Oh, No Low Back Pain! with Bob Cooley

How to permanently increase the flexibility of your hamstrings using Resistance Flexibility

Santa Barbara, CA
October 3, 2013


Thursday, October 3rd — 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pacific Time

@ Yoga Soup

28 Parker Way

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Instructor: Bob Cooley
Founder & President
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This event is open to all ages, abilities, and levels of experience.

The only prerequisite is an interest.

This is a great way to be introduced to Resistance Flexibility.

About Resistance Flexibility

The Genius of Flexibility introduces the Resistance Flexibility™ (RF) training of Bob Cooley. Resistance Flexibility advances and unites physical therapy, yoga, personal training, psychology, traditional Chinese medicine, and Genetic Personality Type theory.

Resistance Flexibility is a unique, hands-on modality used to develop athletes and performers, rehabilitate the severely and ordinarily injured, and help people of all walks of life achieve their goals. Based on an original biomechanical and energetic analysis of the body and personality, RF achieves unprecedented results.

Course Objective

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, principles, and practice of RF. This includes basic self stretches, basic assisted stretches, and an introduction to the physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual upgrades that RF can facilitate.

This course includes lots of physical activity, but you work at your own pace. Variations are taught for every exercise allowing people of all ages and abilities to fully participate.

Preview of Concepts Covered

This course will teach you new concepts about flexibility such as...

  • Inflexibility is not caused solely by tense muscles, but by the dense fascia and/or scar tissue that has accumulated in and around the muscles.
  • You must continuously resist and contract a muscle while lengthening it in order to exceed the tensile strength of the accumulated dense fascia which results in immediate increases in flexibility and strength.
  • Most of the increases in flexibility occur when the muscle starts in a position where it is as short as possible and then lengthened, not at the end point of the stretch where the muscle is already fully elongated.
  • The flexibility of a muscle is not just limited by its own health and ability, but by the shortening capacity of its balancing muscle group.
  • It is commonly thought that simply weight training a muscle increases its ability to shorten, however, the ability of a muscle to shorten is dependent on its resistance flexibility.
  • Range of motion does not equate to flexibility. True flexibility includes the health of the tissue and the muscle's ability to continuously and fully contract concentrically, eccentrically, and isometrically throughout that range. Extreme range of motion is often an indicator of hyper mobility potentially leading to instability and damage of the joint structures.
  • Stretching is not just a physical activity, but has direct and predictable associations with the physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual parts of a person.
  • Stretching is not just a solo activity. Maximal results require the participation of others through assisted stretching.
  • ...and so much more!

Certification Precursor

This is a great workshop to take before attending a certification course, which provides a deeper learning experience.

Most everyone experiences low back pain at some point in their life. Learn how Resistance Flexibility can increase the true length of your hamstrings, resulting in the rapid and permanent relief and prevention of lower back pain. This lecture/demo will include both the best Resistance Flexibility stretches for lower back pain, and a special focus on the biomechanics/anatomy of yoga poses as they relate to the lower back.

The root cause of lower back pain is no longer a mystery. Insufficient flexibility in the lateral hamstrings causes both hyperflexion of the pelvis and compression stress in the lumbar spine. Thousands of studies in the medical literature demonstrate that strengthening the core, massaging the lower back and/or psoas, and performing forward bends does not provide permanent lower back pain relief. Learn how to replace these band-aid approaches with Resistance Flexibility strength and stretch exercises that work!

While other muscles can gain remarkably fast increases in flexibility through Resistance Flexibility, everyone’s hamstrings require considerable effort to maintain and ever increase their flexibility. Internationally, the lateral hamstrings carry the greatest mass of accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue. The reason for this is not just because of the physical demands placed on the hamstrings but because these muscles like all muscles in the body reflect how you are living your life: your life is reflected in your body.

Let's learn how to use Resistance Flexibility to optimize the biomechanics of your lower back!

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