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Resistance Flexibility compared to other modalities

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

In this video, Dr. Northrup talks about her results from practicing Resistance Flexibility compared to other modalities and also hits home on the value of community in healing environments.

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Resistance Flexibility as a new health care system

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

 

I think this work (Resistance Flexibility) is a whole new health care system. It’s actual health care, not disease care. It’s preventative medicine at its best, and I feel blessed to have found it.

— Dr. Christiane Northrup

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Resistance Flexibility and Where I Am Now

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

I have gone to Boston twice a month for the last couple of years and have experienced about 30 sessions. Each time I go, I find myself at a new place. Chronic concerns of the past (occasional chest pain and right hip problems) are nearly gone. A beginning “dowager’s hump” on the back of my neck is essentially gone, my rib cage is different, and my body becomes better and better. Each time I become more of me, learn how to be more of who I was always meant to be. These continuous upgrades in my health are reflected in wonderful changes in my life for myself, my family, and everyone I meet. Stay tuned for another blog about our work next summer. Hello Walden Pond and fresh picked local organic food!

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

When you begin to Resistance Flexibility train each of the 16 different types of stretches, you begin to create a strategy of what to prioritize, how to get people to help you stretch and learn about yourself and others, and how much you need to do to get the rate of change that you want. The perspective that you receive from others that comment on the results from a stretch you did or were assisted in helps to broaden your understanding of the diversity of changes that you can create with the help of others.

I am fortunate to be assisted RF trained most days of the week, and the cumulative upgrades in my posture, physiological health, psychological wellness, and life changes have returned me to life and have helped me to get past my resistance to positive changes. I wish to thank all of the amazing people whose genius I have benefited from.

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Resistance Flexibility and What You Don’t Know that You Don’t Know

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

As I became more and more flexible and strong not just in my body but in my psychological fitness, emotional maturation, and spiritual awareness, I realized that the solution to living my life fully and healthfully lay in learning how to be equally flexible in my body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in ways that I had never experienced before and knew nothing about. What Bob likes to say is “What you need to know is not only what you already know you don’t know, but what you don’t even know that you don’t know.” There is a profound truth to that statement that I had to truly experience in order to understand it. Bob is so right!

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

Principle: Your problem is a representation of some way of being that you don’t yet know about. Other people that don’t have your problem are being in ways you don’t yet know how to be.

After Resistance Flexibility training for 6 months, I surprisingly discovered that I only wanted organic food. Traditionally fertilized agricultural food simply did not feel like I was being nourished. I also bought a pair of organic cotton socks and that began the systematic switch to wearing all organic clothing. My soap, shampoo, even my furniture come from organic and sustainable sources.

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Resistance Flexibility, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and 16 Genetic Personality Types

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

I have known about the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for decades. Acupuncture and TCM have, in fact, been my primary care. What a revelation it was to discover that the 16 types of stretches that Bob had created stretched the exact muscles that the meridians traverse as presented in TCM. What that means is that by knowing which meridian you are stretching, you are also enhancing the function of the concomitant organ!

As a result, I experienced the predictable organ/tissue concomitance for each type of stretch. For example, the muscles on the back of the shoulder blade are associated with the small intestine (SI) meridian in TCM. When these muscles were resistance flexibility trained, I personally experienced that my digestion of proteins improved. I also experienced other organ and tissue parallels with specific muscles and RF exercises that were also consistent with TCM theory.

But the most remarkable benefit from RF came as a surprise to me. Bob identified a group of muscles that were the most inflexible in me compared to others — the muscles associated with my heart. When Bob identified and stretched these over a series of sessions, I found myself releasing profound childhood grief about my mother that had been “stuck” in my fascia for decades, creating an unconscious sense of being unlovable. But when those muscles were stretched, I was able to release decades of grief. And as a result, I have developed a profound new understanding about my relationship with my mother, why I went into ob/gyn, and also how my past set the stage for my intimate relationships. I am also absolutely certain that this work prevented an inevitable heart attack down the road (heart disease “runs” in my family and, quite frankly, so do the psychological patterns that favor it). This psychological type of development is the hallmark of Bob’s work on psychology and is presented in his upcoming book The 16 Geniuses — Sixteen Genetic Personality Types.

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

As I continued to rehabilitate myself from the pedestrian automobile accident, I began to notice that resistance flexibility training specific muscle groups produced unmistakable improvements in my physiological and psychological wellness. Other people doing the same types of stretches also reported identical improvements. I presented my findings at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Symposium in 2009.

After the last three decades of self RF and after assisting thousands of people, a theory of genetic personality formed. In our new totally green center in Santa Barbara, CA, I give weekly lectures from excerpts from my second book The 16 Geniuses — Sixteen Genetic Personality Types.

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“I am continually moved by the truly communal nature of this work. Nothing I have experienced before actually has community literally woven into the ‘fabric’ of the practice.” – Roger B.

Changes in posture, sleep, digestion, and more with Resistance Flexibility

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

I have been doing Resistance Flexibility (RF) sessions with Bob and his elite trainers for two years. Those two hour sessions — which I’ve been participating in whenever possible – often by scheduling 4-6 sessions over a couple days – have significantly improved my posture, sleep, digestion, sweating, and even my looks!

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

Both endoscopic and ultrasound imaging validate the incredible changes that occur in the flexibility, elasticity, and rejuvenation of all the myofascial tissues when a person tenses and resists the muscle they are stretching. The muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and joint capsule all benefit. The clinical trail we conducted and presented at the third International Fascia Congress proved that when you Resistance Flexibility Train a muscle that you achieve 10 times the increases in flexibility compared to any method reported in the scientific literature!

Using Resistance Flexibility to increase the length and strength of the hamstrings can help to repair and prevent low back pain and ACL injury.

Self and Assisted Resistance Flexibility Exercises

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

You can do Resistance Flexibility (RF) exercises as self stretches or you can assist each other. Being assisted by another person can greatly accelerate the rate of increases in flexibility and strength. Bob has also identified 16 different muscle groups, 8 types of stretches for the lower body and 8 types of stretches for the upper body. On his website, there are more than a hundred self and assisted Resistance Flexibility exercises in the Training Archive section. There is also an instructional video for each stretch for different levels of difficulty, with in-depth explanations of how each stretch targets specific muscle groups. But this work is about much more than simply increasing muscle strength and flexibility. Every change in muscle and flexibility patterns is also accompanied by upgrades in physiological, psychological, and energetic benefits . Bob told me about this on my first visit. But to appreciate the genius of this system, I had to experience it personally and also observe it in others over time.

I suggest that you start experiencing the benefits of Resistance Flexibility with your hamstring muscles. The hamstrings have the largest amount of accumulated dense fascia and scar tissue compared to any other group, so you will want to prioritize increasing the strength and flexibility of these muscles.

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

Traditional methods of stretching or massage cannot create the flexibility that a person desires. When you tense and resist a muscle while stretching, the fascia and muscle produces the amount of resistance and tension that is needed to change the fascia and improve the flexibility and strength. This natural amount of force produced by the fascia and muscle could not be tolerated if administered from outside the body though there is zero pain when using Resistance Flexibility.

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“The natural forces generated by the fascia and muscle while Resistance Flexibility training cannot be tolerated if administered from outside the body.”

Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Introduction to Resistance Flexibility

Dr. Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Women’s Health Expert, Visionary Health Pioneer, Wellness Speaker, and New York Times Best-Selling Author www.drnorthrup.com

I would like to introduce you to the remarkable flexibility and strength training methods of Bob Cooley. I first met Bob in Boston in August of 2012 having learned of his work from Nick Ware, one of his elite trainers. Nick had seen me in a YouTube video and felt I’d be interested in Bob’s work because of my interest in fascia and health. At the time, I had no idea how truly revolutionary Bob’s work was. I had to experience it myself to really understand what profound changes in flexibility and strength were possible with Resistance Flexibility training.

I learned that muscles don’t stretch by simply yanking on them, but instead when you stretch a muscle it naturally tenses and resists. When you allow this natural response, you achieve the results you have always expected from flexibility training in yoga, Pilates, etc. I personally discovered that my chronic low back pain, and hip joint limitation in movement were erased within several sessions. Then I discovered that when you stretch in this way, not only do you get increases in flexibility but you also achieve predictable strength gains, as well as physiological and psychological benefits, and spiritual life changes.

Bob Cooley

Bob Cooley

Author The Genius of Flexibility
Director The Genius of Flexibility Centers

More than three decades ago I was involved in a tragic pedestrian car accident. In an attempt to rehabilitate myself physically and psychologically, I uncovered how all animals naturally create their flexibility and strength. Contrary to what most people think, animals tense the muscle and resist when stretching. This natural tensing and resisting causes dramatic upgrades in the fascia, and results in immediate increases in flexibility and strength. I call this way of stretching Resistance Flexibility™.

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“Immediate, cumulative, and permanent increases in flexibility
and strength from Resistance Flexibility.”

My Top 12 Superfoods for a Super Fit 2012

In the Studio, testing out the highest quality foods on the Planet is part of what we do everyday. Our team seeks out and samples superfoods that help us rapidly recover from intense Resistance Flexibility training, upgrade tissue health, and accelerate physical development. The Studio kitchen is like the Boston Organic Tasting Laboratory (BOTL) from the future! Bob skates in on his blades with new, wild, and amazing superfood products all the time. Elite Trainers discover their own personal favorites; different Genetic Personality Types (GPT) enjoy different foods. Trying new food with friends is one of my favorite forms of entertainment.

Many new products do not make the cut: they taste like clay, digest poorly, or provide no real benefit. All the failed testing is worth it for the moment that you bite into something that delights your taste buds and heals your body. So, straight from the BOTL, here are my top 12 favorite organic superfoods for a healthy and vibrant 2012:

Bob stretching Graeme's Large Intestine muscle group.

Bob stretching Graeme

BoKu- Superfood Blend

Be careful. BoKu is like the little red pill from the Matrix. It’s implausibly packed with nutrient-dense, exotic plant specimens. I remember my first time. One glass of BoKu at dinnertime led me on a journey to undiscoverable waterfalls, unidentifiable jungles, and the blistering dunes of Namibia. I was energized, well fed, and exhilarated from the trip. Do you want to circle the globe in 90 seconds or less?

HealthForce Nutritionals- Vitamin C

Great for winter, and all other seasons, HealthForce Vitamin C is made from 100% pure acerola berry. This is the most natural, nutritious, and dangerously tangy Vitamin C I’ve ever tasted. Add to a glass of water and whisk for an edgy, sweet, and sour treat. I like to drink it daily, and increase the amount if I feel a cold coming on. HealthForce Vitamin C has saved me from catching many colds.

Moon in the Pond Farm & Local Organic Farmer’s Market or CSA

My quest for the freshest and most nutrient-dense food on the Planet begins with a trip to the local organic farmer’s market in Copley Square and my favorite farm, Moon in the Pond Farm in Sheffield, Mass. I love knowing the people that grow my food. Some staples include arugula, basil, carrots, beets, rosemary, oregano, fresh meats, raw cheese, raw milk, and the list goes on. Science proves the extraordinary nutritional benefits of eating same-day picked fruits and vegetables: Much of the vitamin, mineral, and micronutrient content available from vegetables is lost just 72 hours after harvest.

Dominic, owner of Moon in the Pond Farm with his amazing raw milk cheeses.

Dominic, owner of Moon in the Pond Farm, shows off his amazing raw milk cheeses.

Olivas de Oro – Olive Oil

I’ve tasted many organic olive oils in my life, but nothing comes close to award winning, estate grown Olivas de Oro. Its rich flavor makes a plain egg come to life. The company also produces flavored olive oils; garlic and orange disappear quickly in the Studio! The anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, anti-cancer benefits of olive oil have been demonstrated in hundreds of clinical studies worldwide.

Sunfood Nutrition- Botija Olives

These raw gems turn olive haters into olive addicts. Picked at the peak of their ripeness, pitted, and simply dried in the Peruvian sun, Sunfood botija olives taught me not to eat jarred or canned olives. Sunfood’s dried mango is also one of my favorite snacks.

Harmless Harvest – 100% Raw Coconut Water

If you’ve ever cut open a raw coconut to quench your thirst, then bottled coconut waters are guaranteed to disgust you. Only one exception. Harmless Harvest‘s taste approaches the level of coconut freshness you’ll find lying on a wild Costa Rican beach. This special liquid is truly raw and never heated! Our athletes love drinking raw coconut water to restore blood electrolytic balance instead of Gatorade or other unhealthy, fructose-filled sports drinks.

Villa Manodori – Balsamic Vinegar

This vivid balsamic is like a salad-friendly black and white film. Aged for decades in oak, chestnut, and juniper barrels, Villa Manodori is produced by famous chef Massimo Bottura, owner of the Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy. Balsamic vinegar can help improve digestion and metabolism by increasing pepsin activity in the stomach. Activated pepsin accelerates the separation of proteins into free amino acids.

Me enjoying some local, wild Concord grapes and raspberries.

Me enjoying some local, wild Concord grapes and raspberries.

Shiloh Farms- Sprouted Quinoa

I feel much better from eating the gluten-free diet that I started three weeks ago. Cutting out the small amount of wheat that was in my diet has accelerated my physical development, helped me lose weight, and given me more energy for intense aerobic workouts. Quinoa is now my go to food, and Shiloh Farms sprouted quinoa is my favorite. An ancient South American superfood, quinoa was called ‘the Gold of the Incas,’ and for many good reasons. Quinoa is a complete protein, high in iron and calcium, and packed with manganese, magnesium, and copper. I first encountered Shiloh Farms at the 2009 Expo East food show in Boston. The people were very nice, and the company has expanded rapidly over the past two years. You can find their products in many Whole Foods Markets.

Living Fuel- Superberry Original and Ultimate

Look no further for Olympic-level superfood magic. Nothing at GNC comes close to the organic, wildcrafted, and all natural blend that’s available in Living Fuel. Loaded with superfoods, protein, enzymes, probiotics, animo acids, herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, Living Fuel is available in several varieties. I like to use Superberry Ultimate as a total meal replacement and Superberry Original as an afternoon snack. Both give me sustained energy, and for optimum results I avoid eating food within an hour of drinking these nutritional powerhouses. Our athletes love Living Fuel!

Kopali Organics- Goldenberries and Mulberries

If you have a sweet tooth, many of the nutrient-dense superfoods above can help calm your cravings. When I want something sweet, I often turn to Kopali Organics Goldenberries and Mulberries. Both of these ancient treat berries are rich in bioflavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Kopali was launched at an off-the-grid farm and sustainability center in Costa Rica. Cool! I plan to visit and work with them on my vacation this month.

Using his big guns, Chris assists Lauren with a bent leg hamstring stretch.

Using his big guns, Chris assists Lauren with a bent leg hamstring stretch.

The Herbal Answer- AloeForce

Take a shot with me. A shot of pure, raw aloe. Drinking the aloe-herb blend produced by AloeForce was the best thing I did for my digestive system in 2011. Raw aloe contains unique polysaccharides that can cleanse the digestive system and improve immune system functionality. I find that it works best in small amounts; dose recommendations are available on their website.

Some of these fabulous 12 superfoods could be just the fuel that your body needs to reach a new level of health, performance, and vitality in 2012. Combined with Resistance Flexbility training, a diet rich in healthy superfoods can dramatically upgrade your tissue health and overall well-being. Best wishes for a super fit year!

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