What Is the "Classical Stretch" Hosted by Miranda Esmonde-White About?


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"Classical Stretch" is a fitness series on PBS that teaches people how to increase mobility and reduce joint pain by using a method called Essentrics. Miranda Esmonde-White created the show and is also its producer and host.

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Essentrics is a technique that uses dynamic stretching and strengthening exercises to tone the entire body. It uses elements of tai chi, yoga, Pilates and ballet movements. A physician and physiotherapist helped design the movement program, which PBS promotes as safe for all ages and fitness levels. The exercises strive to help release muscle tension, relieve aches and pains, and reduce stress. The movements focus on simultaneously contracting and stretching muscles.

Miranda Esmonde-White developed the Essentrics method following her career as a ballerina. She has also worked as a flexibility trainer and consultant to many professional athletes and is an advocate for slowing the aging process through fitness and health. As of 2015, "Classical Stretch" is available on local PBS television channels throughout the United States. It is also available for streaming on the PBS website. There is also a "Classical Stretch" DVD series available for purchase through the Essentrics website.

A list of local classes by Essentrics-certified teachers is available at Essentrics.com by clicking the Find A Class link near the top right corner of the page.

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