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 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 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!!!
1 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After I was diagnosed I let myself eat whatever I wanted and I wasn’t exercising at all. I weighed 210 lbs and I am 5’7”. About halfway through radiation, I made a commitment to start exercising and stick to a low carb diet. I was lucky to just need a lumpectomy and radiation. I started doing classical stretch every day (except weekends) and I lost 45 pounds in 3 months! Despite a lot of cheating on my low carb diet I have been able to maintain my new weight. I had always been thin but I never had the muscle tone I developed from doing Classical Stretch. I am not doing it every day anymore but 3-4 times a week seems to be enough to keep the weight off. Classical Stretch changed my body and my life. My husband does it too. Thank you Miranda!
Discovered Classical Stretch while channel hopping. Purchased season 8 & 9 workouts which reshaped me and helped to shed 20 pounds. End of July 2013, I severely injured my left sciatic nerve and hip while shopping. Recovering is ongoing. Late April 2017, met an Orthopedic Surgeon who diagnosed Osteoarthritis. Advised me to eat unprocessed foods and exercise. Not a fan of gyms, but stretching is my best friend thanks to you, Miranda, and your team for creating Classical Stretch/Essentrics. Looking forward to a new challenge and outcome.
I came across Classical Stretch many years ago. I was amazed at how logical, easy and effective the exercises were, and being an ex-dancer I had no trouble following them. And the classical music at the background – it cleanses your mind at the same time as you do the workout. Pure bliss! I had been dancing since childhood (ballet, folk and jazz), done tai chi and yoga for 2,5 years – and now I had found a perfect blend of them all!But the true value of Classical Strech I discovered this spring, when after 2 years of being forbidden to do any excercises at all, I started recovering from a severe case of gallstones (which I successfully dissolved with the help of Chinese Medicine). By summer, I was able not only to return to my great love of the past 5 years – Argentine tango – but also to participate in an extremely intensive tango festival (6 to 10 hours of dancing a day). It would not have been possible without your videos! I am still doing the Classical Strech and Essentrics exercises 3 to 6 times a week and have found that they help greatly with my tango stamina. I´ve also taught some excercise sequences to my mother who now feels younger, more loose and backpain free. So thank you, Miranda, for this amazing techique! I am so lucky to have found you!
I have always been pretty flexible & physically active. I was just diagnosed with arthritis in the right (dominant side) hip/hip flexor improved with the specific quad/hip/glutes programs 3-4 months have done the daily AM tv Classical Stretch body is changing, bending to my toes but my hands go beyond my toe by hand length to my wrist, Im stronger, balance improved, forehead touches knees, haven’t measured but feel taller.
I started with Classical stretch in 2015. It’s lead me to a better body that continues to improve. I still have a long way to go but with Essentrics l finally have a way to relax my muscles. Pain relief, weight loss, and my athleticism have all increased. Thank you!
I was looking for a workout I would actually do after commuting 40 miles each way and working hard delivering mail & packages all day. Classical Stretch far exceeded my expectations. I feel great! I’ve seen a chiropractor for years for a chronic stiff neck. My neck feels great! My legs are noticeably firmer & stronger. I’m more relaxed & sleep better too. I’ve shared this with many people already. Thank you sooo much Miranda!
Love, love, love my season 9 DVD! Unbelievable how much better I feel after the 22 minute workouts. Perfect amount of time for me in the mornings before heading to work. Better range of motion, pants fitting looser(yay!) and the pain relief workouts really help my knee and my back. Miranda does a nice job explaining the exercise movements and how it helps our muscles. I showed the video to my chiropractor and he was impressed with the pain relief workouts on this DVD. I explain your workouts to people like this: Before I started the workouts, I felt like the Tin Man from the wizard of OZ when he needed to be oiled. Now I feel like the Tin Man after he got his joints oiled! It’s amazing! I would love to get my parents to try the workouts because I know they would move better and feel better. I already bought them the season 9 DVD but I’m not there to give them the ‘push’ they need to get started. Thank you so much for a workout video that I enjoy doing!
I just LOVE Classical Stretch! I have been doing Classical Stretch for about 5 years now and I feel better in my 40s than I did in my 20s. I love it so much I have my husband who suffered from shin splints and feet pain to do it for 2 years, He no longer has any pain at all he said he can’t believe how good he feels. It has completely changed my body. I am a mother of twins and I started to program to try to get my body back. My body looks better now then before I had my twins. Thank you to Miranda and all the instructors at Classical Stretch. I feel amazing!
I love Essentrics workouts! I do them everyday with my partner. I have had M.S. since 2000 with no symptoms, I feel lucky to have found such a great workout!
I have been following Classical Stretch on PBS, I joined online and now try to do at least one daily. I have been dealing with chronic health issues very long time and this program has helped me more than you all will ever know! I am hoping to be able to continue my healing with the help of your program. I am 58, I have lost over 70 pounds in the past 2 years and I am determined to stay MEDICATION free and only work holistically. I deal with Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussion Syndrome, PTSD, and all sorts of fun brain issues, exercise calms my brain and allows me to clear my head.
This program has been helpful for me in many ways. The last 2 years I have been laid up from severe back spasms after overdoing raking and my husband’s health has deteriorated so I am unable to take my daily walks as often. With the help of these stretches, I no longer have the back spasms and am able to continue staying in shape while close to my husband. Love the program and love how she speaks to “us” in a way that makes the exercises easily understood and accomplished. Thank you again.
I had little mobility with pain in back and hips as well as shoulder pain from overwork. But since Essentrics and Classical Stretch I have seen greater mobility, flexibility, and so much less pain. Thank you for the through workouts and all you continually do to help us be fit after 50!
I have been doing Classical Stretch since it replaced the previous exercise program on our local PBS station. I try to do it every day even when on vacation. I couple of years ago I had my picture taken with my 2 sisters and my mother. I was shocked when I saw how much taller I stood than my sisters and mother. Also, I use to have a hip that would sometimes feel like it was out of joint, especially after I walked on uneven ground or slopes. I now seldom have that discomfort. If I do start to feel a twinge of such pain I do some Hip Cleaners and it is gone. Then last year I had my second Dexa Scan. I had my first one 10 years ago. At that time, I was told I had Osteo Penia. I was to take calcium and exercise using free weights. I tried calcium but didn’t like the way it made me feel so I didn’t take it more than a few months. I hadn’t used free weights since Margaret Richards show was taken off the PBS station. I was nervous to hear the results of my Dexa Scan. When the nurse called and said that there was not much change in my bone density and told me to continue with the calcium and free weights, I smiled and thought ‘It is my Classical Stretch”. Also, my husband had watched but not participated in my morning Classical Stretch for years. A couple of years ago he decided to give it a try. After years of being on blood pressure medicine he has now been off it for months. I recommend your show whenever I have the opportunity. Wish I lived closer to your studio. Oh by the way I am 66 and hope that my PBS station never changes programming. I have been wanting to write to you for a long time. Thanks for the opportunity to share this with you.
I’ve started doing your stretching exercises each morning. I’m 61. I work daily with elementary school children and have to move A LOT. I now have so much more flexibility and balance! My back cramps and sciatic pain have gone away! THANK YOU!
Thank you so very much for your program. I have been using this program for almost seven years and I am in much better shape. I am 71 years old. I had thought I would have to give up the things I love, gardening and farming, but not so! I have more strength, flexibility and muscle tone now and no longer have foot, and hip pain. You have made it possible for me to have the life I love.
I have been doing Essentrics exercises now for only a few weeks and I am astonished at how much better I feel and how much more fluid my walking has become. Now 62 years of age, I have had pain, joint and mobility issues for some years now after a severe illness, and tried so many modalities, to some effect. But NOTHING has even come close to the improvements I have achieved in just a few short weeks with Essentrics. In fact, I felt improvement after my first Essentrics session and was greatly encouraged. I also really enjoy how Miranda teaches throughout each exercise episode…so much information that I did not really know. I thought I knew quite a bit about exercise, etc. but the Essentrics techniques are kinder to the body, much more effective and just feel good and are fun to do. I am a very attentive student.
I can now achieve the mobility I want, always be in working mode to increase mobility level and maintain the level well into later years.
I am so grateful, Miranda. Thank you for your very important work.
I am 71 and first heard about classical stretch from my cousin in Iowa a couple of years ago. So I decided after a year of doing your program sporadically that I would take this 30+ day challenge. (I own season 6 through 10 plus special DVDs…) Each time I hear of a friend’s ache or pain, I find myself saying that this is addressed in Classical Stretch. The only ache I have is when I go to another level of reaching, stretching, moving to my end point and then feel my muscles adjust to that new normal. Thank you for the programs, the information, the enthusiasm, and positive role model that you all are…and, did I say, beauty also!
My husband and I are both in our seventies. I have worked out regularly since I was in my twenties but the last few years, I have been struggling with pain in my right hip and leg and my left leg would then compensate. The result was regular trips to the chiropractor and much less time at the gym. I have always loved to walk but more than 15 minutes and I was in pain. Last year I started to take Advil every morning just to try to get ahead of the problem. My naturopath said she thought I was putting too much stress on myself and my gym regiment was probably causing weight gain rather than loss. My chiropractor said I was helping to pay for his kid’s education fund but he felt I was doing too much. My husband, on the other hand, never cared much for exercise but loves to play golf. He has joined a gym on occasion but only in hopes of improving his game. He was having considerable problems – degenerative discs in his neck and back, frozen shoulder, lack of feeling and creeping sensation in his feet and general stiffness. He was worried about his ability to keep playing golf. I wanted a regular exercise plan that would keep me flexible and strong but would be convenient. I was becoming very frustrated! One day in December, I came upon your talk on Aging Backward. I was intrigued! I looked up your website and then called my oldest daughter in Vancouver. She was struggling with finding a convenient, reliable and appropriate program for a woman who has been told she doesn’t have a body for exercise. We both decided to order your tapes and my husband decided he would try the program rather than renew his gym membership. So, all 3 of us have been on your program. When we visiting my daughter for Christmas, we all started working your program. My daughter loves it but is only able to commit to 3 days a week. My husband and I have only missed 1 (for me) or 2 (for him) sessions…We get up in the morning and put on our gym clothes to work out for 8:30 am before breakfast. I have not had any Advil since… I am not pain free but almost so. Sometimes my hips are quite stiff in the morning but they loosen up during the workout. I still have to be careful with my right knee (structural problem) but I am hopeful. I feel so much better and my balance has also improved. My husband finds the workout improves his flexibility throughout the day. The stiffness in his body is lessening and he no longer waddles when he walks. The creeping feeling in his feet is almost gone and he is getting more flexibility in his feet and legs. He actually looks forward to doing the exercises because he is seeing more improvement than he got from the podiatrist, the chiropractor, or any of the other things he has tried. We are both dedicated to staying on the program.
Found the Aging Backwards program on PBS while channel surfing and was so impressed. My hips, knees and feet were so painful, so I was determined to try classical stretch. Have just finished the 30-day challenge and feel so limber and have so much less pain! I’m determined never to have hip or knee surgery or to be a crippled old lady Doing classical stretch every day will help me to be active and limber for years to come. Miranda, you have no idea how grateful I am that I found your program and that you created it. I’m telling everyone I know about it so that they can benefit from it as well! THANK YOU!!
I am 66 yrs. old. I have been doing classical stretch give or take 6 days a week in the morning with VPT for 7 months. I also have the DVD, season 10, for times I can’t do it in the morning. I am more flexible now. My knee pains are gone and I can walk up and down the stairs without pain, which I had been living with for years, despite yoga and pilate. My sciatica pain is gone. When I get up after 20 min. of meditating, I don’t need to grab on things to help me stand up. I love the plies. My only regret is I wish I had discovered classical stretch long time ago.
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 have arthritis and I have had chronic pain for a number of years. I started doing the classic stretch exercises a few months ago and they have made such a difference for me. I feel so much better and I don’t have pain everyday anymore. Thanks Miranda for developing exercises that everyone can do no matter what their fitness level.
One exercise program and my ankle and shoulder pain were gone!! Now I call that a miracle. So, her name on my contacts is now “Miranda Miracle” or MM. I love your “Aging Backwards” book too. Miranda explains all movements clearly and I just love her energy. I’ve told everyone I know including family and friends. She’s my inspiration and the best gift as I turn 60. Thank you, Miranda! All the best to you and your staff.
I have been working out for 30 years off and on, have done every work out going, from Zumba, to step, to weights and to boot camps. I also have a very physical job and have for about the same amount of time, I work in long term care and do a lot of lifting, in turn have a bad back and neck and can no longer do the high impact sports I love so much. Then I found you, I thought it looked so easy due to my experience with fitness. Ha ha…not. It was hard and I was huffing and puffing and have seen my body change, my back neck and knee pain go away, just from working my toes. Who would have thought. Even with a recovery period I am going through, I can still do it. I had to, take a break for a bit though until I got my cast off and had physio. My knee pain, back pain and neck pain all came back…boo. My body shape is better than it’s ever been and my flexibility has improved about 5%. That is where I still struggle, hamstrings and lower back and hips are so stiff. I now know why and will continue to improve as I do this every day. I am up at 4 am every morning before work to do it, my energy is boundless. Thanks again, love from Calgary.
I am fairly new to Essentrics (2-3 months) and cannot say enough good about it. I recently read Aging Backwards and found it very helpful also. I am so happy with how I feel and the changes in my body I am thinking of becoming an instructor. There are no Essentrics teachers in my area (Ft Wayne, IN) I am not a small person so I would like to lose another chunk of weight before I attempt to teach.
I didn’t do the 30 days challenge but I found out about your show June 2017 ,and right away i started doing it every day but Sundays and I started to notice a change almost right away what an amazing program you have I was almost in a hurry to do them the next day ,cause I was feeling so much better ,I was noticing all kinds of problem stiffness ,in pain everywhere I didn’t know why cause i always been active but nothing worked like Essentrics stretches ……thank you so much Miranda hope you’ll be with us for a long time!
Thank you thank you and thank you!! I’ve had back pain since my twenties and listening to you and doing your exercises with you on PBS was the best thing for my body. I have no more back pain and no more visits to the chiropractor!!! I was a ballet dancer since I was about 4 and stopped after joining a dance team in high school. Life started and I began working and everyday just about I would come home and have to lay down just to relax my back. I’m in my late 40’s and I feel great and pain free thanks to you. You are Awesome!! Thank you thank you.
I started on the beginner’s DVD this morning. After doing the upper body posture stretches ONLY ONE TIME, my shoulders & upper back are pain free!! I’m so excited! If one time can do this, just imagine when I do it every day!!
I have been doing classical stretch since 2004. It still airs on our local pbs in Watertown NY. I get up at 5am to make sure I’m wide awake and ready by 6am when it shows. Your stretching program has greatly helped me through menopause, a neck injury with 2 protruding disks and terrible heartache with loss of loved ones. It helps my body, mind and spirit. I feel as though you are a good friend that I see every morning.
I have worked retail for about 11 years now with lots of walking on concrete floors and lifting and a few slips and falls. I have also been rear ended a few times. Between seeing my chiropractor, massage therapy and your videos, I am still able to work with little or no pain. I love the hip stretches and the spine stretches! Thank you so much for these.
In a flight to Paris, I get up to stretch and another woman joins and tells me how she used to be a triathlete but kept getting injured and now all she does is a method called essentrics. I checked it out online. I start every day streaming/doing a different class. I really like it…. the classes are mostly Miranda, the founder of essentrics, on a beach in Jamaica doing ballet taichi type movements. And they feel great! And then I start to notice…. there is no more pain in my body. I’m running up flights of stairs and then realize WOW my knees don’t hurt. For context, not that long ago I would approach stairs with a daunting feeling because taking 1 step would shoot up pain in my knees. I had tried every kind of trainer and method under the sun for years. So I got curious and found this video from Miranda explaining exactly why essentrics reverses aging and is so good for your joints. Take away: pay attention to strangers on planes, they may share “out of the blue advice” that will change your life. I never got that woman’s contact information to thank her…. so instead I’m passing it forward.
I have been using Essentrics/Classical Stretch for about four years now after seeing the program on public television. It has helped me tremendously with so many things: a herniated disk in my back, a bit of arthritis in one hip, a shoulder that acts up when I get a little too ambitious with physical activity. The regular workouts help with all those issues as well as just giving me more energy and a greater sense of ease in my body. The pain relief exercises can really help to heal an injury, overworked/strained muscle, etc. Essentrics has helped so much with my flexibility too, even more than yoga. Over the past year my husband has begun joining me in the workouts a couple of times a week and even though he will usually grumble a bit about it as I pull him away from something else to work out, he always says at the end how glad he was he did the exercises and that I should keep at him to continue (I do!). He injured his shoulder and was particularly impressed with Miranda’s Shoulder Pain Relief mini workout–he found relief literally after the first session and after a few more sessions had no further problem. The movements in Essentrics/Classical Stretch are easy to personalize according to one’s fitness level, and they are so very effective. I would recommend this technique to everyone whatever age or physical level and truly think it can make a meaningful difference in a person’s life!
I feel so much more flexible. I can bend down without any pain, it’s like no big deal. I also notice that my waist is smaller.
31 years ago, I had a bad fall, damaged my neck and lower spine, and broke ribs and badly damaged my kidneys. Several years ago, I had another fall, and ended up with a frozen shoulder and had to go for x-rays. It was discovered that the chronic inflammation from the old injuries had developed into degenerative arthritis in my shoulders and spine and right hip. It was suggested that I consider joint replacement and bone fusions, I refused. It was also suggested that I go on narcotic painkillers, I yelled at the doctor I was so angry with him! I walk with pain every day. I refuse to take strong painkillers, I like being in control, and don’t like the way they make me feel. I don’t take anything stronger than the occasional Naproxen Sodium, or aspirin. But I was getting worse, the pain was almost unbearable, I knew that there had to be a better answer then the drugs and side effects from them. I tried herbs and minerals and Naturopathy, I tried massage and Reiki and acupuncture and Chiropractic; some relief, but not the answer. One Sunday morning, I was scrolling TV channels, and saw Miranda on our local PBS station being interviewed. I changed the channel, but heard her say the word “arthritis”, so I changed back to see what she had to say. I watched the rest of the program, and listened very carefully to the testimonials given. I went and read about her program online and decided to order her DVD “Aging Backwards Mobility and Bone Strengthening”. Did I mention I’m also a caregiver for my disabled elderly mother? It involves lifting her and transferring her from her bed to her wheelchair. Not easy when there are spinal injuries and arthritis issues. I started doing the exercises for mobility first. I was very stiff and could only do about ten minutes the first couple days. I worked at it every morning, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five, finally, I could get through the entire thirty minutes. Two weeks in, I was feeling more flexible, and could put my shoes on more easily just as Miranda had promised. I had less pain, and could stand straighter, and no limping and favoring my right hip. My body started firming up, I was encouraged to start doing strength exercises in the afternoons, while still doing mobility in the mornings. Lifting my mother is getting easier, people have started noticing I’ve lost a little weight. I’m encouraged. I buy the second DVD, Posture and Pain Relief. I’m using more new muscles that I forgot I had. I am determined to continue the program. I’m telling everyone I know the difference this had made in my life, and a few others have been motivated to order their own copies of the DVD’s. I am determined to keep up the movements and to lose more of the extra weight that has slowly crept up over the years. I can’t thank the program enough.
I work all day at the computer. Your exercises really help me relief the pain in my wrists, shoulders and arms. It also help me get more flexibility in my low back. I really feel renewed after your exercises. Thank you.
I found Miranda 5 years ago and she has changed my life! I had just celebrated my 50th b-day, and when I looked at the party photos I knew I had to do something (I looked terrible and didn’t feel so good either). Five years later I feel great, but it didn’t take that long to feel better! I may not have a perfect body, but my body is strong and capable. Every part of me works. The morning back aches I had grown accustomed have been out of my life for years. I used to see a chiropractor regularly. No need to now. Thank you, Miranda! Not only did you get me of the sofa, you’ve taught me how to take care of myself and I’m teaching my family.
I have done the Classical Stretch on and off for a couple of years, watching the programs on TV, but about 4 or 5 months ago, I decided to pay the monthly fee for being able to do any of the classes online. I have had neck, shoulder and back pain for years and I have gone to chiropractors, and even physical therapy. However, since I have been doing the Classical Stretch programs every morning, my pain has gone away most days unless I overdo in my part-time job as a retail merchandiser and playing with my two granddaughters. I moved to the Denver area because my daughter and granddaughters live here and I usually walked every day or I would go to the gym, but this past winter I would do my Classical Stretch every morning and walk if the weather was permitting, which is hard sometimes here! Anyway, I am pain free most days, but if I am sore from work or playing with my granddaughters, I do the program specializing in whatever aches, whether it be shoulders, back, etc. I do most of the programs that Miranda has but also do the others on occasion. I am excited about participating in the 30-day Health Challenge.
Miranda, you have changed my life, I can’t thank you enough. I have been taking your class for the past 10 month, every day, 3 times a day in my city. I also purchase you tapes and I just turned 69. If I had 10 Thousand toughts I couldn’t thank you enough. Yes I suffered with back pain and feet pain. I can’t believe how good I feel.
I feel much better. Less stiff and am hopeful if I continue to do the 30 min daily workouts it will help me relief pain and age gracefully
Doing Essentrics everyday has given me more flexibility and strength. It is wonderful to be able to move freely and without pain!
Classical Stretch has helped my arthritic knees – I was really afraid to do the plies but started out very gently and slowly and now my legs are very strong and I have minimal pain. I follow the the advice given and do them like a rag doll when in pain (took me awhile to get over the feeling I had to push myself all the time, or avoid moving because I was sore, but like Miranda says all the time “keep moving” and it really helps, more than anything I’ve tried.
Sometimes I think I’m a walking billboard for Essentrics because I tell so many people how great it is and how much it helps me. I found the essentrics program on a PBS infomercial in December of 2015. I had been dealing with years of pain after falling on my tailbone in 2013. My son had just turned 2 months old. I was holding him and fell down the stairs. Since I had to hold on to him, I couldn’t brace myself and fell on the wood stairs. Over time, the pain shifted from my back to my pelvis. I am a very active person and I was loosing my ability to be active in triathlon, hiking, skiing and other activities. I went to physical therapy, pilates, chiropractors, massage therapy and several other healing professionals. But, I started developing headaches and on and off numbness and tingling in my arms and legs from all the pain and manipulations. Soon after I saw the infomercial I was able to borrow DVD’s from the library. Not long after starting the workouts, the pain was going away. All the psoas muscle stretches helped my pelvis stretch out and relax. The posture workouts helped my headaches. I was hooked immediately. The DVD’s are so popular at the library and the nearest classes are at least 30 minutes away and are so popular you have to get there very early to get a space. So I soon subscribed to eccentrics tv. I now practice several times a week at home. Often with my 2 children who are now 4 and 5 and half years old. (I just recently saw the video of Miranda with the school kids practicing – how awesome!) I want to become a trainer and hopefully bring the program closer to home. I wasn’t able to attend the training last year. But the new training dates in CO were just posted! I’m hoping that I can make it!
First of all, I want to thank you for creating such a wonderful program. I learned about Essentrics from your show that aired on PBS about relieving pain through movement, and I immediately wanted to buy the Pain Relief DVD and have my husband try it, because he suffers from a lot of arthritis and other kinds of pain. I also suffer from plantar fasciitis and back pain, so I was interest in trying it for myself, too. I have had some difficulty getting my husband to try it, because he says he hurts too much, but I have been using the DVD and Essentrics TV almost daily, and I absolutely love it! If I don’t get a chance to do one of your workouts in the morning, I honestly miss it. I actually look forward to doing the program in the morning, before work, because I feel so much better afterwards, and I start may day energized and with much less achiness. I never get bored, because there are so many different episodes to choose from. My family has even noticed a difference in my body, which is so great. I look forward to doing your program for many years to come and looking and feeling better as a result. My husband is even getting inspired by watching me, and he says he will start trying to do it with me, soon! 🙂
I have been doing Classical Stretch since season 8. I am an active and athletic gal but have struggled with spinal stenosis and arthritis in my lower back for 20 years. Thanks to CS, I am pain free and mobile. I look forward to my daily 22 minutes with Miranda and I have introduced this technique to friends and family of all ages. I have also purchased DVDs for gifts. Many Thanks to Miranda and Sahra for sharing their gift of healing and strengthening.
I STRONGLY recommend this program, and Miranda Esmonde-White! For approximately 60 days I have been using her program. I started with this DVD: there are two 30 minute workouts (she strongly recommends doing a work out every day and I have been pretty faithful to that) I began to tell my choirs about the workouts…They told me about her Monday through Friday program on PBS at 5:30 in the morning. So I started getting up around five and doing those workouts which are about 22 to 23 minutes long. I have had chronic shoulder issues and sometime ago was told I have no Cartlidge in my shoulders. While I still have limited range of motion, my strength and flexibility have both increased and I can lift things above my head much more easily than before. A few years ago I had a rather awkward fall which has caused me problems in my left hip and groin. Over the last few weeks I have noticed less and less problem and discomfort. In fact, this morning I am completely pain-free in that joint. I am thankful that I saw the pledge for her program on PBS… I am a believer! When I saw the pledge I thought to myself, “that’s what I need!” I have been proven correct.
I am 70 years old this May. My story started when I began playing Pickleball about 4 years ago. After playing for a few months, my right shoulder, right knee and left hip were stressed causing pain in these joints. I was taping my joints trying to keep playing. I didn’t want to get on the roller coaster ride of cortisone shots that other friends were doing. I had watched Miranda on Classical Stretch a few times but not regularly. I decided to get serious and went to her website and read what she had to say to athletes and committed to Classical Stretch 5 to 6 days a week, and within two months I was pain free and continue to play Pickleball 4 times a week with no pain or injury since I started the program. I have told many people and Pickleballers about it and will never stop doing Essentrics.
Thank you Miranda and Sarah.
I started the Pain Relief Season 9 DVD a little over 6 weeks ago. I know I am supposed to be pain free in a few weeks, but at the age of 66, and with knees that are challenged, I do not expect that to happen right away. However I have gone from walking with a rocking back and forth motion to walking most days like a regular person thanks to your great program. I have become a dedicated fan of you folks and try telling people about how much help it is. For myself, I do 6 or 7 days a week of the 23 minute workout. I think it is wonderful, as body parts move much better then they used to. I am walking up and down stairs somewhat better and will improve with more work. Also my posture is improved. I was a dedicated runner in the 1980s for 8 years…now my game plan is to stick with you folks into my 90s. I am impressed with the diversity of your dvds, lots of which I am not ready for yet, but I have bought 4 so far so I have lots of room to grow. Each morning I wake up somewhat stiff, and after a bath with some stretching, a quick walk with the dog, I try to be doing the Pain Relief dvd by 5:15 AM (as I leave for work by 6:30). I am sorry that Miranda had to have the challenge of cancer, but I believe she was saved through her own good work and many blessings so that she could help the rest of us….I am so thankful that your pain brought a huge blessing for the rest of us. I have also bought the Aging Backwards book and found it helpful to understand the aging process. As you can tell I am dedicated and very thankful for your help in giving me more flexibility (I no longer feel like I am much older then I am, because in my soul I enjoy life and want my body to have the same attitude)… there are too many things to do here in the country to be stiff (I have a driveway that is about 300 feet, and with your help, shoveling is getting much better). A huge thank you, and keep up the good work.
Ralph C Kleefeld
I would like to share the incredible beneficial impact that Classical Stretch has had on my lower back pain, overall flexibility and the development of a very strong stable core. As a builder I have experienced several seriously painful lower back episodes over the last 25 years…until recently I have always been very stiff in my lower back from side to side. After 5 weeks of classical stretch 6 days per week I have noticed that I am no longer stiff in this area. So I want to express my sincere gratitude to Mrs. Esmonde-White for her dedication to improving peoples lives through the Classical Stretch technique. Thank you very much!!!
It was Winter of 2014 when my Achilles tendon began to get noticed. I went to therapy, took medication, massages, nothing worked and I was having problems to walk normally. I live in NYC where people walk a lot and I was feeling totally miserable. During Spring 2015 I was watching PBS on a special programming. Miranda Esmonde-White was promoting her latest book. I remember I had seen her before with some videos on stretches but they were aired at a very early hour when I am running out for work so I never remembered later to google her. That day in Spring, after her very informative program I bought her book and one of her DVD’s (series 10) which is a very generous compilation to exercise daily. Since May 2015 I have been doing these exercises every single day including Sundays! We are in November 2015 and in half a year I can’t begin to tell you how improved I am.
The benefits were first felt in my Achilles of course, but then I noticed that my legs were lighter and my step happier and bouncier. Every morning I would wake eager to exercise and to jump out of bed and push the DVD button to happiness. Only seeing Jamaica’s vegetation and the blue sea makes me happy and then all the movements improved greatly my posture and my back and neck pains. I am very happy with the results that I know will accompany me through this coming Winter. Generally I feel rusty and achy during Winter but I thought it was all “normal”. Thank you for giving me back the mobility of my body, thank you for giving me happiness and youth all again. I walk now down the streets of NY with a happy bouncing in my step and Manhattan is getting smaller day by day… I am 48 years young and I am just getting better and better. Thank you so much for helping so many of us achieving what we thought was lost.
Miranda! I’ve been watching your Classical Stretch on KLRU in Austin, TX, since I discovered it, for about 2 or 3 weeks. I am not a beginner exerciser by any means. I love to workout. But I’d had a weak “left shoulder” due to a past job, many years ago, as a waterman delivering 5 gallon bottles of water. Stress would cause the muscles to tense up & cause terrible pain, even up my neck & into my jaw. I also had to be careful when weight lifting; but still I would get some pain that I had to work on. I MUST SAY – since I have been following your TV show & the classical stretch workouts, all my muscles are getting stronger & leaner and my shoulder muscles are not hurting. After a workout I do some pulling-stretching to decompress the muscles. THANK YOU for developing & sharing your techniques.
I am an ICU nurse (56 yrs old) and have always had nagging shoulder, neck, and intermittent back pain. I have been committed to health for years. I maintain my weight (125 lbs and am 5’ 7”), and have regularly exercised and strengthened my core 3 times a week – since my 20’s. I am in very “good shape”. However, on 11/9, I was getting out of my car, and my back spasmed so badly that I couldn’t work for 5 days. I was on bedrest taking anti-inflammatories and icing my back. At that time, I began thinking seriously about the “classical stretch” episode I had seen on PBS in October on a random Saturday. I started doing some mild stretching videos that I saw on YouTube and found my back healed faster. When I went to the website, I saw the 30 day challenge and decided to commit fully to a schedule of daily stretching and strengthening. I signed up and have been using the TV series daily. I am so amazed at the difference in all of my joints and muscles! In fact, I have stopped my previous “weight training” schedule (25-30 lb reps), running, and other sports that were aggravating my back. I have found this type of work out to be the most revitalizing and helpful for my body. My back has not been aching at all. As Miranda says, if I do have a day where I am achy, “I know what to do to fix it”. I feel so empowered. My posture is better – which relieves my neck pain. As a nurse, I know the importance of how all muscles work together, but I have never implemented a plan to keep my body the healthiest. I tell all of my colleagues about this technique – as I think nurses are in most need of stretching and core strengthening. Thank you so much for challenging us ! I am forever indebted.
I am writing to thank you for creating the Esmonde Technique. I am a 67 year old physical therapist assistant. I am also a personal trainer and have done private training and classes for over 16 years. Your PBS shows have intrigued me for years, but constraints of work and life kept me from further investigation.
In May of this year I had a serious accident. Dislocated elbow, radial head excision, coronoid process fracture and destruction of medial and lateral collateral ligaments. All resulted in radial head replacement and ligament reconstruction. I was immobilized for 9 weeks. My range of motion is thus far limited.
When I got the ok to exercise, I began looking at classical stretch youtube videos. Changes have been miraculous. I am awaiting my Level 1 instructor material and look forward on my journey through the instructor levels. Many thanks to you. Hopefully, I will be able to meet you some time to thank you personally for this gift.
Best to you,
I’ve been doing Classical Stretch and Essentrics since 2002. Your exercises have been there for me whenever I got injured or needed a stretch, or felt heavy and slow. They are the perfect anecdote to a stressful life. I just finished the 45-mins Connective Tissue Pain Relief workout and I love it! I have Lyme disease and am often out of alignment, with stiff neck and shoulder on the right side, and migraines twice a day. Today I woke up with pain radiating from my neck to my right hand, not in acute pain, but having trouble cooking, esp slicing through meat. I did the workout at night and I feel so much more mobile. The tippy-toe work was felt all the way up to my head…long muscle chain being released along with my migraine…THANK YOU. The migraine may have left with the change in barometric pressure, but the Connective Tissue workout definitely accelerated the relief. I like that you remind us not to force…that there is more to gain by being gentle. Your graceful approach suits me–I don’t feel that I have to adopt an athletic, pumped-up persona to enjoy your workouts.
I enjoyed the program so much, I’ll do it again tomorrow for more mobility!
Respect and gratitude,
Miranda, I am your biggest fan! I’ve been doing your program 2 years and it has changed my body, mind, and life. I promote you to everyone that asks how I look so great. I am 40 pounds lighter and down 3 sizes and the most important benefit, no more pain! I can’t thank you enough for giving me my life back after a horrific car accident that damaged my body so badly. I look forward to seeing you every morning to start my day off positive and pain free. Keep making more DVDs so I can continue improving, God bless you!
Paulette M R