The Genius of Flexibility Santa Barbara
Centrally located downtown near Santa Barbara Street and Canon Perdido Street
914-A Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The Genius of Flexibility Santa Barbara is housed in the greenest building in Santa Barbara, a Built Green environmentally retrofit 1920s era structure located in the historic Plaza de Alhecama in the Presidio Neighborhood of downtown Santa Barbara.
Located in the quiet park behind La Playa Azul Cafe and Zaytoon restaurant, our 100% solar powered facility is environmentally sensitive and energy efficient, featuring three open air and naturally lit rooms with radiant infrared heating throughout.
The Genius of Flexibility Santa Barbara center embodies our vision of an ideal work space: working inside a structure that is ecologically sound so as to reflect the sustainability we create within a person's body.
Classes are appropriate for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. They include lots of physical activity, but you work at your own pace.
All classes are canceled until further notice.
Please check out our Training Archive for online instruction.
Private sessions available with Bob Cooley, Elite Trainers, and Interns.
A private session is your appointment for intensive and personalized flexibility training. It starts with a customized flexibility program tailored to your body, your needs, and your goals.
Daily private sessions of self-stretching, assisted stretching, mashing, and more.
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.
Certification Program / Weekend Intensives
The Genius of Flexibility's Affiliate Certification Training (ACT) 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 for personal development and/or professional gain.
The Genius of Flexibility Santa Barbara is the home base for ACT. This program is designed to provide an entry-level education of all principles involved in Resistance Flexibility. This includes self stretching, assisted stretching, mashing, Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian muscle groups, Genetic Personality Type concomitance, and biomechanical analysis. The program is taught by experienced Elite Trainers.
Workshops and Lectures
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Meet the Trainers
About the Building
The renovation of 914-A Santa Barbara Street is the result of a unique project by the Santa Barbara Contractors Association (SBCA) and Built Green Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) to create a model for sustainable remodeling and construction in Santa Barbara.
The green building practices used to renovate this building went beyond energy and water conservation by incorporating environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficient building materials, superior indoor air quality, and examination of life cycle costs, transportation energy and embodied energy. According to SBCA President Dan George, "Sometimes the most responsible way to build is to recycle an old building." This is exactly what the SBCA and the SBTHP have accomplished.
Throughout the space, SBCA member contractors installed FSC wood, breathable membranes and specialized vapor shields, drainage planes, foam insulation, high performance architectural replacement windows, heat pump technology, low flow and waterless plumbing fixtures, tankless water heater, ultra high efficiency lights, solar water heating, photo voltaic electric generation panels, improved indoor air quality and site water control.
914-A Santa Barbara Street is located in the Plaza de Alhecama and was originally part of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts, the center of the fine arts movement in Santa Barbara from 1927 to 1938.
In 1939, community leader Alice F. Schott purchased the School's property, saving the buildings from an uncertain future. In 1945, Schott deeded the property to the Adult Education Program of the Santa Barbara School District, which they occupied until 1981 before outgrowing the site and moving to a new location.
SBTHP purchased the property in 1980 and sold it to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for incorporation into El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park in 1983. A general plan for the property was adopted by State Parks, the Santa Barbara City Council, and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation in 1988. The studio and workshops were leased to artists, theater groups, and small businesses while formal plans for the site were developed.