Mind Body Therapy & Mental Training in Santa Barbara, CA

The Complexity Of It All

The body doesn’t know what exercise is, the body recognizes movement patterns and stress. Exercise was invented as a compensation for the fact that in the modern world we don’t use our bodies the way nature intended.

Gyms, fitness fads, general modern day health practices have simplified a complex system of moving parts for the sake of ‘fitness’. Train Rugged, by taking a mind body approach to personal training, hopes to be a leader in changing the way people look at ‘building the body’. By aligning ourselves with nature, practicing mind body therapy, and training in ways that relate to nature, we can undo years of exercises that don’t make a lot of sense.

Although people love their classes, and enjoy playing their sports, training would benefit people’s bodies more if they prioritized joint health. As most of us know, injuries happen because of repetitive overuse or from an unexpected accident in the world. Usually this is because a joint has never been trained in a way to prepare the body for this accident. “You’ll always regret not training the place you get injured.” Train Rugged takes into account the whole person, the entire system that is you, to help you become more adaptable to different kinds of stress.

Train Rugged also priorities training around gait, or bipedalism. Standing upright and walking is the biological characteristic that made us much different from the other animals on this planet. And because of that is is imperative that our training centralizes around making us more upright walkers, with full access to all of our joints, muscles, and anything else we desire.


Psycho-somatically speaking, emotional states, traumas, accidents, surgeries, all of these things leave imprints on the mind body connection. Because of this, Rob has an extensive appreciation for taking his time when guiding people towards inhabiting their bodies more fully, leveraging mind body therapy and always taking a mind body approach to training. Having studied anatomy, physiology, and eastern/western medicine, Rob feels comfortable bringing groundedness and safety to all of his training or bodywork sessions.

Somatic psychology and mental training are interventions that addresses the connections between the brain, the mind, and behavior. The idea rests in the fact that the body has a consciousness of its own, and we hold tension for years in our bodies, tissues, and organs without realizing it. And this ‘stuckness’ shapes our behavior. And so kinds of training and bodywork are actually behavioral training, or behavior shaping, by way of the body. Structural integration, for example, allows you to reconnect with these parts of your body, bringing them out of your past and into your present. And by building a new awareness to this part of your body, you learn to use it, and behave differently because of your consciousness of it. Over time you relearn how to communicate with your joints, your feelings, and put these once ignored and forgotten parts to good use. Myofascial therapy is a great way to undo years of restrictions in the fascia, as well as other forms of hands on bodywork.


Ready to take the first step towards improving the way you feel and function? Take advantage of my offer for a free consultation. I offer personal training, sports massage and bodywork services in Santa Barbara, CA. Through a holistic approach to physical fitness and whole-body wellness, I can help you be your best self.

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