About Marcia

Sometimes when you least expect it, when you aren’t even looking, something wonderful comes into your life. I turn 60 this year (2018), and I am in the best shape I have ever been!

My Story

My husband had taped a PBS special that had mention of arthritis; a topic of particular interest to me for my own health. The show was “Aging Backwards”, with Miranda Esmonde-White, the creator of the Essentrics™ program, also known as Classical Stretch, which has been airing on PBS since 1999. Trying the Essentrics™ workout provided me with an immediate improvement in my mobility, joint soreness, and overall energy. That is what drew me in, absolutely. This was a fitness program unlike anything I had done before. I was thoroughly enjoying it, reaping the benefits, and wanting to do more.

Very early in my own Essentrics™ fitness regimen, I felt strongly about sharing this with anyone hoping for more vitality, energy, and pain relief. Although I had been active all my life, mainly with activities like walking, dancing and hiking, this program resonated with me. Here I was in my 6th decade of life, and I could do this program alongside a 20-something, an athlete, or a newbie (as in someone more sedentary and now just starting out)! We could do it together and have fun with fitness, stretching, moving, and strengthening. Marcia-Miranda-Montreal-2017Everyone could be at a different level of conditioning, training in a relaxed style to one of more vigor as the body fitness level improved, all the while together supporting, encouraging, and enjoying.

How sweet is that!!!

As a result, I registered for the training and became a proud Certified Essentrics™ Instructor and founder of Vital 1.

I am also a registered nurse, having worked in many areas from the Emergency department to an outpatient cancer treatment center throughout my 38-year career thus far. Health and well-being are so precious and for those patients and families in my care, I have been honored to be their educator, advocate and comforter. Now as I broaden my aspirations by teaching Essentrics™ classes it is incredibly gratifying to hear the improvements each participant has experienced in flexibility, pain relief and wellbeing. This program can be all anyone does for fitness or complement many other activities. Let me share it with you! This is so exciting!!

My hope is that you are eager to give Essentrics™ a try and be a Vital 1.


Certified Essentrics™ Instructor, Honors
Registered Nurse (ER and Oncology)
CPR / AED / Basic Life Support Certification
Myeloma Canada Nurse of the Year, 2015
DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses nominee, 2014 and 2015
Research Nurse of the Year Tom Baker Cancer Center, 2006
Nursing Advisory Board Panelist, 2011, 2013 and 2014