BACK PAIN. ARTHRITIS. FIBROMYALGIA. OSTEOPOROSIS. SURGERY RECOVERY
I started following classical stretch shortly after the birth of my now 15 year old son. It was love at first sight, second,...and still to this day. It has been a very tumultuous journey since I started struggling with any physical activity in 2005. To this day, the only certain diagnosis is small fiber poly neuropathy, with an uncertain, probably genetic, cause. The silver lining throughout this ordeal was my daily Classical Stretch routine. While never truly without pain (because of misfiring nerves), sometimes having to split up a workout in bite size 1 minute segments, I credit the enjoyment, Miranda's contagious enthusiasm, the music, the variety of exercises,...with maintaining my muscle mass, strength, and flexibility. The downside being that doctor's underestimate the seriousness of this very debilitating invisible illness, because of my overall health. My dream was and is to eventually feel up to becoming an educator myself to share the same life changing effects with the world. I call myself jokingly the walking billboard for Classical Stretch, as I am trying to convince family & friends to take up this wonderful routine. Thank you for sharing this amazing gift & changing the quality of life, even for people with limited exercise tolerance like me. Thank you for a lifelong inspiration.
My knee went out a year ago and after barely being able to walk and constant icing, it improved enough to start doing some moderate exercise. I've always exercised a lot, mostly aerobic, hiking, cross country skiing, but not enough stretching and strengthening. So I started to do Season 10 of your series and kept at it 5 days most weeks. Was able to do light hiking in the summer, but overall starting to show improvement. In spite of that I was told the MRI in early September showed torn miniscus, messed up cartilage and baker's cyst. Finally got to see the preferred knee doc February 7th and he said the MRI was an overread, that I had a HEALING miniscus, but that he sees this in very few cases. My knee is a normal knee, could bend in unexpected way. That not only don't I need an arthroscopy, but I should ramp up my exercise! I know one thing for sure. I am 61 years old and I'll do your exercises as long as I am able!
I have a job that requires repetitive use of my dominant hand/arm. I am right handed. One year ago, my arm stopped working. I couldn't lift it and it hurt to grip anything with my right hand. I am a library clerk and I use my right arm/hand to shelve books, carry books and process books to put on the shelves. My right arm really does take a beating. I was on worker's comp. leave from mid-Jan through April. I went to physical therapy 2 times a week for that time. I went back to work the last week in April. My employer made adjustments for me by changing the height of my desk and purchasing a better chair. Physical therapy gave me hints of what I could do to lessen the pressure of using my hand/arm when doing my job. I went back to work in late April. Probably because my arm had rested for 3 months, I was able to do my job, for a while at least before it started to hurt again. I thought I would have to quit my job so as not to re-injure my hand/arm. Then I remembered I had the season 6 DVD of classical stretch. I did the arm/posture workout every day for 3 months straight and felt a significant improvement in the strength of my arm. I continue to do classical stretch every day and my arm is nearly 100% back to what it used to be. But I will continue to do the exercises to help prevent future damage to my hand/arm. And I could stay at my job. I still do the exercises every day and my whole body feels stronger. Thank you, Miranda!
20 years ago, I was very active; aerobics, skiing, and walking 30 miles a week. I began having knee pain and discovered I had dysplasia. I underwent an osteotomy to save my hip, which was good for about 20 years and then I underwent a hip replacement. However, after my first surgery I began having cramping in my leg and pain in my hip and lower back. I visited an ortho practice and saw a Muscular Skeletal DO, who would manipulate my hip, take an x-ray and send me on my way without a diagnosis. This went on for at least 5 years and in the meantime my pain worsened so I would hobble into work and move around as little as possible. Long story short, I’ve tried various treatments including a sports medicine massage therapist who helped but it did not last. I’m now 72 and was starting to think I’d have to learn to live with this pain and never feel good again. I discovered your program by watching PBS in my area and ordered your beginning video and have been doing it between 15 to 60 minutes daily for the past month. I could feel a difference after the second session and I’m beginning to be able to really get into the whole program except for the leg lifts. So, here’s hoping for the first time in over 20 years I’ll be pain free. Thank you for your insight into the need for correct movement to help alleviate mechanical pain issues, which I’ve evidently had for years but without true help even by physicians.
I came across Essentrics on YouTube late last year. I thought it was very interesting! So, I went a wee bit further to search more of this exercise, and came across Miranda Esmonde White and her technique. I thought to myself what an interesting kind of exercise and I began liking it. I found that those movements were not just beautiful but they make those tight muscles more loosen up and flexible. I told myself, “I've found the best exercise in the whole world”! So, when I went into your website, I found those DVDs, for beginners, and I was on my way to heaven. So, in December last year I got my son to do an online purchase. I just want to say thank you very much Miranda for these great and beautiful exercises. Excellent!
I had a stroke a year ago this month at 62. Quite a shock as I was strong and active, a previous water aerobics instructor who was walking to and from work each day to feeling unable to walk straight. I have struggled with weakness, dizziness and imbalance. I started the program just 6 weeks ago with the Age Reversing Workouts for Beginners and am feeling stronger each day. My balance is still an issue but that will take time I am sure. I cannot easily complete all the exercises but try a little more each day. Thanks for the encouragement I get while doing these videos and the reminders that it is okay to modify each step and to relax... A big task for me.
My story starts almost 1 year ago. I was beginning to practice for the start of the golf season and had severe foot pain after hitting a bucket of balls. My family physician referred me to an orthopedist who took X-rays and diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis for which he suggested surgery to scrape the joints with a projected 6-week recovery period. Alternatively, he suggested a cortisone shot for temporary pain relief. Thankfully I decided to look for alternatives first. I found a website that told me more about the causes of plantar fasciitis being associated with what were described as nodes in the fascia. The primary recommended therapy there was massage of the nodes. While that seemed to provide some immediate relief, the pain came back quickly. Other pain avoidance techniques like taping the foot were also recommended but were obviously not a long-term solution. So, I did more studying about the causes of fascia problems and eventually realized that what I needed was to prevent them from occurring in the first place rather than trying to get rid of them after the fact. Searching for fascia balancing techniques eventually led me to Essentrics. I started out with the two-DVD package for posture, pain-relief, mobility, and bone-strengthening. The foot exercises there were a god-send and improvement came at a steady pace. I think too many people want an instant fix for problems, but patience and discipline paid off. I have been doing two workouts per day every day since. Within a couple of weeks, I found that I could play golf although I had to ride a cart and found myself in some pain after. Within another few weeks I found that the pain was less after golf and was relieved quickly with the right exercise. A few weeks after that I was back to walking the course and before the end of the year my foot pain was completely gone and I could play without any pain afterwards. Somewhere during the process the plantar fasciitis completely disappeared. The joint pain has also evaporated. Even my toes seem to be straighter and more aligned than they were previously. For Christmas I received the Essentrics Season 8 DVDs and have been doing those workouts since then. I've seen improvements in balance and muscle tone as well and even a diagnosed gout problem in one elbow vanished while I wasn't paying attention. I have recommended Essentrics to many family and friends. My family doctor was very surprised when I told him that the key to relieving the plantar fasciitis was exercising barefoot. Thank you so much!
I just finished my morning workout with you. I enjoy your show on PBS (Ch.20) 6am When I first began 4-months ago, I admit I did curse you at times. "OK Miranda, you go ahead and do that, I'll just watch for now and do this move instead." Then you said, "This is what you need for walking up and down stairs." Well, that got my attention!! I used to walk down stairs backward. Less stress on the knees. I enjoyed the benefit of your program immediately. Suffering from RA, there is always pain. Thanks to you, I am more mobile and much more flexible. The stairs in to my apartment are no longer something I dread. There are days today when I can almost run down them. Almost! When I work in the garden or around the house, I keep focused on HOW I move. Especially when reaching & lifting. Making sure to use those muscles properly!! Your program is excellent and I tell everyone I know! I am grateful that I discovered you one morning on my PBS station
I discovered your exercise program several years ago, but it wasn't until I started spending a part of every morning with you, in balmy climes, no matter what NW Ohio brings, that I realized how great your program is. At 77, with osteoporosis and scoliosis, it's fantastic that I'm able to do what others my age are no longer able to do. I also have developed my core muscles so I can stand perfectly straight, even as the scoliosis continues to tighten each night. My left back above my waist shows the effects, but beginning my day with 23-minutes exercise I feel all the tension release, and energy for whatever I plan. My spinal doctor commented, "You are doing exactly what you should be, good job." I had melanoma on my left foot last fall, surgery with some skin grafting. That meant I could not exercise for several weeks, but within a month I had my normal energy back once I could start working out again. That foot is now almost back to the strength and mobility I need. Your DVDs are invaluable to my well-being and I've shared this with family and friends. Thank You for developing a perfect workout for any and every one.
After living well with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 20 years, I learned this fall that the type of arthritis I have is affecting my spine and lower hips. My prognosis is good, but my mornings are slow and painful. I discovered Essentrics on public television and have been doing morning sessions every day now for a couple of months. It is making an enormous difference! Classical Stretch is exactly what I need to get moving and it continues to help me through my day. Importantly, Eccentrics respects the body and keeps me active. I am a new found enthusiast!
I've done 1 essentrics workout per day for the last 3 weeks and the amount that my stiffness and pain have decreased is truly a miracle. I have an arthritic condition called anklyosing spondalytis which causes pain and stiffness most of the time, this exercise is a game changer. Words do not express my appreciation for this work that you do.
Three years ago, I had had chronic sciatic pain and knee pain for a period of ten years. I started trying the PBS broadcasts of Classical Stretch on the strong (almost nagging) recommendation of a friend. Immediately, my pain lessened, but I still required a total knee replacement to undo the damage in my knee. In the first stages of my surgical recovery, I sat on the end of my bed and did as much of the Essentrics routines as I could without standing. I continued to progress to the entire routines to stretch and limber the fascia and muscles of both legs. I credit Miranda with bringing me to the point of physical agility that I had not had for fifteen years. This November, I could go on a Habitat for Humanity building project in Cambodia; and, this week, I was able to do "indoor skydiving" in a vertical wind tunnel. Why this is remarkable is that Classical Stretch has given me this amazing gift when I am turning seventy-two.
I've been doing the pain relief workout 5 to 7 days a week for just over a year. Yesterday I woke up for the first time in decades actually pain free. I had not seen my right ankle bone since an accident in 1970. Now I have a healthy, functioning ankle with no swelling, and no pain. And that is just one of several long-time injuries that is cured. I can't thank you enough. I'm going to keep doing the routines with you on going. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with everyone.
Classical stretch has changed my life! I have been doing the challenge for about a year (at least 5 days a week) and the changes I have seen in my health are profound. I no longer have lower back pain and my core is so much stronger that I can do other activities better. Thank you so much! I spread the word to anybody that will listen :)
I hurt my shoulder last spring and the doc said give it time to heal and try some physical therapy. The PT options from the doc did not appeal to me; I also was realizing that my regular cardio workouts were maintaining a normal blood pressure but I was becoming limited in some physical activities because my flexibility was becoming a real limitation. When my wife said I should check out Essentrics, my painful shoulder motivated me to give the ballerina exercises a try. After three weeks, my shoulder pain was gone. I have maintained an intense cardio workout but have reduced the frequency of these workouts and have added in Essentrics 4-6 times a week. I am reclaiming my flexibility, improved my cores strength and had great results on my latest blood work up. My blood pressure is normal, my HDL's and LDL's are the best they have been in years.
I suffered from an L4L5 spinal injury and sciatica. Tried spinal injections, chiropractors, physical therapy, and even pain meds. Nothing worked. It was hard to stand in one place and climb steps. My back hurt every day. I've been doing this program for 15 months and feel terrific. It took some time, but I am virtually pain free! I would be scared to stop it for fear of returning to my painful past. It's worth every bit of the 23 minutes a day!
Thank you for existing. Essentrics has been a rock that I have clung to during very stormy times in my life. I have ptsd from war and terrible traumas that happened during my life here in Canada too. Classical stretch/Essentrics has never disappointed me in my search for comfort and relief. Even though I have been doing this exercise since 1999, I have just learned something new about it again by practicing every single day 30 days in a row. My body is at its best shape ever. I have more than 96% body muscle and that was before the 30 days so now I feel even more powerful. Also, with the 30-day challenge I could recover from a nerve injury from December that went from my shoulder all the way down to my toes on the right side and made walking very painful. (If that doesn't remind you of the muscle chains I don't know what will!) Furthermore, I have bad OA in my lower back and knee joints, also back of neck from old whip lash injury. Essentrics keeps my joints supple and mobile so I rarely have pain and stiffness. With Essentrics in my life as a mainstay, I am no longer terrified of aging and becoming immobile. Miranda and Sahra I pray you will live long, prosper and keep making as many DVD's as possible. You two make the world a better place and your work reaches the soul! The whole Essentrics team is wonderful - keep doing what you are doing the world needs you! Again, thank you, even though those words will never tell you how much your program and the mother-daughter team means to me. Miranda reminds me of myself so much and Sarah reminds me of my daughter, so it’s a real personal identification I feel with the whole program. Right now my ptsd is at the worst it’s ever been but I did the challenge throughout and I am stronger and more resilient now. Essentrics is one of my most important tools for living with ptsd for it helps with my trauma more than any other tool that I have picked up and learned along the way. Cheers!
The challenge is just what I needed. I was in a motorcycle accident 18 months ago and am still having pain and mobility issues. The targeted exercise routine can only do so much and I tend to push thru pain in hopes of better results - but the issues persist. I followed your mobility cd for the challenge and will definitely continue with Essentrics. My mobility is now progressing. I realize that my whole body was affected and the targeted exercises were not addressing the back and spine where so much of the tension and rigidity is. I'm pushing for full recovery and Essentrics will definitely help.
I believe everything happens for a reason and my life changed the day I accidentally stumbled on to Aging Backwards on my local public television station KCPT. I had never seen Classical Stretch but when I heard what Miranda was saying it all made complete sense to me. I had been in about a five year health crisis after going through gallbladder surgery, fibroid tumors, full hysterectomy, knee surgery and a third major car accident (all three times was stuck from behind) which resulted in facial fractures and reconstructive eye surgery. All of these things combined with extreme insomnia (which sadly I still have) left me physically & mentally broken. I quit my career because I felt I literally could not function and I spent about two years just shut down. I tried to help myself by attempting to go to a gym near me but without direction I flounder around. I tried weight training with a personal trainer but found I was creating additional pain so I stopped. I tried doing Piyo which I found enjoyable but could really only do modified variations of only the upper and lower body portions of that program. Then when I saw Aging Backwards I ordered the book and video and everything just clicked. I had briefly taken ballet in elementary school and many of the movements seem familiar from my youth and I find them very enjoyable. Both my regular physician and Orthopedic surgeon had told me that several of my pain/discomfort complaints were just inevitable consequences of aging but I wanted to explore if maybe Miranda's program could help me change that and it has. I no longer have the morning arthritic pain I was starting to have every day when I wake up. I feel stronger, leaner and more toned. I still have knee pain (result of two prior accident falls and two scope surgeries) but I'm able to still do almost all of the Essentrics movements. I have most of the dvds and do them 4-5 days a week and Piyo 2-3 times. I love Essentrics and Miranda & Sahra and plan to continue to keep myself able to move and function much better. Thanks to all of you!
I was injured working out about four years ago and my right hip has never been the same, unable to stretch my hip/leg, which prevented me from doing many exercises that I loved to do. I found Essentrics late one night on TV and decided to try it, after four weeks my hip feel normal without pain. I don't even think about it anymore! I was sitting in my chair at work and thought someone had adjusted it, then I realized my posture had improved, I had to adjust my chair for a straighter back!! This is amazing, I am still learning and always look forward to my next session. I love the challenge, kept me on track, so I am actually doing it again! Thanks you so much!!
Miranda -- Thanks! I am a cancer survivor and have a chronic CHF --and neuoropthy I have been struggling with balance --Only 59 feeling like 90! Your workouts are a godsend -- energizing and strengthening without pushing it too far-- I recommend it to everyone I know--So glad I stumbled upon it.
Vinny - Darien CT
Through the benefits of Classical Stretch and the 30 day challenge, I am now able to get down and up from the floor without needing a chair for support. (In the past, it was necessary to do floor exercises on the bed rather than on a mat.) Doing Essentrics daily for 30 minutes rather than 1-2 times a week for an hour is making the difference. I have lived with pain for years and finally realize that with gentle movement I can "get my life back"! Thank you, Miranda!
Not really a story, but I just wanted to let you know how Classical Stretch/Essentrics helps me. I am a runner, albeit a slow runner, but a runner nevertheless. I just finished my Runner's World magazine and it had an article about doing yoga to help improve running and to keep injury free. My first thought was digging into my Classical Stretch and Essentrics DVD collection. Two years ago I had torn something in my right hip and was able to run, but not do major stretching. Now that the area is completely healed I have returned to Classical Stretch/Essentrics. This morning was my first day back and I did the full hour Barre Workout DVD from 2014. WOW! I can always count on Essentrics to help me feel good after a workout of stretching. I can always tell myself during those harder stretches that you wont have me do them until I scream "no more ever!" You have me do hard stretches, but the time length is always just right. I've signed up for my 3rd marathon in May and have a half-marathon in early March. I know Essentrics will help me get to the finish line in better shape!! Thank you so much for sharing your hints about deep stretching. Your DVD's are just what is needed to slow down, stretch and not hurt the next day. Wish I could stream your shows, but alas, I live in the hinterlands of Idaho. I'm glad for your DVDs.
I had lots of milage on my poor body after two car accidents, a plane crash, and falling off a cliff in my 20s and 30s. Pain drove me to find something on TV that I could do every day at home. Lucky for me, I found Miranda (back when we both had dark hair), possibly in 2003 or 2004. I now am pretty much pain free. Oh, I do have occasional aches, as I live right under the jet stream with rapidly changing barometric pressure, but Classical Stretch at least 6 days a week and 10,000 steps every day keep me in great shape without pain, unless I do something dumb.
I am nearing 75 and have battled with some of the usual quirks of the body. On my way to my workout in January 7, 2008 I slipped on ice on a hill (looked like water) and severely broke my ankle, requiring 2 surgeries. I was "on my bum" for months. When I returned to my former activities( for back issues especially) I tried many things which were marginally successful. Then a couple of years in I happened upon you during the fund raiser on Public TV....and bam! I was intrigued. I can actually sleep without pain now. And my husband and I both are dedicated followers. We have purchased season 10 (nice to have along when we travel), but enjoy going to the seasons being broadcast too. You are my (our) inspiration. I love that you explain the how and why, and like us, you are not 20 years old either. But anyone seeing you walking down the street would think you were 18. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I tell everyone I know about you.
I started with the program about two years ago after seeing your presentation on PBS on the local Seattle station. Lower back pain gone!! The program is somewhat addictive when you get into it and the sessions at around twenty minutes or so are just right. I notice that most of your "followers" are female. Men, at least at my age, are missing the boat. Congratulations and thanks for a great program and providing an exceptional exercise program.
It has certainly 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 excellent advice of doing 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 ), but like Miranda says all the time "keep moving" and it really helps, more than anything I've tried.
Loving your streaming as well. I was a classically trained dancer for over 3 decades of my life until my daughter arrived at age 39. Diagnosed with MS at 44 and had a failed foot surgery at 49. Since then I have had injuries galore= multiple knee ligament injuries, bone contusions from falling, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, heel spur, sesamoiditis, shin splints, piriformis syndrome, SI joint dysfunction, lower back pain, iliopsoas pain, hip arthritis, weak hip flexors all from my altered gait and MS caused spasticity. Started your program almost 2 months ago and feel my tight, weak and wobbly muscles finally starting to work together instead of against each other. First caught your program on PBS, WLIW NYC. Thank you for giving me some mobility back.
Thank you for the program your offer on PBS. I've been able to overcome lower back pain and maintain a lean and strong body. Each morning, I spend time on the CPTV programs offered. I feel better and now can say I'm a breast cancer survivor and feel wonderful. I'll continue to follow Classical Stretch as long as I can.
I am a 25 year old female, I had a back injury occur when I was 7 that has caused me to have a slipped disc in my lower back and when I was 21 I was in a car accident that tore a ligament in my neck. Your stretching and strengthening has done so much to help me. Before I started this program I would get a numb leg and I wouldn't be able to put any weight on my leg because I would just fall. It just wouldn't work. But, since I started doing this program I haven't had this problem AND my posture has improved. I have been doing your Classical Stretch for around 8 months now. I have been religiously doing the 24 minute workout every morning for about 3-4 months and I can definitely tell a difference with my body, the way it looks and feels. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the hard work you have done and do daily to make this program available! It has benefited my health immensely. I never thought I could feel this good, emotionally and physically.
Miranda, I started doing your workouts over 6 months ago, I'm 48 and have always been doing some sort of exercise but I noticed from out of nowhere I was scared, scared of falling, hesitant on stairs, pain in my knees and so on; I thought how did this happen, when did this begin....it's so sneaky, one minute you're fine, the next your afraid. I am happy to say since doing these 22 minute workout/stretches everyday my knee pains gone, I am no longer afraid I'll fall up or down stairs AND I even leap, skip a couple stairs as I go! Yes, it's that noticeable!! I swear these workouts are life changing and I am forever grateful! I encourage EVERYONE to do these workouts, you will not be disappointed! Thank you for making a difference!
I purchased season 9 from your website over the holidays. I have recently been told by my doctor that I have arthritis in my SI joints, hip, and lower spine. I am 48 and ran until 2 years ago until the pain was so bad that I could not continue. Have been doing a workout from Season 9 every morning before work for the past two weeks...my range of motion and pain relief has improved already! So thankful!
Many changes for me in the past six months. Being on extended medical leave and then long term--retirement. Part of recovery, and being rather active all my life, hesitated finding exercise that worked for me. And by accident stumbled upon Classical Stretch--a lifesaver. I thank Ms. Esmonde-White every day and have purchased #11 through Amazon just in case no longer available on air. The scenic backgrounds just add to the enjoyment. And I look forward every day to these gems. #10 will probably next to have in my DVD library. Again, my heartfelt thanks for an amazing program and a brilliant teacher. So exquisitely well done!
Hello Miranda, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 41 in march 2016. I still have to go through radiotherapy after having my double mastectomy. I want to thank you for the videos, the good explanations (that we don't get here in Quebec. We are sent home with a brochure), but mostly the message of hope. I can't wait to be 5 years away from my own episode and can say that I am a survivor. Thank you very much.
I was awakened early on the morning of my 61st Birthday to see Miranda's "Forever Painless" show on KPBS. Here's the spiritual nature of my connection w/Miranda and Classical Stretch: I rarely (if EVER) turn the TV on in the morning, but I was "led to the TV 2 years and 2 months ago when I couldn't sleep. I wrote to you about this before because I've never felt so connected to ANYONE on TV as I do Miranda. As she spoke, I KNEW she was talking about MY body; I knew I could do 23 minutes of her workouts each day before anyone needed me for anything at 5am. Today was an affirmation that I am doing what God has led me to do for my physical fitness. When I talk about it, I hear a myriad of excuses why people don't take my program seriously: mostly because it doesn't make me sweat for hours, bear extra weight, require the gym or equipment, etc. How can one take such a regimen seriously? My mobility and outlook on life are drastically improved by Classical Stretch and I will be forever grateful whether I'm taken seriously or not :-)
Susy Shepard, San Diego
After watching all the testimonials recently on PBS, I wanted to share mine. A few years ago, I found myself with lower back issues after helping 3 people move and having a (backbreaking) yard sale within a few week’s time. I suffered with sciatic pain whenever I would lift anything (even something light). The pain went down to my calf and would continue until I had laid flat for the whole night. Over-the-counter pain meds wouldn't help. My best help was a heating pad. This went on for over a year. My Dr. suggested me taking 2 Ibuprofen 3 times a day for 2 weeks. (my usual dose was only one as I am small) The pain subsided but only for those two weeks. I had been thinking of possibly joining a gym hoping it might tone my weak stomach muscles and help my back but couldn't figure out a time I could fit it into my schedule. One day in November I had the TV on to watch the news to check to if schools were closed after a snow storm the night before. Classical Stretch was on and I started to try to keep up with Miranda for the fun of it. It felt so strange but good to my body & so I began twice a week to do the class...In my pjs! After only 4 classes (2 weeks later) I realized I wasn't having my normal pain!!! I also clean 2 houses a week and remembered that I had cleaned an extra 2 that week....and no pain! I tested it and chopped some pieces of wood...no pain! This felt like a miracle. I had been in much prayer for my back and believe that God answers prayer through circumstances. He orchestrated me to find Classical Stretch...I NEVER have the TV on at 6 in the morning! But now I do...as I have hardly missed a show since. And just bought season 10 so I can add more classes during my week. I have been a faithful participant for over 2 years now and have told my story to many others!
Hello, My husband and just discovered you! I ordered 2 CD's several weeks ago. Now, we have our Miranda 1/2 hour every day - Miranda I am losing the pain in my shoulder and my knees! (I was told by an orthopedic surgeon knee replacement was my option!) Thank you thank you thank you!
Miranda, I stumbled across Aging Backwards 1 1/2 years ago on Nebraska Public TV, was intrigued, and started working out with your show on Iowa Public TV. Before this, I had worked out regularly for years, but my back was repeatedly "going out", and it was happening on an increasingly frequent basis. Classical Stretch was exactly what I needed to fix that, and it is now my primary workout, aside from walking. I can name all the same kinds of benefits that so many others do, but I have a specific question about a surprising change I didn't expect. I have suffered from venous insufficiency over many years, and have had 6 surgeries due to this to install stents and embolize varicose veins (4 in 2012, and 2 in 2016). Despite the fact that I was active, worked out, wore stockings on long trips, avoided crossing my legs, and all they things I was advised to do and not do, my leg veins were slowly giving out one by one. It was explained to me that this is simply "genetic". I had a "standing ultrasound" diagnostic test at the beginning of 2016 because of pain and pressure inside my knee joint, and my doctor diagnosed 3 more bad veins, requiring 3 embolism surgeries, with at least 4 weeks recovery between each. By the time surgery 2 approached, the pain and pressure had gone away, but I went through with it anyway. I put off surgery 3 after that to wait for colder weather, as recovery requires 3 weeks in a compression stocking. When I had the next ultrasound, there was no longer a problem with that vein. By odd coincidence, in the very next Classical Stretch workout I did, you explained during the calf stretches that one calf muscle is called the "second heart", because it helps pump blood back up into your body. And during this time my symptoms slowly subsided, I had started doing your workouts on a very consistent basis. Coincidence? I have never found a workout in the past that had any emphasis at all on calves, feet, and ankles, because they all focus on "big muscles burn more calories", and "flatten your abs", and "boost your cardio", etc. I was even reluctant at first doing your workouts thinking "why do you care about those little muscles?" Sorry for the long story, but have others shared experiences about relief and perhaps prevention of varicose veins from doing your workout? I can't be 100% certain of the connection here, but all I know is my own interesting "coincidence". Thank you for all you do! Your workout has done incredible things for me!
Karen, Omaha NE
Thank you for your wonderful workouts. I am 63, have danced much of my life, and am in good health. However, I was having arthritis issues in my knee, plus back pain due to disc problems and surgery many years ago. After doing your workouts daily for two months, I feel like a new person! My knees are completely pain free and I can move however I want to move -- I have even taken up a tap dance class . My back has improved, and I have greater range of motion and hardly any pain. I feel stronger and better than I have for years, and have more energy. I can now go back to doing community theater, which I adore. I look forward to a future of wellness and lots of physical activity. Thank you!
I have some degenerative changes in my back (scoliosis, spinal stenosis and facet joint disease) that started causing me pain in 2015. A few months after the onset I discovered Classical Stretch on PBS and started doing it every morning. I would awake in pain every day but after doing the exercises would feel much better the rest of the day. I can really tell the difference when I am traveling or have other commitments that prevent me from doing the morning exercises. I have much more stiffness and discomfort. Classical Stretch will not cure my problem, but I am stronger and more flexible when I do the routine regularly and have less pain.
I've suffered from upper back pain for 30+ years, despite being athletic. At my last annual physical, I was told I had lost 1/2 inch off my height. I found Miranda on one of our local PBS stations several months ago and started her routine daily and bought a video to supplement. Result: no more back pain, greatly improved posture and and I've gained that 1/2 inch back. In short order. My daughter is now a convert. Thank you, Miranda!
In the spring before I turned 70, I was rising early to run in the park near my home. I began experiencing a pain in my lower back and a sharp pain in my left thigh. I began downing pain relievers before my run to combat the pain. I then decided to see a chiropractor about the pain. She sharply advised me to stop the pain relievers before I damaged my stomach. She also advised me to stop running so we could find the cause of the pain. I needed a new workout. I remembered seeing some workouts on PBS early every weekday. I tried a yoga program, but had problems with some of the poses. Another program caught my eye: Classical Stretch. I vacillated between the two programs for awhile. Miranda's program eventually won me over. After over a year and a half, I have worked out to Essentrics and Classical Stretch nearly every day. I joined Essentrics TV where I have a wide range of workouts streamed on my laptop and ipad. Now I can workout when I travel too!
I recommend Essentrics for many reasons:
Every day I have the confidence that nearly every muscle,joint and connective tissue in my body has been worked out. My body is being re-balanced and my back and leg pain are things of the past. I had been concerned about my posture, but had no idea how to correct it. Well, I learned that correct posture is more than just standing up straight. Because of learning how to stretch and strengthen my spine, hips, quads and feet, the change in my freedom of movement was amazing. Now my body just wants to stand up correctly and it feels terrific. And what good is an exercise program if you don't enjoy it and see results? My running regime took a large effort and I really didn't look forward to it that much. I'd get up early, change my clothes, put on running shoes, get my music ready to accompany me and adjust my clothing to whatever weather was going on. With Essentrics, I climb out of bed (usually already dressed for my workout) grab my laptop and begin my workout - barefooted! No shoes required. Such an easy prep. And the amazing thing is - I absolutely enjoy it! The benefits of stretching and building strength in my bones (important to me because of osteoporosis concerns), my back, hips, feet, and spine, along with no-impact cardio workouts, I am assured that I am certainly on the right path for my good physical health. The cherry on top of this story is that I got to attend the Essentrics Symposium in Mexico this month. I learned that live classes are important for this program, if at all possible. I learned so much about my body. I learned correct forms for the exercises. I made so many good friends during a magical week. Thanks so much for being such an important part of my life.
I found essentrics by watching part of a PBS pledge break last spring. I googled essentrics teachers toronto and was lucky to find a wonderful teacher in my area whose classes I can walk to. Needless to say, anyone who has met Sheri Burge cannot help but be impressed with her knowledge, enthusiasm and killer smile, not to mention the 6 ft blonde hair on top of the 6 ft body. She makes classes so much fun and accessible for everyone. I had been challenged with chronic low grade back pain even though I was doing essentrics, yoga and having chiro and massage. After the symposium which explained clearly on how to deal with pain and how to do the stretching properly, i did not have any back pain. I am continuing to do my essentric stretching every morning and the back pain is almost gone. i am an essentric enthusiast and sharing the program with all my friends.
I've had fibromyalgia for 7 years now. I've tried so many different types of exercise you name it I've done it. I discovered classical stretch on PBS 2 years ago. It has has made amazing difference with the number and intensity of my flare ups. This program has given more mobility and has energy level. So a big thank you to classical stretch.
I wanted to say thank you to you for your programs on PBS. I have Fibromyalgia and it is the only exercise program out there's that has reduced my pain and has given me more mobility. 've had fibromyalgia for 7 years now. I've tried so many different types of exercise you name it I've done it. I discovered classical stretch on PBS 2 years ago. It has made an amazing difference with the number and intensity of my flare ups. This program has given more mobility and has energy level. So a big thank you to classical stretch.
Just a 'THANK YOU' from a long time user! I have a neuro disease called dystonia. It makes me very rigid. Recently it broke my foot. I spent everyday after surgery doing your leg & feet episodes (Own almost all dvds) & my neurologist is extremely wowed over by my flexibility and fast recovery! Thank you for your pnf exercises! I wouldn't be independent without using your workouts for years! Thank you for continuing to expand...your knowledge and the topics covered have created such happy, strong and WELL clients! Thank you and please don't stop! :)
After a hip replacement caused by a bad fall and a stupid decision to not see a doctor, I discovered your program on KSPS, PBS - has made such a difference!! At first, I could hardly do any of the work, but after two months (2 sessions, five days a week), I manage most of the workouts (not gracefully, but getting better). So, a million 'thank-yous'! I'm dieting and walking, too, so have lost weight, but the workouts have made a huge difference! Again, thank you.
Miranda - Thank you so much! Your exercises are amazing. My knees, hips & lower back pain is so much milder. I've been practicing yoga for years, but nothing worked for the relief of my tight hips & knee pain like your workout. I love the aging backward series & workout 5 days/week.
This technique really helped my thumb pain due to arthritis and some postural issues. Like she says, it creates joint space. I knew that the day my thumb knuckle cracked; the swelling went away, and my ability to grasp things firmly without pain was dramatic. Very impressive. I'm an RN and I was taken by surprise with the aging backwards program.
I have to extend a huge thank you for your Classical Stretch Videos. I tore my ACL and meniscus playing tennis seven weeks ago. The first week of the trauma was terrible. By the second week I could feel my muscles atrophy in my entire body because of the immobility. It scared me and I did not like the way I felt. It dawned on me to start doing the Classical Stretch DVD. I knew I would not be able to complete the full activities, but I told myself to do what I could because it would begin to strengthen my legs and increase my mobility. I found more success from the videos than the twice a week physical therapy. Today, I was able to graduate and complete the PT in just two weeks. I have improved way more than I thought I would be able to at this time and feel almost completely normal.
Thank you again!
Here is my “Essentrics” Birth Story:
I elected to not have an epidural or any pain medication during the labor and delivery of my 5th child. I planned to use breathing and imagery as a method to relax and take the focus away from the pain and pressure of each contraction. While in the delivery room I envisioned myself doing feel-good lengthening exercises from Essentrics - such as the clock and other exercises with reaching and pulling. I did this for a while with mild contractions and soon decided to log on to Essentrics TV. I chose a Classical Stretch episode and did the exercises that I felt I could. When the contractions would come I would stop exercising and use the method of Essentrics imagery. At one point I decided to try physically doing the Eccentrics exercises during a contraction. One exercise I did was a plie with heal raisers. I found that was the perfect exercise to help with the contractions as they became more intense. As each contraction would come I would do a plie, lift my heal and put the pressure on my toes and then “squeeze an orange” with my heal. I would then continue the exercise on each leg until the contraction was gone. I was ABSOLUTELY AMAZED how the pain of each contraction subsided as I put pressure on my toe and and then heal! It was as if I was transferring the pressure from the contraction to my feet! I don’t know exactly how that “transfer” actually happened, I just know that it did!!! My husband and the nurses were in awe with how much control I had! I was able to do this until the “transition phase” of my labor. I am so grateful for the Essentrics program and how it helped me have a positive experience in the delivery room. Truly a blessing and success!
Much gratitude and love,
Dear Miranda, I have stage 4 breast cancer. I spent five years in treatment undergoing 13 surgeries . I am now in remission, for four years. My posture was horrible. I had no strength. Every time I tried to workout I injured myself. Nerve damage from chemo made those injuries a huge set back. Your workouts have saved me and encouraged me. I workout with you on public television, 6:30 am. Thank you so much for your mission to help people regain their health! God Bless
I've written once before, but just needed to let you know how much your DVDs benefit me as a 77-year-old that does them faithfully daily. I recently was diagnosed with melanoma on my left foot, surprising because there's no family history. But I've volunteered for years at a public garden- many, many hours spent out in the sun. Since I had permission to go on with normal activities until surgery I've been trying to get lots done before, when I'd be inactive for some time. Outside was almost done, and started inside, pulled out some things to clean under and behind, and surprised myself when I stepped around some of that and proceeded to fall! Hitting my knee with all my weight on a corner of a tool box before falling on to hit my head on a dresser corner. Bleeding and hurting, my husband drove me to ER, had x-rays and cat scan, I was so sure I'd probably broken my knee. BUT not so, and I'm 77, have scoliosis in my left back, osteopenia because I'm rather tiny, 4'8”. When I heard there were no breaks I absolutely knew that it's because I've been led by you to stress my bones and muscles so they continue to improve. A spinal doctor told me a couple years ago that I do exactly what my body needs, and am not twisted sideways at all because I've strengthened my core to hold my back straight. The balance moves have kept me very sure on my feet, so this fall totally floored me at the moment! But not to have even a fracture in my knee, with my age, bone size, etc. And it healed completely within a week, another benefit you mention sometimes. The larger cutting away to find any more melanoma 5 days ago also seems to be doing pretty much what we worked very hard for, the skin graft is looking good. I had to discontinue for a few weeks, but know I'll be right back in the normal morning routine, I'm very addicted to being able to do a lot of things people much younger can't. Thank you for your excellent way of making exercise such a pleasant relaxing thing! Your season 11 DVD is great, very explanatory, even for your longtime fans.
I credit doing the program for helping to avoid serious injury when I had a trip & fall earlier this week Toe of my shoe got caught in a sidewalk break; I literally flew about 6-8 feet, landed on my right outer thigh and hand. After, I had to do a lot of standing, sitting in a confined space at prayer services (Rosh Hashanah) for 3 hrs. but no problem. Yes I ache & my thigh's gonna be really colorful, my foot got scraped (shoe fell off while in the air), but that's it. ù
THANK YOU - love the program.
Hi! I began having bad back problems this spring. I wound up at an orthopedist and back surgeon for tests and found out I had degenerative disc disease, severe arthritis and spondylosis. I had cortisone injections in September of this year, and they helped, but I was still sore at the end of the day. I started doing Miranda's "Back Pain Relief" show and after just three times, felt so much better. In fact, I then took a weekend off and by Sunday, my back was tight again and achy. I am back with the program, and plan to stick with it. It works, and I am much more optimistic about my back health.
Thanks Miranda, you are the best!
I have been doing your workout sessions daily for over a month now, after my aunt introduced me to your dvd. (I have been doing Season 9, Weight Loss and Pain Relief). I have been a professional orchestra musician (viola) for twenty years in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, and constant playing has started to take a toll on my body with some scary bouts of pain. I wanted to thank you for your approach to stretching and fitness. It has made an incredible difference in how I feel, not only physically but mentally. I am growing stronger and more flexible as a result and the stretches help immensely in my stamina for playing and practicing. I truly look forward to my morning routine and am making it a priority in the midst of a full-time job as well as raising three children, because without it I am certain my career would suffer. So, thank you so much for your cheerful, positive, encouraging attitude and your joy in sharing your own knowledge with others!
Thank you so much for your Classical Stretch Program. I found your program while watching Alabama Public Television during one of their fund-raisers in the first part of this year. It was just after I had had a bad fall that badly affected my sciatic nerve and lower back. I sought Acupuncture for treatment which was very successful, but I still had the nagging sciatic nerve pain that twinged every time I walked. I have been doing Yoga almost every day of my life since I was 17 years of age, so had a relative level of fitness. However, I decided to get your program after trying the exercise you said was good for backs. I did this exercise after seeing it on the Public Television fund-raiser and found it amazingly redemptive. I have been doing your program every day since I received my DVD in the spring. I will tell you that the sciatic nerve problem has disappeared, and I have received compliments from people saying that I look different in some way. Your program is wonderful - it has given me arms that I feel I can now wear short sleeves, a flatter stomach, slender legs (never had those before!), great posture and a sense of absolute fitness.
Thank you, thank you.
I've been doing Classical Stretch for probably close to 5 yrs. I have scoliosis and for 35 or 40 yrs. had to see a chiropracter fairly often to deal with the pain. Since I started Classical Stretch I haven't had to go once and seldom have pain! I'm 81 and do a workout with you at least 5 days a week.
Thank you so much
My right shoulder was so restricted I saw my Dr. who gave me a prescription for PT. We moved to FL for the winter where I began the workouts with Classical Stretch. I couldn't even lift my arm to push the garage door opener in the car! After a few sessions I had regained complete range of motion in my shoulder and no longer needed PT! At 74, my husband has improved both posture and flexibility. We know we need Miranda to keep us moving. We have ordered a couple different seasons and have shared them with others.
We are very grateful for your training, and so much better off for it!
Jan R and husband
I was in a car accident 4 years ago. I had started doing Classical Stretch the year before the accident. I must tell you how good I feel. The Classical Stretch Method has been a real aid and support to my recovery.
I cannot Thank you enough!!
I have an extensive collection of Classical Stretch/Essentrics dvds, but have been so out of shape that I always felt intimidated to try a workout and so my collection grew with hopes of slowly "taking the plunge". Fortunately with the latest additions of Aging Backwards and Toning for Beginners dvds, I was finally able to "come out of my shell". At 51, my body was starting to feel achy and so when I received the Health Challenge rotation with the two options (Beginners and Regular) I pushed myself to at least try. I really enjoyed the workouts and slowly my workout confidence has returned. In four weeks I feel lighter and more limber and I no longer feel achy and can now walk with more confidence. I look forward to a lifetime of Classical Stretch/Essentrics as part of my daily regimen.
Thank you Miranda and Sahra!
I am practicing the technique since 2 months ago and I really fell in love with it. I have bought 6 DVS and the book (in French, thanks for that!), after watching the episodes on the internet. I feel really positive and I love it!! What a wonderful way to recover mobility, strength and flexibility. I am 47 years old, from Venezuela but I live in Canada, and every time I can, I explain to my mother, who is over there, about the benefits and all my good experience after doing a workout. Last year, I had a shoulder injury (frozen shoulder + calcification + tendinitis) that kept me out of work for 10 month (I am an accountant and Zumba instructor at nights, so it was a really tough year). I decided to start again with the technique since December, once my physiotherapy was well advanced (what a wonderful complement it was to my therapy!!) I am very grateful to Miranda… Listening to her talk is so inspiring that after my experience, I decided to became an instructor soon :)
Thank you so much for everything!
I discovered Classical Stretch four years ago and not only do a workout almost every day but own two sets of several seasons, plus several Essentric's DVDs (one set is for me to use in Tucson, AZ, my home town, and the other set is for me to use when my husband and I live in California for the summer). I am now 77 years old and was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis about eight years ago with a dismal prognosis of spending the rest of my life in a wheel chair due to the pain and degenerative symptoms of the disease. It was recommended that I do spinal surgery as soon as possible (laser would be the least invasive I was told). Well, the doctor was not aware of the power of stretching and exercising with Miranda Esmond-White! The pain and severity of the disease has lessened over the years, not progressed. I am more fit and trim than many people a lot younger (I have eaten healthy since 1979, exercised and even became a certified health coach in 2008 to help others as well) I can twist, turn, bend and put my head on my knees. I feel I owe it all to Classical Stretch!
Thank you Miranda.
I just turned 60 this past summer and I have been doing Classical Stretch for about 4 years. This past summer on vacation, I had a trimalleolar ankle fracture and needed 8 screws and a plate. It took 6 weeks in a boot and I could not put any weight on my left leg. That was fun! I had to use crutches, walker and wheelchair. After 6 weeks I started physical therapy and they were impressed with my progress. I really owe it to Classical Stretch because I recovered quickly and I am able to do Classical stretch everyday! I love it… it makes me feel young (and now besides Classical Stretch, I do pilates and yoga and I feel great). I still can't run a race yet or jump around but I am working on it with your Essentrics! Thank you so much please do not stop!
Terry P (from New Jersey)
I love your show, your smile, encouragement and enthusiasm, and also all the great information you share as to how our body works. I injured my ankle last May – fractured my fibula and tore a tendon. I am still struggling with it. I’ve been back in a walking boot for 6 weeks and I hope to be able to go into a brace after this week and begin physiotherapy. I have been doing some of your workouts to get some energy and relieve some stiffness in my body from sitting so much these last few months. I’m ready to be active again and without so much pain and stiffness .
Thanks for your program.
This is my story. I'm 64 years old and have always done aerobic workouts and light weights, but in November, 2014, I injured my shoulder by shoveling a heavy snowfall from the driveway. About the same time, I was caring for our grandsons and doing quite a bit of lifting. Over the next nine months, my shoulder just got worse to the point where I couldn't raise my arm over my head and getting dressed was painful. Since my shoulder wasn't getting better, I was trying to decide if I should see a chiropractor or go to the doctor for physical therapy. Then, one evening in August, 2015, I was watching PBS and Miranda Esmonde-White was promoting her Classical Stretch DVD's. I had never heard of Classical Stretch before, so I looked it up on the computer and tried doing a few of the programs on her website. I also learned that she had a workout program on PBS at 6 a.m. three times a week, so I started working out with Miranda in the morning. From the very first workout, the range of motion in my shoulder seemed to improve. I was hooked. I ordered the Season 7 Health Series and have been working out with Classical Stretch daily for almost six months now and have recently added Season 10 Strength & Flexibility for more variety. I am so pleased with Classical Stretch and how Miranda Esmonde-White has helped me to heal my shoulder and improve my level of fitness. People probably get tired of me talking about the benefits of Classical Stretch, but I am 'over the moon' excited about it and wish everyone would give it a try.
Thank you, Miranda for creating such a wonderful program.
First, I discovered Miranda on July 2, 2015; I was just a few days from turning 71. I saw her episode on frozen shoulders and flew out of the bed immediately ordered Season 6. It looked like exactly what I needed. I was beginning to have problems with both shoulders and feared that another operation may be in the making. And, I had noticed a twinge at my breast cancer surgery and axilla sites. One thing I may not have made clear was timeline. The frozen shoulders were within 2 years of the cancer and both were corrected by arthroscopic surgery in 2003 and 2004. However, since stretching with Miranda, the shoulder problems are gone and I no longer fear surgery as the answer. I have quite a bit of arthritis in my hands, knees, neck and one big toe but nothing that has been incapacitating until January 2015 when I began to hurt all over from my neck down to toes. I didn’t understand why because I walk 20-30 minutes almost every day. I also developed sciatica down my left leg. I didn’t feel well enough to even try the DVD’s. I finally exercised away the sciatica problem with a piriformis exercise but still not doing Classical Stretch. One December morning I jumped out of bed and started following her episode at the foot of my bed. Almost immediately after that I felt relief. I was hooked and began researching Miranda’s miracle. I was amazed at what I discovered. I had described how I felt to my friends, saying I was “inspired” and had discovered “the fountain of youth”, all before reading those same words in her book. I’ve since ordered the beginner’s bundle and do those frequently, as well as following her Season 10 on TV. I’m not very good at doing everything but I’m doing them anyway … and I’m moving and feeling like I used to. I’ve never liked structured exercise, classes nor going to the gym. I got my exercise from gardening, house work, and at work, I always took the stairs (many floors and several times a day) and never looked for a close parking place. I feel so much better now and enjoy Classical Stretch. What she has created makes total sense to me. I am committed to it and feel it is something I can do for the rest of my life, which means I will have a better, healthier life. I’m hooked! I have become a great believer in Miranda¹s philosophy and exercise regimen. I applaud her for her dedication and the programs she has given the world.
I am continually amazed at the progress my body is experiencing after 3 weeks of daily exercises! I need to explain why this feels like a new life to me - I just turned 70 last month and have had type 1 diabetes for 30 years now. In the last few years I have felt all my muscles and joints becoming weaker and felt that my body was aging very rapidly. This made me very sad because I love hiking and being active with my grandchildren… Since they all live far away from home with their families I need to travel to see them and that is tiring for the muscles and joints. Today I flew to LA from Oakland and I was able to walk with my luggage for a long time including stairs etc. without getting as exhausted as I did the last time I traveled the same route. I feel like I’m living a miracle. You continually give me hope that I don’t need to atrophy and give up life or living fully yet. My next challenge will be another trip to France to see my younger grandchildren. I hope I can make it without too much pain and exhaustion! So I am continuing my Essentrics every day - even on travel days… Thank you so very much for your workouts. They are very cool as my teenage grandchildren would say!
I have a Baker's Cyst which was brought on by arthritis or an injury to my knee. It was being treated with steroid injections but not getting better or reducing in size. I was watching my local PBS and saw the Aging Backward/Classical Stretch special. During the pledge, Miranda mentioned that the stretches help to heal arthritis in the hand. I wondered if the low impact stretches would help to heal my Baker's Cyst, so I decided to order the DVD's. Instead of waiting 4 weeks for the Aging Backwards DVD's, I decided to start the 30 day challenge in January via the Essentrics website (ETV Streaming). I am so glad I did! After a week on the challenge I noticed that my knee was not feeling as stiff and swollen. After 26 days on the challenge my Baker's Cyst decreased in size from 3 3/4" x 2" down to 2 3/4" x 1 3/4". (My measurements were based on placing a tape measure end to end then top to bottom across the lump/cyst behind my knee.) The stretches have also helped to tone/sculpt my body and improve my posture. I feel great and look forward to the daily workouts. A big Thank You to you and your staff in front and behind the scenes!
Classical Stretch and Essentrics has truly been one of the most positive, transformative gifts in my life. Thank you so much for your generosity of talent in making this accessible to everyone, as we live in a very remote area. When I was in my late 30s, I stumbled upon you on PBS when I was just about ready to give up on myself and accept "the end of young" due to back pain from a lifetime of sports. After my first Classical Stretch routine, I thought, "Wow, that didn't hurt!" After the second, I noticed that it even felt good to exercise. By the end of the week, I noticed firming effects and muscles popping up where they never had before. The speed of results from these workouts is truly amazing! I am now 4 years without a back pain attack. I am about ten pounds lighter and a pants size smaller with no dieting. At almost 42, I am stronger and more fit and flexible than I have ever been. Even my skin is less aged and more vibrant. And best yet, I can enjoy my favorite activities with my family and friends again. I tell everyone about your program!
Stephannie S Baudette,
I am amazed these exercises have so improved my lower back stiffness!!!!!! I do the Mobility segment of the Mobility and Bone Strengthening DVD and it feels good to do most of the exercises When I wake up in the morning, my back feels so much better when I first get out of bed. It isn’t 100% better, but its 85% better and that’s a BIG difference! During the day, if I accidentally bump into something, my back can “take it” instead of feeling a jolt of pain. I can bend over much more comfortably. I wasn’t looking forward to going back for more PT, and now I don’t feel I have to.
I have a history of arthritis and went through a total knee replacement a few years ago. Since following the Classical Stretch program , all of my joints have been released and I no longer depend on pain medicine to get through the day. I just turned 70 and my ROM is so good and getting better as I follow the program. I just can't say enough good things about what a difference it's made in my life. I just ordered season 9 and I'm really looking forward to new programs. Thank you so much Miranda . You look amazing and you're such an inspiration to so many .
I am 39 years old with 4 children ranging in ages from 3, 8, 9 and 15. I have been active all my life doing plenty of sports, cheerleading, running and spent 10 years in the Air Force. I hurt my back in the Air Force in 2004 and since then I have always had lower back pain and issues. I had an ankle reconstruction at 31, knee surgery at 36 and in April of last year my L5/S1 disk completely ruptured out in the center and I had to have urgent surgery. It wasn’t on the sciatica nerve, but central on the bundle of nerves. I found Essentrics online and have been doing the workouts every day since july/August. I think I have only missed a handful of days. When I began, I could barely sit with my back erect and could not touch my toes and had stiffness and pain every day all day. I certainly couldn’t roll my hips up off the floor at all, and just to lay flat on my stomach was painful. As of last week I can finally lift my lower hips off the floor a bit with no pain. I can sit with my back erect and can do all the trapeze exercises with ease. They actually feel so good now! I look forward to the stretches and feel so good as I can now start to sleep with my legs all the way stretched out at night. I can pick up my daughter and can help my husband with our 4 1/2 acres of land. I now walk every day even in the cold temperatures in Ohio and love learning new things every time I do a work out. There are so many more things I can do that I could not do before. One of the best side effects of doing these workouts is that my core is becoming so slender. My teenager has been commenting on how amazing my abs look. :) My legs are finally becoming slimmer after years of bulking up, and my jeans fit so great. Thank you so much for the online streaming option. I LOVE it and even stream it when I am not at home. I hope you know how wonderful your workouts are!
I love love love love Classical Stretch!!! It has increased my flexibility and has made me more aware of my posture. I walk faster and the increased flexibility in my feet has helped my balance. I've done some kind of exercise for over 25 years including: strength training, power lifting, kick boxing, boxing, belly dancing, floor Pilates, ballet, yoga, Bikram yoga,jogging, walking, biking,etc… So when I saw the program on TV I figured it would be a breeze. Well, it wasn't and it surprised me (those deep lunges!) It is a wonderful work out. I've done it pretty consistently for almost 2 years. I subscribe to Essentrics TV when I don't get up at 6am for the show. I tell EVERYONE about it as I see and feel the improvement. I can out walk anyone: I can go fast now, so I walk fast. Also, I was diagnosed about 3 years ago with RA (and fortunately it still very mild) but it did make me interested in finding a way to exercise that is helpful… I can't thank you enough for this wonderful exercise program.
I have suffered with IBS, Chrons Disease, and Enterpathic Arthritis for 21 years. I am forty years old. I have three girls and have been married for 21 years. I work full time. I was really struggling to find a way to take care of myself. And with everything that I try to juggle in a day it’s very stressful. I came across your program on PBS. I tried it and love it. My doctor told me that I needed to do some form of exercise to help relieve stress because stress is a big factor with my illness. I would love to run but I worry about the effects it would have on my body. I used to walk then had to stop because of planter fasciitis. So now I do your program. It makes my whole body feel better. I have more energy and less stiffness. With this being such a stress relief I don't have as many flare ups with my health promblems. I don't even think of it as exercise. It helps my mind and body. I tell everyone how much this helps me. Your program inspires me to want to be even healthier. I would love to master this one day and teach.
Thank you, Nichole
I want to thank you for creating and sharing your workouts. Two months ago I couldn't even walk from my severe back pain. Then I discovered you a month ago. I fought through the pain to do as much as I could from your classes. Today, I'm still in pain but less of it. I'm able to walk more. I know this will be better than all the medical treatments I wasted my money and time with. I feel so much better. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! My flexibility is coming back. I am going to be doing your method for the rest of my life! You are an amazing woman. I wish you nothing but the best!!!
I have chronic bronchitis. I've never heard this, asthma or COPD mentioned in the program, but doing the program makes a huge difference in my breathing and comfort. It also reduces the amount of medication I need. AMAZING. I do two sessions per day and feel fabulous. I recommend the program to others who deal with these issues all the time. Thank you.
I'm in my late 80s and twisted my back in a fall I continued to do my Essentrics exercises and had to visit the chiropractor just once. In just a short time my back felt wonderful thank you so much for your wonderful exercise routine I had been working out with you for several years before the fall
I am unable to thank you enough for giving me a fresh new approach to exercise. A few years ago I tuned in to watch PBS. I was quite depressed, but I dragged myself out of bed and tried your method. I enjoyed seeing your smiling face and hearing words of encouragement. Your form and movement was so graceful, and you were in great shape. What a challenge! I looked forward to doing this. It became my way of getting myself moving and preparing for the day. I do it everyday, and after 4 years; I could not be more pleased with my fitness and physique. Yes! During roller skating I fractured my fibula and my ankle and foot were affected. After using your method; my foot pain has stopped. I have to pinch myself. Such a blessing to have been introduced to you and Essentrics. Movement rocks! My co- workers say that I am "aging backwards" without even seeing your program!
Martha F – Cincinnati, OH
I have been following your program for 2 weeks everyday. The difference in strength, mobility and experiencing less pain is a miracle. I am 64, suffer with osteoarthritis, diabetic nerve pain, I am overweight, have knee pain and sciatica. Since I have been following you, my body and mind have been much happier. You are amazing. Thank you.
I'm in my late 40s, quite overweight, and recently developed a "frozen shoulder". I was in such pain. I discovered Miranda on a PBS pledge break and I bought the two beginner DVDs for myself for Christmas. I LOVE them! My shoulders are completely unstuck now!
What I really want to say is that, for the first time, I think there's hope for me… The pain I had been experiencing in my hips and knees (diagnosis of hip osteoarthritis) had begun to center in my lower spine (which is also diagnosed osteoarthritis). I couldn't walk. And then, in the Bone Strengthening workout (performed with a walker) I zeroed in on something Miranda said about lengthening the spine. I really focused on that in each and every move, and the payoff was immediate, and continued into the next day. I believe the stretching and lengthening finally allowed the blood to circulate in my lower spine at last. I repeated the emphasis in today's workout and am eager to see more positive results tomorrow. If I get my mobility back it's going to be thanks to my diet and Classical Stretch (no medication and surgery as well!!!) Thank you, more than I can express!
I slipped and fell the other day on the ice and hit my head. I truly believe that by doing these workouts it saved me from breaking any bones and other than the bump on my head, I was not sore. Great testimony to your program.
I just want to let you know my story with Essentrics…my super progress! I am 44 years old. Since my 30’s, I manage a Degenerative Disc Disease (L4-L5). There have been a lot of ups & downs, a lot of research on pain management, on the disease, and the impacts of different movements and exercise methods that can help with the pain. I have become a yoga instructor (hatha yoga) in the middle of this learning process. All this allowed me to skip surgery, for the moment. I believes that what is good, what works, should be shared and not kept only for me (my doctor agrees with this luckily). Since November 2015, I have been doing Essentrics on a daily basis. I use DVDs when I cannot exercise online, and Essentrics TV when travelling (or when I can have access to a computer). My work demands it a lot. I had to share with you my success with Essentrics. I was already living with daily pain (sciatica) when I started, but now at this moment, the pain has subsided… I am so happy, so happy. I even managed to get my husband doing Essentrics with me as well. I feel so comfortable, so energetic. Dear Miranda and Sarah, thank you for all that you do! I hope I will be able to continue doing Essentrics, I have shown your web site to my doctor, because even in case of surgery (it will be unavoidable, that is most certain) I am sure that Essentrics has also prepared me for the best recovery. And, most interesting, I get to practice my yoga and pilates feeling more agile, more comfortable, more aware. Good combination.
Best regards, Hug
You are the BEST. I had back problems and went for physio over 4 years for this. Some made my problem WORSE. I had been exercising with you prior to the problem, but had to stop due to 2 rotator cuff surgeries (and then the back became so bad, I was afraid to move at all). Finally I got a physio who calmed the back problem, so I felt better (but the back still was not "fixed"). I then started with you again on tv and felt better and better… 4 months later I feel great!!!! Thanks to you. I told my doctor about you being better than physio and that he should tell all his patients to do your program. You are wonderful and I tell everyone to follow your program. Thank you so much for enabling me to move without pain, thanks to your thoughtful and skilled approach. You have improved me life. I know how much stronger and better I am and think of you when I move and do things all throughout the day. Thanks Miranda. Smarter than any doctor.
Six years ago,I had knee surgery that technically worked but left me in a lot of quad, hip, calf, foot and back pain. Pretty much everywhere except shoulders and head!!
I saw many professionals: chiro, physiotherapist, acupuncturist etc. In the last two years I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and sciatica, so all in all I was pretty much in pain, most of the time. And as many people with this type of pain would concur, barometer changes seemed to intensify all the above aches. I was very frustrated. I really abhor taking meds...drugs are not the solution.
After being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, the neurosurgeon felt that back surgery would be the only solution and while I felt that might be a solution I was very leery about that route.
In the interim, I had the good fortune of visiting an excellent orthopedic surgeon who was very sympathetic and explained that there are 20% of people like myself who have the symptoms I had after have total knee replacements. he did however encourage me to search out alternative therapies.
I tried, physio, chiro, acupuncture and various exercise protocols again, and while they did some good they were not the answer for me.
In additiion to the good advice of the otrtho and my gp I was also blessed in that I found Classical Stretch on PBS. I recorded the shows and I have to admit it took me quite a while to actually committing to doing them on a regular basis.
I have to say here that I have never been a major exercise buff ...I offer the excuse which is valid to some, that because of my knee injury in 1991 I was severely restrained from doing regular exercise, so of course my condition worsened and at that point in time, doctors here would not consider knee replacement because of my age (too young) so I waiting until I was 62 before I got it and still as I described above a lot of pain issues.
So back to Classical stretch, I finally decided to give it a go, 3x a week and I liked it, especially the ballet, tai chi aspect of the program. But I was still not getting a big change in my body pain, but again a wise gp asked me why I was only doing the program 3x a week and suggested trying it everyday. I listened & I started 7 days a week in early Sept and have not looked back.
The change is terrific: I feel so much better, so flexible, it is all amazing. I have to say that I am not totally pain free, but so much improved, it is just amazing. I cannot thank Miranda enough for this program... it really is fantastic.
I have told many people who have osteo pain etc to try the program but I feel like there are so many more people out there who would benefit from this and do not know about it.
How to get the word around is my goal, at least locally. There is no question that the great improvement I receive from doing classical stretch is outstanding and no question in my mind that people out there suffering joint pain can relieve these pains by doing Miranda¹s workout daily. The time spent is fun, uplifting and works. Throw out your pain pills and stiff joints, join the classical stretch folk and essentrics.
As long as I am standing I will never stop doing the Classical Stretch program.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have neuropathy in my hands and feet, and she has helped me so much. Also, after a past stress fracture injury, doing Classical Stretch helps with my healing (my feet are getting stronger). I have arthritis in my hands, and the hand exercises help me with flexibility (and lessen my pain). The feet exercises help with balance and strength and helps me through my normal activities throughout the day. I have some favorite routines (such as frozen shoulder, stress relief, and core and spine), but no matter what I choose I always feel better after doing the movements. I love picking up the flower and have some favourite movements (like hip cleaner, cleaning the table, stress release movements, using the beach ball just to name a fewŠ.I do them throughout the day when I feel the need to). I tell anyone I can about Miranda and hope they all start to use her methods of healing.
I want to thank her so much for all she has done for me, and don't know what I would do without doing classical stretch... it has become part of my everyday life.
"I have suffered from severe back pain for the past few years. I have always been active (marathons, tae kwon do), but recently my back pain had accelerated to the extent that I could barely walk, let alone do any kind of workout. I've paid thousands of dollars to chiropractors and physical therapists, plus taken all kinds of pain medications, and nothing helped. Pain meds just made me a zombie. I began doing the Classical Stretch workouts a few weeks ago, and the results are AMAZING. It's the first time I've ever finished a workout and said, "My back feels AWESOME!" instead of "Well, that didn't hurt my back TOO much..." and then reach for pain meds. No more of that!”
Yesterday (Nov.14th) i accompanied my spouse to an arthritis conference sponsored by INSTITUT de RHUMATOLOGIE de MONTREAL i attended a class given by Megan Feeney entitled Atelier pratique Etirements et flexibilité. It was a mind opener for me as i have suffered from lower back pain for many years. I really enjoyed your class and the way that you did the workshop. RREELLAAXX. It was a very enjoyable pain free workout. I always believed that the solution to my back problem was in stretching, but the hard part was to find the right one! I guess it was karma that brought me to your workshop. After the class I bent down to pick something up from the floor and my back pain was gone. After having been treated by Osteopaths, Chiropractors,Physical Therapists, this is the best that i have felt in years! After seeing the physiotherapists etc. they all seemed to reduce my pain a little bit and no one got rid of it completely. After the class finished, i talked with Meghan and she mentioned that you had a DVD specifically for back pain which I intend to purchase along with others that you suggest.
Thank You very much.
P.S. I am a 60 year old male and i have always worked out at Gyms all my life. I am in pretty good shape, but I have 2 total knee replacements, so any type of impact routines are not in the works for me.
Wanted to tell you about my experience. I am trying to give a kidney to my brother who has polycystic kidney disease. One of the ways to insure that the kidney is adequate is height between the donor and the recipient. My height has increased by 1/2 inch as a result of doing classical stretch.
Thank you! Size matters!
I just turned 80... and have been doing Classical Stretch for 4 years ; I sent you an email ‘way back when I first started in 2011, and the results are even better now. I figure I spend more time with Miranda than almost anybody, every single day, and she’s continually changing my life; so I’d better tell her! It’s not only great for daily mobility, but I should mention that I have had lots of spine disease (stenosis and osteoarthritis, back and neck surgeries, 2 rotator cuff surgeries), and Classical Stretch has helped me through the rehab process again and again. So for me, it’s a serious necessity to do the program every day. I fervently believe it will keep me going throughout my 80s. I also walk a couple miles every day (big dog) and do water aerobics and swim laps, but it’s the Classical that gives me the energy to do that, I believe.
Thanks for your daily inspiration!
I am thankful for your 5am San Diego workout that “brings me to” each weekday on KPBS.
I started last November (2014) and am fully 5’6” as I measured at the Dr.’s office for my physical before I turn 60 in January. I’ve been 5’5.75” for as long as I remember and I told the physician’s assistant, “I have grown my spine through Classical Stretch this last year!” Unfortunately, my eating has returned to former years of sugary foods, so the scales aren’t reflecting the 18lb. weight loss I had enjoyed before finding you on public TV.
I feel a debt of gratitude for:
1. Finding you on TV
2. Consistent willingness to awaken and move
3. Bringing Cozumel and Jamaica’s beauty into my livingroom
4. Overall health and wellness
Keep up the good work and inspiration!
Susy Shepard Lakeside, CA
(east San Diego county)
In Feb. of this year I had a lifesaving surgery; a 54 pound contained cancer tumor was removed from my body and then I had an open wound - my recovery was long. In July I found you on PBS and we have been best friends ever since. I started working out with Miranda every single day. I've had complications with my hip and movement and I am NOW getting stronger, leaner and healthier every single day. I am SO GRATEFUL to you. I love working out now!! …This stuff works – I am 52 and my jaw dropped open when you said you are 66. AMAZING you look 20 years younger. Thank you! Thank you! I'll see you tomorrow at 5:30.
I cannot stop talking about Miranda s program on PBS. After a below the knee amputation, I needed a program to help me regain balance and strength. Prior to amputation, I had spent three years on crutches and had lost proper spine alignment and range of motion in my hip and knee. After working with a prosthetics designer, we both decided that a stretching program would help return my gait to normal and give me the strength.
I had lost from the years on crutches. I found this show on PBS and began working with Miranda each day. I did not only gain strength and mobility but in the process I also unexpectedly had the double benefit of reshaping my body and correcting my posture. I feel stronger and motivated. If you cannot complete all of the stretches, just listen to Miranda, she gently coaches you to do what you can do. I am a thankful follower.
I just want to take a minute to thank you for creating Classical Stretch. Today is my 64th birthday and I feel strong, stable, and healthy because of your program. Just 6 months ago I felt weak, vulnerable, and unstable. I had begun to fall frequently due to the declining muscle mass in my legs. My balance was not great. Due to long term steroid use (20 yrs) for lupus my body was changing rapidly as I age. I have participated in your exercise sessions every morning since I began five months ago. Some days I do two sessions! I am blown away by the changes in my body. My husband is extremely impressed with the strength I have gotten back. My balance is so much better and I brag to friends that I can spell the alphabet with my toes. I could go on and on. Just wanted you to know that for the first time I feel like I'm getting ahead of the lupus effects and restoring my body to health. Thanks so much for your dedication to sharing your knowledge the way you do
just wanted to tell someone at essentrics how much it has helped me in just a few short weeks.. I have an extremely bad knee and a mildly bad ankle.. I am 44 yrs old, and because of my bad knee & ankle had stopped all exercise for the past couple of years..I noticed recently how difficult regular living became for me! Everything hurt & just doing daily activities became painful and exhausting. I happen to catch the classical stretch special on my pubic tv station, by accident one day & watching it made mr cry.. I bought the monthly subscription & started doing the beginners workouts a few weeks ago..the excitement I now have cannot come through this message.. I can move once again, I am having less and less pain everyday!! I does not hurt to do the workouts! The actually feel good, which is unheard of to me! My quality of life has improved tremendously in such a short time!!! I am excited about life again.. Now I know that it is only going to get better from here.. There are no words I can write to say thank you enough!
Thank you for the invitation. I am not interested in training but I did want to comment that I am a 63 year old woman who saw you on channel 2 and I ordered two tapes. Much to my surprise I love doing them. I feel so much stronger and better everywhere and I think I have grown about an inch in hight. The posture one I do everyday. I am so grateful for your work and this way of exercise. Thank you so very much.
I want to thank Miranda for making me pain free for the first time in years. I am 63 years old and I work full time in front of a computer. My lower back pain was intolerable - I was at my limit with ibuprofen and my doctor was considering putting me on stronger pain medications. I was literally in tears several mornings because of so much pain. I saw your program on PBS by accident, and thought why not, I'll give it a try. I bought the CD and miraculously after doing the routine every day for the first week (as Miranda suggested) I am astonished to say I am pain free! Not only is the pain gone from my body, but being pain-free has also given me a brighter mental outlook. I definitely plan on continuing to do the routine at least 3 times a week. I urge those of you who are suffering from joint pain to give this a try. It is the real solution.
I am a member and an avid promoter and participant daily in essentricstv video streaming program. I travel almost monthly and take it with me on my iPhone or mini. The stretching and strengthening programs in particular the "hips, psoas and IT band" and "lose a pant size" and many others rotated into my morning routine have cured my ID band issue.. New Year's Eve after just a few dances, I couldn't walk across the dance floor. In January I could not walk without a limp and severe pain, and worse I couldn't dance more than one or two dances. Since I am a social dancer and dancing is my sport, with lessons and social dancing 4-6 nights a week, that was earth schatering not to be able to dance. I was depressed to say the least. Although I have been fit and exercised all my life, and I am a full time, professional real estate agent, now at 69, when my IT band attacked, I thought my dancing was instantly over. The IT band struck in a tango class so abruptly, I had to leave class. I went to my chiropractor, my physical trainer and my accupuncturist. Each of them helped momentarily. A dance friend recommended I try your program. After two - three weeks doing your program, I could dance an hour, then an hour and a half , now since February I have built back up to about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, It is heaven. I have many dance friends who I have introduced to your program. One of them just last night while we were out at the Chicago Botanic Garden music and dance festival, came up to me as we were going on the dance floor, saying, " I did "feet ankles and calves " HIp It band psoas" and ... .... today, what did you do?" SHe couldn't dance at the beginning of the summer due to back pain - with your program she's back full swing and she's got her husband into your program too. Many other dance friends are grateful for your help. Best Regards,
You are the answer to my quest to stay in shape as I grow older. I caught your PBS special around Feb. of this year and ordered DVDs. It has been almost five months that I have rarely missed a workout. I love them so much that I usually do two if I have the free time. I will be 61 next week and have degenerative disc disease and muscle spasms in the lower back. Also, I was hit by a truck on my horse last November (we are both fine) and had my knee broken in four places, so there is that challenge of healing and rebalancing. Your exercise is such a blessing to my life! I have lost 5 lbs without trying and my core is so much stronger. My waist is much more whittled and my legs (from plies) are super strong. I can stand in my stirrups all day on my horse. Thank you. I am one of your biggest fans and share this wealth when I can.
Side story - my wife recently went to the doctor for her annual physical and everything looks good. The doctor wanted to know what she is doing to improve her health since bone density and other measurements have been getting better despite her getting older.. She attributed it to healthy eating and more importantly doing the morning exercises and classical stretch with Miranda (and me too - ha ha). And actually the doctor was going to look into these exercises for herself and even other patients.
We both know we feel better on a day we begin with a little exercise. And we miss the days that for whatever reason we put off doing our stretches. We are believers in this technique.
Dear Miranda -
I found your show only by accident on one of our Los Angeles PBS stations, and was immediately hooked. I am taping every single show, and will get your dvds. and of course your book. I have been suffering with Arthritis and fibromyalgia, and I have to tell you that your technique has given me more actual relief than anythign I've done.
If I do your program at night before bed, I find that I wake up with so much less pain, and far more mobility. it is truly giving me my body back. I'm seeing my rheumatologist next week, and am going to tell her about it, and suggest she watch it, and try it.
thank you for all the healing work you do, and for the healing you put into the world.
I have had back pain for about 5 years now and I would dabble in Classical Stretch every now and then. I always felt amazing after. But I wanted to lift heavy weights and with time constraints I wouldn't practice Classical Stretch like I should.
Fast forward to almost 3 months ago. Me and my 6 year old daughter were hit by a car while walking. As a result I have a grade 3 MCL knee tear and 2 herniated discs in my lumbar. Fortunately my daughter only had bruising to her foot. I was just cleared to do exercise and get my knee bending. I immediately subscribed to Essentrics TV and have been doing episodes for almost a week now. Between that and using my inversion table I feel much better. So much so that my dream is to become a Essentrics instructor one day. I am very passionate about fitness and helping people. I have always wanted to be an fitness instructor and this seems like my calling. I always feel like everything happens for a reason. I need to save up money first :)
Thank you Sahra and Miranda for this way of exercise. It is truly magic!
Dear Miranda and the Eccentrics team,
It happened about 8 months after I had my first baby. I woke (again) in the middle of the night to breast feed him and immediately I had an excruciating pain in my lower back. I couldn't move! It hurt so terribly, and I couldn't even pick up my baby. Earlier in the week I had been at the gym, of course wanting the last 10 pounds from the pregnancy to go away quickly. I had always been a fit individual, I was never overweight and I frequently exercised by playing tennis and practicing yoga. Then after this, I was never the same... or so I sadly thought. After a week or so the pain receded and I got my range of motion back. But then it would happen again, sometimes out of the blue. The mental side effects were becoming as bad as the physical pain. I saw a chiropractor who helped somewhat. Finally, when my son was about 2 I didn't have as much pain as frequently. Of course, I had stopped carrying him so often as well. Then I got pregnant again, and after this baby, it happened again. I hated that my pain interrupted routine and normal everyday activities, and more so I hated that I couldn't be a better mother. It stopped me from picking them up, playing or going out and doing things.
It would come and go, leaving me to my bed or the couch. Then this past year my prayers were answered. I fired my chiropractor who had still been treating me (for 5 years) without any advancement or suggestions. I did one shot of acupuncture (per my primary physician) and more importantly, I found Miranda. I decided that this was it and I was going to be in control. My doctor also told me that this was something I needed to fix, no one else could. And then one morning (I can't believe I missed it all these years) I saw Classical Stretch on my local PBS station. I haven't stopped since that day and I have been pain free ever since!!!!!!! :)
Miranda: Thank you so much for your knowledge and education! You are truly a fitness and health expert and unlike so many that do it because they have a great body, which you do as well! But with your approach and understanding you are superior and you truly are in it to make people feel their best. You are so endearing and I find that your delivery is so appropriate and never offensive. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love spending 30 minutes with you every day and my household is on a first name basis with you! My son knows "Miranda" and he also knows that Miranda makes mommy feel good, happy and strong.
I wish all the best to you! You are a wonderful, inspiring person.
Mequon, WI USA
I just wanted to tell you that I saw you on a PBS pledge drive for the first time called Aging Backwards. I got the book and the DVD's. I have been doing the Posture and others for about a month now about 5 days a week, working up to 7 days. I am 54 and have arthritis in my upper back, lower neck and both shoulders, and other problems. Already I am finding the arm exercises which kill me, to be a little less stressful, my horrible balance is improving, and sitting up straight instead of slouching is not as tiring. Amazing, it is encouraging to continue. I have told family, friends and co-workers at work about your DVD's. So glad I saw that PBS pledge show. I hope it will help with most if not all of my health problems. Thank you.
Good afternoon Miranda,
I wanted to tell you my story, I am over age 50, I weigh 121lbs, 5'5",female and eat healthy. I used to figure skate, I still roller blade on weekends. I run a few days a week and I did yoga a maybe twice a week. So I am pretty healthy and only take vitamins, but for the past 16 months I WAS having daily pain/achiness/stiffness every day this was in my neck and lower back and I couldn't sleep at night without 2feet high pillows to prop up my back and neck, and I still couldn't sleep I was going to the chiropractor WEEKLY. and I bought so many different pillows and they didn't help. I was told I have degenerative disk in my neck. ( I also have a weak neck from a car accident from over 25 yrs ago)
Then one day I saw your promo show on TV. I knew as soon as I heard your program this is what I was looking for. I started your program that day and I had immediate relief! I only bought 3 DVDs but I do the workouts almost every day. My pain is gone! I can sleep normally again. I now only visit the chiropractor once a month for good maintenance.
So I cannot thank you enough and I think about all the people out there who can get the same help with your method...
Again, thank you, thank you!
I had severe arthritis in both knees. My husband and I traveled all over the world, and I always needed knee braces or even cortisone injections to be able to walk. In the year 2000, a friend told me about CLASSICAL STRETCH on PBS, and I checked it out. In the early days, it was excruciatingly difficult, but in time, my whole body responded, and now 15 years later I can claim that I no longer have ANY arthritis in my knees!!! I cannot thank you enough. I am 72 years old (or will be in 2 weeks) and take NO medications whatsoever. Lots of vitamins and minerals, and of course my (almost) daily exercise with YOU!!!!
My gratitude to you forever!
Mama Mia Schneider
I want to share with you one of the many impacts, I believe, you are making in your new career. I’m a breast cancer survivor (9 years YAY!) and until I started your class my left breast, due to radiation and subsequent lymphedema and scar tissue, was as hard as a rock, with constant discomfort, Two attempts at PT didn’t help and breast massage was incredibly painful and a temporary solution. Two weeks into your class, the entire character of my breast began to change. The tightness started loosening up (with pain yet I knew what was finally happening so stuck with it). After about 6 or 7 classes, it became completely normal and no pain or discomfort. I am so grateful we crossed paths!
Hello Miranda and Classical stretch team!
I found Classical stretch after I was released from the hospital June 2014. I slowly began exercising with Miranda each morning, getting stronger each day. I have been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which is a progressive lung disease, however that hasn't stopped me from exercising each morning with Miranda! Even though I am using an oxygen concentrator machine 24/7, I get up each morning and faithfully exercise with Miranda. Although at times its a challenge to exercise, I honestly believe your techniques help me breath better, have improved my posture, and have made my body feel stronger. I am waiting for a lung transplant and I have been told to keep moving keep exercising. I believe your Essentric technique truly have made me stronger and yet are gentle ways to do aerobics and strength train. I hope to exercise with you during my recovery after my transplant. Many tell me the wait before the transplant is the toughest time. You have given me a reason to get up each morning and exercise with you. Every day I text my sister to check to see if she worked out with Miranda. Sometimes I do both your classes if I feel strong that day. Thank you so much for helping me! Ps you also helped me eliminate a neck hump I was starting to get, you truly helped me age backwards! Please keep it up, I also love your daughter's YouTube videos and both your CDs! We love you Miranda!
Thank you for another awesome work out. I start every morning with you. I'm 54 and have been doing Classical Stretch for about 4 years. I started with you back pain video, hoping that your program would eliminate my almost constant, often severe, lower back pain. It did that, as well as making me much stronger, more flexible, and lighter! I often wake with a headache, but I do my Classical Stretch anyway. It's my first line of defense against pain. I'm also an older mom. I have a 15 year old and a 10 year old. I want to be as fit as possible so I can keep up with my kids and, hopefully, grandkids. I love everything about Classical Stretch. It's so peaceful, the slowness and the music. I love that I'm not killing myself to be fit. I love the deep stretching. Okay, I don't love the tai chi plies, but I love the results of them. I am strong and fit at 54! I'm healthier than I've ever been. That's a miracle to me. I went to Disney World with my family last Spring. I used to be the one that couldn't keep up with everyone else. My family had trouble keeping up with me! Thank you SO much for developing this program. It has helped change my life drastically. I will do it for the rest of my life, and I'm counting on it to keep me young and strong for a very, very long time.
Sincerely and with great affection,
(A four-years later update)
I just HAD to contact you all again to follow-up with my personal progress!: Even though I do not mange to follow the program on a DAILY basis (maybe an average of 3 or 4 days weekly), this program has literally transformed my life. In my 60th year on this planet I have never felt better in my life!
For many years (a good 10) I suffered with a frozen lower back due to a disk injury. Combined with other soft-tissue injuries ( 10th thoracic herniated disk from a car accident at the age of 17 and a severe blow to a knee at the age of 11 or so, a horribly sprained foot mere recently), I lived in pain- sometimes extremely acute!- for most of my life. During my 1st pregnancy I could barely walk. There were months and years during which I experienced such searing pain with the slightest bump to my pelvis that it would bring me to my knees in tears. I didn't think I would ever ride a bicycle again... way too risky.
As I've always been athletically inclined, I tried many methods, as I previously related, including chiropractic and acupuncture. Nothing I've tried has addressed the core of the problem as effectively as your program ( though Tai-Chi and Feldenkrais came close), and it's only getting better!
I have just recently noticed that I can now pick something up from the floor while seated in a chair, and this morning I sat in meditation without any pain whatsoever! Needless to say, this makes the real goal of meditation (liberation!) MUCH more accessible, indeed, even possible at all.
It has taken me some time and practice to really GET it - the body-consciousness - and Miranda has only gotten more proficient at helping me to find it. She is hands- down the very best P.E. teacher ( so to speak) that I have ever had! This morning I was actually moved to tears with the beautiful celestial music, glorious backdrop, and Miranda's delightful personality, which shines through my television screen each morning!
At this time in my life, during which I have been going through difficult personal challenges, your program has given me a reason to look forward to my days, which are now virtually pain-free (if I manage to do the program!). I cannot thank you enough for all that you all do!
Congratulations on your new book, and I so look forward to our future evolution with essentrics and Classical Stretch! Maybe someday soon I'll seek certification as a teacher myself, as there is probably not a day that goes by that I don't extol your virtues to someone!
Sincerely and with great affection,
I started doing essentrics about 1/14/2015 and my husband joined in four days later. As I wrote before, we both saw an immediate difference in posture. Now that a month or so is passed, I must tell you the rest. My husband suffered from daily stress headaches due to his accountant at the computer profession. Nothing helped these at all. He hasn't had a headache worth speaking about in 3 weeks and that's saying a lot during a time of year when he works at the computer 14 hours a day. When he gets a small discomfort that feels like a headache, he does some of your moves for 5 or 10 minutes; the headache disappears. Also, he is sleeping deeper without sleep apnea and a lot less snoring. Finally, he used to lift weights, causing frozen shoulder injuries. He said he always felt strong but like he was drawing in and had no flexibility. With essentrics, he has a full range of motion in his shoulders, chest, and back.
I had terrible hip pain and immobility for 20ish years from two separate accidents. It was beginning to affect my lower back. AND it contributed to a separated pelvis I experienced while driving a tractor a couple years ago. This pain is gone. After bearing 5 children, I always had to remind myself to stand up straight. It was a huge effort to stay erect. As a short woman, sitting in chairs was always so difficult and detrimental to my posture. Now it's no problem to sit up straight without my back against the furniture. Gone is the pain in my mid back and between my ribs. (Who has pain between their ribs anyway?) It's hard to believe that such simple movements can do so much for two people in their 50s. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the world. Now I'm trying to get my mother to do essentrics.
Greetings from the West Coast!
After doing two 20 minute sessions 5-days each week religiously for one year and watching what I am eating carefully at the same time, my results are as follow:
After about 4 weeks, the exercises became a great routine. I do them first thing in the morning before breakfast - never call me between 7 and 8 am. I love it that I can do the exercises where ever I go - Hawaii next week. Needless to say, I am very proud of myself and will report back next year.
PS: I am well into “old age” and flexible like a wet noodle.
Greetings from Victoria,
I have been a Classical Stretch aficionado since 2005 . Having trained in classical ballet (over 15 years), I was immediately taken by this method which was for me a continuation of my training. I had already done lots of research to find some kind of program that would gently but fully work all my muscles and lubricate my joints. Nothing was meeting my expectations until I discovered Classical Stretch / Essentrics. It was for me a real revelation! The DVDs (I have about 10) are extremely well designed in their approach as well as in their music. I do the exercises every day (or almost every day!), and besides keeping me in shape, they prepare and maintain my muscles for my downhill ski season. Since I like variety, I am always looking for the latest DVDs on Essentrics.com and buy them as soon as they are released. I think, however, that the francophone population of Quebec should be made more aware of this EXTRAORDINARY method. Meanwhile, congratulations and thank you very much!
Hi Essentrics team,
After discovering your intro videos on youtube last year I can honestly say that I have found the stretch program that I will follow into old age. Simply doing your youtube videos has done amazing things for my body that has been weakened since the age of 12 when I snapped all three bones in one ankle. As a result of this injury I have had constant trouble with one side of my body being weaker and tighter than the other and this has heavily impacted on my ability to perform other exercises and stretches. From the first time I tried the essentrics stretches I could feel release in places I could never get to before with standard stretching. I can also work a lot harder now when exercising which has been incredible for my fitness. My husband suffers from nerve damage in his back and even he gets some tension relief from your method so thank you so much! Thanks again and keep up the awesome work. Kind Regards
Dear Miranda and Sahra,
I think its been almost a year that I started Essentrics and I'm really happy to be doing your classes regularly. The classes are fun, the instructors are all great and the facilities are fantastic. I started the class to recover from a slipped disc in my back, and recovered completely until I pushed it too far and regressed a bit. Still, essentrics helped me with my back immensely and lose a lot of upper body mass I had leftover from swimming. I can only imagine how much the upward stretches help our body position in the water and arm entry. When I first started, the classes didn't seem so hard, but as I got better and understood the motions better, I find I am able to adjust the effort as much as I want. Having different teachers is a great way to ensure we hear the explanations in different ways which I really appreciate. I know my posture has changed immensely over the year and it feels great. It really hit me a few weeks ago when I got on my triathlon bike for the first time in two years. The position is a bit different from the typical road bike position as the hip is rotated forward and the fore-arms are brought in forward and to the center. Essentially its like the c-curve in class but with the arms in front with elbows practically touching each other. I used to be able to tuck and hold this position comfortably for hours, now I can barely hold it for a minute. It feels so weird to hunch over and constrict my chest now. Thanks again,
I wish to thank you for your expertise and ability to demonstrate these wonderful exercises. I have been doing them since 2006 on a weekly basis and I am now 63 years old and swim a mile a day. I contribute my youthful appearing body to your workouts that have keep me agile and strong. My husband and I are from America (Colorado), however when I began using your DVD we lived in London and now live in Abu Dhabi. I love them because it doesn’t matter where I am, I can exercise without excuse. When I first began, I had chronic left shoulder pain and now I have no chronic pain. Whew! I am convinced that sticking to the program is what created the disappearance of that awful pain that had been with me for several years. I love doing the exercises (I have your 2 segments of arms and abdomen and legs and butt) and by doing both segments get a great daily (3-4) times a week feeling while doing them and afterwards. It brightens my day and I feel more fully engaged with life. Many thanks,
I'm adding my comments to the hundreds, or more, emails you've received over the years letting you know how much your classical stretch routines have helped change their bodies. I began watching your program on my local public TV station in 2007 with season 4. Even though I was years younger than today I found it quite a challenge to do some of the routines. But I stuck with it several times a week and progressed with additional series, buying each one since season 4 so that I would never be without my regular stretch routine should the station drop your program. They did recently and I'm glad to have access to all the DVD's including season 9 which I ordered today. In the past seven years you have indeed become a welcome face and exercise friend on a daily basis. My day isn't complete until I've spent those 24 minutes with you. Late in 2011 I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. I underwent a radical hysterectomy and 4 1/2 mos. of chemotherapy. During that time I didn't have the energy to do my daily routines, but did get back to them as soon as better health prevailed. By July of 2012 I was back in "full swing" with you and taking my DVD's on vacation to our cabin in Oregon which I do every summer. Even with a diagnosis of some spinal stenosis in spring 2011, I have never found the classical stretch exercises to hinder my progress and I believe they have actually helped keep me from further degeneration. Today, I am close to 2 years free of cancer cells and feeling terrific at age 70. No one who knows me thinks I'm even in my 60's. Besides some good parental genes, I'm sure the 'young look' has much to do with my daily exercise routine which enables me to have good posture and balance, walk with ease and pop up from a seated position. My gratitude for your dedication to helping women feel and look better as they age is more than I can put into words. Even if the classical stretch series had not been photographed in such stunning vacation locals, I would still be making exercising with you a top priority in my life. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
Dear Ms. Esmonde-White,
For the last two months I have been following your program on public television (WEFS-TV, Cocoa, FL). In this short time the results and benefits of working with your program have been wonderful and spectacular. Despite holiday overindulgence, my body looks slimmer and leaner. All of the stretching exercises helped me appreciate how tight and un-flexible the body can become if we don't move. When I'm standing in line I do the foot exercises! And the biggest benefit of all, I'm sleeping better. I don't feel sleepy or have the need to take a nap during the day and nighttime sleep is more restful. I tell everyone who will listen about your program. Thank you for the wonderful work that you do. Best wishes to you--
Dee in Florida
Dear Classical Stretch,
I found you on PBS (KRMA in Denver) when Miranda was doing her workouts in Florida and I seem to remember some in Upstate New York – anyway it was a long time ago! I don’t have a remarkable recovery or weight loss story – I'm just an average person (now 62) who has tried to keep fit most of my adult life. I’ve had brush with breast cancer (lumpectomy without radiation) and have had wrist surgery and a surgery for a tissue cancer – all within the last 8 years. I know that I have weathered each of these much better and had for the most part a completely pain free recovery because I do this program 5 days a week. In addition to walking everyday Classical Stretch is absolutely one the best things about my day! Thank you so much for being there. P.S. I also have an older sister who does this work out everyday too!
You may not realize it, but you’ve become a really good friend of mine, and I visit with you several times a week. I started Classical Stretch years ago in my early thirties with the full body volume one workout. I must admit, I wasn’t hooked. It didn’t grab me at first, and sadly sat in the closet collecting dust for years. Then two years ago I was able to attend a live Essentrics Class, and I fell in love. From there, I dug out that old Classical Stretch DVD, and added it into my regular workout rotation. I’ve suffered from numerous autoimmune disease from my mid-twenties (I’m now 39). I have really bad fibromyalgia, and arthritis in my knees as well. This spring I was diagnosed with PCOS, and Pre-Diabetes. I had been gaining weight uncontrollably, and was in so much pain I could barely get out of bed. All thru this past year I kept doing Classical Stretch no matter how tired I was, or how much pain I was in. It always made me feel better( I have most of your DVD’s). I also changed my diet due to the Diabetes/PCOS. Since then, I’ve lost over 30lbs since June 2013 which is the most consistent weight loss I’ve seen in years! I feel SO MUCH YOUNGER! Thanks to Classical Stretch, and Essentrics, I’m changing the shape of my body, and increasing both my strength, and flexibility every day! I have way more energy than I’ve had in years. The best part is…I have no more fibromyalgia pain, and my arthritic knees are doing so much better. I’ve gained two inches in height in the last two years from consistently doing your workouts, and my IBS-C is a thing of the past! I talk about you everywhere I go, and to whomever will listen. I’ve got my sister doing your workouts now as well. She loves the Essentrics! I’ve given away your DVDs to multiple family members as gifts. I truly believe Classical Stretch, and Essentrics are the very best exercises on the planet. I love your last three seasons on DVD, and do those workouts religiously. I also love the re-release of your Essentrics DVD. I have, and do, all your thirty minute workouts for both Classical Stretch, and Essentrics. I cannot thank you, and your daughter, enough for being such good, and dear friends. You’ve helped me tremendously to gain my health, and life back. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep making more DVD’s. I will continue to buy them, do them, and spread the word of the restorative healing powers of Classical Stretch, and Essentrics. I’ll be 40 next spring. My new mantra is “40, Fit, and Fabulous”. I know Classical Stretch will help get me there, and keep me there. Cheers,
How many people say they feel like they know you? I bet a lot! I do, too. I found Classical Stretch on our local PBS station four years ago, when I was asking God how would I ever regain my strength and muscle tone after the year I had been through. I had always been healthy, athletic, and strong until I was diagnosed with lupus. In less than a month, I was bedridden and lost 40 pounds. My skin sagged and muscles atrophied. I was 55. Within a few months, I began an all-organic, vegetarian diet, choosing to forego the “traditional” experimental meds that are prescribed by rheumatologists. I visited a naturopath doctor, who said that this was 50 percent of the battle. She prescribed specific supplements that would help to restore kidney and liver function. I could feel myself getting healthier but was still weak. Then I found your show. I pushed myself to do it that first day and the second. By the third day, I was ready to do it when it came on. Gradually, I felt stronger. By the end of the first year with lupus, I never missed a day of Classical Stretch, my labs were close to normal, and I was out walking two miles a day again. It’s four years later, I just turned 60 and feel better than I have in many years. I even celebrated with a bucket-list birthday present – I went skydiving over Hawaii!!! I’m now on a soapbox and tell everyone they should be doing this. Thank you! You are providing hope for physical healing for so many, including me. I’ve thought about becoming an instructor. YIKES!
Dear Miranda and Team,
I can't thank you enough for what you all do. I am a 43 year old mother of a 4 and 6 year old. Having my children later in my 30's took a big toll on my back and hips. I thought I would have to live with it. One morning I turned on the TV and switched the channel to the a.m. news but accidentally landed on PBS and your show. On a whim, I followed along. It changed my life as well as my body. I have done some yoga and have some exercise DVDs. But they either left me feeling like a hopeless beginner or exacerbated my problems thus leading me to give up and start over. Much like a yo-yo diet. The Esmonde technique is so different. I now follow you twice a day! And look forward to that time. This is revolutionary for me. I experience immediate relief in my back and hips. And my posture! I stand straight am stronger all over and feel great. I love that I can stretch and strengthen all at once. I have told everyone I know about your program. My confidence has led to a better diet and I can play like a kid with my kids. Because of you, I am a more complete and satisfied person. Thank you again.
I will be 43 in a few short weeks. I am a single mother and paralegal, hunched at a computer all day with constant and severe neck shoulder and mid back pain, every night going to bed with ice packs from my neck to my tailbone, headaches and stress beyond belief. I began your show on July 1 along with a CLEAN program. I wake up every morning and do two of your shows (DVR’d) before work. About a week ago I was getting ready for bed and my daughter asked me if I wanted my ice packs. I realized I didn’t HURT! For the first time since an auto accident in 2002, I went to bed without an ice pack on a part of my body and ibuprophen or naproxen in my system. My posture is so much better. I have a large chest and always hunch forward, no amount of chiropractic and massage therapy have helped. Now I sit and walk with my shoulders back and head high! I’m down 10 pounds with another 30 to go. But I feel great!! Thank you so much!!
I feel I know you. I have been doing classical for about 6 months. I think I have the beginning of a success story going. I just turned sixty-six years old. In the last few years, I have gone from 5' 8 1/2" tall to 5' 6 1/4" tall due to osteoporosis and compression fractures. Posture has always been a problem for me. Though no one is saying my posture is better, I feel from the inside that it is. I am much more aware of my posture, abs, and the feel of my body. I have much more energy. I feel more fit. My husband says I am playing better tennis. I am hoping very much to impact the shrinking. I am feeling the beneficial effects of Classical Stretch much more than I have with any other exercise program (yoga, circuit training, etc.) I so like the teaching that goes with the workout in terms of targeting muscle groups. I feel motivated to do Classical Stretch everyday. The fact that it is only a little over 20 minutes makes it very managable. Thank you so much for this gift.
I have been doing your workouts religiously since December 17, 2012 on PBS (WQPT). One of my friends told me about your show. I have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disorder in my knees quite a number of years ago. Since doing your program, I have significantly reduced the joint pain in my knees. I cannot tell you how great that feels! I actually look forward to getting up at 5:30 a.m. so that I can work out with you at 6:00 before heading for work. I am 59 and feel 29. And I absolutely love the backgrounds you have selected for your workouts, along with the music. I can’t believe how fast that 25 minutes go by! Thanks for being there for all of us. You such an inspiration!!
Just wanted to write b/c I'm so happy to have finally found a low impact yet challenging exercise routine I can follow! And it's gentle on my arthritic toe joint-no burpees or lunges-yay! Love Miranda's approach to isometrics and her fun teaching style. Thanks!
I am almost 69 years old. I have been doing the Classical Stretch Age Defying Series for about a year. I am in heaven. I have been working out since I was 35, so I wasn't in bad shape. But these stretching exercises have made such a difference in my flexibility and balance. And I have a solid core and solid abs. I had arthritis in a thumb joint and sometimes when I walked down stairs my ankle would buckle. Not anymore. Nope. No more joint pain and my ankle bends just like it should. Thank you so much.
My name is Danielle. I'm 38 years old, and I have psoriatic arthritis. I absolutely love Classical Stretch and how it makes me feel, and the range of motion it brings back to my body. I call it my dessert, because I love to add it on to the end of my regular workout - it is so yummy! I have a 4 year old son who is my workout buddy most days. The other day after my workout, he asked me "Mommy, are you going to do your Fantastical Stretch?" That's his name for Classical Stretch! So adorable. I think it's a great name, because that's exactly what it is!! I just had to share this with you, because it was so cute :)
I must tell you what happened to me last week. On Wednesday morning I did the Season 7, Strengthen Your Bones routine and found myself feeling great all day, really energized. In the evening I took a fall! I had been hurrying along, bundled up in the cold, on an unfamiliar, poorly lit street in New York City. I didn’t notice a spilled milkshake on the sidewalk. One minute I was striding along, the next I was on my side on the pavement. My right boot heel had slipped on the slick of the milk. I went splat, but wonder of wonders, I was completely unhurt. Nothing broken, nothing bruised, except the gloved heel of my right hand which broke the fall. A passerby helped me get up, and I continued on my way as though nothing had happened. I know I have Classical Stretch to thank. My muscles were loose, I just rolled with the fall. What a feeling of exhilaration to know that my workouts protected me from injury! It’s great to look good and feel good. It’s even better to stay young inside. Classical Stretch is indeed a fountain of youth. Kind regards,
I have struggled with plantar fasciitis for at least 7 years. Since I am a nurse and spent long shifts on my feet, everything that I tried was out balanced with the ill effects of those long shifts. In addition to the arch issues I had also injured my back between my shoulder blades. For a number of years I have been seeking chiropractic care for these issues weekly to monthly as it was. Well, NO MORE! Approximately two months ago I discovered the Esmonde technique on our local PBS station and decided to give it a try. Prior to my injuries I was very active, doing Jillian Michaels videos daily and feeling quite fit. I had become very out of shape since. I am now nearly pain free. It is difficult to even put into words the difference this is making in my life. We have recently graduated our youngest child, relocated to a completely new community, and now I can do what I desire to do with confidence!! I praise God daily for leading me to you :-) Thank you, Miranda, from the bottom of my heart (and feet!!),
I just wanted to let you know that my husband stumbled across your PBS program while trying to find me an exercise program that I would enjoy. I started watching and doing your Classical Stretch in mid-January. In three weeks I noticed a BIG difference in my posture and overall muscle tone, not to mention losing a few inches in the midriff area. I had undergone a left breast mastectomy in September 2008 and neither of my surgeons (breast surgeon nor plastic surgeon) suggested any kind of PT after the surgery. I did get (and now I can’t remember if I asked for them) a little set of ‘exercises’ to start stretching out my shoulder/arm after the surgery. I did those and I regained the ability to lift my arm over my head, and some of the mobility returned. It wasn’t until after I went to a deep tissue Swiss masseuse about 1 year ago, that I discovered how much ‘scarred muscle tissue’ I had. She helped me a great deal. And just recently she helped me with the ‘binding feeling’ around my chest that I was still dealing with. Even after 3 weeks with your current stretch program on PBS I was still having issues. I have been so pleased with your program that I actually get up every morning to do the workout (it airs at 5:30 am here in Colorado). I was so pleased with the results I have seen in my own body that I have been telling everyone I know. Then I talked to a client that had a double mastectomy 5 weeks ago (she had the same plastic surgeon as I did) and found out that he didn’t give her ANY kind of PT info. So I told her about you and about my masseuse. Today, I wondered on to your website and discovered your Cancer page. WOW! So I have sent it on to her and to another friend that had a mastectomy last fall (again, the same surgeon and again, no mention of the PT). I hope they will be as happy as I am with your program. I look forward to my 23 minutes every morning (I take Sat and Sun off) with you! www.breastcancerrehabilitation.com
My body and I want to say thanks to you for sharing your knowledge, being so encouraging and making it possible for me to regain strength, flexibility and confidence. With that comes a re-awakened sense of purpose, perspective, hope and enthusiasm for life. A fall right after Christmas, which resulted in a slight back injury, stopped me in my tracks. Your Back Pain Relief video helped ease me along and back to a good starting point to then begin the Core workout. This all came after many months of only taking daily walks, which have been part of my routine for years, but which aren't enough to keep my whole body feeling exercised. Less than a month after starting the core workout, I already feel stronger all over, more flexible and so motivated. Doing these stretching exercise at home allows me to work at my pace, stop and go back, and most importantly, breathe a lot, and noisily. I'm sure I'd be self-conscious in a group about making anything like the noise I very comfortably do in my own living room. When I finish the 55 minutes I feel so happy and grateful to you and almost always say a big thank-you for doing what you do and being there! Sincerely,
A happy 61-year-old
I am 58 years old and I have never been enthusiastic about an exercise program until starting this one. After a herniated disc years ago and osteoarthritis I thought my days of good physical health were over until I began this program. I have never felt better or stronger. The squats have taken inches off my thighs and after years of unsuccessful kegel exercises for incontinence the squats have completely corrected that problem as well. Thank you for this valuable program. I tune into PBS to participate
I discovered your DVDs while watching the Marilyn Denis show when I was recovering from hip replacement surgery last May. As I rehabbed, I very carefully performed what exercises I could without compromising my new joint and recovery. I am now four months post-op, and can do most of the exercises in the first DVD, and I feel great. I just wanted to thank you for helping me get my body back its strength and flexibility. I am heading for my second replacement next month, and will continue with your program when I am able. What I like best, is the fluidity of movement with no abrupt anchoring or angling of limbs. I truly didn't think I'd feel this good again. Best regards
Hi. I’ve been doing Miranda’s classes at 7:30 each morning before work ever since I discovered her on PBS while home on vacation a couple years ago. I enjoyed it SO much that I asked my boss if I could change my hours to come in a half hour later just so I could do the show before work. She said yes and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’m 64 and I feel so much more limber and “straight” and lately people have been telling me I look great. I have had a lot of rheumatic aches and pains over the years, including a serious bout with polymyalgia rheumatica, and nearly 20 years ago my Dr said if I didn’t exercise regularly he’d see me in the operating room in 20 years. Well, I’m happy to report that that’s one meeting I haven’t had to keep. I love Miranda. She can make me laugh out loud in the middle of a class with some of her comments. And Classical Stretch allows me to let out my “inner ballerina” for thirty minutes a day. I’m so grateful for this show. I can’t imagine not doing it.
Thank you so much for changing my life. I stumbled on to your program on PBS and have enjoyed so many improvements in my body. I had recently told my 90 year old mother that I did not want to live to be her age because at the age of 60 I already had too many aches and pains. This seems strange because I am very athletic and participate in multitudes of sports. But my hips and back were so tight and painful that waking up and getting going was proving to be more and more dreadful. Now, after one month of Miranda, I am sleeping better, feel relatively pain free, and can face living into an old age, which my DNA will most probably mandate. You are a revelation and I look forward to taking you into my very senior years.
I was channel surfing a few weeks ago and found your show on PBS and decided to follow along and within 10 min. I felt more open in my rib cage and shoulders than I have in years. I'm standing straighter and my shoulders are back finally! I have scoliosis and degenerative disc disease and arthritis and have limited mobility my low back! A constant pinch. I'm much more flexible and feel more enegized than I have in years. I'm feeling toned in my arms and legs and my abs are getting stronger! I truly want to thank you and I will be ordering other series to help me "come back" from all my pain from years gone by! If all goes well, I might become as a certified instructor as I have been raving to alot of people about your technique and how it's helping me. People want to know more! People from all walks of life have aches and pains and don't know what to do and Im just the person who wants to help...you have truly given me hope for recovery! Thank you Miranda
I'm a 62-year old woman who has recently been diagnosed with bursitis of the left hip. I looked up bursitis on the Internet, and saw recommendations of resting and icing the affected area. I was sick of limping around (I had waited about 6 months before going to the doctor), so I decided to rest the heck out of it and get better faster. Well, resting made it worse! I felt about 100 years old and couldn't walk around my own house without leaning against things for support. I got frustrated and went back to gentle exercise, trying to work around the sore joint. After about 5 days of Classical Stretch, I was a new woman. I can not only walk without limping, I have much more energy and have stopped even thinking about my hip. It's like a miracle. After doing my Classical Stretch every morning, I immediately ice down my left hip, and within 10-15 min., I'm good to go for the rest of the day. I will never totally give up exercise again; I don't think we are meant to rest. No matter what the issue, Classical Stretch is gentle enough to do, and I have never become injured doing CS. Thank you, Miranda!
Thank you so much for the breast cancer rehab and stress relief exercises. They have provided me such welcome relief and reassuarance. At 5 weeks out from my lumpectomy, it looks like I have regained my complete range of motion. May you be repaid many times over for your generosity www.breastcancerrehabilitation.com
I "accidentally" discovered your program when I flipped on the TV in the middle of the day and the last 1 minute of the program was on. I have always been very in shape and physically active. However, that all came to an end about 5 years ago when I severely injured my ankle in an exercise class at the gym. Over the years I've had 2 surgical procedures and lots of Physical Therapy. My ankle no longer holds my foot at its natural angle, and has limited range of motion. This has entirely thrown off the structure of my body from my foot all the way up to my neck. I'm in pain. I haven't been able to do much physical activity and have gained 20 pounds over the past 5 years. I have kept trying a number of different exercises and the result has always been the same, increased pain over a week or two and then having to stop altogether. I can't give up and just keep trying. The only thing I've been able to tolerate has been a slow to moderate walk on the treadmill about 3x a week and making sure I don't do it two days in a row. I started recording your show on PBS about 4 weeks ago. The first week I started off doing 1 episode every other day and my pain had not increased. Plus, my pants were so much looser that I had to tighten my belt a notch. And this was from only doing one 23 minute episode every other day! I was also still keeping up with the walking on the treadmill. Going into the 2nd week I started doing 1 or 2 episodes a day, depending on my schedule, and started interval jogging (3 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking) for 30 minutes instead of the slow to moderate walking because I just felt stronger. I am now going into week 4 being able to interval jog 3x a week, and I'm still doing 1 to 2 episodes of Classical Stretch every single day. I'm in no more pain than when I was just walking. And in fact, overall, I'm in less pain. I was going to the chiropractor at least once a week. I haven't been to the chiropractor at all since I started Classical Stretch. Yesterday I tightened my belt another notch! I feel stronger every day. A few days ago my 6.5 year old daughter jumped into my arms at bed time and I carried her up the stairs to her room. This is the first time I have been able to physically carry her up a flight of steps since we moved into a house with stairs over a year ago! I still have not lost any actual weight, but I'm hoping if I keep at it, that will eventually happen as well. Until then, I'm happy with my body so obviously becoming more functional and stronger (along with having to notch my belt tighter twice in just 4 weeks)!
I am a 60 (almost 61) year young woman who has always been active and love living life. I have taken exercise classes most of my life and have never had an instructor like you. I never knew, or was told to really stretch my muscles. Your program is so effective, I noticed a difference in my body (in my clothes within 2 weeks of working out with you. Within 1 month, I noticed an improvement with no clothes on. It just keeps getting better and better. I was also experiencing back pain; which was very pronounced when I stepped down only a few inches. I no longer am experiencing that pain, after following spending 23 minutes with you each day. An Orthopedic back surgeon told me that I have regenerative disk (lower spine) and may require surgery later. I don’t think I will need that thanks to you. I still have some back discomfort, but not pain as before. If you have suggestions to help the healing process, please advise. I am excited and look forward to working out with you every day. Some people want to live a long life; but never think about their quality of life. I want my quality of life to be superb until the day that I die. I believe that is possible because I take care of myself in every way. Thank you so much for helping me stay as young as I feel and look. I am eternally grateful to you.
Off and on for years, I've suffered from some back pain. I know am dealing with knee pain. I have worked up some "streches" from some of the rehab papers I've been given by Doctors. After only ONE SHOW this morning, I'm hooked. You put together all the things I've learned in such a way I felt like someone had just handed me a gift when I turned on your PBS show this morning. Thank you for making me feel like the exercising I've been trying to do IS going to help me to get back into a normal routine. Yes, I love to dance so my goal is to be able to dance again with little to no pain.
I've been doing classical stretch 5 times a week for two years and it has improved my arthritis and posture. It's the best stretching show on television. I even have one of your videos for weekends.
As a teenager I did ballet, modern and ballroom dancing. I also played tennis and was a competitive swimmer. The I got a really bad back problem, and had years of treatments, mis-diagnoses and narrowly missed back surgery. Fed-up, I took matters into my own hands and returned to exercising. Gradually returned to being fitter, but only recently, at age 73, I joined and international dance class, and now I've discovered your wonderful workout. Just when I needed it, because my back has started aching again. I'm hooked, and can't wait to turn on the TV so I can do the stretches with you. Thank you so much.
I have been working with Miranda for two or three years. Do not recall just how long. Just before that a bone scan said my osteoporosis number was -3.5. Still I refused the bone medication because of what I have read concerning how it damages the jaw bone(makes it porous)and the thigh bone. I recently had a dexa scan and the number was -1.5. My health care provider wrote to say that "you are now no more likely to break a bone than any other woman." She also noted: "exercise trumps everything. I worked out with Miranda because it felt good. Never dreamed it would raise my bone scores. Now I wonder just how good can it get. I am deeply grateful to Miranda. Now I can even have her travel with me!!!!
Dear Ms. Esmonde-White,
I just want to thank you on behalf of both myself and my mother. I am 22 years old and have danced my whole life but, because of extra bones, have suffered pain and arthritis in both my feet, one of which required surgery when I was 16. The issues with my feet have, in turn, caused pain in my knees and back. Thanks to Classical Stretch that pain is nearly, if not completely, gone while also helping me remain stretched out and strong for dance. My mother Maria was the person who turned me on to Classical Stretch. She is a 57 year old high school teacher who needs to stay mobile and pain free to keep up with her students. Her mom just turned 80 and, because of a life that was not particularly active, she is basically immobile. Despite having a bad back from a slipped disk that required surgery when I was only 2 years old and a resulting numb leg, my mom gets up and does Classical Stretch every morning when it airs on our local PBS station in Charlotte, North Carolina before she goes to school. She is an entirely new person for having started your Classical Stretch regimen. She is pain free in her neck and back even after hours spent looking down while grading papers. Thanks to you she will be able to keep up with any future grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a way that her own mother cannot. We both find ourselves getting antsy when we have gone to long without "Stretching Classically" as we call it. I cannot thank you enough for helping to ensure that my mom will be healthy, happy, and mobile for a long time to come. Thank you
Sana K. Charlotte, NC
I have faithfully participated in classical stretch for two months (5 days/wk) and have noticed many improvements. After having foot surgery two years ago, my posture and balance was off due to wearing boot and using crushes for six months. This caused a slight limp in my walk, misalignment of my foot and consistent pain. RESULTS: stronger & toned muscles improved posture inches loss body curves more defined less pain in knees, hip, back and foot foot alignment is better more energy FUNCTIONAL T T ESTIMONY: Walking down the grocery store aisle, my legs suddenly went in opposite directions as I held tightly to the cart. It was as though I had done a mini split. It happened so fast I didn't know what had just taken place. As I looked back to see what I slipped on, I saw it was a yogurt spill on the floor. Immediately, I thought about how a fall was prevented due to working out with CLASSICAL STRETCH. I'm committed for life.....thank you Miranda ♥
Bought two Essentrics DVDs hoping that they might help my knee which I feel was bothered by a tight muscle that simply would not loosen. I did one workout per day for about 4 days, and my knee seems to be working fine. It would suddenly give out. Now it feels quite stable. So far! So good! Thumbs up! The Montreal retreat sounds great. I would have to figure out what to do with the husband. Keep up the good work!
I’m 63 and recovering from polymyalgia rheumatica, which left me very sore and stiff and barely able to walk. While at home from work one day I stumbled upon Classical Stretch and fell in love with it. I’m stronger and much more limber and feel like I’ve turned back the clock!
Ceci L. Media Publishing Specialist
You are my absolute FAVORITE. After a year, & trying to stretch through some yoga, I decided I have to go to an orthopaedic doctor. He examined me by asking me to do certain stretches & pulling my leg one way & then another. He said he wasn’t going to send me for an MRI because if I had sciatic nerve or herniated disc I would be in excruciating pain. He also ruled out periformis syndrone. His diagnosis was a pull in the gluteal muscle. I also was told it is not easy for blood flow to get there for circulation. He gave me a prescription for me to go for Physical Therapy. I came home & decided to start doing Season 4 Series, starting with episode 1 & after the 4th episode I noticed the pain that I had for a year was just about GONE, & I hadn’t even started Physical Therapy. AMAZING. If I do decide to go to physical therapy I bet I can show the therapist some of your technique. I always talk about you & now when I tell my friends about how I started doing your program, the pain is just about gone. This morning I was doing your new Health Series which I just received, I heard you mention Karen from Maine. I met Karen when I attended your retreat in Montreal in 2008. I remember she told me, she had just discovered you on PBS in her area, & I told Karen that your show was in my area (Phila.) for 5 years & unfortunately was taken off the air. At that time your show was only on Saturday’s, so I did your program once a week. I then purchased your 2001 series which was in 2002. Since then I now have 9 Classical Stretch DVD’s, including Sahra’s. I noticed the new Series is very intense. I have done 4 episodes so far & I break a sweat. I love the new series. I also feel the Back to Jamaica is also pretty challenging. I am now 67 & have put on some weight & also back fat that I do not like. So I am going to do your program faithfully every day & hopefully I’ll lose weight & get rid of the back fat.
I have this pain on my right knee since I was hit by a motorcycle some 40 years ago. Now that I have discovered your classical stretch exercises on TV, I have been doing these exercises everyday. I notice that I do not feel the pain anymore and I have not taken any chondroitin glucosamin or arthritis pain medicine since I do the classical stretch. Your show airs on TV at 0530 everyday day here in Memphis, TN. You help many people with your classical stretch.
Thank you for devoting you life to stretching and freeing people like me from pain. I had the worst headache after using some sports equip-eliptical machine- it stressed so many muscles in my arms and traps. I saw that your program was on at 12:30 pm. I have watched your program for 9years and this was a new routine it cured my headache.
I am a 54 year old gal who has been following your show for about a year. My weight has never been an issue, but prior to doing your class, I found myself grunting and groaning when I stooped to pick something up, or twisted around to the back seat of my car. Since watching your show- no more grunts and groans! I also feel myself standing taller, breathing deeper, and not feeling pain after a day of physical work. I am a professional elf…we set up Christmas decorations in building lobbies, hospitals, etc. I drive a 24' truck, and am up and down the lift gate, barking orders, sweeping floors, whatever needs to get done. We earn our living for the year in 15 intense days (plus tons of preplanning). Anyway, because of you I am able to function like a 20-year-old with no soreness, and minimal fatigue. Thank you, Miranda!! I love your upbeat, perky spirit, and the beautiful locations you film at. My living room is my gym- no need to drive anywhere which is awesome. Keep up the good work. You are such an inspiration, and I tell all my friends!
Jean in San Francisco.
I am 58 years old. I just wanted to add my 2 cents worth regarding exercising to the Classical Stretch show with Miranda. I have been working out with Miranda at 5:00 am Mon-Fri for over 8 years. Whenever I miss for a week for any reason I begin to immediately tell a difference. This program has helped me make it through menopause & chronic back pain. I still have back pain from time to time, but usually it is gone once I exercise. I notice it more on the weekends when I don’t do my exercises. I used to have severe hip stiffness upon rising from any surface. It would take me a few minutes to be able to start walking normal. I no longer have that pain at all. Those horrible sumo squats that you have us do all the time are the reason I believe. I’m like everyone else, not crazy about doing them, but when I do them on a regular basis I can tell a big difference in my walking ability. I sent tapes to my Mom when she turned 80 for her b’day & told her they might help her with her back & knees. She started working out faithfully with them & loved the results. She is now 87 & after knee surgery she has not picked the exercising back up yet. She says she will eventually. I have also tried to get several of my friends to work out with the show because I believe in the routines so much. One of my friends has fibro & I know it would help her. Thank you for your dedication to the wellness of the human body. I have greatly benefited from the years you’ve been on the air.
Lynne G. Rockvale, TN
Thank you for your encouraging newsletter--I started doing Classical Stretch when I was recovering from a broken tailbone--I wondered if it would help me recover quicker--after I recovered from my injury I stopped doing the stretches--felt a difference. Prior to my injury I couldn't vacuum my house without getting sharp pains that shot down the back of my hip/thigh muscle...now that I do your stretches I'm in the best shape I've ever been...50 and going strong! Thank You!
Hello Ms. Esmonde-White,
I wanted to write to tell you how amazing your program has transformed my body. I am 37 years old. I was a kick line dancer in my early years (14-20) By the time I had my second child I had lost all of my flexibility. At my yearly physical exam, I was told I was at the maximum weight for my height. Not overweight, but at the point that if I continued to gain at the rate I was gaining and not find a good exercise program that was where I was headed. Yikes!!! I was diagnosed with Menieres disease (inner ear disorder) 5 years ago. I was told to be careful with what exercise I did. Jumping up and down aerobics classes wouldn't be a good fit as I would lose my balance and feel "the spins". I was getting totally bored with just walking. I was flipping through the channels and came across your program on PBS. I watch it every day and even do a workout of my favorite moves on the weekends (The alphabet is perfect to help my balance and strengthen my legs). Your program is a perfect fit. I have my balance back, I have not had any Menieres "attacks", my flexibility is as if I were 20 again! Thank you so very much for your t