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Bob explaining the importance of investing in your own personal wellness instead of living in fear of illness.

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Let's talk about investing in wellness, instead of fear of illness. Where to begin on this topic? I think the place to begin, is really talking about food, first of all, that people eat, 'cause the food you eat is really a lot about what you become and your health. And so it's really important to ingest, really, food that you personally like. Like an orange for one person is a pear for somebody else. People really like different kinds of food and they need that journey of discovering what kinds of food you really like and what makes you feel good. That's just a great thing to do. And when you go to the grocery store and you see, wow, the string beans are really great today and the other day that winter squash looked really great to you. You're gonna be attracted to food and as time goes on, you get to figure out what food makes you feel the best. And I'm not talking about being perfect about eating where you don't need things that aren't so good for you, I'm just talking about the main part of your diet, should be things that are really particularly delicious for you and things you really like to do. And of course, I think most people know that it's not really good to eat too late at night-time. It's better to eat your meals sooner than that. So have a great time, find great food, make your body feel really good that when you do [...]

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Bob explaining the process of transmuting depression into a high creative way of being.

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Depression into creativity, let's learn some things about this that are quite different than probably what most people are thinking or knowing about or have identified. First of all, the most shocking thing to know about creativity is that the people that are really creative, whether they're painting or doing art or business or however they're creating whatever they're creating, they're the most depressed people, but they know how to transmute depression into creativity. Whereas, the depressed person doesn't have the equipment, so to speak, developed to transmute that depression into creative activity. So the muscle groups on the back of your shoulder, infraspinatus, muscles go up around your neck into your head, to your face and down your arm into your little finger, they're associated with your small intestine in traditional Chinese medicine. And the small intestine is where you, the food comes from your stomach, your gallbladder releases bile to digest the fat, your pancreas releases enzymes to digest the food, and then your small intestine is like a furnace that burns that food up and then it goes through the walls of the small intestine, if they're healthy, and then it goes into your bloodstream and then it goes around your body, so you get fed. And while it's doing that, by the way, the heat of digestion is what heats up your lungs. Your lungs [...]

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Bob explaining the significance of stretching your hamstrings and also demonstrating how to get started.

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Oh, those hamstrings! The big joke that everybody has about flexibility training is that it doesn't matter what's inflexible on your body, it's those hamstrings that you need to change. So there are three hamstrings on the back of your leg. They all start at the bottom of your pelvis. They then, two of them come and attach to your lower leg, and one attaches here. So you have what's called your medial hamstring, then you have your central hamstring, and then you have your lateral hamstring. Those three hamstrings have three functions. When they contract, they bend your lower leg up towards you, they lift your thigh back behind you, and they pull the back of your pelvis down into extension. So that's the three actions when all three of those hamstrings contract. Except, they also do different things because of how they attach. Your medial hamstring on the inside of your leg, when it's flexible, makes your pelvis extend back and gives you suspension at your hip joint. The central hamstring, when it's flexible, it actually gives you suspension at your knee. And your lateral hamstring gives you suspension in your lower back, ankle and feet. So, depending on what part of your body you need the most help, you stretch that particular hamstring. The most unusual thing I found out about flexibility training over all the years was that a person's [...]

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Bob explaining the process of transmuting one's addictive qualities into sobriety and a good life.

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Okay, let's talk about turning addiction into sobriety. Let's back this up into some places that I don't think people know, information about, that's gonna be very helpful about addiction. First of all, I don't think most people know that addiction is associated with the stomach meridian muscle groups on the outside back of your leg that come up your trunk and go around your mouth and up into your face. And what that means is that when the stomach is too tense, your real stomach now, not your belly, when the stomach is too tense, it drives the person into being attracted to addictive substances, whether that's cookies or how far you wanna go with this in terms of addictions. So if you can take that tension out of the stomach, muscle groups, and what happens is the person starts craving real spirit in their life having a really great life. Instead of having a substitute false spirits like alcohol or sweets or things like that. I'm not a fanatic about this addiction thing. I'm not saying people shouldn't eat cookies or drink alcohol or do things like that. It's, the question is about the quantity of that and whether it's an addiction thing, or whether it's something they do occasionally. So the addiction things shows up as dense fascia and scar tissue in the lateral hamstrings. But the muscle group that's on the other side of that the pancreas [...]

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Bob explaining the concept of balancing.

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Balancing is the central concept behind all the stretching and wellness work that we've created. This is how it started. What happened was that I think everybody knows that muscle groups that are on either side of your body balance each other in function. So for example the muscles on the outside of your hip, when they contract generally bring your legs sideways and the muscles on the inside of your legs bring your legs in towards you. So those are complimentary movements for each other. In Western anatomy, they call them agonist antagonist, but in Chinese they call them balancing or complimentary muscle groups. So when you're stretching a muscle group, as we've talked about it before, the balancing muscle group is essentially essential for that being successful to get that stretch. So when you're stretching your bicep, your tricep has to be flexible enough to shorten. And when you strengthen your bicep, your tricep has to be flexible enough to lengthen. So that's where the balance started to happen. When I first started stretching was that the muscle groups on either side of the bone, so the front of your leg and the back of your leg, the two outside of your legs, and then the two angles. And that's the same thing in the upper body. The muscles that lift your arm up, the muscles that take your arm back. The muscles that lift your arms sideways, the muscles that bring your arm in, the muscles that [...]

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Bob explaining the importance of physically interfacing with your digestive health in order for your body to be able to digest the foods you eat.

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Hi, I'd like to talk getting your body to digest the food, the good food that you eat Now, I think most people know that the better food you eat, the healthier your body is. And people have a lot of different ideas about eating good food and what that good food would be. It's obvious that people need to eat a lot of really great organic vegetables, or even better biodynamic food. And they need to take in really great water also, very clean water. But I think it's assumed that when people digest good food, that their body then just naturally digests good food, and that's actually not true. Just 'cause the foods good doesn't mean your body is capable of digesting it. It's two different things. There are different muscle groups in your body associated with Chinese medicine, that are associated with different aspects over digestion. So when you first eat food, your stomach, goes into your mouth, your esophageal structures, going down into your stomach. Your stomach has to be able to take that food and mulch it up at a timely fashion so that it actually gets into your small intestine in a good condition to burn, so that when it's in your small intestine, your enzymes come from your pancreas and your fat comes from your gall bladder, and then your small intestines starts digesting your food, and then [...]

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Bob explaining the process of transmuting traumas and negative experiences into gifts and more life.

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I'd like to talk something about how trauma affects the physical body and then you, because of that. As you know, we're always talking about how to stretch muscles naturally. That animals naturally contract muscles when they stretch them, and when you do, it gives you an increase in flexibility. And the reason why it does is because it's not so much of a muscle change, it's much more the fascial material that surrounds your muscle groups, gets altered traumatically and cleaned up, repaired when you stretch naturally. So when trauma occurs to you, and it can come in different formats, you could be physically traumatized, through a blow or repetitive stress create or sitting too still create scar tissue in the body, dense fascia. Or a person can be psychologically traumatized or emotionally traumatized or spiritually traumatized. And the question is, where does that show up when that happens? Well the muscle groups from the crown of your eyebrows over the back of your head to the nape of your neck, down the back of your shoulders, outside back of shoulder. Down the back of your arm into your ring fingers are the muscle groups that primarily register trauma. Regardless of what kind and where it happened to you and that's associated with your internal immune function of your body. That's strong part that deals with your, the health of your [...]

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Bob explaining the natural principles behind Resistance Flexibility.

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Hi, I'd like to talk about natural flexibility. The way all animals, including humans, stretch. I made a discovery many years ago, when I was trying to repair my body from my pedestrian automobile accident. That traditional stretching did work and make me more flexible. I discovered instead that all animals actually contract muscles when they stretch them. And that, when you do that, it increases your flexibility. So you all know this already. You watch cats and dogs and other animals and they reach forward and then you see them go that thing. And then when you get up in the morning and you go like this, and then you go What is that part? A relaxed best part of the stretch feeling and I identified, all that is that your muscles contract when they get stretched. So you can find out if you read the medical literature that anytime you lengthen a muscle, say you're lengthening your bicep, it starts contracting. But a lot of people don't know that if you let it tense and contract, the fascia that surrounds the muscle tissue, will also resist that elongation. And when you do that, you actually will get a change in the flexibility of the muscle. Well, everybody then thinks, well, flexibility is the end game. Well, no. Flexibility, natural flexibility results, not just an increase in the ability of the muscle to elongate, but surprisingly, the capacity of the muscle to shorten [...]

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Bob introducing Resistance Flexibility as a physical basis for psychology.

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I wanted to talk today about grounding the psychology through the body. I was involved in an automobile accident, and in the process of rehabilitating my body, I discovered that when I naturally stretched different parts of my body, it affected me psychologically. Let's back up. So what happened was I had studied for a number of years at the Harvard Medical Library in order to find out how muscles actually contract and become flexible, and what I discovered was that people didn't really know that yet. And so then I went on a search to try to figure that out 'cause my body was very damaged from an automobile accident. And then what I discovered was that animals naturally contract muscles when they stretch whereas most humans think you actually have to relax the muscle when you stretch it. Actually the muscle, any time you lengthen a muscle, it naturally starts tensing and resisting. The fascia resist when you stretch, and when you do that, you get a change in your flexibility and the change in the fascial material and regeneration of other muscle tissue. But the next thing that I discovered was that when I stretched different muscle groups, it affected me in very predictable ways psychologically, and that discovery happened because as I continued to stretch the same muscle group, the same benefit kept happening over and over again. And then after awhile I would give [...]

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Six exercises that can help boost your health.

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James Williamson: So, good morning, everybody. This is James Williamson. We're here in Dorado, Puerto Rico. I'm with kind of a legendary healer in the biomechanics and flexibility world, Bob Cooley, who through a very fortunate set of circumstances over the past six, seven weeks has been at my disposal. It's been kind of a dream come true for me and absolute blessing, actually. And I think we've all kind of learned from each other over the past six weeks, and have been able to ignore a bunch of other insanity that's going on in the world. And it's been fun to be able to work on each other's bodies. I'm not working on you, but you guys work on each other quite a bit to stay in a good frame as far as your-

Bob Cooley: Keep advancing ourselves all the time.

James Williamson: I didn't want to talk too much, but I just want to let you take over and tell the world what you're about. I want to chime in too on what I think as far as what I see your methods and your invention being able to do for the world.

Bob Cooley: So we've been here living with James for over three weeks now here in Puerto Rico.

James Williamson: About five weeks now.

Bob Cooley: About five weeks now?

James Williamson: Yeah.

Bob Cooley: And a very talented golfer, very nice person. We've had a great time. We stretch James every day for about an hour and a half, sometimes it's longer, sometimes it's a couple of hours. We have very different things we're doing usually. We [...]

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I am trying to grok where you are in your understanding of yourself and the topic of addiction and its connection to sobriety as well as knowing about other parts of yourself. I am not problem centric, but liking advancements instead. Like helping people to win the X Factor or an Olympic event, having truly great relationships, eating amazing food, finding the best water to drink on the planet, developing their talents, etc. I'm particularly interested in the genius in everyone - the real person.

Briefly: When a person has a problem, they usually blame themselves for not being able to solve their personal problem even with the help of people who supposedly know how to solve those types of problems. I don't blame myself nor the other people. If I have a problem that I can't solve, I ask for help from people that position themselves to know. If they do not solve my problem, then they do not know something that I or both of us need to know.

For example, when I was not get better from physical therapy for my shoulder after our pedestrian automobile accident, I concluded that the people trying to help simply didn't know something that I needed to know. Because I did everything they told me to do and was hands on assisted by them and yet I did not get my range of motion to return anywhere near where it was before our accident. So I enrolled in the Harvard Medical Countway Library. At first, I began to organize topics in the order I needed to learn them, and then I went [...]

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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:

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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 [...]

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I'm following the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Summit, and here's my question: In the midst of a million ideas to make Earth sustainable and reduce carbon emissions, did the United Nations leave out the most important sustainability concept on the entire Planet? If you care about the sustainability of Earth or the human race, then this article is for you. If you eat McDonald's, watch FOX News, drive a Hummer, or embrace an Android phone, then you should stop reading immediately, because (and this is a WARNING to proceed with caution) you are not reading an article, but a personal, Survivor-level challenge, and a delicious mental injection of...you guessed it, 100% organic sustainability extract. So, grab yourself a cold kombucha, or other pure essence beverage, and let's go...

I think it’s time for a ‘new’ concept of sustainability. People matter. You matter! The sustainability X Factor missing at the UN Climate Change Summit is amazingly sustainable people, and recognition of individual sustainability. Yes, that's right, let's talk about the individuals and how to help each and every one of them. You wouldn't hire a group of folks that weigh 400 pounds each to tackle the global problem of malnutrition and fast food, so why ask unsustainable people to make the Planet a more a sustainable place? For the past seventeen years, UN Climate Change Summits have attracted some of the world's most brilliant scientists, activists, politicians, and business [...]

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The Genius of Flexibility