The Retreat MindBody Wellness

proudly offers Resistance Stretching Workshops!

What is Resistance Stretching?

Our resistance stretching system is a program based on the work by Bob Cooley’s Genius of Flexibility. Our program similarly consists of 16 powerful stretching exercises for each level of practice — beginner, intermediate, assisted, and advanced.

Sixteen different types of stretches, each one corresponding to a specific muscle group and an acupuncture meridian in the body.

Each type of stretch provides the best leverage to stretch individual or synergistic groups of muscles. Each type of stretch also predictable physical and mental improvements and embodies a balanced approach to physical and mental fitness. It is a predictable, noninvasive, preventative health program with resulting gains in physical strength and functioning, psychological fitness, and spiritual and emotional development.

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Resistance stretching uses eccentric movement to change your muscle and fascia tissues. This eccentric movement helps change the dense-ness of the tissue which helps restore muscle function.

In traditional flexibility training where resistance is not utilized when stretching muscles, accumulation of dense fascia and scar tissue and joint instability occurs. Resistance stretching removes common biomechanical substitutions and asymmetries that are the root cause of most injuries because RFST removes the accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue while increasing the strength of the target muscles.

Range of motion (ROM) is not a measure of flexibility. True flexibility can only be measured by contracting the target muscle maximally while elongating that muscle until it cannot continue to maximally contract. The point where the muscle can no longer maximally contract reveals the true flexibility length of the muscle, and not the ROM. The highest correlating factor in athletic performance is true flexibility, and not strength nor aerobic capacity as is commonly assumed.

Resistance stretching is a system of flexibility exercises including 8 lower and 8 upper body kinematic and kinetic patterns — 16 types of Resistance stretching exercises. This system is based on the concept of balancing muscle groups. Both Resistance stretching is a completely customizable program, original in design, and backed by extensive past and current research.

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Assisted & Self Stretching

Basic, Intermediate, or Advance Levels

All workshops teach the underlying information and exercises, as well as introduces the vocabulary for techniques for that level of mastery.

Each level teaches basic, intermediate or advanced concepts, principles, and practice for Resistance Stretching.

Each course include lots of physical activity, but you work at your own pace. Variations for each level are taught for every stretch allowing people of all ages and abilities to fully participate.

One of the primary goals of this training is for each participant to leave knowing at least one self stretch and one assisted stretch that they are comfortable performing for each of the body’s 16 major muscle groups.

Another primary goal is to build our stretching community who continually help each other develop great health through assisted stretching and the sharing of perspectives.

Basic Assisted & Self Stretching

June 1-2, 2019


1320 E 9th St, Ste 1
Edmond, OK 73034

Preview of Basic Workshop Concepts


  • More often than not, dense fascia (connective tissue) and/or accumulated scar tissue is the cause for inflexibility.


  • Continuously resisting and contracting a muscle while lengthening it, exceeds the strength of the denseness of the fascia (connective tissue) which results in immediate increases in flexibility and strength.

Increased Flexibility

  • We teach you to start the movement with the muscle in its (comfortably) shortest position. Most of the increases in flexibility occur when the stretch starts in this position and then lengthen the muscle.
  • In fact, by lengthening the muscle in this way, the muscle can then its capacity to shorten is even better. As the muscles gain the ability to get short, the balancing muscles gain the ability to get long. Because we work with balancing muscle groups, ultimately, this creates better range of motion, better tissue health, and better flexibility.
  • The ability of a muscle to shorten is dependent on its resistance flexibility.

Range of motion

  • 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.

Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual

  • Stretching is not just a physical activity, but has direct and predictable associations with the physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual parts of a person.

Intermediate Assisted & Self Stretching

June 8-9, 2019


1320 E 9th St, Ste 1
Edmond, OK 73034

Preview of Intermediate Workshop Concepts

Learn to stretch “by feel” in the Intermediate Workshop. Learn what the person is doing when you stretch them. How are they moving? How do you counter that? Once you understand the terminology and the techniques, you can be even more effective in your abilities to assist another person.

Terminology Learned:

Vectors  (directions)

Tissue Health

Differentiation of Forces  (Resistance, strength, tension vs tenseness, limitations, scar tissue)

The Stretching Board

Learn to use the stretching board while working with another person, reducing the demands of the assister and allowing the person being stretched to resist with greater force.

Teams and Partners

Learn stretching by feel. We will work one-on-one partnerships and in groups of three, creating in a dynamic team for the greater good of the assisted person.

Free Form Stretching

Beyond the basics, we will learn more sophisticated stretches for the upper body movements when assisting a person.

Analyzing Tissue Health

Identify Tissue Health for the person you are assisting.

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.

Differentiation of Forces

What type of “resistance” do you encounter when working on a person? What are you feeling? 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 basic problem solving to quickly achieve optimal gains in strength and flexibility in any muscle group. Apply the basic problem solving formula to address the issue in a fraction of the time and resolve chronically tight, problem areas of the body.

…and more

  • Intermediate self stretches
  • Intermediate self stretch flow
  • Mashing the hamstrings, quads, calves, and upper back
  • Bone rotational interrelationships
  • Five assisting choices

Session Attire

Please. wear whatever is most comfortable for you to move around and stretch in. Jeans or other movement restricting clothes are not recommended. Sweats, spandex, shorts, and other similar types of clothing will be most comfortable. Socks are appropriate but not required.


While we have a supply stretching mats, towels, drinking water, and other equipment, please feel free to bring your own yoga mats, towel, and water bottle.

Resistance Flexibility Class

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3 Resistance Flexibility Exercises

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