The Powerhouse

The ankle! The powerhouse that supports the full weight of the entire body. We need strength and mobility in our ankles to move freely with power and ease. When the ankles become tight they restrict the movement of the feet and the legs—inevitably leading to muscle weakness and immobility throughout the whole body.

Stiff ankles cause a negative chain reaction producing muscular imbalances, poor posture, and chronic aches and pains. The result is instability, inhibited movement, and a rapid feeling of aging. The solution is simple: gently increase the strength and mobility of the ankles.

Essentrics unique approach to full-body mobility includes exercises scientifically designed to improve the strength and flexibility of the ankles. This creates a positive chain reaction right up the legs into the knees, hips and spine, relieving stiffness and increasing freedom of movement. Every Essentrics workout incorporates equal amounts of strengthening and lengthening from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Rebalancing the entire muscular structure simultaneously keeps us pain-free, fully mobile and feeling young.

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Fascinating Feet

Stop and take a good look at your feet. They are quite fascinating. Each foot is composed of twenty-six small bones that are connected by thirty-three joints  and controlled by nineteen muscles. Over one hundred ligaments hold everything together to form a biomechanical wonder of movement. All these many muscles, tendons, and ligaments work together to execute delicate shifts which enable you to have the balance and maneuverability necessary to walk, run, jump, dance and play.

The barefoot full-body strength training done in Essentrics is the most functional exercising you can do for your body. Your body is an interconnected chain, so movement at one of your joints affects all the other joints. Unlocking and strengthening the foot begins a positive chain reaction that leads to higher energy levels and increased mobility throughout the body.

The foot exercises in Essentrics help each individual joint in the foot move effortlessly and with strength and power. These benefits ripple throughout your entire musculoskeletal system allowing ease of movement, increased energy, reduced risk of injury, and pain relief all the way up the body to your knees, hips, back and neck, and even to your hands and fingers.

When it comes to maintaining a healthy, pain-free body all the muscle chains—large and small—are equally important. The exercises in Essentrics are scientifically sequenced together to stretch and strengthen all the muscles from the head to the feet. Equally strong and flexible, your muscles are able to work in harmony together and you are able to enjoy life to the fullest.

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Toes: Small But Mighty

Feet on floor

Toes! Small but mighty. The 14 bones of the toes are among the smallest, and yet, they help support the entire weight of the human body. Toes provide stability, agility and power. One of the major muscle chains of our bodies begins with the toes and goes all the way up to the neck.  When the toes function poorly, the whole body can be adversely affected.

Maintaining healthy mobile toes will help your knees, hips and back to stay healthy, mobile and pain-free.  They will also help you to be able to balance, to hold your shifting weight through hundreds of varied movements, and to meet the ground with ease and enthusiasm. If we exercise our entire body from the tips of the toes to the top of the head, with an equal emphasis on strength and flexibility, we can enjoy vitality that lasts a lifetime.

Essentrics workouts are scientifically designed to release and rebalance the whole body while developing lean, strong and flexible muscles. Essentrics full-body movements, strengthen your muscles, decompresses your joints, give you tremendous energy and reconnect you with the joyful pleasure of movement.

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Enjoy life to the fullest!

Essentrics workouts are designed to equally strengthen and stretch every muscle in every session. Balancing the entire muscular structure simultaneously gives you a miraculous feeling of freedom and has a huge impact on the quality of your life. Every Essentrics workout includes equal amounts of strengthening and flexibility to help you stay pain-free, fully mobile, energetic and youthful.



The Essentrics approach to full-body balance helps us to be the best we can be. Throughout the movements, we try to mirror the constant body movements that we use in real life, whether we are reaching for things on a high shelf, bending to pick up a child, hiking to a waterfall, training for a half-marathon, or simply twisting to wave to a friend. Regardless of your age or fitness level, Essentrics helps you to do your everyday activities with comfort and ease.

The exercises in Essentrics are designed to work in accord with the continuous circular and rotational movements of the body. Following the connectivity of the muscles is natural and in sync with the body’s instinctive flow. The organic nature of these movements leaves you with a sense of well-being because every muscle is equally stretched and strengthened in a variety of directions in every workout. Equally strong and flexible, your muscles are able to work in harmony and you are able to enjoy life to the fullest.

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Essentrics® Strength and Flexibility

Essentrics unique movements and techniques rapidly change your body through a fluid combination of lengthening and strengthening. We need strength and flexibility to accomplish all the things we want to do. Essentrics is a program aimed at achieving both. It is equally a full-body strengthening program as well as a full-body flexibility program. It is beneficial for all ages, all levels of fitness, and both sexes.

Essentrics ultimate strength-training program focuses on power, endurance, flexibility and rebalancing of every muscle in the body. In the Essentrics program we take the lengthened muscles and use them in a series of dynamic range of motion movements. It is this functional use of the muscles that increases their flexibility while simultaneously strengthening them.

The non-stop rhythm of each class, with constant pulling up and pulling out develops long, lean, strong and flexible muscles. It is an uncomplicated program anyone can do. If we exercise our muscles with an equal emphasis on strength and flexibility, we can enjoy the pleasure of movement in every aspect of our lives now and for many years to come.

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Chair Fun!

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The chair, a tool or a toy? It is useful, and fun. A solid chair is a very effective tool for stretching and strengthening, and is also essential for truly enjoying the full Essentrics experience. It offers a unique form of lever stretch with two points of stabilization, the floor and the chair. The chair (and floor) acts as a stabilizer giving the arms and legs support and something to push against. It helps you release tension and locked muscles with a few simple feel good movements.

The Essentrics leg on the chair exercises are popular with people who suffer from back pain as well as athletes and everyone in-between. They are designed to rebalance the entire hip region. The depth of the stretch is adjusted by the movement and angle of the hips, the arm positions, and the techniques used. The arms are used as levers to stretch, strengthen, and rebalance the muscles. Leg on the chair exercises safely and rapidly tone and slenderize the muscles, improve flexibility, and increase a general feeling of well-being.

Essentrics spine exercises using a chair are excellent for the full torso, opening the chest, improving posture, preventing spinal arthritis, and relieving back and shoulder pain,. They offer a different range of motion than the free standing and floor work spine exercises. The weight of the body is supported by the chair allowing the muscles to relax into a deeper stretch, helping you to release long standing stiffness, rebalance muscle groups, and decompress your spine. Essentrics Chair Sequences can help you look good and feel great! Try it for yourself! Contact Essentrics With Karen today!

See video demonstrations at under the Videos tab.

Aging Backwards

Aging backwards? What!? Yes, it is possible to reverse aging. ESSENTRICS Aging Backwards offers an exciting and comprehensive plan for actively slowing down or even reversing the aging process through gentle exercise that develops strong, flexible muscles. This program can help restore energy, strength, and mobility to the most sedentary, and also relieve tension, improve range of motion, and prevent injuries for individuals who are active and fully mobile.

Barre Windmill

Your body was designed to stay strong, mobile, and pain-free for the full duration of your life. The best approach is to do a variety of movements to engage all of your muscles every time you exercise. The ESSENTRICS method helps you maximize your exercise time by helping you  release tight muscles, rebalance joints and restore freedom of movement simultaneously. If we exercise our entire body with an equal emphasis on strength and flexibility we can enjoy vitality that lasts a lifetime.

ESSENTRICS not only reconnects you with your body’s innate strength and grace on a daily basis but also reconnects you with the joyful pleasure of movement in every aspect of your life, smoothing and firming your skin, putting pep in your step, and bringing a sparkle back into your eyes.  Each workout is scientifically designed to release and rebalance the entire body while developing lean, strong and flexible muscles. Get results you can see and feel! Start aging backwards with ESSENTRICS!