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Meet Samuel Camburn of The Genius of Flexibility Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samuel Camburn.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Samuel. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I am a resistance flexibility practitioner, movement specialist, and entrepreneur with a lifelong vision to help people find their way to lasting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. I have always been fascinated with the body and human behavior, and when I began to unwind restrictions with Resistance Flexibility, I started accessing parts of myself that I always wanted and ones that I didn’t even know I didn’t have.

Resistance Flexibility is a form of myofascial release that uses the physical practice of stripping away restrictions, which shows up as accumulated dense fascia or scar tissue in the body, by starting in the most contracted position and stretching along the path of restriction to gain access to the other aspects of oneself.

Ultimately I want to go beyond my own awareness to learn about the world and myself through other people. One of the best ways to learn from other people is to bring out the best parts of them. Every part of the body is associated with something physical, emotional, psychological, and energetic. When the accumulated dense fascia is removed from the tightest and most restricted areas a person can access the higher traits associated with those areas.

This information is being collected to form an ever-evolving database from which we can use to educate ourselves and understand each other. I experienced learning challenges as a kid and young adult, I simply went too far into my head attempting to figure it out. I am naturally analytical, introverted, and see the world from the inside first. These are as equally valuable ways of being as any others I just went too far into them looking for the answers. Until I physically removed what blocked access to other ways of being in the world, I was locked into what I knew the most about without fully realizing completely new ways were even an option.

Now, the more I gain, the more I can experience how others are living, surviving and thriving and the more I can help myself and others. My interest in body kinetics began when I was growing up on the camp my family ran when at age 14, I became a team-building ropes course instructor. After school and an unparalleled level of physical and mental training, I was selected to join the US Army Rangers.

While there, I further developed my understanding of the body/mind connection and my interest in achieving optimal movement effectiveness and efficiency. When I got out of the army, I developed R320, a symmetric response obstacle course, designed to bring awareness to asymmetries and advance proprioceptive capabilities. After that, I co-founded Think, a rehabilitation and performance center with a focus on myofascial release and neuromuscular development.

Throughout these years, I grew more and more conscious of the importance of factoring in the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself and strove to include them in my life and work. This ultimately led to discovering and training with Bob Cooley and his technique Resistance Flexibility. Now I am an elite trainer with Cooley’s The Genius of Flexibility and am leading our efforts in creating a community in Los Angeles.

Has it been a smooth road?
The smooth days are filled with great clarity and affirmations that we are making a huge positive change in the world, we literally get to see people change for the better in many ways right before our eyes releasing things that have hurt them most of their lives. The main struggle has been taking something that is as sophisticated as humans are and cutting it down to a simple message the worlds wants to hear right now.

People want to feel and look good as soon as possible, and for the most part, we have not been taught in our culture to take our time feeling into what we are having with ourselves, each other, the world and anything that may be limiting to us. The concept of communities educating each other on a personal level has been around in other cultures and modalities for a long time, but what and how we are doing it is pretty far outside the conventional box.

All of our practitioners are required to have their main focus on their personal development and cannot become certified through our system until a certain amount of development has been done. When we are taking care of ourselves, we can truly be with a client and let our attention go to getting the best result.

Bob Cooley and The Genius of Flexibility has a huge database of associations, but only personal development can teach you to identify how to be with each unique person and get the best result. So, there is also the struggle of what is required for someone to be successful doing this for a living. It is very demanding physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, but the benefits are life-changing.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Genius of Flexibility Los Angeles – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Resistance Flexibility (RF) is a form of myofascial release that uses the physical practice of stripping away restrictions in the body by starting in the most contracted position and stretching along the path of restriction to gain access to the other aspects of oneself. RF is a sophisticated healing modality that uses an associative database to map the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual worlds to the health of your tissue.

This is a form of stretching where you begin in the most contracted state. Starting in a shortened position allows you to find the paths of restriction that normally push you into the default patterns of moving and being that lead to aches, pains, and injuries. Every cell in the body is connected by fascia, fascia is the infrastructure of your tissue and part of the communication system in the body that plays a key role in connecting the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual worlds.

This is the safest and most innate way to stretch and make significant changes in the accumulate dense fascia and/or scar tissue that make up your limitations. Whatever is going on with you and your life shows up in your tissue, and the information you need is along the paths of restriction.

This is where it gets very special and what sets us apart, we want the client to have as much authority on themselves as possible. A person’s understanding and ability to be in different ways has everything to do with them getting the biggest and most lasting changes.

We do this by noticing what they are primarily doing during the session, especially through each movement or kinematic pattern. This helps reveal where people are limited in their ways of being. Each kinematic pattern has an associative database and what someone is doing in life in general and more specifically in those pattern offers a lot of information.

People are more connected to certain parts of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and will go towards the part they know the most about to try and make sense of any situation first. This will reveal what they do best but also probably too much because of a lack of access to other capabilities. An example of this would be if someone is really good at going inside their head analytically and quickly able to speculate with great insight.

This way of being is as equally valuable as any other way of being, but until it is balanced out with many other ways of being it will be limited. If they do only that, they will try to apply it to situations that would benefit from being more out with the world perhaps. On the other hand sometimes someone might not even know they are good at something and when it is exposed to them, they get to start owning it and showing the world even more of it.

Where someone is the most restricted they have the least amount of sensation and access to that way of being that is associated with that part of their body. When someone is brought into something more unknown to them, it takes an enormous amount of skill on the practitioner’s part to be with that person in developing that part in them.

The only way it can work is if you, the practitioner, have that part developed in yourself. This is where our business model is very different than most, we put the main focus on developing ourselves first so that we have more capacity to take our clients further.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
There is a creative element in Los Angeles like no other place. It is a place of big dreams, the wild west, and if you have an idea, there is space to explore it. You may or may not be successful, but the culture does not judge you for trying.

There is a lot of competition, and that sparks a lot of motivation and innovation to be the best, which is great, but it can also bring out the lower traits in us. If we can balance our own ambition with wanting others to win too and learning from them as they do so, I believe we can create an even better LA.

Some of the high traits of Los Angeles culture are image, promoting ourselves and others, diversity, honesty, bringing each other up and performing. The lower traits are dishonesty and narcissistic behavior. Every person and every culture has high and low traits that if we can recognize we can use to our advantage.

Without judgment, we can transmute the low traits to the high, we can love each other, educate each other and bring each other up. This is why I love LA, there is an openness to new ideas that make this kind of development possible and a level of diversity that would make it exponential.

Pricing:

  • 500.00 to 150.00 for private sessions
  • 25.oo for class

Contact Info:

  • Website: samuelcamburn.com
  • Phone: 310-906-5527
  • Email: samuelcamburn@thegeniusofflexibility.com
  • Instagram: @samuelcamburn

Image Credit:
Roberto Kozek and Kat Hunt

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