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Spent many years doing various other exercises and only started exercising with Miranda's videos about 2 years ago. Took me about 6 months doing routines faithfully to realize how good I felt. Only wish had been doing them 10 years ago. I do not miss a day. Take no prescribed medications but do take some vitamins. I am a very young 82. Thank you Miranda. You are really on to something.
My husband joe and I have been practicing Essentrics, first on PBS, then by subscription. Joe has had multiple sessions for physical therapy and Essentrics keeps him stabilized. I have exercised all my life, certified to offer yoga through the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA. We both garden and walk vigorously, yet Essentrics offers a vast array of knowledge about how to exercise safely every day. I have gone through all the sessions at least five times, typically two per day. It is energizing and life giving. The instruction is superb and we like the challenge of movements. All the instructors have their own skills. We travel about three months a year for UN projects, so having the convenience of Essentrics has helped us enormously to shift hotels, airports, conferences, gala dinners and to keep balanced. Everywhere we go, you are cited by us as the best way to stay informed and healthy, maintaining quality of life forever. The 30-day Challenge was a chance to highlight specific classes that we both liked. I will repeat it again and again. Peace to all of you.
Joseph and Barbara B.
I've tried a lot of different types of exercise, but the Essentrics ways is the greatest. I notice the result in the first week. I'm turning 40 this year, but my body says I'm 30. I feel it in the way I walk, I move, and even the back pain that I got from sitting at a desk all day has disappeared. The fact that it takes only 25 minutes a day is so great. And I can choose a different one every day if I want. I can go slow and have a better result than running for 40 minutes. I even do it on the job with my colleague that made me discover Essentrics. I will make my mother start so she can have a better life and reducing the pain that follows her. It's the best way to feel alive. Thanks a lot.
With more than 10 years of following Classical Stretch via PBS, videos and now streaming I realize the benefits of these effective maneuvers.
I found Miranda on PBS while looking through channels in April of 2016. I exercise with her every day. While I will never be able to do with my legs what she does, I am much more fit than when I was doing "other" exercises and lifting weights. I feel an affinity to her as we are both the same age and both breast cancer survivors. God Bless Miranda and PBS for sharing her, and all those that teach her classes.
I started doing your Season 4 videos about the middle of January and put the word out at the local fitness center that I would be happy to bring my video to the gym and now have 3 - 6 ladies doing it every weekday as a group. We all are loving it and 2 have bought their own copies.
After years of middle distance running and racing (+ 10K) I have found that Classical Stretch (via KBYU, Provo, Utah and CD's) is a solid path to full body strength and mental satisfaction in a brief daily workout. Thank you.
I have really felt the benefits of exercising the Classical Stretch way. I have DVR'd the programs on NJTV and play them back, usually after work. The exercises have really helped me to feel more flexible and pain-free. I think it has also helped me to lose weight.
I started Essentrics exercises because I needed to do something. I have tried different routines before this and have been for physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage. All are helpful but I was constantly spending money to feel reasonably good. Walking tall was a struggle. These Essentrics exercises are wonderful and I can feel the effects after only two - three weeks of following Miranda along with the DVD. Thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 30 Day Health Challenge, and just started a new rotation this morning. I have had the pleasure for many years to catch Miranda's show on my local Rocky Mountain PBS station, and I own a handful of the Classical Stretch DVDs. I also attended a weekend retreat in Estes Park back in May of 2013, and enjoyed that immensely. Your recent challenge came about during a difficult time in my life - over the last two years I have had to care for ill in-laws, and dealt with both of their passing away within 3 months of each other. The personal stress and struggles I had in dealing with our family's loss, as well as other changes in my life, led me to stop taking care of myself in several ways, which included me stopping my exercise with Classical Stretch. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to start taking better care of myself, as I look ahead to turning 50 in February 2018. Your challenge was the perfect way for me to begin this journey of getting back to "me!" I printed off the schedule you provided and hung it on my fridge. It was great holding myself accountable, and having that visual to guide me. I did not miss a single day! Thank you so much for always being there, and providing such wonderful exercise for mind, body and soul. I appreciate all that you do, and am so grateful that you have been such a positive influence in my life. I look forward to feeling healthier and stronger as I approach the age of 50, knowing that Classical Stretch will be helping me along the way. Take care, and God bless!
I discovered Essentrics during a class at the YMCA and instantly fell in love with it. So much so that I brought my two work colleges to join me in a class and they were hooked. Unfortunately, the Essentrics instructor left the YMCA and we knew we had to continue our own. We decided we would purchase some DVD's and take over our office boardroom during our lunch period. That was the best decision we have made and have committed to three times a week. We upload the Essentrics DVD to the very large screen in our boardroom and as we stretch to the music and enjoy the visual beauty of the ocean background, we become transformed, relaxed, energized and fully appreciate how Essentrics has become so very beneficial to us, physically and mentally. Thank you Essentrics!
I love these series, they are movement oriented, alignment is stressed and the scenery fantastic. Every time I watch a video, I learn something new - something to strive for. I feel great and have tons of energy. Thank you!
My 22-year-old daughter and I did the regular workouts together for the 30-day-challenge. We are going to start again and try to do another 30 days. We love how the daily exercise makes feel. We own many of the DVDs, but have been streaming Essentrics TV for the challenge. The streaming is great to help us get through the Minnesota winter!
I discovered Classical Stretch in December 2016, when I stumbled upon it at 5 a.m. on a PBS station. I started doing it along with Miranda and fell in love with it, so I was excited to do the 30-Day Challenge! I didn't miss a single day, and I can feel a difference in my body. Muscle tension and tightness are easily released and I've built muscle tone in my thighs and upper arms. I've decided to keep going and turn my 30-Day Challenge into a 60-Day one. Then 90 days, etc.! Thank you for Classical Stretch/Essentrics. I'm especially grateful for Sahra; she's an excellent instructor because her explanations help me get into and keep the correct form for the movements.
I feel much better. Less stiff and am hopeful if I continue to do the 30 min daily workouts it will help me relief pain and age gracefully
I was motivated by the sequential variety of the daily selections. It was never boring. Therefore, I never missed a day. I was thrilled that I was no longer "condemned to the freedom of choice" from the many offerings. I intend to follow the 30-Day Challenge workout categories, substituting episodes. Thank you for keeping me motivated and engaged!
I appreciate the variety of workouts, the reminder of how much I like Season 10 with its seascape backgrounds, the vintage Miranda workouts, Sarah's programs, and the overall experience of being included in something larger than myself. This winter has been especially challenging for many US women so the support of women to join together, keep active, and care for ourselves has been an antidote to depression. Essentrics, you played an important part. Thank you
I used to play sports and just did a hardcore weight/cardio challenge. Over time I hurt myself more than anything. I saw Essentrics on Facebook and started the challenge. Heck, what did I have to lose. I LOVE IT!! I am stronger, no aches and pains, and feel freer in breathing and clarity in brain and body. I am going to get the videos. I love this concept. Thank you guys for doing what you do! Keep up the great job you all do. I tell everyone I know.
It was an awesome challenge! I did an exercise routine when I normally wouldn't have just because of the challenge. On Day #27 I was doing a stretch routine at 10PM because I was so close to succeeding in the 30-day challenge. Thanks much! PS I adore Miranda. Keep up the good work!
Doing Essentrics everyday has given me more flexibility and strength. It is wonderful to be able to move freely and without pain!
I have been doing Classical Stretch every morning for the past few years. From the first time I did it I felt amazing after the workout. I am hooked and feel so much better. I usually do 2 classes each week day and one on the weekends. Such a great program.
I have been doing classical stretch throughout all 11 seasons, but I committed to the challenge and did it! I feel great!
I caught your show on PBS IN December and instantly knew this is what I needed in my life. I bought your dvd and started on January 7th I do one 30 minute class every day and | can't begin to tell you how much better I feel the bonus is I have lost 14 lbs. Thank you I am telling all my friends about your program so they too can feel better.
Just had to acknowledge how amazing season 10, episode 3 has been for me. A new workout I discovered in the Health Challenge. The movements are exquisite. Miranda explains them with such knowledge and attention. I feel benefits everywhere in my body. A superstar of a program! Thank you!!
As I age towards my 70's, I want to keep my mobility limber and rid my body of a few aches and pains that seem to hit me again and again! 2018 is our big trip to visit our son who now resides in New Zealand. I want to go pain and mobility free! I am enjoying the challenge you have going on at the moment and will carry on after this challenge, I have 3 seasons on hand, so it should get me through 3 months, then will repeat. I live in the Okanagan, the southern interior of British Columbia where there is no one that teaches Classical Stretch, however, when we make the trip to Victoria BC, I always attend Rosemary Mason's classes. I love them!
Classical Stretch has helped my arthritic knees - I was really afraid to do the plies but started out very gently and slowly and now my legs are very strong and I have minimal pain. I follow the the advice given and do them like a rag doll when in pain (took me awhile to get over the feeling I had to push myself all the time, or avoid moving because I was sore ttps://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v7/f57/1/16/1f609.png), but like Miranda says all the time "keep moving" and it really helps, more than anything I've tried.
I have enjoyed Classical Stretch for 3 years. I have actually grown! When I was young I was 5'4 1/2 inches tall. Over time I shrunk to 5'4". My last physical I was 5'5"!!! My posture has never been better. My achy hips no longer ache. The program is great for stress relief. The program just feels so good. My body thanks you. And thank you for being on IPT. I tell everyone about it.
Hello! My Husband (of 30 years) and I have always believed it is important maintain a healthy level of physical fitness. We have tried many programs together, (yoga pilates, work-out videos), and even had a weight room set up in our home. When we found Classical Stretch last year we knew we had finally found the program we have been looking for all of these years. This program works out every part of our bodies giving us full mobility. I especially love that even our fingers and toes are included! Our weight equipment is for sale! We won't be needed it anymore and we look forward to enjoying fitness with Classical Stretch/Essentrics for many years to come! Thank you!!!!!
Sometimes I think I'm a walking billboard for Eccentrics because I tell so many people how great it is and how much it helps me. I found the eccentrics program on a PBS infomercial in December of 2015. I had been dealing with years of pain after falling on my tailbone in 2013. My son had just turned 2 months old. I was holding him and fell down the stairs. Since I had to hold on to him, I couldn't brace myself and fell on the wood stairs. Over time, the pain shifted from my back to my pelvis. I am a very active person and I was loosing my ability to be active in triathlon, hiking, skiing and other activities. I went to physical therapy, pilates, chiropractors, massage therapy and several other healing professionals. But, I started developing headaches and on and off numbness and tingling in my arms and legs from all the pain and manipulations. Soon after I saw the infomercial I was able to borrow DVD's from the library. Not long after starting the workouts, the pain was going away. All the psoas muscle stretches helped my pelvis stretch out and relax. The posture workouts helped my headaches. I was hooked immediately. The DVD's are so popular at the library and the nearest classes are at least 30 minutes away and are so popular you have to get there very early to get a space. So I soon subscribed to eccentrics tv. I now practice several times a week at home. Often with my 2 children who are now 4 and 5 and half years old. (I just recently saw the video of Miranda with the school kids practicing - how awesome!) I want to become a trainer and hopefully bring the program closer to home. I wasn't able to attend the training last year. But the new training dates in CO were just posted! I'm hoping that I can make it!
I started this program when I was 72. I am now 77. I do it faithfully 5 times a week and love it. I feel fabulous. I hope to participate in a retreat with my two daughters in the near future.
Mary Jo Culver
Classical Stretch has provided me a body fit enough (in my Golden Years) to participate in a Global Village home build for Habitat for Humanity and to do an indoor sky jump (in a vertical wind tunnel) with my children and grandchildren. That is a lot better than the sedentary life of chronic pain I was preparing to experience without Essentrics in my life!
Hi Essentrics Community,
I am 62 years old and in great shape. I have been doing the stretch routines of Miranda Esmonde White on and off since I was 46 years old. In addition, I walk my dog every day from 2 to 4 miles depending on weather conditions. I am very flexible and owe this to Miranda. Thank you! I think this challenge is a great way to start the New Year and get all of us energized.
Sincerely with hopes of peace and blessings for all of you,
I found Miranda on PBS television. I have been a faithful follower for years. The Classic Stretch program changed my life. Thanks Miranda!
First of all, I want to thank you for creating such a wonderful program. I learned about Essentrics from your show that aired on PBS about relieving pain through movement, and I immediately wanted to buy the Pain Relief DVD and have my husband try it, because he suffers from a lot of arthritis and other kinds of pain. I also suffer from plantar fasciitis and back pain, so I was interest in trying it for myself, too. I have had some difficulty getting my husband to try it, because he says he hurts too much, but I have been using the DVD and Essentrics TV almost daily, and I absolutely love it! If I don't get a chance to do one of your workouts in the morning, I honestly miss it. I actually look forward to doing the program in the morning, before work, because I feel so much better afterwards, and I start may day energized and with much less achiness. I never get bored, because there are so many different episodes to choose from. My family has even noticed a difference in my body, which is so great. I look forward to doing your program for many years to come and looking and feeling better as a result. My husband is even getting inspired by watching me, and he says he will start trying to do it with me, soon! :)
Your programs are FABULOUS! My husband is 74 and I'm 67 and it's exactly the kind of program we both need. No weights, just the weight of our bodies. I've lost 10 lbs, my A1C is down from 6.9 to 6.5 and my fasting blood sugars are almost normal! Of course I'm eating mostly a plant based diet and lean meats. But you are a joy in our life! Thank you for continuing your great program and the education you bring with it!
I have been doing Classical Stretch since season 8. I am an active and athletic gal but have struggled with spinal stenosis and arthritis in my lower back for 20 years. Thanks to CS, I am pain free and mobile. I look forward to my daily 22 minutes with Miranda and I have introduced this technique to friends and family of all ages. I have also purchased DVDs for gifts. Many Thanks to Miranda and Sahra for sharing their gift of healing and strengthening.
I supplement my specialized Parkinsons en mouvement dance classes, which take place during the week, with the excellent Essentrics Aging Backwards classes on Saturdays. I enjoy the challenge level and variety; I never feel pressured to push myself too hard. At the same time, I always get a good work out and immediately feel the benefits. Many thanks to Meg and the other instructors for helping to keep us on the move.
I am new to Essentrics first time to try it was Mexico Had back pain 6 weeks prior to Symposium two massages and a visit to my Ciropractor the day before my flight down. Steady improvement over the week. Now that I'm home been doing posture with Miranda's DVD. Al most pain free I am 79 years old and going strong.
Hope you have an other one next year.
I've been doing Classical Stretch and Essentrics since 2002. Your exercises have been there for me whenever I got injured or needed a stretch, or felt heavy and slow. They are the perfect anecdote to a stressful life. I just finished the 45-mins Connective Tissue Pain Relief workout and I love it! I have Lyme disease and am often out of alignment, with stiff neck and shoulder on the right side, and migraines twice a day. Today I woke up with pain radiating from my neck to my right hand, not in acute pain, but having trouble cooking, esp slicing through meat. I did the workout at night and I feel so much more mobile. The tippy-toe work was felt all the way up to my head...long muscle chain being released along with my migraine...THANK YOU. The migraine may have left with the change in barometric pressure, but the Connective Tissue workout definitely accelerated the relief. I like that you remind us not to force...that there is more to gain by being gentle. Your graceful approach suits me--I don't feel that I have to adopt an athletic, pumped-up persona to enjoy your workouts.
I enjoyed the program so much, I'll do it again tomorrow for more mobility!
Respect and gratitude,
PS. I am a friend of Andrea Kljajo, who lives across the street from your studio. Sahra Esmonde-White once lived downstairs from her. Andrea thinks she discovered Essentrics, but I had been doing it for years before her! I live in Calgary, and whenever I am in Montreal I make sure to fit in a workout at the studio! Sometimes Andrea makes it (once), sometimes she sits on your couch outside....
Miranda, I am your biggest fan! I've been doing your program 2 years and it has changed my body, mind, and life. I promote you to everyone that asks how I look so great. I am 40 pounds lighter and down 3 sizes and the most important benefit, no more pain! I can't thank you enough for giving me my life back after a horrific car accident that damaged my body so badly. I look forward to seeing you every morning to start my day off positive and pain free. Keep making more DVDs so I can continue improving, God bless you!
Paulette M R
Last night, my 10-month old nephew was over, who has been walking for about 2 months. He was scooting all over the living room and his Auntie Martha was able to scoot right along with him. My mom was so impressed by how limber I was. I told that I had just ONE PERSON to thank! So thank you, Maranda --You are one of the blessings in my life!
I will use Classical Stretch for the rest of my life. This service (along with two similar PBS programs) helped me defeat nine different disabling orthopedic conditions over a six year time period. I am almost done with the last one, a serious quad injury. At the age of 60, Classical Stretch helped me go from disabled to athletic, keep my weight low, and give me higher fitness goals than I would have dreamed possible.
I am 64 and have been doing the season 10 Classical Stretch TV series daily since 12/26/15 and have really noticed a difference in my body. I do at least 1 or 2 episodes daily. I have always worked out doing all forms of fitness since in my early 20's. This is the best workout series I have ever used. People keep asking me if I have lost weight. I have firmed up and my waist is down an inch. I have always felt strong but now feel stronger. I love the flexibility that I feel in my spine. When done with a workout I always feel as though I have just had a back massage.
I just had my one year anniversary of doing Classical Stretch every day. I’m using Season 9 and 10 on Public Television and on DVDs. It has made an incredible difference in strength, lack of pain, endurance, weight and a happy spirit. I spread the news about Classical Stretch whenever I can and am excited to hear when friends have taken it up. Thank you so much.
Margaret L. , Naturalist
I was introduced to Classical Stretch by the PBS station in the area where I lived. I would record the program and then complete it before going on my morning walks. We moved and the PBS station did not carry this program so I ordered DVD’s at various times. I have been doing one segment per day for the last three years. I recently went to visit my nephew and his wife, and I attended an exercise class with his wife. Amazingly, I was able to keep up with many half my age. Afterwards the trainer spoke with me and said he would have never guessed that I was 64 years old. A tribute to this wonderful program! Thank you so much!!
I have been doing Classical Stretch/Essentrics five days/week for over 3 years and love it. Shortly after I retired in February 2013, I found the program on a local PBS station. By the end of the second week, I could see a remarkable change in my appearance and in the way I felt. I was hooked. I purchased a set of DVD¹s to take with me when on vacation. I grew 3/4 of an inch and lost 20 lbs. and look fabulous (forty years of desk work had really taken a toll on my body and I had become the shape of the office cubicle I sat in). My goal is to slowly learn and practice the instructor material so I can share this terrific, life-changing program. I would like to be able to teach older people (like myself) to reduce or eliminate every day aches and pains and achieve a higher level of fitness… this will be a fun endeavor sharing something I truly believe in. Thank you to Miranda and her entire team for up-lifting me and improving my well-being, which I hope to share with others.
It's beyond motivation - just happy to be there, watching Classical stretch, working on feeling better every day with Miranda… and, it's payday every day! It's like putting money in the bank of Health & Well Being with immediate payback - like compounded interest but better. Its only been a week but it's already making a palpable difference in the way I'm moving my body, actually thinking about if I'm standing taller, and finding greater ease in bending and reaching w/o the usual level of fear of pain... I'm learning that moving all those muscles every morning w/ Miranda enables them to move better together throughout the day. That's the difference I'm feeling in small, noticeable increments. And, I'm just delighted! Thank everyone of you on her staff & team for being part of this wonderful new beginning in my life - I am deeply grateful and ever so hopeful. Sincerely,
Please tell Miranda that I love her, love her work. I did not think she could get any better, then Season 11 came along and it is brilliant, love it. Miranda's explanations make so much sense to me. I only discovered Classical Stretch this year (I live in Australia) and I have been streaming Essentrics TV for about 5 months now. It is a great concept and I do at least one class every day without fail. I am hyper-mobile, small boned and thin . My posture and strength are now much improved. I am developing muscle in my back and in my calves too and I am standing taller. Just wonderful. I am very grateful for the work of Miranda and Sahra and they are an important part of my life. Thank you.
I realize that I am long overdue in thanking you for your program. I have been doing Classical Stretch and Essentrics for probably 6-7 years and have read AGING BACKWARDS. I’m a yoga teacher (and retired RN), and I find your program much more helpful physically than what I have been teaching in my classes. I do at least one class daily, and feel energetic, young, even graceful, in spite of hip and hand arthritis. I just enjoy feeling good. Thanks so much,
I bought of bunch of DVDs lead by Sarah a few months ago and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that I am so grateful. These workouts have changed my life both physically and spiritually. Thank you so much for all the time and energy you put into your creating. I feel like I have a new best friend.
I STRONGLY recommend this program, and Miranda Esmonde-White! For approximately 60 days I have been using her program. I started with this DVD: there are two 30 minute workouts (she strongly recommends doing a work out every day and I have been pretty faithful to that) I began to tell my choirs about the workouts…They told me about her Monday through Friday program on PBS at 5:30 in the morning. So I started getting up around five and doing those workouts which are about 22 to 23 minutes long. I have had chronic shoulder issues and sometime ago was told I have no Cartlidge in my shoulders. While I still have limited range of motion, my strength and flexibility have both increased and I can lift things above my head much more easily than before. A few years ago I had a rather awkward fall which has caused me problems in my left hip and groin. Over the last few weeks I have noticed less and less problem and discomfort. In fact, this morning I am completely pain-free in that joint. I am thankful that I saw the pledge for her program on PBS… I am a believer! When I saw the pledge I thought to myself, "that's what I need!" I have been proven correct.
I worked out once a week with a professional trainer. I was always sore, though, and constantly needing to get massages. One day, my masseuse told me about Classical Stretch, and that she loved it, and actually did little workouts during breaks between giving massages! She showed me Essentrics TV, and I was intrigued. I started that night and was hooked. At first, the workouts were releasing so much pent up stress that I'd have to lie down a bit afterwards. After a week, my entire posture changed. I felt so good. I was learning so much with Miranda: the teachings about fitness Miranda gives during the workouts are so insightful! The workouts with the professional trainer were making me feel worse, so I stopped. Fast forward 6 months, and I have not missed a day with Miranda and Sahra unless I had a cold and was on medicine. I do one workout daily even if I'm traveling. I use my phone or computer right in the hotel room even if it's almost midnight, I get my workout in! I have never been regular about exercise and am now. I feel light years better. The strength is both internal and external. My mind is relaxed, proud, and happy after each "mini vacation" workout. It helps me cope with some difficult times in work and home life. If I wake up nervously anticipating my workday ahead, I feel ready once I've had my 23 minutes with Miranda. I even got promoted. I went back to the masseuse who recommended Classical Stretch to me. As she felt my back and legs she could not believe the difference. No knots. Excellent strength. "You feel so balanced in your musculature. Like a dancer!" She was amazed! On Christmas morning, I literally said, "Merry Christmas, Miranda!" to my screen! Thank you for your personality, encouragement, gentle and brilliant workouts. I am tremendously grateful! Los Altos, CA
I have been doing Essentrics and Classical Stretch for 2 months consistently and I have to tell you how much I love it. I have tried many forms of exercise, and feel like essentrics is what I have been searching for. I am 64 years old and have never seen such rapid results. Not only do I look and feel better, lighter and younger, but I actually look forward to working out. It has blown my mind and frankly I have become a bit of a fanatic, recommending it to many friends and family who are now as obsessed as I am! I have always said in my 'next life' I am coming back as a ballerina!
My name is Erin, I am 33. I stumbled upon Classical Stretch on PBS when looking for an alternative workout while pregnant with my son. My life completely changed, as did my body, from that moment on. My son is now 2 and I do Classical Stretch everyday. I am often asked how I maintain my figure after pregnancy and I will tell all who will listen how cutting edge and life changing this program is. I realized that I wanted to take the commitment I already have to doing this workout daily, and combine it with the passion I have to share it with others by becoming certified to teach! I am looking forward to joining this amazing team of trainers!
just wanted to thank you for your wonderful program...I'm in Tucson and I do it at 6:30am...took me time to get used to that hour but it was worth it...I feel so much better...you're the only trainer who starts out slow and builds...and I love it...and that you are a former dancer ( I can relate to many of the moves…I have some dance training and would love to do it again)... I also love how you explain each move's benefit...it's encouraging and informative…
I want you to know I am absolutely thrilled with Classical Stretch and have been doing the DVD's for about a year. I am doing 2 of them now most every day. I purchased your ETV membership as I wanted to keep at it on the road. It is a wonderful program and I love the selection available that I can choose from. I am a VERY happy customer and am amazed how helpful it is even though I have rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and osteoporosis! I am strong, in shape, maintaining good flexibility and weigh 108 to 112 lbs. I used to workout 1 to 1.5 hrs. to maintain fitness and was getting injured to boot. This is a huge improvement for me and my doctors ask how I keep in such good shape for a 58-year-old woman. I hope I can write you every year with such success, thanks to you!
Mary Ann L.
I don't normally send in reviews or testimonials but I had to make an exception for Essentrics. I happened to see Miranda on our local PBS station with her show on Aging Backwards last March (2015). And, even though, Classical Stretch is the longest running fitness show on PBS -- it's not shown on our local station so I had no background on any of the exercises . Needless to say at age 62 , the idea of aging backwards holds great appeal ! So, I purchased and read the book Aging Backwards and then decided I needed to try the exercises too. I'm much better at doing almost any new task when I can mimic the process so , the videos (ETV streaming) made perfect sense to me . I started initially with doing the exercises about 3 times a week and I definitely felt great each time I completed a session . The 25 minute time frame is perfect for me -- I can always find 25 minutes in my day and doing them at my leisure at home --PERFECT! At the end of most of the videos Miranda says "And you should be doing these every day !" Well --- guess she got me because by May of 2015 I made the decision to do a workout everyday and I've stuck to that for almost a year! I have become almost pain free everywhere with an amazing ability to stretch , turn , twist, in ways I haven't done in years. And, best of all when I'm finished with my exercises for the day --- I feel fabulous ! I have tried sooooo many different workouts over the years and though I've kept active I've NEVER liked any of them . I just know that to be healthy that we need to keep moving and Thank You Miranda Esmonde-White for letting me find a way to do that with a smile .
With Warmest Regards,
I am 70 years old this May. My story started when I began playing Pickleball about 4 years ago. After playing for a few months, my right shoulder, right knee and left hip were stressed causing pain in these joints. I was taping my joints trying to keep playing. I didn't want to get on the roller coaster ride of cortisone shots that other friends were doing. I had watched Miranda on Classical Stretch a few times but not regularly. I decided to get serious and went to her website and read what she had to say to athletes and committed to Classical Stretch 5 to 6 days a week, and within two months I was pain free and continue to play Pickleball 4 times a week with no pain or injury since I started the program. I have told many people and Pickleballers about it and will never stop doing Essentrics.
Thank you Miranda and Sarah.
I started doing Essentrics workouts about two months ago. I saw a PBS special about Classical Stretch and I was intrigued. I have exercised my whole life, but the jarring, pounding exercises were taking a toll on my joints. I have RA and I know the importance of moving every day. I love Essentrics! I have noticed my body changing in ways I never expected. I am more toned, my joints and muscles feel so much better and I know I am doing something good for my body. Thank you for this wonderful method of movement. This is something I can do for the rest of my life.
I cannot begin to express my love for Classical Stretch. Started last October 2015 and have done it 7 times a week since the first workout. I've never felt better or taller. No longer do I feel the need to lift heavy weights or do pounding aerobics. I only supplement the class by walking 10,000 steps a day with a renewed spring in my step.
Royal Oak, MI.
I just found Aging Backwards - I normally stretch for 30 minutes and do yoga for 30 minutes every day. I tried your first posture routine and 2/3 into it, my dog had to go out. So I stopped and walked him and realized I felt different! I had perfect posture with no muscle tightness, I felt lighter, graceful as if floating. I was astonished! I have never felt that after years of yoga. What a difference.
I loved the 30 day challenge from January 2015. I got to know different workouts. I got to see how changing the workout every day helped different parts of my body. And I loved how much better my body felt. It got me thinking that maybe it’s not health problems I have, but lack of exercise problems, because after exercising every day for only 10 days, I felt much more strong, lithe, fit and flexible. Maybe I don’t need all those supplements. Maybe I need to do Essentrics every day instead.
I try to do your workout five days a week. It helps me to have less knee pain and I feel better to boot.
Hans (80 years old)
I wanted to thank you again for all you do. I posted on your Facebook wall last summer that in my grief (my father passed away) I had difficulty being active. The only thing that helped to "wake me up" and return to my normal healthy habits was you! My father died at 65 simply because he wouldn't take care of himself in any way. He was confined to a wheelchair because he wouldn't move. All throughout my childhood he just sat in a recliner, glued to the TV. When I would visit my father in the nursing home or hospital, none of the doctors or nurses thought he could be my father- they all assumed he was my grandfather. That is how much his inactivity prematurely aged him. His bad habits were enough of a motivator for me to be the opposite and so I'm a very healthy adult (and a good role model for my students, friends, and congregation). But once grief took over, it was hard for me to be motivated, and I credit you with restoring my motivation. I really enjoy your positivity, your healthy advice, and the sharing of success stories. I also enjoy the relaxing music and the locations you film in- it makes me feel like I'm on vacation too! Classical Stretch looks like it should be easy, but you really work us!! My figure is improving and so has my posture. Thank you for creating such a positive and effective program. You are a role model to me and countless others!
I wanted to give you some feedback on your 30 day challenge from January 2016 - it was absolutely wonderful. My sister and I both did it and told several people how great it was. I think by you knowing the videos and setting it up our program for us we are assured of getting a very balanced type of monthly workout. I found it much more enjoyable than looking at them all and trying to decide which session to do.
I just wanted to reach out to say that I recently decided I needed to get into better shape as a 45 year old female. I had purchased a workout video with Shaun T called Cize and was doing my best to follow it every day, but my hip joints and whole body was so achy and sore that I was not enjoying doing the exercises. I hurt for days after doing the routine. I happened to catch the special about Miranda's program on PBS and subscribed to her channel almost immediately. I thought this might be a way for me to accomplish my goals without killing my body. In short, I am feeling better. My body does not ache and I have done the program for 10 days in a row. I actually look forward to it and do not want to skip a day. I just bought your book and am reading that too. Now I am discussing your program with my husband who is 55 and a high school phys. ed teacher and college football coach. I think his students and players would all benefit from this. I wanted to say thanks for helping to change my attitude toward getting into shape. I have a long way to go, but I am not dreading the journey. I am actually excited about it and think I can be successful.
I just completed your 60-Day Challenge (starting January 2015)! What? You didn't know about your 60-Day Challenge? Well, it's the expanded version of your recent 30-Day Challenge. For the first 30 days, I followed your schedule for the Beginner level and the second 30 days, I followed the schedule for the Regular level. I just finished it yesterday and didn't miss a day. Last year, I purchased most of the Essentrics and Classical Stretch DVDs (thank you for the bundles pricing and for your sales!). My plan is that this is my exercise program for life, and I want to absorb all the wisdom that Miranda and Sahra share about the benefits of exercise and proper form. I love the message that we can chronologically age but keep ourselves physically strong and flexible. That's my goal, and I thank you for the daily encouragement and for providing the tools to accomplish that goal. Your program is challenging yet doable, with beautiful flowing movements. Who wouldn't want to work your exercises into her life? It's pure pleasure with a feeling of accomplishment! I appreciate that you pack a wide variety of exercises into a short period of time so that there's no excuse to fit one workout into my day, each and every day. Thank you for all you do. I'm so glad I found you, and I look forward to seeing you every day.
I have completed a full year doing your workouts 3-6 times per week by following on PBS. This perfectly compliments my regular resistance/HIIT workouts. Just as Miranda says, my body is totally realigned. I am wearing clothes that I bought over 20 years ago. Now at age 62, I am proof that you can age backwards if you just give Miranda's program a chance (especially the killer plies).
This is by far the very best form of movement/exercise/training that I have ever done. There is no way that I can stop telling almost everyone that I know that they will absolutely find doing these sessions to be life-changing. I am only 2 months in, but, after many years sitting in a cubicle all day and having many difficult issues arise, I am extremely thankful to have found Classical Stretch/Essentrics. I just told a co-worker about it again today and want to make this available in our fitness center for everyone to uses. Thank you more than I can say.....thanks millions
What a great way to stay fit without leaving the house! I work from home primarily and have two young children. This has given me the opportunity to challenge my body while improving my posture and flexibility. Streaming Essentrics and Classical Stretch DVDs were such a blessing for me. Thank you so much!
I'm 58 years old and this is the first time I have exercised 30 days in a row! In fact, I'm on day 33 in a row now. I even enjoyed the 2 hour long workouts; something else I haven't done before. I'm making steady progress, and love I how feel after the workout! I really appreciated the program being set out for me. It can be hard to choose from all the options each day. With the 30 day challenge in January 2016, I felt that I was getting a balanced program through each week. I look forward to the next challenge! As Miranda says, "See you again tomorrow!"
So happy with the Health 30 day Challenge from January 2016 . Thank you so much! It really helped me understand the technique in a new way and improved many aspects of my own form. I thought the Super Sculpting Series was the best for toning, but now I am in love with Miranda's vintage Arms/Abs and Butt/Legs
My daughter and I accepted the 30 day challenge in January 2016, and we were able to stick with it for most days. If we missed a day we would work harder the next. We are feeling great and really notice a difference in our flexibility. We will continue to exercise and be motivated by Miranda and Essentrics tv. Thanks.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Essentrics Health Challenge. I didn't miss a day, and I enjoyed working through the schedule on your website. In November, I treated myself to most of the Essentrics and Classical Stretch DVDs, knowing that this is the workout that will keep me aging backwards for the rest of my life. I want to benefit from all of Miranda's and Sahra's wisdom, as they explain not only the techniques and proper form, but also the why's behind them. I will be able to turn to Miranda and Sahra to make me feel better whenever I experience an ache or a pain--and even better, to prevent injuries and pain. I look forward to my daily workouts with Miranda and Sahra, who have also made me a daily world traveler (Montreal, Jamaica, Mexico!). Thank you for the wonderful workouts with flowing, beautiful movements. I am by no means perfect at doing them, but I look forward to improving as I work hard on my form every day. (No cheating on movements here!) I can't imagine the work that went into creating, not only the foundation of these workouts, but also the variety of movements, clear explanations, beautiful settings, and complementary music. Miranda and Sahra are a pleasure to watch and are wonderful mentors. Thank you all--Miranda, Sahra, and everyone who supports them--for helping me preserve my good health and fitness in such a pleasurable way. I am truly grateful and appreciative.
Best wishes and love,
I started the Pain Relief Season 9 DVD a little over 6 weeks ago. I know I am supposed to be pain free in a few weeks, but at the age of 66, and with knees that are challenged, I do not expect that to happen right away. However I have gone from walking with a rocking back and forth motion to walking most days like a regular person thanks to your great program. I have become a dedicated fan of you folks and try telling people about how much help it is. For myself, I do 6 or 7 days a week of the 23 minute workout. I think it is wonderful, as body parts move much better then they used to. I am walking up and down stairs somewhat better and will improve with more work. Also my posture is improved. I was a dedicated runner in the 1980s for 8 years…now my game plan is to stick with you folks into my 90s. I am impressed with the diversity of your dvds, lots of which I am not ready for yet, but I have bought 4 so far so I have lots of room to grow. Each morning I wake up somewhat stiff, and after a bath with some stretching, a quick walk with the dog, I try to be doing the Pain Relief dvd by 5:15 AM (as I leave for work by 6:30). I am sorry that Miranda had to have the challenge of cancer, but I believe she was saved through her own good work and many blessings so that she could help the rest of us….I am so thankful that your pain brought a huge blessing for the rest of us. I have also bought the Aging Backwards book and found it helpful to understand the aging process. As you can tell I am dedicated and very thankful for your help in giving me more flexibility (I no longer feel like I am much older then I am, because in my soul I enjoy life and want my body to have the same attitude)… there are too many things to do here in the country to be stiff (I have a driveway that is about 300 feet, and with your help, shoveling is getting much better). A huge thank you, and keep up the good work.
Ralph C Kleefeld
WE LOVE ESSENTRICS!
We call it Strip and Stretch-- we walk the dog at 5:30 a.m., come home and strip down to work-out- appropriate clothing, set up the video-- and off we go to somewhere gorgeous with Miranda. In half an hour we feel like we've been to our masseuse and just returned from a vacation…Never once do we hurt or fear ripping something-- it's only healing. My husband laughs at the fact that he now does "ballet" moves. However, his golf partners are not laughing as he burns them right off the course. His flexiblity in every joint has never been bettter. We both have years of hard, pounding exercise on our bodies that we are starting to unwind. He was a pro volleyball player- and rode moto cross--and downhill skier. I lifted weights 6 days a week, ran and finally did a bootcamp at age 58 for two years. So we have a lot of miles on these joints. Miranda, you have delivered us from being sore, achy, and tired all the time. I wanted so much to improve my posture- so I joined a gym and never went. It just wasn't right...and then I saw Aging Backwards. BINGO! I am taller, my digestion has improved and, best of all, my bum is shaping up! We love to spend our early morning with you and will never stop. We are in this to the end. We laughingly call ourselves Essentric-evangelists...we can't help but share the good news of a new body and wonderful information. Much love and many thanks,
Dave and Cynthia H
P.S. I took my Ipad to work and put on a video in a conference room. A coworker joined me--in her skirt and boots, no less. Floor work and all. She was just glowing afterwards and asked me to bring it back. I will be sharing this wonderful exercise program with my other coworkers who all need it
What's NOT to Love?! -Low impact exercises explained to you, as they help move, stretch and strengthen your muscles, joints and increase mitochondria! -A multitude of routines that can be done in your own home, at your own time, with little to no equipment necessary for any age and conditioning. -costing .50 cents a day (if you have the streaming membership). I can't come up with any excuse not to do the Essentrics program..!
San Diego, CA
Just a few lines to say how happy I am to have found Classical Stretch. I start each day with Classical Stretch. Over the years I've done tai chi (10yrs.) Go to the Y for for seniors, but always felt I was missing something. I also introduced my son to the program (he is a bus driver and suffers from back pain).
Loved the 30-Day Challenge you had in January; it was a great incentive for combating the winter blues by participating in healthful exercise! I utilized Essentrics DVD’s every day & the results are very positive : )
I'm sure you all hear this all day long......... I'm so thankful for the classical stretch team: I gratefully thank you almost every day! Your program is how I manage chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and stay in shape to ride my sport bike (at 45!!) every day, without medication.
I took the 30 day challenge as a way to get more familiar with Essentrics/Classical Stretch. I’ve done a little of it off and on over the last couple of years when I could catch the show on PBS. I got the DVD Aging Backwards, with the four routines and the 60 minute total body workout. I am 56 years old, active, have been doing yoga for several years and I am a runner. I never seem to be able to stick with the yoga daily though, often going weeks without doing it. I have recently slowed down on the running too, as I have had some hip and knee aches and pains. I loved the feeling I got from doing the essentrics workouts over the 30 days. My posture has improved, and it has helped to shape my midsection more, as well as strengthen my quads and loosen up my hips.
I have been doing my best to do a workout daily, and sometimes twice a day. I love the fact that I have a monthly membership to online streaming and I have access to a variety of videos. I particularly like the relaxation videos in the evening because they help me relax, and I sleep better. I also like the fact that I have access to 15-minute videos and I can either do 1 or I can combine them. I love your program. Thank you!
I am a 48-year-old average athletic male (two workout gym visits per/week) who last year started to feel old. A lot of stiffness, knee pain, back pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and blood flow issues. I play hockey once a week and was dreading the start of the season as I didn't feel strong and flexible. I had that feeling of an injury waiting to happen. Then at that time I came across the Essentric's program advertised on TV with Miranda Esmonde-White. Not being one of those types of people that buy things from TV advertisement, I decided to watch the short workout 4 min videos on YouTube. I was enjoying the non-weight bearing workouts and was noticing an improvement in all of my ailments. I decided to purchase the full video DVD package. Since then I have never looked back. It's the best thing I ever did. My hockey game has really improved where I feel stronger with more stability and agility. Most importantly having more confidence on the ice resulting in enjoying playing again. In addition I am skiing with confidence like I was 20 years ago! Now I can see why the Montréal Canadiens hired Essentrics to help with their workouts!! My wife is also on-board with the program and I have introduced it to some of my friends who are also enjoying the benefits. I am a huge strong believer in this new dynamic way of working out. Results are quick and noticeable. After years of attending workouts at the gym I never had the same results. In addition, it save's me time by not going to the gym and just working out at home. For me it's as simple as 20 minute, 30 minute, 40 minute or 60 minute workout-it's all good. Thank you Miranda and Sahra as you have changed my life. Cheers,
I have thoroughly enjoyed this last 30 day challenge and feel so much stronger, flexible and lighter- I want to keep it going- I hope many others have enjoyed the challenge as much as I have.
Thank you Miranda!
I am 69 and have been doing Classical Stretch for several years. I consider myself lucky that my local PBS station airs Classical stretch during the work week at 6 a.m. I also have a library of both Classical Stretch and Essentrics dvds. There is nothing like crawling out of bed, turning on the television and "going to it". I am ready to meet the day. No sudden miracles took place, but there is nothing better than feeling younger than a number and being able to move with strength, grace and agility.
Thank you, Miranda and Sahra.
I have done yoga for 30 plus years. Now I do Essentrics Aging Backwards exercises and they seem good for me. Arthritis is an issue but I can do all the movements Miranda demonstrates. It's great! Miranda's personality is an added Plus! The lessons feel like One on One.
I love the 30 day challenges as it is a bite I can handle! One thing I have noticed is that my core strength is better. I can now carry a laundry basket full of clothes up and down stairs. My flexibility and strength are much improved.
Last year I was on a ski trip and noticed my body was getting tired quickly on the Colorado slopes. Being 62 and a grandmother , it was chalked up to my age and getting older . However, over the summer I started doing the Classical Stretch tapes (seasons 4 and 8). In Sept I combined my daily work outs with Sahra s Full Body Toning DVD twice a week. Never have I felt more fit ! I can keep up with my grandchildren who are all under 8. This winter I took 4 of them skiing. While they were in ski school, I returned to the slopes again. No sore muscles. No winded lady needing to stop to catch her breath. Thank you Essentrics Team for giving me my best time on the slopes in 40 years. I will sing your program's success to anyone!
St Louis Mo
I've been a subscriber for a number of months now to ETV and have been doing an Essentrics workout almost daily. I participated in the Health Challenge and loved it. It got me to try other types of workouts and made my workouts more well-rounded (as I work to be LESS well-rounded! lol). I've noticed a difference in my body. Especially my legs and my butt. I'm 58 years old and have the mid drift area issue as my biggest challenge. I've always been physically active and find the belly bulge a real issue. Thank and you and please continue all that you do! I'm looking forward to the next challenge.
Thank you Essentrics for your wonderful contribution to exercise. I have been using several of your DVDs and am finding shockingly better muscle tone. I am 64 and always have been active doing a variety of exercise from walking, yoga, qigong, somatics and Jane Fonda style exercises. I have no big health issues, and think I am reasonably fit from them after all these years. But, in all honesty, I have experienced significant posture and muscle strength improvement after just about a month of doing your program. And I thought my posture had been pretty good. I just feel lighter and more settled in my stance. It is truly amazing. I really look forward to doing them every morning.. faithfully.
I would like to share the incredible beneficial impact that Classical Stretch has had on my lower back pain, overall flexibility and the development of a very strong stable core. As a builder I have experienced several seriously painful lower back episodes over the last 25 years…until recently I have always been very stiff in my lower back from side to side. After 5 weeks of classical stretch 6 days per week I have noticed that I am no longer stiff in this area. So I want to express my sincere gratitude to Mrs. Esmonde-White for her dedication to improving peoples lives through the Classical Stretch technique. Thank you very much!!!
I am 62 and have been doing this program for about 6 years. Recently My husband and I walked across England (110 miles) and I made it ibuprofen free! I attribute that to this wonderful program. I feel great and now my husband is doing the exercises with me. He saw how pain free I was during the walk and wanted the same results! Can't thank you enough Miranda
I've been a "Miranda" fan for 5 years now! I love Essentrics TV (streaming) and the freedom it gives me to access my workout on my laptop anywhere I go. My husband has had two back surgeries and we think Classical Stretch has hugely benefitted him. He travels frequently with this job and does a Classical Stretch episode in his hotel room. This workout has changed my life! After doing Classical Stretch all winter I am more than ready to garden in the Spring. Love it!
I am a sixty-four year old woman who has been using your program for the last year. Last December I had been randomly scrolling with my remote when I happened upon a PBS interview with you. I was attracted to your philosophy of lengthening and strengthening through movement, and I decided to purchase a DVD. Since last January I have done my best to engage in the program nearly every day, and I must tell you how pleased I am. I appreciate everything about it. It is effective, and I can honestly say that my muscles and joints are both stronger and more flexible. I have noticed that I am stronger when I take my walks, when I dance at a wedding, and even while I shovel snow. I am amazed because I have not felt this strong in years. Your program is convenient and I can do it nearly anywhere because I don’t need a lot of space or anything other than a chair. I like that it is concise. I can benefit my entire body in what I consider a relatively brief session, and even if I am tired or busy, I can still usually fit it into my day. My body looks better too. I am not overweight, so I was not concerned about dropping pounds, yet I find that I am firmer and tighter. So, I’m writing to say thank you and to let you know that you have a pleased and devoted follower.
I wanted to send you a message of Thanks… I started your program around 5 years ago. I do one session a day 5 days a week (most of the time!) and I love it. I am a former collegiate cross country and track runner and I had gotten so used to running as my default workout, but then I had a knee that just wouldn't stop hurting, until I stopped running. I needed something else and then I found you. I feel stronger that I ever have. I feel truly functionally fit. I am 38 and I feel as good or better than when I was 18. I am a forester this makes me so prepared for the physical part of my job. I can cross a log over a creek without any problems (thanks to ABCs!) I have also found that just walking in the woods that I lose my balance much less often now. I love how your program makes it so easy for me to workout. I wear my workout clothes to bed, wake up and workout at 5:30. It's such a great way to start my day. And I love that I'm not drenched in sweat and need to shower right away too, I'm a before bed shower person! There are just so many things about your program that make it sustainable, practical, fun and an awesome workout. So many thanks to you and your team for sharing this with the world. Now if I could convince everyone I love to do this program that would be great!
With Sincere Thanks,
La Porte, Indiana
I just wanted to send a quick note and say thank you so much for essentrics TV online! I am only 30 years old but have thyroid issues and because of that traditional exercise can wipe me out for days on end after only 30 minutes of cardio. I picked up your system about a month ago and admittedly, I have not been consistent until recently but in only a few short days have seen drastic improvement in my movement, energy, and overall feeling of health! I am so appreciative for the access to many different types of exercises. As a mom with two small children the 25 to 30 minute workouts are absolutely perfect because they are just long enough to do some effective work but also allow me to fit it in around the kids schedule. My chiropractor has also been praising you as well my adjustments are so much better because of classical stretch.
Thank you so much!”
It was Winter of 2014 when my Achilles tendon began to get noticed. I went to therapy, took medication, massages, nothing worked and I was having problems to walk normally. I live in NYC where people walk a lot and I was feeling totally miserable. During Spring 2015 I was watching PBS on a special programming. Miranda Esmonde-White was promoting her latest book. I remember I had seen her before with some videos on stretches but they were aired at a very early hour when I am running out for work so I never remembered later to google her. That day in Spring, after her very informative program I bought her book and one of her DVD's (series 10) which is a very generous compilation to exercise daily. Since May 2015 I have been doing these exercises every single day including Sundays! We are in November 2015 and in half a year I can't begin to tell you how improved I am.
The benefits were first felt in my Achilles of course, but then I noticed that my legs were lighter and my step happier and bouncier. Every morning I would wake eager to exercise and to jump out of bed and push the DVD button to happiness. Only seeing Jamaica's vegetation and the blue sea makes me happy and then all the movements improved greatly my posture and my back and neck pains. I am very happy with the results that I know will accompany me through this coming Winter. Generally I feel rusty and achy during Winter but I thought it was all "normal". Thank you for giving me back the mobility of my body, thank you for giving me happiness and youth all again. I walk now down the streets of NY with a happy bouncing in my step and Manhattan is getting smaller day by day... I am 48 years young and I am just getting better and better. Thank you so much for helping so many of us achieving what we thought was lost.
A friend told me about Classical Stretch a few years ago. I have Season 9 and 10 and do them faithfully. As such, I have promoted this program to well over 1000 people, including friends, church friends, and family. Also, I am a park supervisor and send out a newsletter in which I mention the program. I am also an assistant coach with a Master's swim team so I tell all the swimmers about it too. I can't seem to help myself, but I tell everyone I get in contact with who mentions anything about being tight, sore, would like to be more flexible, needs a warm up, needs a cool down, or wants a way to unwind; I mention Classical Stretch. I absolutely love this program.
I know the classes will be fabulous. :-) Have a great time here in Southern California.
Miranda! I've been watching your Classical Stretch on KLRU in Austin, TX, since I discovered it, for about 2 or 3 weeks. I am not a beginner exerciser by any means. I love to workout. But I'd had a weak "left shoulder" due to a past job, many years ago, as a waterman delivering 5 gallon bottles of water. Stress would cause the muscles to tense up & cause terrible pain, even up my neck & into my jaw. I also had to be careful when weight lifting; but still I would get some pain that I had to work on. I MUST SAY - since I have been following your TV show & the classical stretch workouts, all my muscles are getting stronger & leaner and my shoulder muscles are not hurting. After a workout I do some pulling-stretching to decompress the muscles. THANK YOU for developing & sharing your techniques.
We thank you for your wonderful exercise program. We are both getting older, 59 and 51, and haven't liked what we see or how we feel. Even though we both walk and do other exercise, poor posture, pain, stiffness, and slowing down have been our reward. Those symptoms for the next 30 or 40 years are not our idea of living. We never watch television. However, this week we are vacationing at a place with television. I, Ginger, saw the tail end of a PBS fund raiser with your exercises as the focus. Your little talk about posture, pain, stiffness, and so forth spoke to my soul. I immediately looked for everything I could find on the internet about you and it. I tried a mini workout and felt fantastic. I told my husband and we got your TV subscription. True, it's only been a few days, but we both can't believe how much we like it. Instead of feeling like going back to bed after one of your workouts, we are energized. Instead of creeping along with extra sore muscles as we have with other exercise, we feel lighter and freer in our movements. Both of us are already standing up straighter. I had a short flu but did workouts those days regardless. It seemed to shorten the duration and reduce the symptoms of the virus, too. Anyway, I think my favorite part is the reminder of my beloved childhood ballet classes. Thank you so much for your hard work and perseverance in getting this revolutionary movement program before the public. We will forever be grateful.
Joseph and Ginger Conrad
Dear Esmonde Technique Staff,
What success stories can you share about swimmer athletes who use Classical Stretch/Essentrics? Our son is a freshman in high school and on the swim team. I would like to talk to his coach, who is also an Occupational Therapist, about Essentrics as a part of their training. Also, which program would you recommend I suggest for them to start with?
I first learned about Classical Stretch this spring when my mom experienced dramatic results in flexibility and movement after a month of following Miranda on PBS. I introduced my mother-in-love (my husband’s mom) to the program and she has since purchased the Essentrics training materials to begin her certification.
Miranda and Sahra are becoming a regular part of our family. As a mother of six boys myself, I want to stay strong and flexible to keep up with them. I absolutely love The Esmonde Technique! I am re-energized after every work out! The science behind The Esmonde Technique intrigues me. Thank you for all your research, knowledge, and experience in this fitness program.
You have blessed my family more than you know! I look forward to mine and my family’s continued health and fitness, flexibility and strength.
I have been doing exercises with you on PBS for about a month and I love it! You seem to really know about the human body and you share your knowledge so sweetly and just a bit at a time. Your personality is so endearing. And I finish your program feeling good, not exhausted or sore.
I hope to see improvement in my posture and more balance and flexibility as I continue with you. But the important part is that I enjoy it so that keeps me coming back for more.
I wanted to thank you for your well thought out lessons. I am a 67 year old male who has doing them five times a week for over a year.
So many men, myself included, have spent our earlier years doing exercise for strength and stamina. I find value in your knowledge of and conviction about the importance of stretching. Your approach has many similarities to true Chinese Internal training which was another fortunate experience in my life. The movements emanate from the core. “One thing move, everything move.”
And I sense, as I am sure most of your viewers do, that you genuinely wish to help people improve their health.
You are doing good work. Thank you.
I am 52 years old and needless to say life seems stressful and hectic. My body is beginning to not do the things I ask! A friend told me about this workout on PBS. I did it for the first time this morning. My legs are shaky, but wow, I feel better from those 20 min or so! I will be doing this every morning. Thank you. I think I may have found what I am looking for!
I am 54 years old and didn't believe you when you said some people have actually grown an inch instead of shrinking. Well at my last physical I indeed had grown 1/2 an inch. We went to dinner with friends last weekend and all of my friends my age and younger said they found tat they had lost inches in height but I could honestly say that I had grown instead of shrinking. I could only attribute the growth witht my daily classical stretch routine. My daughter and husband convinced me to purchase a bikini on out last vacation as they both said I have an amazing body and I should show it off. I am shy by nature so I will probably only wear it in the back yard but anyway I must give credit to the posture and slenderizing exercises I have learned on Classical stretch. My daughter and I try remember and help each other do the exercises when we are on vacation as I really feel out of sorts when I skip them and get stiff and sore if I miss a day or two. You should have seen us on the cruise ship exercise floor trying to balance as the ship was rocking back and forth, very challenging indeed.
Thank you so much for this gift as I have helped myself and daughter keep a healthy routine of eating well and doing my classical stretches and walk the dog daily and I don't go to a gym anymore as I feel this is what keeps my feeling and looking my best. My friends say they need to do what I do as it works.
I have been doing Classical Stretch for a number of years.
I am 56 years old. Today I was at a wellness fair and I stood on a piece of equipment to check balance and they were to tell me what risk range I would be in for falling. Twice I had to stand for 15 seconds holding the spot in the middle of the "bullseye". It waivered a little bit and all I kept thinking was hold my core! My score was .8. The woman seemed surprised and asked my age and then told me I was in the 17-35 yr. range, which was .07-2.2. Because of stimulating my balance sensors like you teach us, I did remarkably well!
I did what I could to promote your program!
I've been doing Classical Stretch for the past 17 years. I'm going to be 87 at the end of this month and no one believes me when I tell them my age. I attribute it to your exercise program and want to thank you for your help.
Just wanted to let you know that i recently found the show again on pbs after a number of years, used to do it many years ago and weas grateful to find it on again. love the show please continue to keep up the great work.
In my youth I was very active. I danced, performed, did choreography and taught aerobics. I understand first hand the benefits of being strong and active. As time passed my exercise waned to the point where I had done nothing for nearly 6 months!
I am so grateful that I found you one morning while channel surfing. It looked like an "easy" way to get moving again. I found the workouts not only challenging, but extremely effective. It has restored vitality in my body and my posture has never been better. People comment on my posture all the time now and I give the credit to "Classical Stretch"! I start my day with you all every morning! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
R L. Edmond, MD
I came across Classical Stretch DVDs many years ago on Amazon.com - I bought 2 that are now part of your Vintage Collection. I was amazed at how logical, easy and effective the exercises were, and being an ex-dancer I had no trouble following them. And the classical music at the background - it cleanses your mind at the same time as you do the workout. Pure bliss! I had been dancing since childhood (ballet, folk and jazz), done tai chi and yoga for 2,5 years - and now I had found a perfect blend of them all!
But the true value of Classical Strech I discovered this spring, when after 2 years of being forbidden to do any excercises at all, I started recovering from a severe case of gallstones (which I successfully dissolved with the help of Chinese Medicine). By summer, I was able not only to return to my great love of the past 5 years - Argentine tango - but also to participate in an extremely intensive tango festival (6 to 10 hours of dancing a day). It would not have been possible without your videos! I am still doing the Classical Strech and Essentrics exercises 3 to 6 times a week and have found that they help greatly with my tango stamina. I´ve also taught some excercise sequences to my mother who now feels younger, more loose and backpain free.
So thank you, Miranda, for this amazing techique! I am so lucky to have found you! :)
Katrin / Europe
I've been doing karate since I was 19-years old, yoga for the past 10 years, and other fitness oriented 'courses' during this time. Out of these, Classical Stretch is tops for enhancing my flexibility and range of motion.
I discovered Miranda quite by accident on TV one morning and decided to 'follow along' for a few minutes. Up till then, stretching programs seemed to me...well, boring. Hers is exciting; actually I'm hooked. I watch her each weekend on PBS and have purchased her CDs. What she says about the slenderizing and strengthening effect of these exercises is all true. I saw the improvement in my physique in a few weeks. To be honest, I'm very limber for a 57-year old man, and Miranda's show has greatly enhanced this. Please do me a favor and thank her personally for this.
Classical Stretch is now a big part of my life.
I just wanted to tell you that I just recently started recording your programs on DVR in the past few weeks because I have been on a mission to lose weight, exercise and get healthy and fit this summer. I have never had the will power to follow a specific diet before, but I have found my determination. I lost my job this summer and have found solace in regaining control in other areas of my life, since my job situation is slightly out of my control.
As a child/teen I was involved in dance (ballet/tap/jazz) for several years and then at the end of my high school years and college years I delved into martial arts. Those are the only two sports/exercise programs I have ever been able to stick with for any length of time. I just enrolled my daughter (almost 4) in her first dance class this past spring and it made me start to miss dance. Finding your classical stretch program has helped me to partially satisfy my desire to go back to dance (I can't afford it right now, plus there aren't many places that hold adult intermediate dance classes). It has invigorated my soul, and I actually look forward to working out, something I haven't felt in about 10 years.
Thank you for your inspiring work. I love that I can feel certain areas being targeted each time. I have still maintained my flexibility from years of dance and martial arts, but my muscles have become very tight and atrophied through lack of use. It has made me feel so much more alive to participate in your program and feel those muscles lengthening and strengthening once again.
I can almost echo Alice's comments on the first page I clicked to for success stories. I have been a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher for more than 40 of my 68 years. I have no major health problems that I am aware of and I can move as well as (if not better than) most average 40 year olds. However, a few years ago I had noticed a small decline in my balance and joint and muscle strength and stability. Nothing alarming, but something to pay attention to.
I, too, happened upon Classical Stretch on PBS in the early morning just over a year ago. As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, I could immediately see the benefits of this program from a health and movement perspective. I love the flow and grace of the movements, the full range of motion and the essentric challenge. After working out with the TV for many months, I bought two of the PBS series, and the Core Workout so I would not miss a day of practice. I, of course, still love and teach my yoga. I have incorporated some of your movements into my classes, promote your name and your program to my students and have allowed interested students (who can't manage the 6 a.m. PBS time slot) to borrow a DVD to sample it for themselves. And, I have restored my sense of balance, improved my core strength and the muscle tone of my limbs all the time enjoying the grace and flow of your program....satisfying my inner dancer!
P.S. My sister, to my surprise and pleasure, recently commented on my well formed arms when she saw me recently in a sleeveless top.
Thanks to Classical Stretch (and my commitment to staying strong and healthy)!
My mother just turn 82 and she stills does your classical stretches and subsitute teaches at school. She still puts on her Bloch in line soft ballet slippers and does your DVD every day during her 1 hour break.She uses her chair and does her daily routine including using the chalkboard as a ballet bar. She is a great inspiration to all of of us.
I am 66 years old, and always travel with my mat (Pilates, yoga). On a trip to San Francisco this weekend, I turned on the tv early in the day, and discovered Classical Stretch! This is the way I love to move and stretch,and at last someone has put it all together and made programs and dvds??? I am so excited! I did the program and enjoyed the good feeling!
Now, I have found your web site and can order dvds and SHARE this method with my fitness friends of all ages. But believe me, for an aging but fit body, this method is the best I have found, and I started working out with "Yoga for Health" on tv in 1962 with Richard Hittleman! Alice
Dear Miranda/Classical Stretch,
I am so glad I found you on one of our local Public Broadcasting stations (KCSM). I'm no athlete. I am a 51 year old telecommunications worker who is beginning to feel old, physically. Miranda is so easy to watch and to follow. The routines are difficult sometimes but as someone once said "No pain, no gain." My 9 year old daughter and I do your workouts together and we love it.
Thank you for helping me to feel better and feel younger.
Roy W. Daniels
San Leandro, CA
To you and your whole staff, Thank you for going back to the program of exercises used in your earlier years. My body is beginning to take shape as it did when I first started your exercise program many years ago. I notice my good posture, now, when I get dressed in the a.m. This is good work on your part along with your wonderful staff.
Keep us looking good, Miranda. Continue to grow and thrive in all of your endeavors.
I love Classical Stretch! I do two workouts a day and when I don't I don't feel as good as I should. I'm like Miranda, she has brought it to my attention about how important posture is. I see many people that are unaware that it is a problem for them.
I was watching a Dr. Oz show and notice that Dr. OZ has an issue with it as well. I know pointing it out to people is like telling someone they have spinach between their teeth, kind of embarrassing. So how do we go about telling the world about this important aspect in their lives? Thank you Miranda! You are the best! I'm trying to take better care of myself and eating right.
Congrats on the increase in interest. I am amazed by classical stretch-essentrics every time I do a workout.
1. The latest series is really challenging. Very much like the core workout dvd. Although I must admit I occasionally curse m.e.w. during the workouts, it is awesome & well worth the suffering. :) Really love the new backgrounds & night sessions. And as for m.e.w, a great personality & humor comes through on the sessions.
2. Is the chicago tchr trng still happening? And will you offer more opportunities in the us?
I'm not teacher level yet but this is a much less expensive option for me to get real experience. I own several dvds of cs & the latest is on my local pbs station. I love it! Thank you all for getting this type of exercise out there. Nothing compares.
I have flown past our PBS-tv station and have seen Miranda doing her stretching. I always thought it was too simple to be effective but dah. I decided to try her out one day. I’ve been working out to some extent all my life but this stuff actually made me cry from exhaustion. I worked up a sweat and get a great workout.
I’ve only been doing it two weeks and I can already see results. My leaning over and bending has improved dramatically. My sore knees have actually gotten better. My sore tight back is definitely looser. I can hardly wait till I have a year under my belt. I had no idea my quads were so weak. I may be 64 but I plan on keeping up with my grandkids and this will be the ticket. What a gift into my life!
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!
Congratulations on your continuing success! Especially since I'm not faithful in keeping up with any exercise programs as I should be, I greatly appreciate how you not only have created programs for unathletic, uncoordinated persons like myself but also explain in great detail how to correctly do the various movements. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful techniques on PBS! Aloha!
Hello - I have fallen in love with your workout, and want to sign up for the teacher training program. p.s. for someone with poor posture, this workout is amazing!!