At an ice-skating party, on Dec. 31, two years ago, I was knocked down and blacked right out… Life changed fast.
The fall resulted in many post concussion symptoms. I fell frequently, including down a staircase in my house.
Noise remains a problem and too much stimulation for the brain causes acute nausea – so bad i had to change my choice of grocery store
because I threw up three weeks in a row while shopping. So, I knew that returning to the gym was not a good or a safe option for me.
My friend Sandi, from Montreal told me about your program on PBS in April of 2019. Since then, I have faithfully been doing your program daily and loving it.Every movement and exercise is a blessing and a welcomed joy. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH. YOU AND YOUR PROGRAM HAVE MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON MY LIFE.
Years back I was in a car accident when a driver ran a red light. The airbag deployed. The car went to car heaven.My small frame absorbed the impact. Also years ago, while skiing, a young child went over my skis, breaking my ankle. I was 16 at the time. I’ve broken it twice since.
Well, Miranda I took years of physiotherapy for the car accident and still had to lie flat on my back while sleeping and I struggled from time to time getting in and out of the car. Months after starting your program, I woke up one morning, and found myself lying on my side. There are mornings now when I even wake lying on my injured side. I was so amazed. Five years flat on my back while sleeping…I am now able to turn over with ease. Thank you.
I am writing to say that you also improved my physical health from that car accident. The accidents had aged me.My spirit was still strong as I just learned to modify. But now my body has indeed Aged Backwards and I am moving and enjoying.
I absolutely love Essentrics! I have done yoga on and off for 50 years and I’ve done Pilates for decades, but nothing makes me feel as good as doing Essentrics. During the last 6 years, I have had both of my shoulders freeze. I am out of the pain stage of the disorder, but I have been left with a limited range of motion in both shoulders. Doing your workout is helping me to get my range of motion back, as well as my strength. There has been a very noticeable change in how I can bend my arms. I also feel amazing. I am toning up, and at 58 years of age, my arms are getting defined and my legs are getting shapely again. I don’t have old lady legs any more! I stopped wearing shorts because of the way my legs looked, but next summer, the shorts are coming back out! I know this is just what my body needs to age gracefully with strength and poise, and to remain pain free.
My journey deeper into Essentrics was better and more physically challenging than expected. I now have a much better understanding of the proper way to execute the Essentrics moves. The coaches at the Jamaica retreat, Alexa, Jenny, Meg and Gail were top-notch as were the experts, such as Dian, who willingly helped correct our postures and stances. Each trainer individualized her approach which helped me to better grasp proper technique. Additionally, and unexpectedly, I met many savvy and interesting women from the US and Canada and enjoyed the interaction with them. Miranda and Sahra were more approachable and kind than I imagined and it was fun to get to know them. Some attendees were teary-eyed to depart and we even visited in the airport until flights were called.
Eight months of essentrics has opened up my joints, and everything else, more than 25 years of Tai Chi.
Of course, I keep my Tai Chi practice – and it has improved greatly by adding in my daily dose of Essentrics.
I can also can check my blindspot in the car much easier! I probably could do a hula-hoop, too. Maybe.
Since my 20’s, I have had low back pain and posture that I never knew how to correct. In Mexico, Miranda and her staff worked with me individually and I carried the coaching I received back home for the workouts. In addition, I have had knee pain, (arthritic but not bone on bone yet) which often interfered with my ballroom dancing, and forced me to give up ice dance. Both my yoga teacher and the physical therapist surprised me when they commented that I wasn’t straightening my knee.
Two weeks ago I had finished one of your workouts, and stood up and I could feel that I could push back and straighten my knee! A hallelujah chorus went off in my brain and most amazingly, suddenly my whole posture changed, (my ribs dropped, my back lined up in a way that I could feel was “correct” posture) AND MY LOW BACK PAIN DISAPPEARED! Since that Sunday two weeks ago, throughout a day I remember to gently straighten my knee and my whole body lines up perfectly. I’m tempted to make a doctor appointment just to see how much taller I am now….a quarter inch at least maybe would be my bet, but regardless, I am back pain free.
I have a 6 year old grandson and now a 13 month grandson. I’ve been marvelling that with this new grandson, every bit as active and much heavier than the elder, I’m not tired, sore or struggling, even after 5 hours with him. I’m on the floor and up and down repeatedly with him. I’m stronger than I was 5 years ago
Thank you, Miranda. You and your scientifically based workouts (and the wisdom of having them be only 23 minutes) have truly changed my body and my life.
I started doing Classical Stretch after seeing Miranda on PBS in December 2014. I was facing surgery in January of 2015 and was concerned about the effects on my waistline in particular. Having had several surgeries for bladder problems and vaginal prolapse I was aware that after each surgery my abdominal muscles seemed to weaken. My daughter purchased Season 7 for me for my birthday in January 2015 and I have continued the program since. At first the abdominal exercises were quite difficult but now seem easy. I find that every spring when I get out my bike I am able to ride up hills better that I could prior to Classical Stretch. My swimming has become stronger and I can complete laps faster than I used to. I am now 72 years old and still work part time. I look forward to staying fit for many more years, thanks to Classical Stretch.
This is THE only workout program I have ever been able to consistently do all these years. I always injure myself doing other workouts. Classical Stretch always feels good and I cannot hurt myself. Classical Stretch has also helped me heal several injures I have suffered over the years, completely unrelated to exercise. Sprained ankles, many back issues, my chronic periformis issue, and most recently a badly sprained knee. Miranda has taught me invaluable information about how how our bodies work and how to keep healthy, strong, flexible, and how to maintain mobility. I have also maintained excellent posture. When I was in my 30s it just felt good, but now well into my 40s these workouts are essential to my health.
My name is Justyna and I am originally from Poland. I immigrated to Canada when I was 9 years old and I live in Calgary, Alberta. In my first year of college I injured my lower back weight lifting. Since then I have been living with back pain. In 2016 my mom discovered Essentrics flipping through the channels. Back then, I had no motivation to do anything but she kept encouraging be to start excising. Last summer, I had a really bad sciatic nerve pain that lasted for about 3 months. I finally decided it is time to exercise with Miranda. Through the pain and tears I slowly made it through the first 23 minutes. Ever since Miranda has been part of my daily life. From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you. I can’t imagine my life now without Essentrics. Listening to Miranda while exercising brings me joy and inspiration. Thank you.
Dear Miranda, I’ve been doing Essentrics for over a year now and have seen a tremendous change in my body. I’m stronger and leaner and taller, which is a lot since I’m 5 feet tall, and the best is that I always sit up straight now. I just started Season 9 and am loving the challenge of harder workouts. About a month ago, I took an Alvin Ailey dance class – it was 1 1/2 hours, and we learned choreography from Revelations. I was able to do the class! I was a sweaty mess after, but I was so proud of myself for being able to do the class and feel like a dancer. I’m grateful to you and Essentrics because I couldn’t have taken the class without you. The strength it takes to do the Essentrics workouts, along with the dance moves I’ve learned made me feel like an Ailey dancer for that hour and a half. I love doing your workouts – the current one is always my favorite, until I do the next one! I will continue doing the workouts! With much gratitude and please come to New York City to teach!
Doing Miranda’s classical stretch standing videos (only) totally changed my core within a matter of weeks. And once I began doing and learning the Level 1 Essentrics standing portion for just a few weeks, my core and legs (and entire body) quickly came into fabulous shape. This is coming from a woman who had an emergency c-section (where I was cut both horizontally and vertically) 19 years ago and lost all feeling and tone in my core… until I began Classical Stretch, less than a year ago! I had been to bodywork people and power-walked daily my whole life and yet I couldn’t get my core (and posture) back after the c-section, until I began Classical Stretch and then Essentrics training….18 years after the emergency c-section! I believe in this program and I know from experience that it works completely.
Miranda, as I watched your Toledo OH PBS wgte program today, I was so impressed with your initiative to give accurate info to the general public. Over 30 years ago I switched from nursing in the medical profession to assisting chiropractic physicians because, when my own MD said they could not help the 3 diagnoses he gave me, it was under effective chiropractic care that I myself improved and that’s where I saw countless others getting help. Where we were in the medical dealt with symptoms, the CAUSE is addressed in chiropractic. So you can see why I appreciate the info you offer….the same info that has been the chiropractic approach for years. What I MOST appreciate is your focus on the value of LIFESTYLE. My DC aligns the spine/joints, etc which is primary because, if the spine is not in natural alignment, physical activity can increase the injury. Then comes the importance of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, as you stress….as when you say we can’t depend on the dentist to brush our teeth; for example. Currently I am privileged to be involved in the practice of Dr. Michael Hollerbach, DC and as someone has said, he has a “dream team”. Dr. Hollerbach, a highly skilled NCTMB prior to becoming a physician graduating from Life University in GA, offers effective care that addresses the CAUSE of his patient’s condition. Then he has therapists on staff who continue the process through a comprehensive program of nutrition, massage, and musculoskeletal work. From that point on, it is the ongoing initiative of the patient to adapt a LIFESTYLE that maintains the effective care begun in the office. And, as a patient myself, I believe this is a HUGE challenge because follow-up can be so difficult. When the patient is receiving care from practitioners who implement QUALITY services but effective results seem non-existent over time, often it is due to LACK OF PATIENT COMPLIANCE aka lack of personal responsibility. This lifestyle-focus that you stress is AWESOME and I want to thank you for getting this info out to the general public. Over many many years I’ve heard it in chiropractic seminars & it is all SO TRUE!!!!
A big “thank you” to you, Miranda, for sharing your knowledge and expertise in Classical Stretch by Essentrics. Nine months ago I was diagnosed with being a prime candidate for a hip replacement in the future. What with the exercises from my physical therapist, Classical Stretch, and the healing power from my great God, Jesus Christ, this has been reversed! I am rejoicing in the absence of pain and immobility. I’m looking forward to water-skiing and hunting with my son. Thank you, once again, for being a vital part of my healing and helping so many others in their times of need as well. God bless you richly.
Many thanks to Miranda & Sahra for all of their helpful sessions in Classical stretch/ Essentrics. I am 73 years young & feel so wonderful as I participate in this form of exercise. I began a couple of years ago when I read Aging Backwards & did the exercises in it. I very much agreed with Miranda’s philosophy of gentle stretching movements bringing better health for all ages. Then, I found the mini- workouts with Miranda & Sarah on YouTube, so participated in those for several months. Now, I am getting up at 6:00am weekday mornings to exercise with Miranda on WSRE television program. I am presently ordering my own DVD’s so I can exercise anytime! I am encouraging others including my hubby to join me. Thank you so much for you help in keeping us healthy. Blessings!
I have had back pain for many years and have been becoming quite stiff. I recently began watching Miranda on PBS here in San Diego and have been doing the Classical Stretch program most days. I have had an amazing improvement. I now have very little pain and am able to move much better. My balance is now much better also and I am getting out daily for long walks. Getting older is a worry and now I feel confident that I will be able to remain independent and healthy. I enjoy listening to Miranda’s encouraging instruction during the program.
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 reached 45 and began having some incontinence issues. After I was hit by a car as a pedestrian, the problem worsened. I started using your program after surgery for my injuries, and could not believe how quickly my physical health improved. I can now wear regular underpants! Thank you!
I am so happy to have been using your exercise programs over the past 20 + years. So many of the workouts are designed and work so well for me personally, to help maintain my health and to help control my muscle and joint pain. I just want to thank you and for you to know how much I appreciate the workouts, education, common sense, and your keeping up with the latest information and best practices. You understand so well that everyone does not fit into one exercise plan and each person has unique needs so that they can maintain and improve their health without causing injuries. I always feel wonderful in my mind and body after my workouts.
I am going to be 65 years young soon. I had a desk job, was overweight, and couldn’t get the weight off. I tried to exercise on my own, joined several gyms, took yoga and pilates classes, went to chiropractors on an ongoing basis and had physical therapy over a period of 3 years. Each time I exercised, I felt worse. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis of the lower spine, herniated disks and degenerative disc disease. I went to a couple of surgeons who wanted to do both cervical and lumbar spinal surgery. I fell several times and was afraid to walk on my own. I always had back pain and muscle spasms. I couldn’t walk too far without having weakness in my legs and with the fear of falling. I gave up playing with my grandchildren because I was afraid of getting hurt or falling. I came across Essentrics in January on PBS and decided to order a DVD and join Essentrics TV. I absolutely love it and enjoy every workout. I have to say it was difficult in the beginning due to having such a tight lower back and hamstrings but I didn’t give up. It is now 4 months later and I can’t tell you how great I feel. I can walk up and down the steps without weakness in my legs. I am now playing with my grandkids and able to walk up and down hills without pain. I have more energy and clean my house without getting tired. I am so grateful for this program and what it has done to my life. It was an answer to my prayers. I really do have a better quality of life and plan to do more physical activities in the future. Thank you so much, Miranda, for this program and for your instructors I’m just happy to be moving.
At the age of 45 I experienced a back injury resulting in sciatic pain and tingling down my left leg with numbness in my left foot. I was completely unprepared for the physical and mental exhaustion that accompanied the discomfort; my mind was constantly preoccupied with the thought that this could be my “new normal.” For the next 3 years, through relaxation practices and stretches (other than essentrics) I did heal to probably about 75%. I was able to make it through my part time job and to continue my hobby of ballroom dancing lessons a couple times a week but I needed to lie down during the day and had to carry cushions with me everywhere I went in order to sit with any measure of comfort. Two years ago (age 48) I was having a sleepless night and decided to watch PBS during a membership drive. That turned out to be a wonderful decision on my part because I was introduced to Miranda Esmonde-White and joined the growing list of people who thank God for her every day. In the past two years I have felt better and better. The healing has been slow, as you say,”one cell at a time,” but it is measurable and continual. The part that feels most miraculous to me is the sense of hope and well being because I have a tool I can use every day and can envision a future without pain or discomfort. I no longer carry a cushion with me, I have more energy (which continues to grow) and feel more flexibility and mobility throughout my entire body than I noticed before, even when I was younger. Even my dance instructor notices the difference; he often smiles at a bit of progress I’ve made and says,”You must be stretching again.” I cannot thank you enough. Thank you, thank you and thank you again!
I have been doing Essentrics for 17-18 years. It is the one program that I always have kept in my life. It is great for the periods when you are hitting it hard to keep you flexible and it is great for inactive times to prevent stiffness. Every 6 month my back and neck get out of alignment due to some over exertion. When this happens I get ocular migraines/eye clusters, basically a migraine with out the pain that causes visual disturbance. I use to go to a chiropractor when this would happen, he would realign me and all would be well for months. Now I realize doing Classical Stretch is helping me keep aligned or get back when I start getting Migraines. Last fall, I had a severe injury to my left foot. A chain saw blade shot at me and cut through my greater, second and third metatarsals sideways through the arch of my foot cutting 4/5s of my foot. I had emergency surgery. My tendons were not found. Imagine my fear for whether I would be able to do the things I love: hiking with my family, jogging, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, tree climbing and more. The morning before my accident I was running along a river bare foot in the 12+inch flood waters. Would I regain my balance? Would I be able to push my weight up with my injured foot? Well, it has been 7 months, I was not prescribed physical therapy so on my own I have been implementing massage and Classical Stretch into my life routine. At first I just tried to stand during Classical Stretch, then that got easier. Next I tried to bend my ankle and balance when simply standing there, now I am working on lifting my weight with just my injured foot. It is going great. When balancing on one foot doing bar work I would put a chair next to my hip so I would not tip while trying to regain balance. Five days ago, for the first time I did the bar work without the chair by my hip!!! I wanted to cry, I may have but I won’t tell. Today I biked for the first time. I know that Classical Stretch is the reason I have made leaps and bounds to a pretty much full recovery. I guess my doctor must have thought I was the kind of person that would have the drive but I say, where would I have started had I not had Classical Stretch. It is any level you want it to be. Simple when you start and intense when you are a expert. Anybody can do it! There is no workout like it!!! Miranda is so educated on how the body works but it is more than that…..she was meant to do this, it is natural to her. She is super sweet and such a kind person. She cares for all of us! I actually am thinking of getting certified in Eccentrics to help others benefit. I would like to offer it for free because I believe everyone deserves to feel good. If it is free they will come, if they come they will start to have a better quality of life. Thank you Miranda, you are a real blessing. God must be so proud of you!
I have been doing classical stretch workouts for many, many years and have recently subscribed to your Essentrics tv program. I love it! Classical Stretch does wonders for my back pain and mobility. Plus, I feel so graceful! I seriously feel like I’ve had a massage after I finish a workout! Thank you so much to Miranda and everyone there!
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 recently diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. I have hearing loss in one ear, extreme tinnitus, and sudden vertigo attacks. My life had come to a sudden halt. I found Miranda’s Essentrics show on PBS and began doing it, even on not so good days. It’s 6 months later and I can honestly say this program saved me. My balance is good and I always feel better after a workout. I never write reviews, but I wanted her to know how much she has helped me. Miranda’s voice and calm passion for our health is a comfort money can not buy. Thank you Miranda you are an angel.
Dear Miranda, I’m writing to thank you for your breast cancer rehabilitation videos. After a double mastectomy and 12 months of ‘rehab’ I developed a frozen shoulder that three physiotherapists advised doing nothing about, they said that waiting it out would suffice. Desperate, and unable to raise my arm past my waist, I found your videos online and after 6 weeks I had most of my range of movement back. And every day I’m getting a tiny bit more. There’s no doubt that the most important part of your video is your gentle, kind and calming advice to not be afraid. And I was so very afraid! Through your video, you accompanied me through a dark time and provided hope and encouragement when I really needed it – not to mention the best advice and program of rehab for my shoulder. Thank you for making such a difference to my life. If I could hug you I would. Love and best wishes and eternal gratitude.
I discovered Essentrics on PBS while staying in a hotel room 50 miles from my home in Panama City, FL, which was damaged by Hurricane Michael. The storm left me extremely stressed, adding anxiety and depression to the usual aches and stiffness I felt from being out of shape and suffering from increasing arthritis pain. Miranda’s sunny attitude was just the encouragement I needed. My first class, following along with her, made me feel SO GOOD, I began to get up at 5:50 am every morning so that I wouldn’t miss it. Classical Stretch gave me the routine I needed, made me feel great and now – 2 months later – even though I’m still displaced and about 4 weeks from being able to go home, I have subscribed to the streaming service and haven’t missed a day of Essentrics since that first class on PBS. My body is leaner and slimmer, and best of all, I start every day feeling strong and pain free, with the presence of mind and body to face any challenge. The benefits are not only physical – the psychological benefit cannot be underestimated. Thank you, Miranda, for sharing your gifts with the world! You inspire me to be my best.
I have done these stretches since November 2018. In 1988 I was paralyzed and although I have healed enormously despite the MD world’s horrible prognosis, some physical inabilities have remained a problem. But, doing these stretches every day since November 2018 have brought the following results: 1. lower back pain – gone after 4 days 2. my ankles are stronger 3. my hips move easier 4. I can kneel and my knees support me with no pain 5. I can sit on the floor without falling back on my butt because my hips wouldn’t move 6. my jammed finger is unjammed 7. my neck pain from a car accident – gone 8. I can turn my head all the way to the left – couldn’t after car accident 9. shoulder pain from twisting arm too much putting a pot away 5 years ago – gone 10. the knob which has formed on the knuckle of my index finger – almost normal again 11. my 4 broken toes stopped hurting. Most of these problems remained from my paralyzed incident in 1988. The others were at least 5 years old. I feel great inside my body. Thank you.
Have been using Essentrics for 1 year and a half. it has changed my life. I passed on the program to my sister who diligently has been exercising and at her last check up gained an inch. Amazing! I can do more and my strength is stronger than I have ever been. No more neck pain and my “pooch” is going away! Keep the DVDs coming. I love them and the variety! Thank you!
I did the 28-Day Challenge, because I had some shoulder issues, and I wanted to see how I would feel after a month-long daily diet of Essentrics. I’m a Pilates, and yoga instructor who practices these disciplines (including Barre) every day (about 1 to 2 hours day). Although I own a few Essentrics DVDs and try and squeeze in one or 2 routines a week, often, I just run out of time for it. However, I do know that it is totally different from the other systems of movement that I practice. I feel that the dynamic stretching/strengthening is quite beneficial, especially to my torso. I sustained a shoulder/arm injury a year ago, and that discomfort will just not go away despite different interventions, such as acupuncture, chiropractic and massage therapy. It is aggravated by my daily computer work. So I wanted to see what might happen after a month of daily Essentrics practice. Well, the results are in: my pain, although still there, has subsided tremendously. I can now move my right arm with much less discomfort than before. Thank you, dear team of instructors, for your excellent cueing and well designed routine.
I’ve been doing Essentrics daily since April of 2017. I subscribe to Essentrics TV, which I adore! So many workouts to choose from! I started after I injured my back and had recurring episodes of severe back pain. Essentrics has made these episodes of pain a rarity, and easy to resolve with a few workouts. Additionally, I have a very fit appearance. I am often told that I look 10 years younger than my 55 years. I had let my weight creep up over 2018, so this year I decided to get rid of those 12 lbs. When I saw the February Health Challenge for 2019, I decided to do it. I also committed to 3 days a week of intermittent fasting, so now at the end of the challenge I’m down 6 lbs., and it looks more like 10+ lbs. because I toned up so much. I did the regular challenge, and I really feel that it helped me reshape my body because it included some longer and more challenging workouts. I really love Miranda, and the energy of all the other trainers too. I always feel encouraged to do my best, but not at the expense of injuring my body.
These workouts seemed to address my shoulder injury (fell on ice) from way back and helped my mind-body connection in that area! I most definitely have a wad of connective tissue (maybe even scar tissue) in my right side stemming from my shoulder down through my wrists and fingers! At the beginning of the month, I was in tears because the pain in my shoulder area down my arm was pretty unbearable, but Miranda’s instruction to be gentle and slow in my movements helped! Amazing! I can now move through these sequences with much more strength and much less pain. Thank God!!!!! I also have to mention the soundtrack music provided helps my mind immediately relax when I hear it and helps me go slow in my movements with the understanding that I am getting stronger! Yay! This is right down my alley because I refused to use muscle relaxers from my physician. I knew there had to be another way and I knew Miranda has the answer to my woes! Thank you, Miranda for helping me gain better posture and mobility!! You are a treasure!!
I work out with Miranda everyday. I found her in 2015 and have done her workouts daily since. She has totally changed my body and I am so much stronger and toned. Miranda is a blessing and I am so grateful for her awesome workouts.
Great improvement in posture and incredible increase in hamstring flexibility! She is so easy to follow on the TV workouts.
I have R.A along with Severe back problems. I discovered Miranda on PBS one morning two years ago. It is true that by doing her exercises 5-6 days weekly, I am pain free.
I love the Eccentrics Program. I followed this 28 day challenge religiously and can honestly say that I have noticed a significant reduction in the stiffness of my joints and muscles. I’ve always had problems with pain in my feet and can’t believe that since I’ve started this program, I can walk around my home in bare feet or socks and don’t need to wear shoes all the time!!! My flexibility is returning and I feel so good at the end of these classes, it is amazing. I tell everyone I can about it as I believe it really works to improve balance, strength and flexibility.
My health challenge actually began over two years ago. Having osteoarthritis posed a problem for my knees. I started out with prescribed physical therapy exercises that helped my knees for a while. After four months of these routine exercises I experienced returned knee pain with a vengeance! That’s when I sought out Classical Stretch on my local PBS TV station and purchased the DVDs. Miranda’s full body stretch exercises were just what I needed to relieve my knee pain. After several months of daily Classical Stretches I experienced minimal knee pain with increased knee flexibility. Not to mention overall body rejuvenation and increased physical stamina especially while standing and walking. My exercise challenge began two years ago and continues today with my achieving a personal monumental success. Thank you, Miranda, for designing and sharing your well thought out exercise routines.
I really enjoy the exercises and feel a great deal better after each class.They are not intimidating. This winter I injured myself during a regular workout class and was in a great deal of pain. The arthritis really kicked in. While going to PT, I started Essentrics and now I notice that I am almost pain free. This made me realize that I will need to continue this type of exercise daily for the rest of my life. It certainly is worth it to be able to function well and do everyday tasks with ease. I’m also hoping that as I continue I can improve my muscle tone and lose a little more weight. I am seriously thinking of becoming an instructor.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with tendonitis and prescribed a night brace. At that time I began searching for mobility exercises and discovered Essentrics. Within ten days of exercising, I was able to put the brace into storage and it hasn’t been out since. I also realized, after a few months, that I was no longer having to use the banister to maintain my balance on stairs. I’ve been following these routines for a long time now and feel better than ever. Thank you Miranda!
I was already a fan of Miranda & Essentrics, but I decided to up my game and take the challenge. Although I didn’t do every single day, I am SO much stronger now! The challenge also helped me with the winter blues, here in CT when it can be quite grey. Thanks to all the team!
Merci pour ce beau défi santé organisé! Je me suis remise en forme grâce au défi. Je me sens plus souple, plus forte et j’ai beaucoup moins de tension dans mon dos. Je me sens plus mobile et plus heureuse! Chaque jour, j’avais hâte à la nouvelle capsule! Merci et BRAVO!
I have been doing this program for a year. I have seen a tremendous change in my body shape, strength, and overall flexibility. I had mild planters fasciitis, lower back pain and hip pain. This program has completely relieved these issues. I feel so much better, have more energy and strength. I purchased Season 12 – Aging Backwards and the most current Essentrics Body Toning DVDs. Between the DVDs and what I often catch on PBS TV, I never get bored with my exercise routine. It’s the best program I’ve ever used!
My journey through the 28 day challenge has been quite mind blowing! I am behind, as I started late. The biggest change I have noticed is my shoulder sculpting and my waist has really tightened. I feel that I have more energy and my posture increasingly improved. I just feel really energized and physically ‘good’ each day! First time doing this and will not be the last. What a great series you have put together!
I love the Essentrics program! I’ve never been one to complete 30 day challenges or anything of that sort. Yet, here I am day after day, ready to stretch and relax for a quick 20 minutes. It’s so easy! I’ve been here almost every day this month! It has made a difference in my posture and my gait and my sleep. I have an old hamstring injury that I am now able to “unstick” and mobilize by these most gentle PNF stretches.
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!
In January, I decided that I really needed a change in my fitness routine. After doing Essentrics a few days a week since the summer, the February challenge gave me that push and motivation to change my routine. I have noticed that I have more flexibility, strength and am better toned than when I was using weights.
As if just getting older was not enough of a challenge, I was struck last year with painful, small fiber neuropathy of an unknown aetiology and disabling vertigo, also considered idiopathic! I have long suffered with osteoarthritis and fasciitis of the muscles. I began daily, 23 minute videos with Miranda and slowly increased my strength and flexibility and significantly reduced my painful everything! I very much enjoy emulating Miranda to the best of my ability and take great delight in her gentle, optimistic encouragement to perform the helpful exercises! I am a huge fan of the gorgeous scenery also featured in these videos! I extend my great appreciation for these well prepared videos. Thank you!
Due to a knee injury 2 years ago, my body had become so lame that I had to retire from physical work. In August, my sister introduced me to Essentrics and after 1 workout I instinctively knew that this was the the route for me to untangle the mess of accommodations that my body had become. Sure enough, by Christmas I was back on track. No more sciatica, locked calves, burning low back pain, and limp. All gone. I knew I now wanted to start doing a bit more, building, strengthening, in order to be ready for a 4-month opportunity of being on my feet every day at a busy garden centre. I logged into Essentrics and there was the February challenge! I did the Regular and am feeling confident and strong. Thank you Essentrics! You really did lead me out, 1 day at a time, from a daunting situation
It’s been 1 year since my adrenals crashed, and during those many months I was unable to do my usual classical stretch workouts. By February, I was able to do it almost daily again. I’ve seen my muscles strengthening, my ligaments also. I’ve been able to use my strength in ways I’ve not been able to in the past, without injuring my ligaments, which is great for me as they are overly flexible. These workouts are just the right amount of time so that my adrenals aren’t stressed, and I feel great and energized afterward. I wish everyone do these, they are the most intelligent way to keep our bodies in shape, and even great when we’re hurting. They’ve helped me through back pain, with a quicker than ever recovery. I could go on and on, gratefully extolling this program, thank you so so much Miranda!
Over the past 2 years I have done many 28 day challenges. I started Essentrics at 65 and was desperate to release and open up my continually contracting muscles and inflexibility. This has been a life long reality after an early injury to my back and the unfortunate results of Crohn’s Disease. In 2009 I totally changed my diet to significantly reduce inflammatory foods as well as continue my process of learning to healthfully release high stress. My Crohn’s is no longer diagnosable since 2014. When I discovered Essentrics I began my commitment to it daily as the impacts was noticeable almost immediate. Today my body is an asset! I feel, look and function more comfortably and powerfully while looking amazing!!! I no longer have osteoporosis, chronic pain in my feet, joints, hands, back and neck. I am now 67 and blessed to be in an incredible and loving new partnership that includes emotional, physical and intellectual experiences that were unavailable to me in my 40s.
I started doing Classical Stretch almost four years ago after I was hit by a pickup truck while riding my horse. I had a broken knee and after 3 months I was ready to re-enter the world of fitness. I saw Miranda’s Aging Backwards on our local public tv station and ordered a DVD. WELL, I am and have been addicted for these past four years. I have a terrible degenerated spine but I have kept my range of motion and gotten my body in great shape through my daily fix of Classical Stretch. Even though I have exercised my whole life with aerobics, weights, running, yoga etc. this is the best genre for me. I own all of her DVDs except the beginners. I also bought three of the vintage (which I love). My saddlebags are gone, I love/hate the plies. I never miss a workout. My most exciting news is that my husband, 69 years old is now doing them with me daily. He just had a double hip replacement in September and as I write this he is out road skiing in our snowy mountain area. That is after we did our “Miranda” this morning. My daughter and I are attending the Classical Stretch retreat this coming October in Jamaica. We are so excited! Thank you Miranda for the wonderful fitness level you have given me. I am 64, but I horseback ride, hike, and look pretty darn good for a gal my age. Can’t wait to see you in October.
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’ve been doing Essentrics for about 9 years so I didn’t do it as a challenge but just to feel a part of something bigger. Being in my late 50’s I find that Essentrics has helped me maintain a youthful, strong and flexible body. When I’m out with friends or just in general I can see how quickly my body responds compared to other people of my age, and often those younger! Recently my doctor commented on how he is amazed at how I’ve maintained my weight and physical fitness, he said I’ve even lost a few lbs since my last appointment 2 years ago. After listening to Miranda’s new aging backwards and the connective tissues it’s proof positive how important the correct type of exercise is to keep our bodies healthy, balanced and strong. Please keep the DVDs coming! I’m so grateful for Miranda’s work and passion that has helped me maintain a youthful, strong, flexible and agile body!
I rotated workouts between the Mobility and Bone Strengthening for beginners and the two connective tissue workouts. It was a challenge to me not to miss any days, but I did it! I am definitely more flexible, energetic, and even stronger all around. I am confident that I will be able to stave off injury and immobility if I keep these up. Thank you!
Mine is a 360 day story. I started Classical Stretch 3/6/18 and it has changed my life. I have always been slim, but I was getting weaker with each passing year and every time I tried to exercise, I would injure myself. I’d almost resigned to being that way and I saw Miranda on a fund raiser for PBS. My chiropractor keeps remarking on how much stronger I am, I can do activities without being in pain and I can feel the muscles in my legs and arms and stomach getting harder and stronger. I tell EVERYONE about Classical Stretch and have purchased the DVDs for friends. This is THE answer for a strong body.
I have degenerative disc disease. I registered for Essentrics TV. Because of daily participation in this program, I have minimal pain, and tools to relieve pain when I have it. This program has enhanced my flexibility, endurance and helped to balance my weight. Thank you Essentrics & Classical Stretch.
What can I say… I have been a fan of Classical Stretch for over 20+ years. With all of life’s challenges I truly believe this routine has helped me not only feel better but look better as well. Miranda is like have a personal trainer in my living room every morning. I am so thankful for these challenges they have been a true blessing for me.
I did Essentrics workouts at least 6 days a week for a number of years, trying to work through hip pain while maintaining, gaining strength and flexibility. At age 61, I finally had a hip replacement . I wasn’t allowed to exercise other than walking for 6 weeks, which coincided with the February 1 start date of the health challenge. I was surprised at how much strength and endurance I had lost after major surgery and 6 weeks of no exercise. During the first week of the challenge I was watching the clock and wanting the workout to be done after less than 5 minutes. By the end of the challenge, I was close to being at the point where I enjoyed each workout because I knew how good I would feel at the end. This shows both how much one can lose and how much strength and flexibility one can gain in just a month.
I had kinks in my back, neck and shoulders. My feet would cramp up when I walked too fast and I had to wear orthotics to avoid pain when I walked. I work at a desk and thought this was just the way it had to be. I had been to physical therapists, personal trainers, and chiropractors. They helped a little but I still felt stiff and grumpy most days despite swimming and walking on a regular basis. I did Classical Stretch occasionally before, maybe once or twice a week. This time, I committed to doing a Miranda workout 6 days a week for a month. I kept a diary and noticed which workouts benefitted me most. After two weeks I wanted to do two workouts some days! I felt so good – flexible, pain-free, energetic – that I missed doing the workouts on the days I couldn’t do them! I even do some of the exercises in the office during the day when I start to feel stiff. I shared them with several people at work who also like them. I can wear athletic shoes without support now, and have very little pain in my back. Thank you Miranda!
During the 28 day challenge I was preparing for my 2nd hip replacement. I used Season 9 and 10 up until the day of surgery. I had to rest for 4 or 5 days after. After that I did a lesson rom Season 11 every other day for one week. Then I proceeded to do at least two episodes per day going forward with season 12. I believe these routines made me strong which helped with my healing. I am constantly challenged because I listen to Miranda about alignment and using your full length on every exercise move. Even though I have been doing this for approximately 14 years, I am amazed at how each episode requires serious work. I never tire of the routines. I find I can feel my core muscles helping me to lift heavy objects and protect my back. I have always been serious about exercise to help maintain my bones. I think that out of all the exercise routines I have tried in the past including running, step aerobics, spinning, weights, Essentrics, has made the most positive impact on my form and strength. I only wish I had given up the routines that impacted my joints much sooner. I look forward to my Essentrics time every day and I always finish in amazement about how better I feel. What a terrific work out. Thank you so much Miranda for sharing your knowledge. You have helped so many! I remain your dedicated fan.
I broke my ankle in 2017. Classical stretch has brought me increased movement in my ankle and joints, especially my shoulders that were overworked from using a walker. I have recovered most of the movement that I lost i9n my ankle and my shoulders are pain free! My flexibility has increased tremendously this past month. Each workout strengthens my balance. One thing that Miranda has taught me is to pay attention to how I stand. I never realized before that I roll my ankles out when I walk. It is something I am working very diligently to correct. I also have a knee that gives me pain from time to time and I am learning which muscles and tendons are tight and how to stretch and relax in order to correct that. I feel like a new person!
I started stiff, with knee, ankle and foot pain (yeah a lot of injuries in the last couple of years), feeling defeated. I still have a couple of days left because I have started late, but there is a major difference in my mobility and pain level. Pain – almost gone. I can walk up and down the stairs with no problem. I feel stronger, I have regained my balance – very useful now with all the snow and ice. I thought I would never be able to run again after my hamstring injury – but I am able to run – not much yet, but just being able to run is a joy. I also feel taller. A smile to Miranda, my hero. 🙂 Best of all, I have energy and enthusiasm to get up in the morning and exercise. Thank you.
I’ve been using Essentrics for quite a while but have created a rigorous practice over the last three months. The February Challenge has been a perfect compliment. My flexibility has increased, resulting in less stiffness and a greater ‘spring in my step’ (literally!). I’m noticing that my quads are lengthening and defining. I generally feel great – many thanks!
I loved it! I “only” did 25 out of the 28 days, but on the other days I was teaching barre classes, so fell like I was giving an Essentrics class, not just taking one. I thought I was in shape, but even just doing the beginner challenge proved me wrong. I could feel the difference in my body immediately: easier to move, twist, reach and bend. Even my husband said: “You are looking more trim since you’ve started this program.” And he knows: he’s a former athletic director. I looked forward to the class each day and missed it on the days I couldn’t do them. It’s such a great program I want to keep going on my own. Maybe psychologically one needs a challenge to start something, but now I just want to do it because it makes me feel better every day. Secretly I want to become an Essentrics instructor. It would feel wonderful to learn the body and the movements well enough to share them with others. Even the few changes I’ve incorporated into my own dance classes have folks saying they enjoy them and move more easily. Lastly, it’s a pleasure to watch and “meet” the Essentrics instructors. Exercise programs are a dime a dozen; exercise instructors come and go, are talking gymnasts; but real people explaining and doing good movements, emphasis on proper body placement, and just downright pleasant personalities are hard to come by. Thanks for motivating us and being so smart and talented. it’s made a big difference in my life and in the students I get to reach. Thank you!
My DVD’s from Ms Esmonde-White had been sitting on my shelf here at home for several years and I never tried them because I thought it would not help me like so many other ineffective exercise programs have not. I have suffered from Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities since 1989. Also, Interstitial Cystitis. My sacroiliac recently flared up so bad that I decided to finally try the Essentrics program to see if it would help me. I started to do the ones listed for pain from the bottom up (starting with the feet). To my pleasant surprise…I felt like a ballerina after the first attempt. This is much more effective than the yoga, chi-kung or any other exercise program I have ever tried! I am now progressing through the program and along with driving out toxins from my body (mostly FD&C dyes) I am feeling better for the first time in years. This is not a joke! I am finally able to do something to help my poor, emaciated, aching body! Thank you Miranda!
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 got a late start to the challenge but I finished Day 16 today! I look forward to another workout each morning. I felt an energy boost pretty much right away – I did get tired by Day 9 but pushed through it. I feel stronger, toned and find I stand up straighter. I have more energy and focus than I have had in a while and have less joint pain and stiffness. I had been having pain and soreness in different areas of my body from doing the simplest things and in just these 2 weeks or so have felt such a difference in my strength and flexibility. I think the secret is doing a workout every day. Love the scenery in the workouts – now someday I hope to get to that Round Hill Resort in Jamaica!
My story is a bit unusual. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis which has caused joint damage in my feet, hands and wrists. I had a consult with an orthopedic foot surgeon who proposed a radical reconstruction of my feet, with fusions of all ten toes. This sent me into a tailspin of panic and I delayed out of fear. Around that time I joined Essentrics TV because of my back. After a few sessions, I was surprised by being able to do all of the foot exercises and could even stand on the balls of my feet. This was like a big red hand in front of my face telling me NOT to proceed with the fusion surgeries, so I got second and third opinions. The third doctor said I did not need fusions at all, and recommended less radical corrective procedures. Four weeks after each surgery I returned to Essentrics TV and gently incorporated the foot and ankle exercises, a tiny bit at a time, as post-op therapy. The exercises also helped with all the kinks in the rest of my body from being sedentary during recovery, and then limping in a surgical boot. If I had not discovered what my feet were capable of after trying Classical Stretch, at this time I might have permanently fused toes, and who knows what other imbalances that would have caused. It’s like a guardian angel whispered in my ear to try Essentrics.
This is the second Health Challenge I’ve done. I’m 59 and I really like the challenge because I feel I’m not alone. I’ve been doing Essentrics for over a year and my balance and flexibility is much better than it was. I thank you for a program that I enjoy doing every day. I’ve given one of the DVD s to a friend of mine and I always suggest the program to others. Thank you!!
I have enjoyed daily exercising with Miranda for 5 years! I had a hip replacement in November 2018. After 6 home visits with a physiotherapist 2 weeks after surgery, the surgeon said I didn’t need any more physiotherapy. Most patients need 4 to 6 weeks more of physiotherapy. The doctor said I was in great shape. I was given permission in early January to do any type of exercising I wanted to do….Thank you Miranda!!!
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 decided to do the Health Challenge as I had purchased the Classical Stretch Aging Backwards Season 12 TV series about a year ago after seeing the program on Public TV. I met the Challenge each day by choosing my own workouts. I especially liked doing all the standing stretching ones; alternating each time with the various all standing stretches. The 23 minutes seemed to go quite quickly and the rejuvenated feeling afterwards was such a good feeling. I would recommend to anyone no matter what age to either watch the series on Public TV or to purchase a set of the DVD’s. Personally I prefer the DVD set so I can pop a disc in at anytime throughout the day. Thank you for such a great series of exercises. I also take Zumba classes at our local fitness center and find doing the stretches at home either before or after a class quite beneficial.
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.
I have Type 2 Diabetes and I’m working to keep it in remission through exercise, diet and being very sensible about my lifestyle. I love all aspects of your exercise-anti-aging regimes. I began working with your programs on Essentrics TV here in South Carolina. And, at 80 years of age, I can tell you that I find these exercises easy to follow and they make me feel so young. My body is already responding to this stretching, bending, working out. I miss that FREE feeling when I don’t do these routines on a daily basis. Thanks for your help, wonderful information and teachings.
When I turned 30, I began practicing a vigorous form of hot yoga, and loved it for many years. Ten years ago I had a freak accident on black ice which resulted in a full shoulder replacement, and a very bad break on one of my ankles that didn’t set or heal properly. I had to work back to mobility very slowly with physical therapy, and after a year and a half of healing, could do a gentler form of yoga. Although I love yoga, I became bored, and didn’t practice as faithfully as I needed to. About a year ago I discovered Essentrics on my local PBS station, and immediately ordered two DVDs, and found some workouts on YouTube. Now I stream it, and I’m so thankful to have this available with the variety of workout options. I think that maintaining my balance while moving is quite a bit more challenging than Yoga, and yet it’s gentle on my joints. I feel relaxed and refreshed after doing an Essentrics workout. It has made a significant difference in how my shoulder and ankle feel on a day to day basis as they both become very stiff if I don’t stretch them out. I hope to retire in three years or less, and plan to travel as much as possible. I intend to be healthy and strong enough to go everywhere that I have on my list of countries that I want to visit. And do it without pain or stiffness! Thank you to Miranda and everyone else for making Essentrics available through streaming! I love it!
Been doing this the last 4 years. It’s the BEST! Took away all my pain from a huge back fusion surgery. I try to tell as many folks as I can so they too can feel better. I met Miranda at a clinic in Colorado and she told me to be sure to do all kinds of workouts as I’d just been doing all standing. I think that’s what made the difference in my pain. Thanks Miranda for making my life a whole lot better. I am riding my horse again most days at the age of 73. Classical stretch rocks!!!
I am 76 and retired and Miranda is the reason I get up early everyday to do Classical Stretch. I have atherosclerosis, PAD, and if I didn’t do these stretches everyday I would be in so much pain. My heartfelt thanks go out to her.
Classical stretch has transformed my life! I work out daily to the show and it has given me my life back! Last year I had a brain tumor which was removed. It was non-cancerous but with many months in the hospital, I had lost my health and fitness I once had. Ten months later I felt well enough to start working out again. I started slowly with one workout a day. It wasn’t easy at first. Weeks later I was doing the workouts, sweating a bit and now feeling pain free! Thanks Miranda! You are my special angel.
I am 65 years old and this time last year, Feb 2018, I was in so much pain from my right knee and hip. I believe this was something that started to develop over the past few years but came to a head the end of 2017 and into 2018. I like to walk and live in an area that’s good for walking and close to a lot of things so I am able to walk to them. When the pain got so bad I was limping and had to stop walking. My walking was limited to walking from my car. I started physio, chiro, massages and was told by my doctor I had arthritis in my right hip. After a few months of physio my hip started to feel better but my knee was still very sore and it hurt whenever I put any pressure on it. In Aug 2018 I happen to come across Classical Stretch on the TV and tried it and found that I was able to do the workout without too much pain so since I wasn’t able to go for walks I started doing Classical Stretch 5-6 days/week. It’s now Feb 2019 and I am pretty much pain free. I am back out walking again, although I am not doing any long walks just 30 – 45 minutes. Miranda’s workouts helped me to become more in touch with how my muscles are interconnected. I feel my posture is better and my core is stronger. I’ve told so many people about these workouts. At the end of a workout when Miranda says hope you enjoyed your workout I always respond “thank you Miranda, I did”. I’m very grateful that I came across these workouts. They are now part of my regular exercise.
Standing at the top of a six foot step ladder, in the garage, removing a 22 Kg item from the rafters the ladder collapsed. I fell onto my left hip, elbow and shoulder, holding the item as this was the safest method to not sustain a crushing blow. I immediately stood up. The hip was swollen with a throbbing pain that lasted for three days, concurrent pain continued but not as extreme. Elbow extremely tender. Had been stretching daily prior to this accident following the Aging Backwards book. Continued the daily stretching. 12 weeks for hip and elbow to recover and now I could feel the extent of the shoulder injury. Continued the daily stretching routine and now after 24 weeks the shoulder is near completely pain free in motion. At no time have I taken a pain medication, well except for the first evening I sipped on Crown Royal until I fell to sleep at 0400. Prior to this were two other incidents. The first I went to a physiotherapist for leg trauma/injury. After 4 weeks I was still limping and feeling dejected. I heard about Aging Backwards and began the stretching. Leg fully recovered and walking without a limp pure joy. Second incident involved a heavy blow to the chest and shoulder area. Stretched it out. Movement is extremely important. Being in good physical condition and an active person prior to the accidents has assisted in the recovery process BUT the advantage of daily stretching far exceeds just walking and being active in the home (gardening etc.). Thank you for your presentation of an extremely valuable life enhancing activity. My strength, balance and well being has benefited.
How do you write your personal story in a simple testimonial when the story you have to share means so much to you and has changed your life so much. I’m not sure a testimonial will do it justice, but I will certainly try. I have always been active in my life and enjoyed athletics. I love all types of sports and have tried to stay in shape for most of my life. Unfortunately, like most of us when I aged my body began to breakdown. My profession as a golf instructor was also tied into my body’s health. By my late thirties, (I am in my late forties now) arthritis in my left shoulder, left foot and lower back prevented me from playing and enjoying the game. I continued static stretching and yoga classes and realized that my lower back would often hurt more after I stretched, I could never understand why? Unfortunately, things took a drastic turn for the worst in my life when I really injured my back making Thanksgiving dinner in 2017. I woke up the following morning with the worst pain in my back and any movement of my spine was extremely painful, and to make matters even more difficult, I had lost the ability to hold anything in my hands at all. I spent the next three months(when not doing class) with my left arm pinned to my chest and just tried to find any position sitting that would allow me to exist without being in pain. Finding comfort with back pain can be very challenging.That is how I found Classical Stretch by Essentrics. A few days after my injury I was up at 5:00AM because of my pain. I turned on my local PBS station and in those first few minutes of watching and listening I was skeptical, shocked and very much intrigued. Miranda was talking about things I had never heard of before but the way she explained them made so much sense to me. That first week I would get up every morning at 5:00 AM and do back to back episodes of Classical Stretch. It was truly unique and so different from any other exercise program I had ever seen. First of all, the fact that I could participate in the program with my back pain I thought was amazing. I quickly learned in those first few episodes, that everything I had known about exercise and the human body were about to change, and that Classical Stretch would forever change my life. My journey with Classical Stretch the last fourteen months of my life has been incredible. My back pain is almost completely gone and will be soon. The pain and stiffness in my joints from my arthritis is so much better and let me tell you my body feels completely different. I have movement and mobility throughout my entire body and I am capable of moving in ways I have not moved sense I was a kid or moved at all. I hope this inspires others like me who are in pain or are just tired of working out all of the time and not seeing a real change in their bodies. Give Classical Stretch a real try it has the power to change your life, or for many of us give us our lives back and for that I cannot thank Miranda enough, you are amazing! Thank you for giving me life.
I just have to let you know how incredible Essentrics has been for me. I gave birth to my first child on January 11th! Throughout my whole pregnancy, I continued to do your workouts at least 5 times per week, even if it was just a short 10 minute routine. Hello pliés! Just a few hours before I went into labour, I was doing Miranda & Eliana’s pregnancy floor work out. I thank Essentrics for my quick recovery! I am now just over 2 weeks post delivery and am back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I can not wait to get the go ahead from the doctor to resume my exercise routine! You ladies are amazing.
I can testify I recently (last 6 months) had neck and low back pain. I saw your Public Television segment, ordered several tapes and started exercising every day with your tapes. After about 3 weeks I am pain free. Who knew and everything you say is true about the positive benefits of your program. I truly believe you are 100% correct with your program. Thank You.
I wanted to thank Miranda for the gift of Essentrics! After I turned 50, I was having trouble with my knees and hip. I have been active for my whole life through walking and other various exercises on and off. I was having a hard time with going up and down stairs and would be stiff after sitting or lying down. When I was in for my yearly physical, I discussed this issue with my doctor. She gave my 6 strengthening exercises for my knees and IT band. They helped a little bit, but not quite. I was watching my local PBS station one weekend and saw Aging Backwards. First I got the book out of the library and tried some of the exercises. Since I also have had minor back issues in the past, I settled on the soothing your joints workout. I felt it covered knees and back. I cannot believe after 2 weeks,I was feeling no pain in my knees and IT band. I can run up the stairs and bend down to the lowest shelf at the grocery store. I can sit in the lotus position again and meditate. I also can get up from the floor without holding on and be more graceful when getting up. I jump out of bed in the morning with no pain! I have since purchased Aging Backwards and Forever Painless. I have not taken over the counter pain medicine in months!!! I want to do more of the workouts like the one for posture. Thank you for helping me help myself and making it so easy
I had a stroke 10 months ago. I was paralyzed down the left side of my body, though my left leg came back to life the next day. I was in the hospital for one month and I just wanted to die, thinking I was forever disabled. I am 73 years young and a former triathlete and marathon runner and used to working out at least one hour daily. I resumed my Classical Stretch workout the day I got home, the best I could without the use of my left arm and hand, and today I am 90% recovered, much to the amazement of all the physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and doctors! I credit Miranda’s Classical Stretch (which I do daily, sometimes twice a day) and my tenacity, for now being able to resume power walking, hiking my Labrador on the forest trails, pilates, and spinning at the gym. Thank you Miranda!
I have made it to 2019 with the help of Classical Stretch. I began watching and doing the program from PBS in early 2017. Soon after, I realized I could not function well without this morning stretch. My husband of 27 years was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer 3 weeks after I retired. We then spent 3 weeks in Tijuana MX at a cancer clinic where I learned care giving for Dexter as we faced this disease. I found local San Diego PBS station airing Classical Stretch at 5am. While Dexter slept best before sunrise, I believe those episodes truly helped me get through each day of multiple therapies, tests and procedures Dexter would face during our time at the clinic and other medical facilities in Tijuana. I lost Dexter less than 3 weeks after returning home to North Carolina. I had lost 10 lbs in October in the aftermath of his diagnosis and then another 10 lbs during the cancer clinic stay. After Dexter died, I looked similar to him when I saw my body in the mirror. My average weight of 133 lbs at 5’6″ was now 113 lbs by Christmas. I experienced the worst Christmas of my entire life. Classical Stretch was the only constant in my life at that time. I continued my daily stretching regiment because it gave me the best chance and foundation to recover. It took many months but soon the scrawny, skeleton with excess skin and muscle atrophy resembling a refugee prisoner became a healthy, toned figure appearing much younger than my 60 years. I rarely miss a day of stretching with Miranda. I am now 122 lbs of grateful joy still processing grief from losing my husband but appreciating each day I have on earth. I could not have survived and bounced back so well without Classical Stretch on PBS and on DVD.
I am 62 years old. I had issues with plantar fasciitis and sciatica and have been doing Classical stretch for the past 2 years. I am continually amazed at how pain free I have become. I LOVE Classical Stretch! Thank You Miranda.
I am still floating on my Essentrics little cloud!!! I owe so much to you: the training, the guidance, the empowering lift. Becoming an Essentrics instructor is not only about learning the material, the science, the anatomy and body mechanics; it’s also a whole journey about integrating, finding the essential purpose, always looking for the why and … growing … and expanding. When I embarked on this journey, I don’t think I fully realized how it would not only affect my own body but also my whole being. I did, although, quickly understand what a privilege it is and how incredibly rewarding it is to be part of our participants’ own journeys. Like I said, still on my little cloud!! The exam was a great integrative experience which I truly enjoyed, thanks to you! You are not only an awesome instructor/ master trainer, but also a very perceptive and and empowering examiner. Thank you from my heart!
I had hip pain for a while. I was taking Aleve every night. The meds were giving me stomach pain. I am very active. I work at a school. I walk 3-4 miles a day. 13-16 flights of stairs every day. After doing Classical Stretch every morning for about six months, I can honestly say: no more pain in my hips. No more Aleve! I have been doing Classical Stretch for 2 years now. I feel amazing. I tell everyone about it. Thank you Ms. White!
Your fitness program is outstanding, and I’m past due in sharing all the benefits that I’ve experienced since starting it 3 1/2 years ago! -Wrist/forearm pain and neck/shoulder/upper back issues from over 30 years of desk/computer work went away -For the first time ever my biceps feel toned and even have some muscle -Lower body feels toned and stronger, can walk farther with ease and a bounce in my steps (as promised), and my pants fit better(as promised) -I have more energy to enjoy and keep up with my 6 grandchildren -I have more strength, flexibility and body awareness to not injure myself as I assist my elderly mom who has little mobility -I grew 1/2 inch Every time I feel strong and flexible doing ordinary things throughout my day, every time I feel my fascia ripple as I bend/reach/stretch, I will always be grateful to you and and your fitness program that easily fits my lifestyle and my personality!
I’m a metastatic breast cancer survivor with bone mets and osteoporosis. I contribute classical stretch to my quality of life and my ability to thrive while going through this cancer journey of radiation, chemo, etc. Because of your daily routine I’m able too continue hiking, dancing, traveling with the mobility that even my non-cancer friends are not able to do. Thank you for contributing to my story being one filled with inspiration and hope.
I recently retired from a desk job partly due to my back and hand pain, as well as it being a high stress position. I was never one much for exercising and constantly felt I had let myself down because I couldn’t keep up with any exercise program. I felt like a failure and worried if I would be able to play with my grandchildren and continue to be independent in my later years. I found Classical Stretch on TV one morning about 3 months ago and have been an avid follower ever since. Not only has it reduced my back pain but has given me the flexibility that I’ve been missing my whole life. I had an injury in my early teens which, I believe, has caused poor posture, neck and back pain, numerous pinched nerves in my neck and frequent migraines. I now feel I have better posture, and my pain has been greatly reduced. Your exercises have been a god send and I wanted you to know that you’re changing my life for the better. I find myself telling everyone the benefits of your exercise routine as I know so many people who can benefit from it; young and old alike. I’m now a regular watcher and think nothing of getting up at 6 am to exercise with you. It gives me instant energy and a sense of well being; a great way to start the day! I also love how you explain the correct way to do every exercise making me feel like it’s a one on one session. It’s made me realize how many times I’ve done exercises incorrectly in the past and actually hurt myself doing so. I want to thank you because, without your routine, I don’t believe I would be feeling this good and I hope your show stays on the air for many more years to come!
This is one program I’ve been able to stay with for several reasons: Miranda explains the purpose of the exercise movements; what is taking place physiologically; the respect that she shows; the ease in following her instructions (many exercise videos are not as easy to follow and you can’t always catch on right away and so you wind up doing the movements sloppily); there’s much better compliance because the workouts are pleasant and doable (there’s something for everyone); and thank goodness the prices are fair and affordable; and yes, one does see results. I’m more flexible (can park the car with more ease when turning to look back, etc). And the balance exercises help too…I really need them. I’m a retired nurse and have worked with physiologists and patients in rehab settings; that’s why I’m impressed with the exercise principles. It’s valid and believable and keeps me going because of the explanations of the movement, etc. I even tell my doctors about it when they ask what kind of exercise I do besides walking.
This woman has SAVED me. Between falling off horses in my youth crushing my C6 and 7, exercising very very hard, and always carrying more than I should because I have always felt invincible. In the last 6 years, I have really found the solution for a pain free life. I would be on pain killers and probably antidepressants but for the 23 minutes a day I spend with her. We as a society have always worked out incorrectly causing stress on parts of our bodies. I went to Chiropractors for years which felt good right after but does NOTHING in the long run to really get your feet and body in correct alignment. It is crazy to me how EASY it is to live pain free. It makes me so sad to see people needlessly in pain when there is a gentle and REAL solution no matter your age and NO… I don’t get a dime for saying this. THANK you Miranda Esmonde-White. I vow to try and get to a live class one day to say thanks.
I have been living with Complex-PTSD from a very violent and abusive childhood. It has had a cascading effect on my body and chronic pain has been an issue. I had always been in good shape and love exercise and that helped, but adrenal and nervous system fatigue kicked in a few years ago and I had to stop working out. I am healing well but my fascia is basically frozen, creating enormous pain and even some injuries. I had been having fascial release with a fantastic PT but she’s dealing with her own stuff and hasn’t been able to do fascial manipulation since April, and at this point I am in a lot of pain again. But now I have my DVD and that will help! And I just found a therapist locally (I drive about 90 minutes one way to see my PT) who practices a different fascial release technique and I have an appointment on the 26th! Merry Christmas to me. I am aware of how important it is to be able to help myself and Miranda’s DVD’s have been an incredible resource for me, especially when I’ve been unable to afford other help. I am really sensitive and intuitive and I can feel her generous heart and authenticity and there have been days when doing the Mobility and Bone Strengthening DVD with Miranda is what kept me going. Thank you, Miranda, and the entire team! You are making such a difference in ways you don’t even know!
I have been a very active/athletic woman. I belonged to Orange Theory, ran 1/2 marathons, was a competitive body builder in my 20’s and 30’s. My point being I loved to exercise. I started doing your Classical Stretch about 3 years ago. I quickly realized I should have started long ago! I grew tired of beating my body up, not paying attention to it and nurturing it. But I made great strides while doing them. Unfortunately, I suffered 2 strokes this past June. A vertebral artery tore in my neck and caused a stroke, then I had another stroke a week later after that. My vestibular system was affected, so my balance, vision and hearing were affected. I lost hearing in my left ear and about 20% in my right ear. I suffer from vertigo daily. I am in the process of reclaiming my life and have restarted your program. I feel so healthy and strong after I do them, but I struggle while doing them. But I know that I am where I am in my recovery journey because I had incorporated your workouts. My vestibular therapists tell me how strong my core and legs are and these will really help me in recovery. I am so grateful for your workouts and knowledge and encouragement, and that helps get me through a workout. It can be frustrating for someone like me who has been faithfully exercising since I was 16,to struggle through one of your workouts (because they were tough for me even pre-stroke!)because my balance is so affected. But I will continue these workouts and I know they will really help in my healing journey. I have had to learn to workout in a very different way, but I am so happy to be able to do them! Thank you very much for listening to my story and for helping me reclaim my life!
I joined Essentrics online about 6 months ago. I had tried some of the DVD’s first to see if it was what I was looking for in an exercise regime. I am really enjoying it and feel it has been very beneficial to “shaping” my body, improving my posture, toning my muscles. I like the variety of videos offered and the fact that I can choose to them when I want to-no need to drive to a class! I have really enjoyed the recent new offerings and have tried them all and done them multiple times depending on my day’s activities. I find Essentrics compliments my other physical fitness activities well.
Well, been doing the exercises pretty much every 5 days on channel 25 in NYC for 5 years or so. During the recent ice storm in NYC, traffic was all jammed up as I left a meeting at the UN. As I walked home in the freezing cold, I felt like I was a gazelle, with sure footing, my quadriceps flinging out in front of me, with my feet so nubile and propelling.
I’ve been doing your workout for over a year with several health issues and I feel very strongly that this is the best tool a man could have to enjoy his full potential and stay healthy.
I am very pleased to say that I found out about Miranda’s Classical Stretch program by just bumping into her “Aging Backwards” special on PBS a couple of years ago. I had been suffering from chronic pain syndrome for some years and felt helpless to overcome my condition. My heart told me that this might be an answer for me so I immediately bought a bundle. The first few times I did the workout, I cried because I knew this was my answer….and over time it definitely proved to be. I’ve been exercising with her by DVD in my living room almost daily ever since and I have been helped tremendously. I often receive compliments about my shapely body and how slender I am at 65, and a mother of 6 grown children and Grandmother to 8. In gratitude I wanted to pass along a heartfelt THANK YOU and also some encouragement to others considering the program to do it, because it works wonders! I’ll be purchasing Season 12 as a Christmas present to ME! I love Classical Stretch! Thank you Miranda
Reading “Forever Painless” hooked me on the science. With ballet in my distance past, I bought the DVDs and “joined the class”. Thank you for pointing me to exactly what I needed. I fixed my frozen shoulder in a few weeks. Years ago it had required months of expensive therapy. I shared with my doctor who said both he and I had to chalk bad feet up to aging. Now, no more orthotics for me and he is able to ski again! From workmates and family to complete strangers, it’s brought me so much joy to play “Essentrics Ambassador”. Thank you Miranda. You helped me and neither one of us will ever know how many others.
I have been athletic most of my adult life, mostly running, biking and weights. Until I started Classical Stretch religiously, I didn’t recognize the importance of full body stretching. It’s taken almost two years for my lower back pain to almost disappear and my arthritic big toe is straightening. My balance is 200% better and generally, I simply feel better. The most important thing I have learned is: not to push it, just go at a natural pace.
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.
My best friend told me about the show on PBS. After a week of working out with you, I’m able to actually squat for the first time since a hip replacement 5 years ago. This technique is life altering. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have been doing classical stretch for a couple of years. In June, I had a horseback riding accident where I sprained my knee and put a tear in my medial collateral ligament. Even though I was in a full leg brace for 6 weeks, I did as much as of the classical stretch exercise class as I could. I believe that keeping active doing Essentrics with the leg brace and then continuing afterwards, accelerated my healing process. I enjoy and like classical stretch. I highly recommend it.
My lower lumber vertebrae are all shot with arthritis, bone spurs, slipped discs, and I lost a teaching job in the summer of 2017 because I couldn’t walk because of resulting sciatica. After a brief respite, the pain and debilitation came back at the end of Dec 2017. On Dec 27th, 2017, I started doing the Pain Relief 30-min workout on the Age Reversing DVD that I got from PBS. I have done it daily since that time. I also walk 10K steps a day. I still have to be careful and driving is my main stressor, but I am pain free most times and quite active. I consider that Miranda’s Pain Relief workout is what is keeping me limber, along with my consistent walking. I completed a half marathon, walking, on Sept 15, 2018, in 3 hrs, 54 minutes. The PF workout has made a major difference not only in my quality of life, but has allowed me to still move. Thank you Miranda for being at the vanguard of … no matter what age, we can be strong, active, and limber.
I recently went to my doctor for a general check up. While I was at the office, he decided that he wanted to do a bone density scan. When the results came back he was floored! He told me that my spine was better than the best score on his chart. He also told me to keep up whatever I am doing as it is working. I have been doing CLASSICAL STRETCH solely since 2011 as I found it to be such a complete workout. I feel my whole body has gained strength and mobility. I have been an exerciser all my life but nothing has changed my body like CLASSICAL STRETCH. Thank you, Miranda!!
I am a recovering cancer patient who is also an endurance cyclist. I have stuck with the bike because of my poor feet. I was born flat footed, and things have not gotten any better over the years. I have suffered along with something under my right foot for years. I was doing an Age-Reversing workout yesterday, and out of the blue the feeling of the baby rock under my arch finally disappeared! Honestly, I can walk across the hardwood floors with no shoes completely pain free! When I woke up this morning and the baby rock still wasn’t there, I couldn’t believe it. It’s the miracle I have prayed for.
I just recently turned 30 and being diagnosed with lupus, lower back pain, among other issues that seem too early, it was just discouraging to think about. Physically, I only felt worse after trying weights and running. I found your morning stretch on PBS and have felt wonderful! I’m so thankful and looking forward to not feeling older than my actual age!!! Thank you for a different and most helpful workout technique!!
THANK YOU! I am 66 years young and in better shape and with better balance, strength and flexibility than ever before because I do my 22 minute workout at least 4 days a week (other days I walk, swim and bike). So today I did a ropes adventure course and completed two segments (admittedly the easy ones) and I know my strength and flexibility are due to my dedication to Classical Stretch. I am thrilled, tired and elated. Thank you for the only exercise routine I’ve stuck with, and my body is leaner and more defined than ever before! My gratitude is overflowing…keep up the great work!
About three years ago,I was introduced to Essentrics/Classical Stretch by a co-worker. At the time, I was going for physical therapy for a frozen shoulder. The therapy gave me some relief, but I was curious about the Classical Stretch program, and since there were special segments specifically for frozen shoulder, I began doing the exercises. Though I initially still felt some shoulder pain doing the exercises, it was bearable, and I felt that the movements were helping me expand my range of motion. In a relatively short time, I regained full range of motion in my shoulder, and, overall, I felt stronger and more limber. I decided to incorporate this program into my life on a daily basis, and I feel better than I have in years. I look forward to doing my daily Essentrics workout, and will do this program for the rest of my life.
I am a devoted Classical Stretch / Essentrics follower since Dec 2012 when I first discovered you on PBS CT at age 48. In 2017 I recovered from 2 serious eye surgeries. I know that because I was in shape both physically and mentally from performing CS and Essentrics every single day I was able to get through the hardest time. The videos are so therapeutic that I would just listen to them until I could start again. I designed my own recovery exercise plan using the less intensive and gradually working back to the more experienced. What I love is the physical alchemy that my body, mind and spirit feels every single day. I truly look forward to it. I have to be honest, I waited a long time before trying the Essentrics Stretch Series Workout, because neither Miranda nor Sahra were in it! Well, it’s just as magical and ladies I am hooked! Thank you Miranda for being so wonderful and uniquely special.
I have fibromyalgia, herniated discs in my neck and arthritis in my shoulder. I got a LOT better by losing a lot of weight. I completely changed my diet, eat a LOT of vegetables and fruit and am eating very little sugar and flour. I have felt pretty good, except for feeling weak, and having some pain if I sit too long, or do house work. I discovered Miranda’s work about 2 months ago. So really, I have just started. I am trying to fit Essentrics TV in as much as I can, using the books for better understanding of each movement. I did a lot of dance and movement a long time ago during my undergrad years getting a performance degree, and I took anatomy and kinesiology in the late 70s as part of my dance training, so Essentrics makes a lot of sense to me. The other day, I got down on the floor with some kids and got myself right back up and someone asked me if I have been doing yoga. I gave them an “Essentrics -you have to do it” talk. My neck and shoulder pain also seem to be much more under control right now. That frozen shoulder workout is just the best. I just want to say, thanks SO much for your work. My “to do list” when I find the time in a couple of years, perhaps a retirement gift to myself, is to come to a retreat.
What a blessing Classical Stretch is to me! Twenty-two years ago after the birth of my first child, I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, which is basically arthritis in the spine. My doctor at that time told me to lose weight and take muscle relaxers. I lost some weight but did not want to take muscle relaxers for the rest of my life since I was only 27 at the time. Through the years I have tried several forms of exercise ranging from running, step aerobics, weight training, and occasionally pilates. But none of them seemed to help with the pain. Six years ago I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis all through my joints too. It caused me to focus more on fitness and trying to get in better shape. Recently at the age of 45 I had a bonus baby girl. After her birth the pain in my back and joints became more intense from carrying her around all of the time. In April of 2018, my sweet little girl decided to join my husband and I in bed at 4 in the morning and I couldn’t go back to sleep because the pain in my back was intense. After 3 hours of reading I turned on the TV and it just so happened to be on a local PBS channel and Classical Stretch was just coming on. I decided to try it. And wow am I glad I did! I have only missed 6 days of not doing Classical Stretch/Essentrics since April 9th. The pain relief was immediate and the change in body shape was dramatic over the next few weeks. Anyone with a form of arthritis should try doing Classical Stretch because they will be surprised at how stretching for 23 minutes will change their lives. My four year old joins me most mornings in doing Classical Stretch and I think actually thinks that Miranda Esmonde-White is my close friend because I always thank Miranda at the end of each episode!
I am a mother of 5, hobby farmer, and an avid gardener. In my younger years, I always felt that if I needed exercise, I should just go to the garden and work. That worked very well for many years and I stayed extremely fit. As I got up in my 30s, this method was not working well at all. The harder I worked, the more I hurt, especially my lower back. I would get stuck in my stooped-over gardening position and end up hobbling around like a little old lady. I would finally give in and go to the chiropractor. This never really seemed to help, sometimes I was even in more pain when I came home. I knew at this point that I had to do something to help myself. That’s when my Mom told me about Miranda. What a blessing! I started doing some of the short videos on Miranda’s website. These helped me feel better so quickly, I went ahead and ordered several of Miranda’s DVDs. When I found out I was pregnant with my fifth, I ordered her pregnancy workout. I was able to have my big 9 1/2 pound baby with no drugs or intervention at 38 years old. I have not had time to do a thirty minute workout each day since having my baby, but if I start to get stiff and hurting I do a few of the stretches and I’m ready to go again.
I started doing the classical stretch exercises last December a couple times a week. I started doing the forever painless exercises from the DVD because I had a few aches that weren’t improving. I had tried some physical therapy and was even doing Pilates classes. But my right groin and left shoulder weren’t improving. I even pulled my left hamstring when I went on a 5k race/run through the woods last November and tripped over a tree trunk. Just before the end of December I discovered that there was a Classical stretch program on PBS every weekday morning. I retired the last day in December and made it a point to follow the classical stretch program every morning at 6 am. I’ve missed just 10 times over this calendar year. I also purchased the 10th season to follow on the weekends when the PBS program isn’t on. Over the years I’ve jogged off and on but never bothered to stretch. I’ve found that stretching everyday has helped me tremendously. My right groin and left shoulder rarely bother me. My pulled hamstring gradually improved and no longer bothers me. In May my physician told me that I needed to do more than stretching so I began walking six miles each day. I also started jogging regularly again, I’m up to three miles. The walking mileage sometimes bothers my feet but I’ve found that the foot stretching and calf stretches help me keep my feet in decent shape. Since mid-February I started making good food choices and have even been able to lose twenty pounds. I’ve been very pleased that I started following the Essentrics technique, it’s helped keep me motivated to continue to make healthy choices. By the way, I’ll be 62 in October.
I am a retired nurse who also has severe scoliosis and have had surgery for this when I was 15 years old – my spine was fused. As time went on and I reached my late 50s my mobility especially my hips/ankles were severely affected and I slowed down and was having difficultly with balance etc. As I began the program after the 1st week I could already feel a change happening with my body. As time has gone by, this year my flexibility has improved tenfold and my balance issues are a thing of the past. I do the Age-Reversing Workouts (the 5 program 2 disc set). I do the weight loss 3 times a week and the cardio 60 minute 3 times a week and I cannot now imagine my life without the workouts. I have not really lost weight but many inches, especially my upper thighs and waist. I am forever grateful to you for putting out this video and as I said earlier cannot imagine my life without this now. Thank-you so very very much!
I broke my 5th metatarsal on my right foot, was in a boot for approximately 12 weeks. My doctor told me no physical therapy was necessary and go do everything I used to do. Well, that was not even possible, my foot was still healing and plus I had plantar fasciitis in that foot. I started taking Miranda’s “feet” classes daily and I can tell my foot and ankle strength has increased. My plantar fasciitis is almost completely gone and my 5th metatarsal is healed. I love the challenges, they keep me on track and I don’t have to look for a workout. Thank you for providing the smartest and safest workout I have ever been involved in.
Hi. About me – I’m 63. Besides brain injury, which is like my CPU not running well at all and often crashing, my back has hurt terribly and increasingly for decades, and fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis exercises (with the doctors’ recommendations that I never go barefoot) left me with more pain. I was about to go mad from the constant and increasing pain and inability to move. Other exercise programs, or even walking, left me more exhausted, and my back and feet hurt too badly to do much at all. I knew when my Grandma was in her late 80s, she could do much more than I could do, and do it freely. But I knew I was getting worse and worse, more and more unable to move or bear the pain I was experiencing. I had to go to the bathroom almost 50 times a day, go a lot at night, which meant I wasn’t getting the deep sleep I needed. I stumbled across one of Miranda’s PBS specials, and got an Age Reversing Mobility and Bone Strengthening DVD from the library, then bought the Age Reversing 2-DVD set from you. In less than a month, I have gone from total exhaustion and pain with any movement, and becoming more and more frozen and immobile and exhausted and depressed and full of despair, to being able to do about 7-10 minutes of the Age Reversing workouts. I can’t move as far as Miranda at all, but I have far less pain than I did, can move more than I did, have more energy and can do more around the house (not a normal amount, but so much more than I had been able to), and I can’t wait until tomorrow so I can do another bit of the program. Sometimes I even do another bit later in the day. I have NEVER liked to exercise, although I used to exercise anyway, but I look forward to doing tomorrow’s routine, and look forward to increased energy, less pain, and a fuller life. I can NOT thank you enough. You have given me hope and a life.
I am a registered nurse and a one year breast cancer survivor. I gained 40 pounds from chemo-related steroids and because of the joint pain from tamoxifen I have been nearly immobilized. Being a nurse, I know I have to move. I developed a frozen shoulder from my double mastectomy for which I faithfully did physical therapy. A very dear old friend of 30 years saw me limping around our workplace and told me about Essentrics – she does a workout every morning. I was willing to try anything. I ordered the Age Reversing: Posture and Pain Relief DVD and it has been LIFE CHANGING! My pain and stiffness are slowly improving. Thank you SO MUCH for these workouts. I now am confident I can heal my cancer free body. am starting to feel more like my 52 year-old self instead of 85.
I was rear ended in a car accident almost 11 years ago. Even though I had been through physical therapy, I was taking ibuprofen daily. I started doing this program on PBS in March of 2017. Since then I don’t take ibuprofen for pain anymore. I’m ordering another season for weekends and days off. Thank you! It’s changed my life! I’m always telling people about this and many I know are doing this program as well.
I have been doing the no impact stretch every morning. I have had two bouts with breast cancer and this work out has helped me get back in the swing of things. After the chemo and radiation, you feel so tired and down… this work out has helped me get my energy back again. Thank you.
I just turned 70 and have been doing Essentrics with Miranda for about 8 years. I started with a PBS show, then purchased 2 of her DVDs and do them almost every day. She got me through a mastectomy and reconstruction and is getting me through borderline peripheral neuropathy. If I hadn’t been doing the stretches regularly, I don’t think I’d be doing as well today. My son laughs at me for talking back to Miranda when I do my routine!
This is the most effective workout I have found to manage pain and mobility issues for an autoimmune disease. I highly recommend someone with issues to consider this routine. I have also reduced my need for pain management medication since I started incorporating this into my routine. Thank you Essentrics!
I’d like to tell you how appreciative I am of what you do! My mom (turning 68 this year) went through a rough patch with anxiety and illness that she’s never experienced before. She started to your movements & has transformed since then. They have kept her lean and toned and able to play with her 5 month old grandson with ease. She told me yesterday she raked the entire backyard, and woke up with no soreness. NO SORENESS. I’d just like to thank you from the deepest part of my heart for helping her.
Miranda, about a year ago I communicated with you for suggestions on my post-surgery rehab. Prior to back surgery (fusion from L 3/4 to T 10) I used your season 8 tv exercises. You suggested Back Pain Relief. I did that for a while and then moved on to season 11 and currently am doing season 12. I can do almost all of the exercises except for the strenuous twisting and stretch with you daily. I cannot thank your enough for your daily exercise programs. I am pain free and pretty mobile for someone who has had 2 aggressive back surgeries. You are a LIFE SAVER!!!!!! Thank you, thank you.
I started to do Season 11, all over body workout, beginning of December 2017 and I have done the 28 minutes daily since. I cannot believe the difference in how I feel. I have much more energy, strength & Flexibility. Prior to doing these routines I had plantar fasciitis, it is now completely disappeared. I Am also reading the book ageing backwards who knows is very informative. Thank you for the great DVDs. Oh yes and now I can bend down and get back up easily.
For the last year, I have suffered hip pain and lower back issues. My sister mentioned Miranda’s work and I found a video on YouTube. I was having terrible sciatica and I had immediate relief. In 2-3 days, my sciatica was gone. I ordered the Beginner’s Classical Stretch in Dec. Even my friends are noticing an improvement in posture, body tone, and flattened stomach. I look and feel great and my friends are asking what my secret is. Hip still acts up occasionally but Pain workout really helps. Thank you, Miranda. Truly innovative approach. My husband is permanently disabled by a complete rotator cuff tear in the shoulder, a system of tendons that attaches the muscles. He is unable to lift his arm above 90 degrees, lift arm to the side or push the arm back. Cuff tears are very common and working the muscle can further tear the tendon as the muscle contracts. Safe workout for cuff tear is so much needed. I have many friends who have this injury which one can sustain from a fall or lifting something too heavy. Just an idea.
I am in good health but gained weight over the holidays. My hips and belly reveal some pounds to be lost and toning needed all over. I found Miranda on our PBS channel maybe 2 years ago and know that her program helps with flexibility and lower back pain. I struggle with varicose veins and her program also helps with leg pain. Oh – did I also mention I work at a computer so her program also helps with neck and shoulder pain. Very thankful to have found this and hope this challenge will motivate to be more consistent.
I am overweight and disconnected from my body. I found Classical Stretch on PBS in September 2017 and have done it nearly every day since. I love it!! Have dvds and have streamed for two months. I am respecting my body more and listening to it! I love Miranda’s explanations and motivational talks. I also have stretched out any pain and kinks. I pulled a muscle shoveling all the snow but stretched through it listening to my body and it definitely felt better sooner than previous years. Am hoping for toning, shaping, and weight loss. Have been making better food choices too! That gets easier the more I respect and listen to myself. I have to say this is life changing and it’s only been a few months!
I have been living with metastatic breast cancer for 5 years which had spread to my lungs and spine. After 2 bones scans it has been determined that my bone density has actually increased in the 2 years that I have been doing Classical Stretch! I am not always consistent so my challenge is to truly do routines every day.
After many years of exercising & staying in shape once I reached my 60’s I suddenly had back issues. (lifted something heavy!) I discovered I had a curve in my spine & no longer able to do anything causing pressure on my spine. I miss Zumba, planks, jumping jacks, weights, etc. Once I discovered Classical Stretch by Essentrics, my back feels great! I don’t need to visit the chiropractor as often. When I feel a slight twinge in my back, I do my Classical Stretch & my back feels massaged & strengthened. It’s amazing. I bought the Season 10 DVD’s, giving me a variety of classes & take them on vacation. I’m never without my stretching! Thank you, Miranda, for putting this style of exercise together. Something good came out of your ballet injury. God’s blessings to you & your team as you continue to work at helping aging women/men.
I am 39. For years, I was a runner and participated in very intense fitness programs. As a result, my knees began hurting and continued to hurt for years. I had to quit running, which caused me to ache and be sore from the inactivity. I had two rounds of PT, saw doctors, had exams – no improvement. Then I happened to discover the Essentrics workouts. Within a week, I felt better. Months later, I no longer have the knee pain I’d had for years. I can move comfortably and feel great. My body feels younger and healthier than it has in a long time. Thank you, Miranda!
Classical Stretch has a very position impact on my overall health. I find once the routines are understood and learned, then the benefits really start. I am 67 years of age and have exercised regularly for the past 30 years. Of all the programs that I have tried over these years, this is the best! I also have osteoporosis for which I take daily medication as well as twice-a-year injections. In 2016, I was having problems with the upper left side of my back. I was seeing a chiropractor several days a week and that did help but I had to return at least weekly to keep my back aligned to prevent the pain. I was not able to sleep on my left side at all and would keep waking up from the pain. After a few months of classical stretch, I realized there was no pain and I have not returned to the chiropractor since starting this program. I have also found a great improvement in my posture. I am 5’8″ and weigh ~115 lb s, on the thin side all my life I always had protruding ‘wing’ bones but no longer. Classical stretch has eliminated the ‘chicken wings’ in my back and I feel great. I have also drop a pant size (not that I really needed to) as my outer thighs are firm and the muscles leaner. I have also found overall body muscles improved without using weights. I cannot say enough good about this program and hope it never ends! I have converted 2 friends so far.
Thank you for your great programs! My Aunt, who is turning 85 yo has been doing your workouts for years! She shows no signs of slowing down! She introduced you to everyone! I am especially grateful to you and your program. I am 56 and your program is a saving grace for so many reasons. Your exercises are a godsend in helping me combat MS and recently osteoporosis. I am more relieved and assured that I can be healthier and stronger going forward. Western medicine has pushed Big Pharma drugs as their only offering. Thank God I am in front of these challenges with programs, Such as yours, front and center! Thank you so much Miranda!
Miranda, I thank God for you every weekday morning after you lead me through the best exercise routine I’ve tried and I’ve tried MANY. I have L3 and L4 fused discs (born with it) and having had four children in under five years, I have my share of stiffness. Your stretching routines give me lighter-than-air mobility. I can really enjoy running around with my kids in the yard now! Thank you also for all the knowledge you share about “mitochondria” and “muscle chains” and the wisdom that “our bodies are meant to last a lifetime.” I have told so many friends about you! Love and thanks to you, my favorite exercise instructor of my life!
I have been doing Classical Stretch every morning for about 10 years. I get up in the morning, brush my teeth, throw down my mat and get going. I’m now 81 and recently went to therapy for an inflamed muscle in my hip. The therapist said I was her most flexible customer! I gave her one of my tapes and she said “it hits all the elements”. I thank Miranda every day for my mobility and sing the praises of Classical Stretch every chance I get.
I do Classical Stretch every day. Sometimes twice a day. I found CS after a bout with sciatica and it has totally transformed my body. I have lost weight, inches, and have more energy than I could hope for. I have no pain anymore. God bless Miranda!
I discovered Classical Stretch almost 3 years ago. I had the TV on while going through my PT exercises (post pinched nerve in my back) and my PBS station was showing Aging Backwards. The second I saw Classical Stretch in motion I literally got up off the floor and walked toward the TV, mesmerized! I, too, had been a dancer and I knew instantly this was for me! I started with the Season 10 DVD set and have since added Seasons 11 & 9. My clothes do fit better and I look trimmer but, more than that, I feel so much stronger and have that promised “spring in my step”. And I especially wanted to share that my bone density test several years ago showed I was moving toward osteopenia. Now, 2 years later, I just had another test and — I believe thanks to Classical Stretch! — my numbers hadn’t progressed at all! Classical Stretch has been so liberating for me and I really feel that finding it was a gift from the Lord. I absolutely love it . . . and tell anybody who will listen that they will love it, too! THANK YOU for providing us with SUCH a wonderful, comprehensive, AND enjoyable way to stay fit AND FEEL GOOD!
In my 20s, I often used a cane, because my back pain was so debilitating, I kept a cane in my home, at my mother’s home, and in my car, as my back would just suddenly go out, And I would start walking like a tiny little old lady. (In my 40s, I was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, but back then the doctors have no idea why I hurt so badly daily. They simply put me on steroids from time to time, providing only short-term pain relief..) In my early 30s, I discovered MIranda on PBS. Since then, I have bought DVDs for friends, and referred countless patients to her PBS program. ( I am a nurse by profession). I’ve lost count of the number of DVDs I have passed on. In my 40s, the disease has progressed. I continue to control my pain, and make it less debilitating, by doing her workouts, as well the swimming three times a week. My sweet children often do her workouts with me, to keep me company. ….I simply want to give her a thank you. I’m not computer savvy, and for many years I wanted to pass my story I want her, to just let her know, thank you, thank you, thank you. THANK YOU. For someone who suffered with chronic pain for 20 years, and your workouts provide the best pain relief, better than any medication from the doctor, I cannot say thank you enough.
I discovered Essentrics on the PBS channel after I was released from PT following rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder September 2016. I left PT with about 80% mobility. The other 20% was up to me. I had been teaching Zumba for over 3 years but had to take time off after the surgery. (Teaching with one arm in a sling got old quick.) I tried to go back to teaching Zumba (after being away almost a year), but was annoyed by a pinch I would feel in my shoulder from arm movements while dancing. I ordered the “Mobility and Bone Strengthening” DVD and started working out with Miranda several times a week. I pushed through any discomfort I was feeling in my shoulders to where I now have 100% mobility back in my right shoulder! The excitement prompted me to pursue certification. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 20 years (I’m 62), and have taught Step, Yoga, Aerobics, Kickboxing and Zumba/Zumba Gold (which I just started back teaching). Anyway, I received the Level 1 material (July 2016) and started teaching in May 2017 to co-workers, then got a slot at the local Library on Wednesday evenings. I’m determined to end 2017 as a Certified Essentrics Instructor so I can start working on Level 2. Thank you, Miranda and Sahra, for this awesome program! I get so much positive feedback from my students and look forward to attending one of the live instructor training events. I’m also truly excited about becoming a member of the Essentrics community.
West Palm Beach, FL
I just want you to know that since I started your stretching routine every day, my hips have unlocked. I thought I was going to be a candidate for hip surgery soon, but now I know that all I needed to do was exercise. Your technique is absolutely miraculous. I will follow you every day. You are awesome!!!
Three years ago, my DEXA scan revealed osteopenia. My most recent scan revealed that I had increased my bone density by 3% and considered normal density. I attribute that to the Classical Stretch routines that I do 2 to 3 times a week. I do not take any supplements of calcium.
I love the show every morning on PBS. I’ve been doing the program for 4 months now, with GREAT results. I feel great each day and look forward to the program right after waking up at 6:10 am. Essentrics has helped heal my injuries from sports and given me new energy for walking and push-ups I do each day. I recommend Essentrics to everyone. Thank you, Miranda. Your positive voice and speech content, make it so easy to do.
Now that I have been doing your fitness routines, all stiffness has disappeared from my back, hips, and neck. It has also helped resolve my plantar fascitis, and reduced foot and ankle swelling. I have more energy and have lost weight too.
I have been doing this exercise for over 2 years. It has helped me with back ache, frozen shoulder, knee pain, etc. I can walk like I would when I was much younger. This is amazing. I do the exercise 5 days a week minimum. My friends and family members who followed my advice (young and old) are doing the exercise. Thank you – I am grateful.
I have been doing Essentrics nearly everyday for the last six months. I am completely hooked! What a fantastic discipline. I am 39, and for most of my adult life have been a daily exerciser. In my 20s it was running, but through my 30s I have gradually worked my way into more strength work and less strictly aerobic work. Anyway, my point is that when I started Essentrics I was already in a faithful routine of Pilates and Ballet Beautiful, yet even so, I saw dramatic changes with Essentrics. After about two days I noticed that my sleep was deeper; after about a week I noticed that my hips suddenly felt like they unlocked; after a few more weeks I experienced the curious sensation of feeling as though I was walking with more forward momentum, more strength; after two months, I had lost an inch on my waist; within a few more months my thighs were slimmer and my rear more lifted. Also, random aches and pains stopped happening. These are the tangible differences, but the intangibles are just as significant–feeling strong; standing strong; capable of moving, bending and twisting throughout the day without a fear of weakness; feeling more svelte and feminine. Finally, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 31. I feel that this program is good for my bones, and with some modification I do most of the movements. I hope to write again with a good report after my next bone scan. I was a subscriber for several months, until I found my favorite workouts, at which point I bought the DVDs. My favorites are Sahra’s faster paced Class of 2012 and Strength & Stretch in Motion. In particular, I love the standing work. Thank you for the work you do. I feel prepared to enter my 40s with strength and poise.
I have been doing the Classical Stretch technique for about a month. I have the beginner’s Mobility and Bone Strengthening DVD, which I have been doing faithfully, as well as recording several of the daily programs on tv. I have found that by doing these exercises, I have much less discomfort in my back, knees and joints. I feel more flexible, and am working on increasing muscle strength. I am a 67-year-old with a double scoliosis, which has limited some of the exercises I have tried in the past, but Mirada has a way of guiding you through the program, so that you never overdo or cause injury. She explains what she is doing and how it affects the parts of the body, and everything just flows. I know that I have found the way to exercise that is so effective and feels so good, that I want to stay with this program for the rest of my life! Thank you so much for the best program ever, and the music is lovely, also.
I started Essentrics in 2014 . I had a knee surgery and was struggling with how to get the body I always felt I could achieve. When I saw the classes on “lose a pantsize and lose those saddlebags” I thought “let me give this a try”. The moves were gentle, easy on my knees but guess what? I lost a pant size, saddle bags disappearing! I get the program on TV and have purchased the CD’s. My husband has been watching the transformation of my body and wants to start doing Essentrics. I hope you share this story because for all the years I spent in a gym, I have never seen the results in my legs, posture, etc that I am seeing with this incredible program.
I found my balance wasn’t as good as it used to be. I started working with Miranda watching Classical Stretch each morning. It has been over a year and I feel great. No more balance problems!
I had a lumbar laminectomy in 2010! It gave me pain release, but not for long. I started this program one and a half years ago and have been pain-free ever since! Thank you. I tell everyone about your program!
I had been having intense body pain and discomfort issues since last September. In April, I came across Miranda’s PBS special and “living pain free” immediately caught my attention. The last doctor I had seen was suggesting Epidural Spinal injections in my back/neck. The pain and discomfort I was experiencing at that time was so intense, I was about ready to give in and have the injections. I felt improvement after the very first time I did the exercises – I couldn’t believe it! I have been exercising with Miranda every day since and I am feeling the best I have felt in years. This has been life-changing for me and I share it all the time. In fact, today I gave a little mini-demonstration to a couple of friends! Over the past few months I have had 2 x-rays and 3 MRI’s. I have been diagnosed with arthritis in my lower back, neck, and knee. I still have issues occasionally, but they are minimal… I can live with it! I am faithful about doing my 22-minute workout first thing every morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Miranda! You are my hero!
After retiring a year and half ago I knew I needed to stay active. I love, love you Miranda. I only wish I had found you younger. I’m 71 and I share your program continually. I have had frozen shoulders in the past, I have had an arm injury, shattering the radial head and an implant. Praise God for medical advances. And for you who keeps me my moving and stronger and flexible. I am overweight, stiff, but every day I hear you and I am encouraged, I can be my better self. I am younger and stronger every day. Thank you!
I had a bad fall in February 2016, I was mostly bruised from landing on the driveway, part of my injuries were 2 popped joints in my right foot from folding it back against my calf. Over 9 months of visits, 4 Doctors told me it would never heal. I walked in severe pain for 15 months (nail gun shooting nails thru my foot pain). I had a DVD from an earlier purchase but wanted to change up what I was doing, so I purchased a 2 pack DVD set from PBS’s fundraising event. After 3 months of doing the cardio program for an hour 3x a week. The joint in the center of my foot popped back into place. A week later the one in my toe popped back into place. I give all credit to the stretch and strength building of the program for healing. I am almost walking at my old pace again, my balance has improved, and I continue to do the program. Thank you.
I am 92 years old and began doing Classical Stretch two years ago when I was 90. About six years ago, I hurt my neck after falling and was unable to get rid of the severe pain. My daughter had found Classical Stretch to be worthwhile, so I began doing Season 4. Within 3 months of beginning the program my neck pain was gone. My children also noticed that my posture improved a lot and I was walking much more upright with my walker. As I continued to do the stretches, my whole body was noticeably more limber. After a year of Season 4, I purchased Season 11 for mobility. A few months later I suffered a stroke affecting my right brain. I had 6 weeks of rehab and my therapists told me one of the reasons I was doing so well was due to the exercise I had been doing prior to the stroke. I was able to regain almost all of my physical abilities. I am currently living in an assisted living facility and do Classical Stretch Season 11 after waking up each morning. It revitalizes my day. Thank you so much Miranda for your programs! Classical Stretch makes so much more sense than any other fitness programs I have tried. I plan to stay with the program as long as I am able.
Dear Miranda… I am sure I am one of millions of people that you have helped but I just had to write and say thank you. You will never know what an impact you have had on my life. I had a nerve injury that went undiagnosed for a very long time. I did not walk for a year and was in debilitating pain. I finally found a doctor who was able to get me on the right path to healing and was slowly mobile and functional again. But it wasn’t until I saw your program on PBS and started doing the Zero Impact Cardio Vascular workout that not only could I walk but I could walk faster than everyone else! And then even after all that I still couldn’t stand. Not even long enough to do dishes. I had started doing the posture workout just to improve my posture and realized that the more I did it the longer I was able to stand!! Sometimes when I did the workouts I would cry because I was so happy that I could move my body without pain. I just can’t ever thank you enough. I hope one day to be certified in Classical Stretch so I can teach as many people as I can how to live in a pain free body. Sincerely,
I have scoliosis and leg problems. It’s been 3 days I’m doing it 2 workouts per day and I can feel a difference in my body — the pain is going away. I’m really glad that I have found this program. Thanks a lot!
My Health Challenge experience is rejuvenating! I’m 64 years young enjoying my body with its full range of mobility. I’m convinced that striving to continue to work out EVERYDAY will continue to keep me toned, shaped, strengthened, flexible and pain free. Benefits achieved: Posture improved – look and feel taller. Pain Free – chronic back does not go out anymore! Weight managed – increased energy to garden, hike, walk, etc. Able to do daily activities as needed or desired. Thank you Miranda and Sahra for your motivating Essentrics Technique. It body sculpts and has strengthened me without causing injury. Finally, I don’t feel like a prisoner in my body; locked in pain and inactivity. I’m like fine, aged wine that gets better and better. :=)
Miranda, I suffered for 2 years with chronic, undiagnosed Lyme. I couldn’t even make a bed without resting for 10 minutes in the middle. The ONLY exercise I could tolerate was yours. Now, after a year of treatment and your exercises, I’m 85% back to normal, and when I started playing golf slowly again (9 holes), I was shocked at how much more flexible I am now compared to before I got sick, all due to your DVD. I will continue to follow your exercise regime without fail. Thank you.
I started late using Mobility and Bone Strengthening DVD. I have more mobility in my shoulders and reduced pain in the back of my neck. As a pianist, more flexibility in the elbows and shoulders made a difference to my technique. I use the Mini Series regularly. What I need now are exercises to help me get down and up off the floor. What a great program — it works!
I first began Classical Stretch to get relief from lower back pain & some knee pain I’d been experiencing on and off for several years. I’m very pleased to state that I have experienced relief from both. I had been looking for a form of exercise that did not cause injury but instead is safe and scientifically proven to work the whole body, all the muscles and heal damage from past injuries in each workout. It’s important to me to continue to have very good mobility for the rest of my life as well and Classical Stretch insures results in all those requirements that I’ve had from a workout. I also want very much to get slimming & firming results and I am seeing a little by little improvement in that area as well. I always feel so much better during and after an Essentrics or Classical Stretch workout that I look forward to it rather than dread it. I’ve share the Classical Stretch & Essentrics with several others since finding this method and they like it too. I’m looking forward to continued improvement.
This is the best I have felt in years! I have regained movement I had lost long ago and my posture has greatly improved. Walking really does feel so much better and people do say “Are you alright? You’ve suddenly dropped weight!” Believe me that feels so good to hear and I am learning everyday just how important daily exercise is to my overall wellbeing. Many Thanks for a wonderful program, you’ve won me for life!
I am 54 years old. During the last 4 years, I have had numerous health problems, which led me to have two major abdominal surgeries. I also began having sporadic episodes of debilitating back pain. So much so that I went to the doctor thinking that I might have Multiple Sclerosis as I suffer from two other auto-immune diseases. I had seen Miranda’s PBS episode on Aging Backwards, but never ordered it, so when the woman doctor, who was about my age, suggested that I try Essentrics workouts on PBS, I thought, “What have I got to lose?”. Shortly thereafter, on April 16, 2017, I began subscribing to Essentrics TV, and I have been doing one Essentrics workout each day since then. In fact, I have only missed two days up to now. I always do my workout first thing in the morning. By the end of the challenge I had lost 5 pounds, going from 164 lbs. to 159 lbs. It looks more like 10 lbs. because I have toned up so much as well. I eat clean almost all the time due to being diagnosed with pre-diabetes in June of 2015, but was having a lot of difficulty getting any more weight to come off after initially losing 10 pounds, so I was really happy about this. Also, due to my back issues and or damage sustained from the surgeries, and illnesses that caused the surgeries I could not exercise consistently. If I walked for 30 minutes for 3 days in a row, I would start to have foot pain in my right foot and lower back pain, plus my hands would go numb when I was sleeping. So now after 3 months of consistent Essentrics I am virtually pain free. I pick an area of my body that I would like to work on and do the chosen workout every day for 2 weeks. This helps me to learn the workout, and to judge if my body is getting something out of it. I have focused a lot on posture workouts so I could strengthen my back, and I am now using core strengthening workouts with floor exercises. Each time I finish a 2 week rotation I can tell that I have become stronger. For example, I was too weak to do Season 8:Episode 10 Strengthen Hips and Core, so I did Season 8:Episode 29 Improve Posture and Flatten Abs for two weeks. Now, just two days ago I could go back the S8:Ep10 and do the workout. I have to stop in between exercises sometimes because I can’t keep Miranda’s pace, but I CAN DO this workout now! I also did the Season 8:Episode 6 Lose a Pants Size, and had measurable slimming in my hips and lower abdomen. All of my size 10s fit nicely now, and my slim cut pants are no longer skin tight. I really feel that I look slender now, and can now shop with confidence for pants! Lastly, I feel great. My energy level is up, and I don’t fear that some part of my body is going to give out on me when I get up in the morning. Everything is loose and limber. I even measured my height and I gained a 1/4 of an inch, so I am actually 5’7 1/4″ now. I didn’t have particularly bad posture due to some other types of stretching I had been doing over the last few years, so I think that 1/4 inch is remarkable! I really want to thank Miranda for her Essentrics program. It delivers everything she promises it will!
Began with a very bad back and a hip pain that I feared would mean hip replacement. I have been doing aerobics, weight lifting and sit ups for 40 years. I saw Classical Stretch on TV by accident and did 10 minutes of stretch. Immediately had relief. Bought all season 11. After a month, no pain, stronger, better balanced, more flexible and feel much better. Do it every day. No reason why anyone can’t! Thank you!
After months of declining mobility and increased joint pain, I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Disease. Prescription medicine left me feeling sick and weak. The Essentrics workout has increased my mobility and drastically reduced my joint pain. Thank you!
Lower back pain has disappeared with daily routine. In 1.5 years, I have grown 1/2 “, and have much more stamina in hiking, biking and gardening.
22 minutes a day= results.
My day is always more fulfilled when I do Classical Stretch as it gives me a sense of well-being. I am so grateful for the chance to really be back with Classical Stretch and doing my favorites as it is so lovely to be moving and being active with Classical Stretch. It is part of my life and I love doing it and feel so much better when I am done with the episode as my body feel more relaxed and fluid in movements during the day. I love your new series and will continue to be active because of you, Miranda, and you have been so much a part of my healing and feeling stronger. My day is more calming because Classical Stretch has the series of programs that gives me a healthy and soulful part of my life.
I am on my 5th month using season 9 DVD. I have lost some weight but before that I noticed my pants fitting better. What I am noticing now is how much flexibility I have. It feels like someone “oiled” my joints! The stretch exercise for Pain Relief has helped my knee and foot pain to the point that I did not have to see my chiropractor on such a regular basis. I tell everyone about how great these exercises are! My husband said I was your best sales person because I promote Miranda’s DVD’s to everyone…especially my husband. He really needs to use the PR for his posture and hips. Thank you for an exercise DVD that I have enjoyed doing and have stayed with it!
I have lower back problems and working out daily with Essentrics has helped relieve back issues. My husband has notices that I’m getting toned. Thank you so much!
Thank goodness for this wonderful new way I found to age without hurting myself trying to do what I used to. Since menopause my body has changed and I could not find any form of exercise that would not hurt me until I turned on my public television station and found Essentrics! I am so happy I am not hurting myself now. Miranda is so knowledgeable about the human body, and I never thought this type of “easy” exercise would have any effect. How wrong I was! Not only is this fantastic for my body but also my mind. This has made the transition into menopause almost painless. Thank you for understanding how to help and not hurt us.
I am 81 years old and have used the Pain relief workouts with Miranda. I have no pain and can move almost as good as when I was 30 years old, even though I have Atrial fibrillation. I have recommended your program to all my friends and have bought the Pain relief workout DVD for a couple friends as a gift. Thank you, Miranda, for sharing these wonderful stretching exercises.
In the spring of 2014 I badly tore a muscle in my back and with no use of my left leg at all I was off to the hospital in an ambulance. With suspicion of a torn disc, I was told not bend or twist at all but to slowly learn to walk again. By the time I got in for an MRI, there was no evidence of torn disc but by then my body had seized up completely. The road back was slow – it was months before I could put on my socks without lying down – but I was determined to get my strength and flexibility back. I tried physiotherapy, massage, active release therapy and yoga with limited success. Then quite by accident I discover Essentrics. I had so little movement at the start that it felt like I wasn’t doing anything at all but I started to notice, ever so gradually, that mobility was returning. I’ve been a faithful follower for over two years now and I credit Miranda and her wonderful workouts for helping me gain back most of the flexibility I had lost in my back (it’s a work in progress!) as well as much more tone and strength then I began with in my core and legs. This month I turned 60. A friend told me on my birthday and that I still had the body of an 18-year-old. It’s not true but still nice to hear and after battling my weight for years, I can say that I now weigh less than I did when I graduated from high school. I am 1 pound away from my goal weight. I eat healthy and walk my dog daily, but none of this would have been possible without Miranda and her team. I’ve also gotten my sister and my 83-year-old mother doing the workouts and they are seeing the benefits as well. I will always be grateful to Miranda for giving me my life back!
I just turned 63 and have been feeling very old. I have been taking care of my 18-month-old grandson since his birth and was having a hard time lifting, getting up from the floor, etc. One day I had had enough and started streaming. It felt great most of the time and I have continued using it regularly. The first thing I noticed was my posture, I felt so strong and tall. Then my stamina in chasing my grandson improved. Then I noticed my muscles toning and my postmenopausal belly shrinking. One day I got on the scale and had lost about10 lbs. I am not a large person so it is noticeable. I am even seeing something they call a waist. Even before menopause my stomach was my worst area. I am writing this in the hope that someone else like me who is very skeptical about the claims Miranda makes during the sessions will try it and then see that it works. It is truly amazing. Thank you, Miranda, for putting the program together and sharing it with the world. I know that I will continue to improve instead of going downhill. Thank you, thank you!
Thank you, Miranda, for your fantastic series on Iowa Public TV. I had rotator cuff surgery 4 years ago. My physical therapist suggested that I’d probably get 80% of rotation back post op. I have 100% rotation back since I’ve been exercising with you. Plus, I’ve given the orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist the channel and time info so they can refer other patients. I notice a difference while on vacation and not doing my daily Essentrics routine – so now with streaming, I’ll feel fantastic all year long. Thank you — you’re the best!
Last week my dear friend passed away. In her last few months she was in pain, heartbroken and scared… and she was certain to do some type of exercise, stretching, or walking most every day. Her resilience and surety that exercise made her mind clearer and her heart lift higher has inspired me in a way that I have never really felt before. I struggle with staying committed to daily exercise and as a result, I often have back pain, sore muscles, etc. Essentrics and Classical Stretch help me feel better almost immediately. I am working towards having more strength, flexibility and speed.
I am so excited; I exercised today for the first time since a month ago. The reason I stopped for that gap of time is that I took a very hard fall! I hurt both palms, inner right knee area and worse spot was the left outside on my left ankle. I thought I was on level ground but still had one more step to go. I fell on hard concrete. I think I have had strong bones, even before I started Classical Stretch. But the thing is, I did not break any bones and I did not swell up at all. After the first couple of weeks, bruises would appear through the next couple of weeks off and on in the places where I hurt myself, inner right knee, left ankle, and the top of both feet. I did take ibuprofen for the first week and used cold/warm packs the first couple of days with a couple of Epson Salt soaks. Then I ran across Miranda on OPB. It made since! So I read up on Classical Stretch, and then ordered Age Reversing Workouts Mobility & Bone Strengthening for Beginners. I started the program. I did it faithfully 7 out of 8 days in a row. I was getting better, feeling better in just that short period of time. When I finished with the exercises today it was very emotional to me. As I sat there I was crying saying to myself “‘I know this is what my body needs. My Creator wants me to be as fit as I can so I can enjoy the later years of my life!” Like Miranda says: “We were designed to move like this!” I want to keep on doing this as I did before the fall. We do not have to age sooner that need be. Thank you so very much Miranda!
Miranda, thank you for your wonderful program! I found you about 3 months ago. I was having a horrible time with my left shoulder. I hurt it lifting weights. I couldn’t move it back at all, and if I moved it in certain ways, it was so painful I would scream out and it would bring me to tears. After just a couple of weeks of doing your workouts, I started noticing I could rotate my shoulder better. Now I can rotate it a lot, and I have very little pain. It has been a miracle for me for my shoulder. I also see a kinesiologist. After 6 weeks of doing your program, he told me everything about me was stronger. I have been exercising most days for years. It really is the kind of exercise you do that really does strengthen. My husband and I do it most every morning. Thank You!
When I discovered your show on PBS, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! It was shortly after I had two hip replacements in 2014. Although I couldn’t do the hip stretches, my upper body responded magically to your stretches and it felt amazing. It would be a dream come true if there was some sort of safe stretching people who have artificial hips could do. We are limited though because we can’t twist. If anyone could figure something out, it is you Miranda. I am so grateful for your methods. Last July I had a lumpectomy and 32 radiation treatments. I LOVE your stress relieving video for breast cancer and find it helps me sleep well. My six month checkup found me cancer free. With your stretching and proper eating, I intend to keep it at bay! Peace and many thanks,
Hi everyone. I’m a 53-year-old woman who has was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 21 years ago. Thanks to advances in medical treatment, a healthy diet, and dedication to swimming I have done extremely well. I regularly swim 2000 meters, and I was able to do a 20-day trek in the Himalaya with my 21-year-old daughter just a year ago (Everest Region 3 Passes). That is truly blessed! This last year, I learned that the disease I have is affecting my spine (my new diagnosis is ankylosing spondylosis (AS)). My doctors are great, and again I stand to benefit from new treatment options. But exercise is considered part of the treatment. Inflammation caused by the disease affects fascia and ligaments and eventually (this is something I hope medicine prevents ) cartilage and bone. As for advice on exercise, my doctors are unfortunately pretty useless. I have learned that the medical industry, although it improves the quality of my life each and every day, is not the place to go for wellness. The morning can be the worst part of the day because things tighten up at night. So I turned to exercise. I tried several things, trainers, yoga, and learned something from all of them. Then I stumbled into Classical Stretch on PBS. Every morning at 7 am since early January I have been doing Essentrics. It is doing amazing things for my body! I feel better after each and every session. And I continue to swim because I love it. I am working now in Morocco for a month and, unfortunately, AS is pressing on a nerve causing sciatica. I woke up this morning with pretty bad pain shooting down the back of my legs. I streamed a 45-minute classical stretch video. I feel terrific! Thank you! Love your streaming capabilities! I look forward to taking a live class this summer!
I started doing Essentrics last summer with a goal to relieve pain. I had been suffering from achy shoulders and hips for some time and I knew with Essentrics I could completely reshape and rebalance my body. So I did, and so I have, I do a workout each day and I have literally felt my body transform, reshape, and get stronger. All my aches and pains have disappeared and even though weight loss wasn’t a big goal, it came fast and easy. I plan on doing these 20-25 minute workouts for the rest of my life because afterward I feel as if I had a full body massage! In fact, after this October, I have every intention of starting training toward becoming an Essentrics instructor so I can teach others that the true way to get rid of pain and to grow strong is through daily, gentle, full body exercises.
Thank you, Miranda!
I feel so blessed! Just want to say thank you for a fabulous program. I was originally looking for an exercise program for my mother who is having mobility and pain issues. I ended up buying both the age reversing DVDs and the pain work out for her and the beginners bundle for myself (I hope to have my hubby join me!) I would classify myself as: Mother of four who has exercised off and on but keep semi active. I am 5′ 8″ and weigh 140. I have kyphosis and very long neck. I suffer from neck problems off and on and all over, generalized body pain-that I sometimes don’t realize until I get a massage. I have had right arm/shoulder pain for 2 year from playing fetch with my dog. Massage and Chiropractic helped but didn’t relieve. This pain disappeared, seriously, after 2 connective tissue workouts. Also, I have been gardening/weeding for over 3 hours a day since I started the DVDs and have no pain at all. I feel my muscles though in a good way from the workouts. Usually I pay the price dearly for going at garden hard! I feel stronger, lighter, energetic and tonight after the 3rd workout I just started crying- just a release I suppose- a calm, cleaning cry. I will be sharing this great program with everyone I know. A million thanks! God bless you all!
I got a jump start and decided to do an Eccentrics class every day in May and I am right on track – 2 more days to go. I am going to continue for the 30-day challenge! I have participated in fitness classes since my 20’s until about 3 years ago when my shoulder became too painful to continue. I considered shoulder surgery but decided against it. I have been to physiotherapy and had chiropractic treatments which helped but didn’t solve the problem. I read about Essentrics a few months ago and was intrigued. I started out with the PBS program and then ordered two DVD tapes. I feel like I have turned a corner- my shoulder is feeling better and I love the workouts! I do them after a brisk walk and feel great afterwards. Thank you – it is great to look forward to exercising again!!
I have been consistently doing Essentrics daily since February, and it has helped tremendously with my body pain and posture. I have been struggling with pain in my upper and lower back for years now, and this is the best I’ve felt without PT in years. I am hopeful that the 30-Day challenge will reinvigorate my practice, and my commitment to my health! Thank you so much!
I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I have to keep moving and hopefully lose some weight. I feel so much better after I work out for a half hour. The workouts are easy to fit into my schedule.
I am 54 and have had steroid shots for back pain due to osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. I have had such great results with Classical Stretch and have regained flexibility and mobility that I thought was never going to have again. I am working now on diet and weight loss and I am eager to begin the 30-day challenge. P.S. I am now also being told what GREAT POSTURE I have! Miranda is so right on!
WOW!!! Classical Stretch has been LIFE CHANGING for me. I am 65 yrs old and consider myself to be in good shape. I have been very physically active for all of my life. Prior to Classical Stretch I was going to the gym 4 days a week , spending an hour lifting weights, walking 3 miles a day, doing crunches/sit-ups, planks, and taking a stretch and stretch and strength class. But, although I looked to be in great physical shape….my body hurt! My knees ached and my shoulders and back were often sore. In December I read an article about your book in the Costco Connection magazine and decided to order your book. I read it cover to cover, tried the exercises and then decided to order the DVD series and really commit to it. I have been doing one or two 23 minute work outs every day for four months and my knee pain is GONE! My back and shoulder pain is GONE and my body feel fantastic. I have recommended this routine to several of my friends who also fell in love with the results. Recently, my husband has started to do daily routines and in 3 weeks he is already feeling the results. Thank you for doing what you do!!!
I have polymalasia rheumatica and arthritis in my shoulder joints and feet. I have been using the tapes and I really think it is a way for me to keep strength and be active.
I was T-boned by a distracted driver on Dec. 2015, and I liked the pain relief I’d get from doing Miranda’s workout on PBS/Public TV, therefore, I purchased the Season 9 DVD set and feel a little better. I am still in some pain but when I do the workouts, my pain ceases. I plan to continue doing the work outs, however, I would like to also see some toning, shaping, strength and muscle building upon completing this challenge.
Whenever I do your stretching exercises I feel so much better. Have back and neck pain and feel that I am losing flexibility. These stretches help relieve the pain and I can move better.
I discovered your essentrics videos on youtube while searching for exercises that would help with shoulder, neck, knee and hip problems. As a formerly very athletic but now painful 60 yr old guy, I’m very surprised how good these routines make me feel. These are indeed the most effective strength and stretch techniques I’ve come across.
Dear Miranda and Team: I have been doing Essentrics/Classical Stretch daily, usually for 1 hour per day, for 10 weeks now. I started out in a lot of pain and was hoping to get my body back to balance after years of lots of physical activity (but not “correct” exercise, as Miranda calls it). If I had only known 30 years ago what I know now, I would have been a lot more careful with my exercise! To date, I am in far less back and hip pain, and more and more often, in no pain at all. When I do get into pain the muscle spasms usually stop quickly instead of lasting for days. At 56 I had worried that in 10 years from now I would be limping around like an “old lady”. I now know that I will be in great shape with little or no pain for years to come! I just resumed my bike rides which I had not done in over a year due to pain. After 1 hour of pretty intense riding, I got off the bike and…no pain!!!! Plus, I was amazed that my cardiovascular system felt like it used to feel when I was riding regularly. Rebalancing my body through this miraculous and brilliant Essentrics program is giving me excitement and confidence in my future. I cannot wait to see where I am at in another few months! Just thought I would share for anyone out there who is in a similar place in life. Sharon
I lead a relatively active life. Grew up in a large family of professional horseman. and still work part time in that field. My husband, of 34 years, and I have raised 3 wonderful children. We have just recently stated a small retail maple syrup business and I do lots of volunteer work in church and community. Well, when I found out the pain and limited mobility I had been experiencing for the last 5 years, was going to require hip replacement, I was really bummed! Doctors think it must have been something I was born with or just an insignificant injury in my late teens/early twenties that just got worse over time. Well about a week before my surgery, I saw a PBS show about Essentrics. (God’s doing. No coincidence there!) I just knew they would be awesome for my rehab. I was right!! My surgery was in January of 2017, and as I am writing this in May 2017, I can tell you I will do these exercise till the day I die! I have shared this program with many of my friends and family. All who have taken the time to try them, are hooked too! I was totally shocked when my 78-year-old uncle who is still a practicing farrier and our son, who works full time as “sugar maker” (maple syrup producer), walking miles a day in the hills of Vermont, both began and have found tremendous pain relief with this program. (Just imagine a full bearded mountain man doing his classical stretch work out before work. Too funny huh?!). This truly is a blessing for anyone who will take part and I will continue to spread the news! Just wish I had seen this years ago. I often wonder if Miranda’s little hip cleansing moves could have cleaned out the debris in my hip and prevented the surgery…. Right?!
A day without Miranda Esmonde-White is a day without sunshine! I’ve watched Miranda’s PBS Specials, read her books, tape her early-morning PBS 1/2 hour sessions and play them later in the day since I’ve retired. She’s an inspiration and a real lady! Ms. Esmonde-White’s session have been a God-send since recovering from a microscopic meniscus operation this past December. Although her sessions are not as strenuous as the programs I followed in the past, they are just as effective and far more enjoyable. My most sincere thanks!
I am so grateful to Miranda for brining Essentrics to PBS. I started learning about her program a few years ago. I am in my late 60s and though I had exercised on and off I never found a program that felt I could stick with. I also recently have learned I have arthritis in my knees. This mobilized me in a way I have never been before. I do not want to let it get in the way of an active life. Miranda’s wonderful personality and expertise have given me hope and a real way to change my health. I enjoy listening to all she has to teach and I so appreciate her encouragement, authenticity and dedication to making a difference in people’s lives with her skills. I have begun to do the program with more regularity. It is true what Miranda says. You begin to have more energy and a greater sense of wellbeing throughout your body. I would love to have her as a personal trainer in person but I am so grateful for her tapes. I hope to age with much more hope and health now that I have found Eccentrics! Thank you!
I love your book and pain-relief workouts. I was very ill with psoriatic arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia for over 30 years. I’ve learned to heal myself and include your workout as part of my daily routine along with detoxing, juicing, and organics. I’m a registered nurse, but now have a new mission, to educate and empower others who are suffering with chronic illness and autoimmune disease to improve their health and quality of life. Taking 20 medications, and undergoing multiple surgeries isn’t the answer.
Cheryl E Suprize, AZ
I had been told to restrict my movements by a doctor, especially not to bend my knees as x rays showed I had 2 torn meniscuses, one in each knee. I stopped swimming breast and side strokes, stopped biking, and limited my movements. Every couple of months I would have swollen red hot to the touch episodes of painful knees, which left me wheelchair bound for periods of time till it subsided. One morning flipping channels I came across Classical Stretch and was motivated to give it a try. Miranda’s clear instructions and life lessons soon became part of my daily routine and saved me. Her explanations and teaching how our bodies move and how to age backwards has been life altering. I can now run down the stairs in our home pain free. Just a couple of years ago I was contemplating moving to a one story because the pain was so severe. Thank you.
I’ve been doing Miranda’s workouts for about 10 years. I had chronic hip pain and one morning my husband tuned in to one of her workouts on PBS and said he thought this looked like it might help me. It did and I ordered Season 4 and did it almost every morning despite my increasing hip pain and worsening mobility. I also bought Season 6 somewhere along the way and added that to my routine. 2 years ago I had both hips replaced due to severe osteoarthritis and during my recovery got lax about doing them. But a year or so ago, I got back into stretching again with Miranda on a regular basis and last fall when we went to Kansas as we do every winter, I got a group of women at my gym to do them each morning M – F. I am back in Maine and still doing them regularly, and my friends in KS have bought their own copies and are still doing it as a group. Most recently, I just bought the Season 9 series and am just starting through them.
On Feb 7/17, I woke up at 4am, and couldn’t get back to sleep. So, I started flipping channels, and came across Classical Stretch on PBS at 5am. I thought to myself, this looks quite interesting. That day, I set the PVR to record the program, and the next day I started my first stretch’ and haven’t looked back since! You see, I’ve had Fibromyalgia for years, and deal with aches and pains pretty well all the time. It wasn’t easy to do the workout, but I did what I could and tried my best. It wasn’t long before I started to notice a big difference in my balance, posture, strength and flexibility. And now my aches and pains were from the workout, and not the Fibro, which is so much better. Another great thing that happened, about a month later, I noticed my husband kind of shuffling across the family room. So, I said to him, “You really should try doing the Classical Stretch.” I’m sure he was getting tired of me going on and on about how great it was and how much I enjoyed it. So, he started a few days later, and although he doesn’t do it every day, around five times a week, he too, has noticed a big difference in his joints and muscles, and he’s not shuffling around anymore either! I can’t say enough just how much Miranda and her team have changed my life for the better, it really has been a game-changer for me. I now look forward to going out to different things, and if I am a bit sore when we get home in the evening, in the morning I feel just fine! Because of this, I actually look forward to the workout, and never miss a day. And that’s my Classical Stretch story!
I have been into fitness most of my life and to the extreme level at most times. Unfortunately, I pulled my intercostal rib muscles and had to stop everything except walking. I saw Miranda on PPS and thought this could be my saving grace. I started doing the Classical Strech workouts in a very small space (not nearly enough room) but did it anyway and finally started to feel better. I had another huge setback shortly after (due to other issues too complicated to write about) and finally feel ready to commit again. I am starting to revamp a nice size room in our house to have my own fitness haven. I can’t wait to get it finished but starting the program again in my tiny space. The timing of this 30-day challenge is perfect!
I worked as a RN on the NICU floor then changed careers to to a desk job as an oncology nurse navigator. After hours of sitting at a desk, I developed pain into my neck and right upper shoulder, limiting my range of motion. I started Essentrics and within the first week my pain was gone and almost full range of motion returned. I love these workouts and how my muscles are developing into the long, lean muscles I always wanted.
I was fortunate to tune into PBS during a fund raiser and Aging Backwards was featured. That was 1 1/2 years ago and it’s changed my view of “exercise”. Love the workouts now and am so happy I can do this for many years to come. My hip density increased just over 4% (dr said it’s “unheard of for a menopausal woman”!) and no longer need injections in my knees-no knee replacements soon! Better balance and posture. I do these daily and enjoy every moment!
I started doing Essentrics 2.5 months ago, beginning with 5 weeks of just the Forever Painless DVDs, and later adding in one of the 23 or 30 minute workouts each day as well. I have been suffering with back pain and hip pain for a few years now…the result of many years of “incorrect” exercises. Since I began my regular Essentrics workouts, I have had a significant decrease in back and hip pain, 12 lbs weight loss, an increase in energy and I have lost the stiffness that I was beginning to feel in my back, hips and feet. I plan to continue doing this amazing exercise for the rest of my life, and am very optimistic that I will eventually be completely free of pain and able to do whatever I want!
I had a pain in my neck for several weeks. I saw your workout for season 7, 2nd half and did the neck and back pain 20 minute workout that evening. I went to bed the the pain was totally gone. I was amazed. I now do your workouts daily and feel great, relaxed with no body stiffness. I am almost 71 years old and have been doing your 20 minute workouts for the last 8 months on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you. I have spread the word to many friends and some have taken my advice & have noticed a difference too.
I have been doing your workouts for over a month and I feel fantastic! I had sacroiliac pain and was taking medication for it but since stretching with you I have not had to take the medication. Thank you!!
I was on vacation last summer and happened to see an educational channel presentation of Essentrics when I could not sleep. I was so impressed that I tried to find the book at the library, no luck. I was in deep pain so I invested in a video and the book. I read first and began to start the program on my own, at my own pace. I am moving better, not out of pain yet but progressing. Now, I think I am ready for the challenge. I want and deserve a body that serves me into my “golden” years. I so appreciate a different approach/philosophy to exercise and fitness. Now I believe I can do it.
I started with classical stretch on Iowa Public Television about 8 years ago. About 6 months into it I was getting compliments on how lean I was, and my doctor was surprised that I’d “grown” an inch after a year… just like Miranda talks about. I turned a couple of friends on to the program… they both experienced relief from neck and hip pain and consistently thank me for it. I purchased a couple of sets of DVDs so that I didn’t have to always work with the IPTV schedule. This was a big help in doing my practice daily. About a year ago I broke my shoulder in a bicycle accident. I couldn’t do Classical Stretch. I was depressed, my joints were achy and I gained weight but did do my physical therapy. I finally quit the therapy, zeroed in on a healthy diet and started doing Classical Stretch every day, which was just the at home therapy I needed for my shoulder. It is as close to normal as it can be now, my joints are creaking and I’ve lost 30 pounds. I visited Jamaica this past spring break and was tickled to put on a two-piece suit and to be in many of the spots where I see Miranda leading the routines. Thank you for your inspired program. It changed my life, my looks and is keeping me YOUNG.
I have had bad posture all my life especially rounded shoulders. I can’t wear regular bras because the straps always slide off my shoulders. Also, starting to get arthritis in my joints especially my right ankle due to breaking it in a car accident. I have noticed improvements in posture already from doing Essentrics for only a few weeks!
I have been following your program for 4 years or so. I really enjoy it. It has totally toned and re shaped my body. I’ve never been heavy and have always exercised. I even started when my two kids were small watching Jack La lane. He was great. I love your program. I love that you know your stuff. I’ve learned a lot. I also love that you do a different routine everyday. That’s great so I don’t get bored. In July 2016 I had a two level spinal fusion in my lumbar area. They went in from the abdomen. It was a big surgery. I haven’t been able to do your program for almost a year. I’ve just recently been able to get back to it gradually. Today I was able to find your shows On-Demand. I was so excited to finally be able to watch you and do the program. It was like revisiting an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time. My two younger grandkids love doing the exercises with me. The boy is 4 and the girl is 2. Thanks for a wonderful program. It has helped me a lot. I know it will help me with my recovery. Keep up the good work!! I’ve recommended your show to many people. Take care.
I saw your PBS special during the pledge drive. It made so much sense and felt so true to me! I am 50 years old, a former dancer (high school and college) and have had knee, back, neck and hip pain- mostly from arthritis. I started doing your program 5-7 days a week and after a few months I am feeling better than I have in many years! I have told many friends and relatives and they too are feeling better! Thank you so much for your wonderful work! Classical Stretch has TRULY changed my life! THANK YOU!
Thank you so much for your exercises! While I haven’t yet worked through “Forever Painless” in its entirety it is really a God-send. After approximately 2 months of working with your book my pain in my hips and lower back has dramatically been reduced. I’ve been tuning and rebuilding pianos for 39 years and I’m also a professional pianist and organist. My home flooded in the August 2016 flood in Louisiana and at Thanksgiving 2016 I severely irritated some old nerve injury issues–extremely painful and debilitating!! I had been in a regular yoga exercise routine for more than a year when all of this occurred. While I had added a couple of your exercises to my routine my routine was not working for me. One morning, after watching your Classical Stretch program on PBS, I decided to find your book and give it a try and it is working. In fact last week for the first time ever, I actually experienced the feeling after my workout of having had a complete body massage. Several weeks ago while discussing your book with my massage therapist, she agreed with your statement about that. I know I shall be able to continue working on my home very soon thanks to your miraculous exercises.
I’ve always exercised and have done some dance, so I was interested in doing classical stretch – the movement really appealed to me. So, when I started doing it I felt taller and stronger, but what I really noticed was that the injury I had suffered in my lower abdomen was healing! I felt so much better, and have been able to do more abdominal work because of classical stretch! It was a game changer, I do it every day now. I would recommend it for everyone Love it, love it, love it!
With busy and stressful responsibilities as a family caregiver I had become tired, out of shape, gained weight, slept poorly and my blood pressure was creeping higher. My doctor told me I needed to reduce my stress and incorporate exercise into my daily life. I began doing classical stretch routines following season 11. The first week was tough but I stuck with it and noticed after 4 days I was already more flexible & energized and after just 8 workouts I noticed my clothes were fitting noticeably better. After just 3 weeks I had lost 5 lbs. Now it is 3 months later and I have so much more energy, my sleep is better and my BP is back to my healthy baseline. I do your program 4 times a week on average and continue to tone & contour, getting back to a much healthier, stronger, energetic and calmer me. Your workouts are a perfect combination for me and I am making them a priority, tying to increase the number of workouts. I just had to write and say “thank you”!
I have been doing the classical stretch workouts fairly regularly for about a year and I have been telling everyone I know about how strong and flexible they have made me feel. My posture has greatly improved and my arthritis pain is gone. Two days ago I was hauling buckets of rocks for a landscaping project and I must have strained my back because this morning I had trouble getting out of bed. I dropped a spoon on the floor and I couldn’t pick it up. I decided to try the season 11 back pain workout even though I really was afraid of moving at all for fear of my back spasming. The pain melted away as I moved slowly through the program. I’m not back to normal yet but I’m confident that I will be soon and I’ll be a lot more comfortable today. Thank you Miranda. Your programs have literally changed my life.
Started practicing yoga approximately 15 years ago to help open tight hips & ease pain of sciatica & added treadmill/biking to it. Before that I’d never done much exercising except for occasionally swimming laps & some weight workouts. Then 5 years ago I tore meniscus in my right knee & developed arthritis in my left knee to the point I tried cortisone, synvisc (didn’t help much) and stopped treadmill due to the pain. When I had to adapt my yoga practice & try physical therapy, it helped a bit, but I was discouraged about working out. I never really liked working out anyway, so I kept up my PT exercises on my own & a bit of yoga. Then last year my sister bought me an Essentrics DVD and it changed my life. I’m serious about this – A year into working out with Essentric’s DVDs and some early mornings with 25NYC TV that airs Miranda’s workouts, I’m in better shape than I have been in years. I start my day with 5-7 minutes of yoga and then 25 mins of Essentrics. I do this 5 days/week and I can’t imagine my life without this. My arthritis is quite manageable, I haven’t had a flare-up of sciatica in a very long time, I’m more toned, more flexible, and calmer than I’ve been in years and I look great, if I do say so myself. Thank you so much!
I watched your PBS special one morning when I saw Miranda bending and leaning. I thought “How can that be helpful?”. I always exercised and lifted weights. I’m pushing 70 now and my back, hips and muscles are always hurting and tired. As I listened, I said to myself “this makes sense”. I have been a computer research specialist all my life and was always open to new ideas. Everything you said MADE SENSE and I could see how lifting as I am now doing will NOT correct the atrophy in the ends of my muscles. Stretching, as you put it, HAD to be the solution. I was convinced! I have been stretching and twisting and contorting my body gradually more and more every day and I am, Thanks to YOU, using muscles that I have never used in past decades. I am writing to you to tell you that after only 1 week, people have commented to my “You’re not limping anymore” and I feel terrific and my mobility has dramatically increased. Imagine how I will feel in a few months! I am now so much a dedicated believer in your system and approach to exercise that I have abandoned for now my weight lifting and replaced it with your techniques. Thank you very much for being on PBS in the early hours of the morning when I awoke that day. If it wasn’t for that, I would still be limping around in pain. Again, thank you very much.
Exactly 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with a severe case of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was scary. I felt as if all my bones were scattered in million pieces. Suddenly, I couldn’t walk, sit, or perform any regular daily task. I was 29 and devastated. My husband became my nurse, showering and feeding me, and we were both scared of what was going to happen to me. My doctor prescribed many different drugs and I was taking about 8 to 10 pills a day. The pain went away gradually but the side effects of all that medication became a serious burden; I was exhausted all the time, became secluded and antisocial, gained a lot of weight, couldn’t exercise or work because the medication made me feel nauseous all the time. It was a very sad time…. But then I found Essentrics. A good friend of mine insisted that I should try it and I did. At the very beginning I couldn’t stay for a whole class, I was stiff and had injures everywhere, my feet had lots of damages and it was hard to even stand straight. Slowly and with help from amazing instructors I could adapt the movements to my very limited range of motion. I can’t thank them enough- Megan, Gail, Amanda and Alexa- they saw me on my worst and helped me so much that I can’t even start saying how grateful I am! From this past October (2016) I started going to the studio and thanks to the amazing manager Jennifer, who is always ready to listen to everyone’s needs and suggest specific classes and DVDs, I also started doing some classes at home (I got the pain relief did and I am so happy!) Today I am medication free, I lost a lot of weight (a lot!) and I am pain free. My feet got back to normal and I am even back to climbing! For someone who less than one year ago wasn’t even able to walk I feel super great thanks very much! I am a huge fan of Essentrics, I do it all the time because it makes me feel strong and healthy. Anyway, I could go on for forever but I will stop here.
I just wanted to pass my comments on to Miranda. I’ve been doing Classical Stretch for only two weeks and it is amazing. I’m 63 years old and when I first started I was having hip and leg issues, so bad that I was limping. Well – thanks to Classical Stretch I am pain free. My posture is also improving and I feel full of energy and vitality. Thank you!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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!
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
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!!
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!