ESSENTRICS® is also known as Classical Stretch, the #1 fitness show on PBS. The full body, 3-dimensional dynamic stretching workout safely shapes and rebalances the body - from muscles to bones and joints. This method of stretching-in-motion rapidly creates a long, lean and strong physique with immediate changes to posture. Simple circular movements in the workout condition our joints, while pacing and sequencing build and strengthen connections between the body and the brain. 


Dynamic vs. Static Stretch: Instead of holding poses, ESSENTRICS® stretches while staying in motion. This contrasts with typical concentric technique such as lifting weights, which shortens muscles and stiffens joints. ESSENTRICS stretches and tones at the same time, balancing strength and flexibility. This technique conditions our muscles and lubricates our joints. In addition, the movements embody neuromuscular techniques that improve coordination as well as muscle control. 


Safe, Easy, Effective:  We are only as strong as our weakest muscles, therefore it is imperative to work and balance all 650 muscles. Refined from ballet, tai chi and physiotherapy, ESSENTRICS movements are simple, easy to follow yet deliver immediate results. Using a diverse music playlist to guide movements, this equipment-free workout leaves you calm yet energized, connected and healthy.  




Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America’s greatest advocates and educators of healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show, Classical Stretch, which has been airing since 1999 and is rated the #1 fitness show on the network, and for creating Essentrics - the technique which Classical Stretch is based on. She has filmed over 300 episodes of Classical Stretch workouts, most of them distributed worldwide on DVD. Following her career as a professional ballerina, Miranda developed Essentrics®, and became a flexibility trainer and consultant to numerous professional and Olympic athletes, celebrities and other notable clients.

Esmonde-White’s bestselling book, Aging Backwards (Harper Collins/Random House) is revolutionizing the way we understand the role fitness plays in slowing down the aging process while keeping our bodies young, attractive, strong and healthy. Based in Montreal, Miranda spends her time developing the technique, writing and training new instructors. She also travels extensively giving lectures, leading weeklong teacher training sessions and hosting fitness retreats.


Sahra Esmonde-White is co-owner and CEO of Essentrics and host of the Essentrics DVD Series. She has been named one of the top health experts in Canada by both Fashion Magazine and Flare, two of Canada’s top women’s publications, and her DVDs have won "Top Workout" awards in both Canada and the UK. She works closely with celebrities such as UK model/actress/entrepreneur Lily Cole, Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, and professional athletes including the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. With a Master's degree in Economics and graduate studies in Public Health, Sahra has made her life’s mission to help people lead healthy lives through intelligent fitness and a thoughtful lifestyle.

Lisa Sawczuk

Certified Instructor

Tel: 630-576-0335  

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