it on game day.
Sahra Esmonde-White, Laurence Bonneville & Erika Vipond at the NHL Montreal Canadiens training facility
The Essentrics program has been widely used for over ten years by individual Olympians and professional athletes as well as many teams in a wide variety of sports including: football, basketball, hockey, speed skating, figure skating, gymnastics, squash, volleyball, skiing, diving, and swimming.
Essentrics stretches and strengthens every muscle in the body eccentrically, rebalancing the muscular structure in continuous rotational movements. It incorporates various techniques including PNF and isometrics while systematically working every joint of the body. This is a full-body flexibility technique that works through the muscle chains liberating, relieving from tension and empowering the muscles in the process.
Miranda Esmonde-White, Roseline Filion & Jennifer Abel Olympic divers
Our definition of flexibility: complete freedom of movement within the muscles and joints of the entire body. It refers to the achievement of your maximum personal level of flexibility.
Like everything worth having, flexibility takes time to achieve. A 15 to 20 minute warm-up will not change the degree of muscular flexibility, warm-ups give the illusion of increased flexibility, however in truth warm-ups simply take the tension or chill out of the muscles making them feel more flexible. It is unrealistic to expect a change in your overall flexibility in a short period of time. To achieve real change in muscle length, a minimum of 50 minutes of training performed two to three times a week is necessary.
Unlike most flexibility programs, the flexibility gained in the Essentrics Workout remains with you while you perform in your sport. In most flexibility programs the emphasis is on passive stretching. Although passive stretching feels good at the time, the moment you move, your muscles re-contract to their starting point, leaving you as tight as prior to their passive-stretching workout. Essentrics is a program aimed at maintaining flexibility while increasing your strength.
In order to be agile, you need flexible strong joints. Essentrics focuses on balancing every joint by simultaneously stretching and strengthening the muscles, pulling the joints apart leaving the joint free of tension and full of power.
The Combining Effects of the Essentrics Technique
Essentrics is strength in length. This is one of the most powerful forms of conditioning the muscles because it leaves them strong and long with none of the negative effects of a restricted joint but all the positive effects of maximum power. Speed and agility are the trademark results experienced immediately after each Essentrics workout.
Injuries are often caused when imbalanced and tight muscles are suddenly twisted and challenged in an unexpected way resulting in tears, pulls and sprains. Essentrics rebalances the full muscular structure preparing the muscles & tendons to both withstand and rebound injury free from any unexpected twists, turns and stresses.
To heal an injury it is necessary to increase the flow of blood into the injured area in order to deliver the healing properties of blood while removing poisons. Stretching is one of the fastest and most effective methods of delivering blood to specific regions, which is why it is so effective in injury healing.
Healing also requires rebalancing and protecting of the injured area. Essentrics is a rebalancing program which strengthens and stretches all the muscles around the injury giving it a chance to heal. This technique strengthens the muscles around an injury; those muscles can then take up the slack of those around the injured muscle, giving relief and time for the injured area to heal.
Laurence Bonneville & Milena Todaro Olympic Figure skater at the Essentrics Flagship studio in MTL