Level II Resistance Flexibility Technology (RFT) Certification

Principles of Assisted RF
Intermediate Self & Assisted RF

Santa Barbara, CA
November 5-6, 2022


Saturday, November 5 — 9 am - 5 pm

Sat 11/5 — 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, November 6 — 9 am - 5 pm

Sun 11/6 — 9 am - 5 pm

@ The Genius of Flexibility Santa Barbara

914-A Santa Barbara St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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The Genius of Flexibility is pleased to announce Level II of Bob Cooley's Resistance Flexibility Affiliate Certification Training: Principles of Assisted RF, Intermediate Self & Assisted RF

This event is open to all who have attended a Level I Certification and is designed to delve deeper into the concepts, principles, and practice of RF.

Learn more about The Genius of Flexibility's Affiliate Certification Training

Preview of Concepts Covered

Vector Feel

In the Level I training, you all learned the basic self and assisted stretches. In Level II, we will step outside of the structured movements for each of the 16 meridian muscle groups and you will instead learn how to stretch by "feel." This means learning just what it is the person you are assisting is doing when you ask them to resist. Are they flexing or extending? Adducting or abducting? Internally or externally rotating? Each of these vectors are telling you just how you need to move the person in order to stretch them in just the right way.

Stretching Board

We will be using the stretching board when working on the lower body. This allows the person being assisted to have their waist and one of their thighs and ankles strapped in so that their body is stable while their other leg is being trained. This reduces the stabilization demands on the assister's body and allows the assister(s) to position themselves optimally to gain leverage for greater feel.

Besides being able to stretch a person's lower body one-on-one, everyone will form in groups of three so that two people can assist one person. More hands assisting = more sophisticated movements in more planes.

We will practice free form stretching for the upper body. Adding the rotational vector to the upper body movements provides a new level of sophistication when assisting a person.

Analyzing Tissue Health

In this course, you will begin to identify the health of the tissue of the person you are assisting. Is the tissue normal, tense, accumulated dense fascia, scar tissue, or optimally healthy (aka "super" tissue)?

You will also begin to develop a feel for the health of all of the other tissues and functions of the body: ligaments, tendons, oxygenation, venous blood flow, arterial blood flow, cerebrospinal fluid, nerves, hormones, organ linings, lymphatic flow, bones, joints, cartilage, and lymph nodes.

Besides learning how to identify this in the person being assisting, you will also be provided with a chart to fill out as you are getting assisted. This is so you can know what others are feeling in your tissue, which would otherwise be very difficult for you to discover on your own.

Differentiation of Forces

There are many types of "resistance" to encounter when working on a person. What is it you're feeling? To name a few possibilities, resistance in the body can be differentiated as: fascial resistance, muscular strength, muscular tension, muscular tenseness, joint limitations, balancing muscle group's inability to shorten, and/or scar tissue.

Basic Problem Solving

Learn the basic problem-solving formula to achieve optimal gains in strength and flexibility in any muscle group, quickly. There is a much better way to problem solve chronically tight areas of the body. Rather than just hanging out in a pose, waiting for it to get better, apply the basic problem solving formula to address the issue in a fraction of the time.

...and more

Intermediate self stretches; mashing the hamstrings, quads, calves, and upper back; bone rotational interrelationships; five assisting choices

Course Details

  • Level II is a two-day course, 8 hours each day
  • All participants receive a certification manual

Course Outline

LEVEL II — Principles of Assisted RF, Intermediate Self & Assisted RF

  1. Principles of Assisted Resistance Flexibility
    1. Action vs. stretch
    2. Strength & stretch pathways — path of least & greatest resistance
    3. 45 degree arch principle
    4. Bone rotational interrelationships
    5. Vector approach to assisting
      1. Action in three planes
    6. Assisting choices
      1. Starting/stopping
      2. Force
      3. Speed
      4. Direction
      5. Range
      6. Duration
      7. Repetitions
      8. Position
    7. Tissue health analysis
      1. Optimal "super" tissue
      2. Normal
      3. Tenseness
      4. Accumulated dense fascia
      5. Scar tissue
    8. Differentiation of forces
      1. Fascial
      2. Muscular strength
      3. Muscular tenseness
      4. Joint limitations
      5. Balancing muscle group's shortening capacity
      6. Scar tissue
    9. Problem-solving
      1. Basic formula
      2. Balancing muscle groups
      3. Opposing muscle groups
  2. 16 Self Stretches — The Energy Series — Intermediate
    1. Intermediate self stretches for each of the 16 meridian muscle groups
  3. 16 Assisted Stretches — Intermediate
    1. Intermediate assisted stretches for each of the 16 meridian muscle groups
    2. Upper body - vector approach
    3. Lower body - vector approach - using the stabilization board with 3 people
  4. Mashing
    1. Mash major muscle groups using feet
      1. Calves
      2. Upper back

Two Day Training and 8 hours each day

Follow-up Virtual Training with an Elite Trainer Recommended

The Real Way to Stretch That Works. Becoming flexible in all ways.

Resistance Flexibility is based on the scientific discovery that muscles need to contract while being stretched, like how all animals stretch. As the muscles eccentrically contract while being stretched, the muscles release enzymes that result in transfiguration of the fascia and regeneration of the other tissues. Muscles eccentrically contracting while being elongated to produce immediate, cumulative, and sustainable increases in flexibility and strength. Predictable concomitant benefits can occur for each of the 16 different types RFT stretches: biomechanical, physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. RFT is a subtractive technology removing the traumas and ADFST.

WARNING: Without the contraction of the muscles during the stretch potential damage can occur to joint structures and increases in flexibility do not occur and are not sustainable.


Practice 16 Assisted RFT Stretches — Six degrees of freedom of joints create 8 kinematic patterns for the lower and upper body. Analyze where Accumulated Dense Fascia and Scar Tissue (ADFST) is in the 16 muscle groups. Begin to develop the ‘feel’ for successful assisting.

Topics Include: RFT Applied Kinesiology- Two actions of muscles, When to Stretch and when to Strengthen, 3 Dimensional Vector Approach to Assisting, ,Bone Rotational Interrelationships (BRI),5 Conscious Choices,16 Types of Tissue Heath, Basic Problem Solving






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“From a decade of RFT Trainings, I found that participants need follow up coaching to develop themselves and others using RFT. “ Cooley

A RFT Certified Elite Trainer can coach you via Virtual 1 ½ hr Sessions once or twice each month. Cost $175/session.


Level II Coursework

Total Time Required — 64 Hours

  • Self RFT — 16 Hours

    • Learn how to help yourself.

    • Discover the psychological concomitants associated with RF.

    • Use the data you learn about yourself through self stretching as a guide for how to have others help you when you are assisted.

    • Develop free attentional focus.

  • Trade assisting with another Affiliate student — 24 Hours

    • It is essential that you be stretched regularly. You need to experience RF on your own body in order to experience the possible changes within yourself. This will allow you to provide the same experience for others.

    • The physical demands of this work require that you are continuously developed. Your body will break down if you are not assisted regularly.

    • You also need to learn how to communicate with others in a way that will allow them to help you.

  • Assist an Elite Trainer (ET) / ACT Instructor ­— 16 Hours

    • Stretch an Elite Trainer / ACT Instructor to upgrade your skill level. Stretching an ET / ACT Instructor allows the trainer to experience your assisting skills directly in order to provide you with direct feedback.

  • Assist an ET / ACT Instructor in their private sessions — 8 Hours

    • Learn how to communicate with clients, problem solve, work with a wide variety of types, develop a person in many ways, enhance your technique, learn how to assist, and more.

Recommended Schedule

The 64 hours of coursework must be completed within four months in order to take the Affiliate Certification test, otherwise the course must be retaken. We recommend completing your hours on a weekly basis. The following schedule is an example that you can follow to complete your hours within two months.

  • Self RFT

    • 30 minutes a day, four days a week

  • Trade assisting with another Certification participant

    • One hour of paired assisting three time a week

    • (30 minutes of assistance for each student, then switch)

  • Assist a RFT Trainer

    • One 2 hour session per week

  • Assist a RFT Trainer in their private sessions

    • One 2 hour session every two weeks

Total = 8 hours per week of for two months

More Information

  • Cancellation Policy: Payments will be refunded minus payment processor fees for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to course initiation. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days of course initiation, however, tuition may be used as credit for other events, to be used within one year of original event. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable upon course initiation. The Genius of Flexibility reserves the right to cancel any event at any time, in which case a full refund will be provided.
  • Please note that this event may be filmed for educational and promotional purposes.
  • Private sessions also available at our center. Those traveling from out of town may want to arrive a day or two early and/or stay later to partake. Please contact us for more information and scheduling.
  • Wear or bring comfortable exercise clothes.
  • Please bring a stretching mat if possible.
  • We have filtered water and cups available but you may want to bring a water bottle.
  • We will be taking a one hour break for lunch each day. We have a refrigerator at the studio that you can store your lunch/snacks in if necessary. Check out our favorite restaurants.

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