NEW ESSENTRICSTM BODY TONING EXERCISE PROGRAM AT DAAC

May 6, 2019 Carlos Arreola

When you think of the Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC), you don’t normally think of an exercise class, but that is exactly what DAAC is adding to its schedule.  “We have a beautiful space here at the Arts & Cultural Center,” says Barbara Reasoner, Board President, “and what better place to enjoy an exercise class and see the beautiful art work in the gallery?  This new Essentrics program is mindful exercise and a great way to keep the mind and body aware and active.”

Essentrics™ is a dynamic weight-free strengthening program based on elements of Pilates, Ballet, Yoga and T’ai Chi. The name Essentrics™ stems from the concept of eccentric muscle work, which implies that there is a load on the muscle while it is being lengthened.   EssentricsTM was originally developed by Miranda Esmonde-White of Montreal, Canada.  Esmonde-White now stars in the “Classical Stretch” program on PBS where she teaches the EssentricsTM method.   

The new program at DAAC will be led by local EssentricsTM specialist, Carol Witham.  Carol trained with Miranda Esmonde-White in Montreal and is one of only five fully certified Level IV EssentricsTM instructors in the United States.  Carol is also an experienced personal trainer and a Medical Exercise Specialist certified through the American Council on Exercise.  According to Carol, “Each class is filled with movement, energy and strength building exercises. Present students tell me how different they feel, how much more aware they are of their posture, and one client even regained ½ inch of her height.”

A three-hour introductory workshop will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by six weeks of hour-long classes from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday evenings May 21 through June 25.  The “Introductory Package” of the workshop and six classes is $40. Class size is limited to 15 students and pre-registration is required. Students are asked to bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes.  If students are uncomfortable performing exercises in bare feet, they should also bring toeless ballet slippers.

According to Carol Witham’s description of the EssentricsTM method, “Strength training is usually associated with concentric movements creating bulk. In order to keep our body supple, pain free and fluid in movement, all the signs of a youthful body, we should be doing exercises that pull the joints apart not squeeze them together. ESSENTRICS™ is a strengthening program that does exactly that; it pulls the joints apart, lengthens the muscles and then challenges them in the lengthened position thereby creating muscles that become leaner and stronger as well as more flexible. Posture is improved and it is possible to actually gain back height and body power.”The Doña Ana Arts & Cultural Center located at 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. Regular business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information or to register, visit the website www.daarts.org or call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403.

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