Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day by Miranda Esmonde-White

Title:  Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain & Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day
Author: Miranda Esmonde-White
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Release Date:  November 15, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction: Health & Fitness
Format: Hardcover

End chronic pain—for good—with this practical guide from the PBS personality behind Classical Stretch and author of the New York Times bestseller Aging Backwards.

Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States. Twenty percent of American adults accept back spasms, throbbing joints, arthritis aches, and other physical pain as an inevitable consequence of aging, illness, or injury. But the human body is not meant to endure chronic pain. Miranda Esmonde-White has spent decades helping professional athletes, ballet dancers, and Olympians overcome potentially career-ending injuries and guiding MS patients and cancer survivors toward pain-free mobility. Now, in Forever Painless, she shows everyone how to heal their aching bodies and live pain free.

The root of nearly all pain is movement—or lack thereof. We need to move our bodies to refresh, nourish, and revitalize our cells. Without physical activity, our cells become stagnant and decay, accelerating the aging process and causing pain. People who suffer chronic pain often become sedentary, afraid that movement and activity will make things worse, when just the opposite is true: movement is essential to healing. In Forever Painless, Miranda provides detailed instructions for gentle exercise designed to ease discomfort in the feet and ankles, knees, hips, back, and neck—allowing anyone to live happier, healthier, and pain-free no matter their age.

Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day by Miranda Esmonde-White is simple and direct. It's a throwback to the exercise videos in the 1980s. Not to say it is old, but to see how sometimes the simplest solutions may very well be the most effective. As readers start off the first few chapters, the author explains to us what pain is, how it developed, why it develops and how we move and react makes a huge impact.  Though many of us may claim "we already knew that," the question lies in how many knew but did nothing about it? Or how many knew but went about ways that not only didn't help but aggravated it?

Personally, I like what I've read and tried so far in Forever Painless. The later chapters each included a workout that targets a specific area. I've only tried "The Upper Back and Shoulder Workout."  Just so you know, I was a yoga kind of gal, and when it comes to gym in school, I dreaded it. The workout in Forever Painless may seem simple, it's anything but.  Wait. It is simple. Simple movements. Simple routines. What makes it not, is the fact that when you put them all together, you do get quite the workout. It's just stretches! How?! Well, that reminds me of yoga, but it's not aerobic in nature, but you do get a workout and you will sweat.  That goes for the workouts in Forever Painless too. One thing I do recommend is to come out a companion video. It was a tad bit difficult when I had to stop and turn the pages for the next movements, reread it a bit, and then do it. I do like that I had to read it first, since it sticks better when I read the intro and then the steps. But if I had a companion video, I can continue on for future workout sessions.

In all, a great resourceful book on pain and what to do about it in the fitness sense. It may be a bit dry, but it makes sense and I can see myself referring to it periodically. 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Miranda Esmonde-White is one of America’s greatest advocates and educators of healthy aging. She is best known for her PBS fitness show, Classical Stretch, which has been aired since 1999 and is rated the #1 fitness show on the network, and for creating the Essentrics technique which Classical Stretch is based upon. She has filmed over 300 episodes of Classical Stretch workouts, many of them available on DVD. Following her career as a professional ballerina, Miranda developed Essentrics, which led to her becoming the flexibility trainer and consultant to numerous professional and Olympic athletes and celebrities.

Miranda’s first book, Aging Backwards, hits shelves in November 2014 and will revolutionize the way we understand the role fitness plays in slowing down the aging process while keeping our bodies young, attractive, strong and healthy. Based in Montreal, Miranda spends her time continuing to develop the technique, writing and training new instructors. She travels extensively giving lectures, weeklong Teacher Training sessions and retreats. 

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  1. great review, my friend! I move so slow that stopping to turn the pages isn't an issue for me LOL but a companion video WOULD be lovely!

    1. Hi Carrie and Annie! Thank you so much for your reviews.

      Your wish is our command! The companion video is on its way - we should officially release it sometime next week. Stay tuned on our website at

      Happy stretching!

      The Essentrics Team

  2. I like the idea of a companion video - it seems very practical.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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