Essentrics with Alison
Certified Essentrics® Instructor - Kelowna, British Columbia
What is Essentrics®?
Essentrics® is a functional fitness program which simultaneously lengthens and strengthens all the muscles of the body, leaving you feeling rebalanced and energized. While the technique is original, it has been influenced by the current science of the human body, the flowing movement of Tai Chi, and the strengthening theories of ballet which create long, lean, flexible muscles. Although newly offered in Kelowna, Essentrics® has a strong following in Quebec and Ontario and is becoming more popular as word spreads about this exciting and innovative approach to fitness.
The low-impact, equipment-free workouts involve dynamic strength and flexibility exercises designed to relieve tension in the joints, soften connective tissue, and increase range of motion. The intelligent design of the program means every movement has an objective and benefit. Classes are set to a diverse music playlist and include a combination of standing and floor work.With over 1000 instructors world-wide, Essentrics® is helping people increase mobility, reduce aches and pains, and enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Join in the next class to see what it’s about!
Feel Good In Your Body
The ultimate goal of Essentrics® is to help you feel good in your body - for all the years of your life - so you can do the things you love. The gentle, yet powerful workouts are a way of keeping your full body (that includes fingers and feet) strong, flexible, and mobile.
Boost Your Posture
Improved posture is one of the greatest benefits of regular Essentrics® workouts. The unique approach addresses the issue of poor posture by using the arms as "equipment" to eccentrically elongate muscles of the spine while also focusing on related muscles chains and body alignment.
Power up Your Game
Essentrics® is a wonderful complement to the activities you are already doing and will give you an edge on the rink, court, or course. Professional and amateur athletes in hockey, basketball, football, figure skating, and diving do Essentrics® to improve agility, speed, and range of motion.
Who is doing Essentrics®?
Men and women of all ages enjoy the fluid, dynamic technique that is challenging and healing at the same time. Devotees include athletes who need maximum range of motion for optimum performance, seniors looking to maintain strength and mobility, and adults looking to improve their posture.
About the Creator
Miranda Esmonde-White is a fitness expert and one of Canada’s greatest advocates of healthy aging. Following her career as a professional ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada, Miranda developed her own fitness technique, Essentrics®. She has worked with people of all ages and fitness levels – including professional athletes - to rebalance their bodies and keep their joints healthy and pain-free. Her fitness TV show, Classical Stretch has been airing on PBS for over 20 years and is rated the #1 fitness show on the network. Based in Montreal, Miranada has authored the best-selling books Aging Backwards, Forever-Painless, and Fast-Track to Aging Backwards.
Alison Spadafora is a Level One Certified Essentrics® instructor who has been teaching in Kelowna since March 2019. She has attended live workshops with master trainers at headquarters in Montreal. Alison studied classical ballet throughout her youth. She was introduced to Essentrics® through a friend in 2015 and found the technique was a natural fit for her with its connection to ballet, health, and science.
Besides teaching Essentrics®, Alison has a Ph.D. from the University of Windsor and a career in youth mental health. Essentrics® workouts have provided her a much-welcomed reprieve from stiffness and tension that sets in from long hours sitting at her desk. Alison and her husband enjoy walks with their dogs and performing arts such as dance, music, and theatre.
Classes currently postponed
Classes held at Move & Flow Studio
589 Lawrence Avenue
Fridays 1:30-2:30 pm - Postponed until further notice
Essentrics® involves dynamic stretching and strengthening full-body movements. Set to a diverse music playlist, the class includes standing and floor exercises aimed at building strength, improving posture, and enhancing flexibility. The class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.