Treat Yourself in Santa Barbara, California

Our personal retreats are designed to provide you with customized flexibility and strength training and give you a break from your day-to-day routine. Book your personal retreat to suit your schedule for whatever length you desire.

Visit beautiful Santa Barbara, California and treat yourself at our downtown studio, the most eco-friendly building in town.

Who it's For

Our personal retreats are perfect for those who are interested in...

  • Pain management
  • Injury recovery and prevention
  • True flexibility and strength upgrades
  • Athletic and artistic performance enhancements
  • Physical, physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health improvements

Our flagship center in Santa Barbara provides the best and most all encompassing Resistance Flexibility experience available worldwide.

Personal retreats are a great option for those who don't live near one of our centers but wish to experience all that Resistance Flexibility can offer. For both locals and visitors from around the globe, our personal retreats offer a comprehensive and concentrated training experience.

People of all ages and abilities have benefited from our personal retreats. We've helped those searching for relief from debilitating pain, wanting to problem solve some aspect of their body or health, or seeking personal development. Our approach is customized to meet the needs and objectives of each individual.

What to Expect

  • Customized program to directly target your body's needs and your mobility goals
  • Intensive private flexibility training
  • Sport-specific training to optimize athletic ability and performance
  • Dietary, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations
  • At home self-stretch program designed just for you
  • Maximum gains in flexibility, posture, health, and mental fitness

Included Each Day

Private Assisted Stretching Session

Each session offers intensive and personalized flexibility training tailored to your body, needs, and goals. We assess you in numerous positions and make stretch and strength movements to problem solve your issues. Besides problem solving, we also specialize in developing a person into new ways of being. We ask lots of questions, listen intently, and observe everything.

Your first session will be with one of our more experienced trainers who will evaluate your goals and flexibility to come up with a game plan for the rest of your sessions.

Your trainer will have assistants on hand during your sessions so that you can have all of the support necessary to create substantial results.

Private Sessions with Elite Trainers

Private Self Stretching Session

We create a custom series of stretch and strength movements just for you, designed to empower you with the ability to stretch and strengthen yourself at any time and place.

Private self stretching session

Private Mashing Session

Mashing is a technique that centers on the trainer using their feet to achieve deep and dramatic changes to your body.


  • frees up energy flow
  • assists in removing waste products from muscles
  • increases lymphatic flow and blood circulation
  • loosens up tight and sore muscles
  • addresses trigger points
  • creates significant improvements in movement
  • facilitates stress reduction

Complimentary Studio Classes

You're welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled public classes.


Also Included

One Private Nutrition Counseling Session

What you eat is what your body is made of, including the water your drink and the freshness of the air you breathe. The longer a person has had a nutrient dense organic/biodynamic food diet, the greater their flexibility.

Your health coaching session with Liz Troy, Certified Functional Nutritionist and long-time RF practitioner, will get you on the right track with diet, nutrition, and organic products. 2023 Functional Nutrition Program with Elizabeth Troy

Two Follow-up Live Video Chat Private Sessions

Our personal retreats are designed to upgrade your health in all ways and leave you empowered to keep progressing in your flexibility after you leave. To ensure this goal, your personal retreat includes two video chat sessions with one of our trainers. We will check in with you twice after you leave using Skype, FaceTime, or an alternative video conferencing service. Video chat sessions are a great time to ask questions, share your changes, or perform exercises while receiving real-time feedback from your trainer.

Email Support

You are always free to email whenever you have questions about Resistance Flexibility.

Book: Resistance Flexibility 1.0 by Bob Cooley

We provide you with a copy of Bob Cooley's book, Resistance Flexibility 1.0, to help you remember what was covered during your personal retreat. The book is a great resource to gain deeper insight into the principles for achieving true flexibility with Resistance Flexibility, including how to remove dense fascia and scar tissue from your body and how this process develops you physically as well as psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. Let the photos and descriptions in the book serve as a teaching aid to help you put these principles into action through self and/or assisted stretching.

Resistance Flexibility 1.0 by Bob Cooley


Located just through the courtyard behind our studio, The Palihouse offers genuine boutique accommodations nestled in lush garden surroundings. See our list of accommodations nearby. Check out our favorite restaurants and grocery stores.

Spanish Garden Inn

Studio Kitchen

You're welcome to use our kitchen to refrigerate your food and prepare your meals.


Personal Retreat Concierge

Our concierge will be in touch with you after your registration to get you started, answer any of your questions, and will be available to facilitate your experience throughout your stay in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is your destination for year-round Mediterranean-style weather and sandy beaches. There are many activities available for you in between your flexibility training sessions such as following bike paths down the ocean, sailing, paddle boarding, or kayaking. Or perhaps you will want to explore our botanic gardens, downtown shopping, museums, art galleries, theatre, performing arts, and historic landmarks. Catch a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl or take in panoramic views on your hikes along trails that traverse the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. For the more adventurous, take a trip off the coast to the Channel Islands National Park, or visit our local hot springs. Dine at one of the many gourmet restaurants in town that feature locally grown organic produce, some of the freshest food on earth. Or peruse this produce yourself at our local farmer's market.

Introductory and Intensive Personal Retreats

Our introductory personal retreat is designed for those new to Resistance Flexibility who seek a personalized program to address their body's core health and movement needs.

Our intensive personal retreat advances your experience by providing two private assisted stretching sessions each day. This retreat is designed for those familiar with Resistance Flexibility or those who seek an intensive personalized program to address their body's core health and movement needs.

Customizable Duration

Three days is a good start for your first personal retreat. But, we've also achieved great results with people who started with seven days.

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Travel Options & Accommodations

Please note our retreats do not include airfare, ground transportation, meals, or lodging. Accommodations not included in cost. After registration, our retreat concierge will be in touch to assist you.

Cancellation Policy: Payments will be refunded minus payment processor fees for cancellations made at least 7 days prior to personal retreat. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 7 days of retreat, however, cost may be used as credit, to be used within one year of purchase. Cost is non-refundable and non-transferable upon retreat initiation. The Genius of Flexibility reserves the right to cancel an event at any time, in which case a refund will be provided.

Sessions with Bob Cooley may be available depending on availability. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Becoming flexible in all ways...

The Genius of Flexibility