Sunday, November 18, 2007

Tough Love versus Spanking!

Tough Love vs. Spanking

Most of Americas population thinks its improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of "those moments."

One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.
They usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together.

I've included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.

The above story I recieved in an e-mail from my twin brother Keats. I thought it was totally funny!

Just got back from Phoenix where I took a 3 day course on NMT coure on the cervical spine, jaw and head. Let me tell you that this course absolutely rocked! I learned so much and could not believe how important it is to properly and thoroughly examine and release the muscles, fascia, tendons and tissues in these areas. One of the benefits of going to these seminars is not only the hands on practice but the work that you receive in return from your partner. My jaw, neck and head have never felt better! The intra-oral work is insane but so darn effective! I have now completed 4 out of 5 Neuromuscular Therapy seminars and have one more to go. So far I have taken:

1) Lower Extremity
2)Posture and Gaiting
3)Torsi / Pelvis
4)Cervical / Cranium

Number 5 will be Upper Extremity and than I can test out and become nationally certified! These seminars are best seminars I have ever taken to learn you anatomy. A good NMT therapist will rival most doctors in anatomy knowledge because they have their hands and fingers in every muscle of the body. You learn the origins and insertions of all the muscles and learn them better because you are actually on the landmarks and on the tendinous insertions. I would highly recommend that any motivated strength and conditioning specialist / trainer / coach take these seminas just to learn your anatomy. Not only that, but who could't benefit from learning how to take people out of pain and restore function to the body? Who couldn't benefit from learning the anatomy and physiology better? I have always said the better you know A & P, the more you will be able to help people, especially those people with problems that people have not been able to help them with!


Took Friday, Sat & Sun off for the seminar. The next two weeks will be focused on less load and slightly higher volume and reps. Looks like the 3 weeks heavy is a little too much for my body. Two weeks heavy followed by two weeks light is the ticket!!!


Joe Pavel said...

Hi Franz,
I'll have to show my boys how we're going to handle hissy fits from now on. That's great!

Franz Snideman said...

Hey Joe!

Hope you are well and the parenting advice comes in handy!!!

Yoana said...


I hope our alittle girl is going to be so nice that you will not have to use this technique.


Mike T Nelson said...

Sounds like the course was really good Franz. Nice work!

Just curious, what do they do for active work (mobility work is one of many examples of active work)and how is it incorporated? If it is only passive, how well does the NMT work hold? Are you doing any more blog posts on it? I am excited to hear about your results as you apply more of it.

The unfortunate reality is that today's trainers need to be up to snuff on A and P and how to get athletes out of pain. I doubt that anyone can seriously achieve their true potential while being in pain.

Rock on
Mike N

Keats Snideman CSCS said...

Mike, as someone who's gone through both the American version of NMT and the St. John's method, there is definately not enough "active" techniques taught during the classes.

Well, I take that back, Paul St. John always included Somatics and Feldenkrais-type of exercises in each of his courses!

As far as the NMT Center, they don't really show much but encourage people to study people like Aaron Mattes (creator of active-isolated stretching) and others.

Paula Bergs (who you know) was widely promoting Z-Health during the spring seminar Franz and I took on Posture, Acture, and Gating (now called The Gravity Game).

All and all, not enough active movement is taught in these courses. But for those with more knowledge, you can simply add it in!

Mike T Nelson said...

Thanks for the info!

Yep, I went to see Paula a few times based off a referral from you and she does great work. Very cool that she was promoting Z Health, as when I was talking to her it sounds like the trainer she was working with at the time was doing Z or something very similar to it. She probably got tired of me yacking about it each time I went it. hahaha. I did some Z work on her also.

I do think that the future of bodywork is combing in some active work in order to incorporate some neural learning. The body is always adapting and it just needs some help at times to adapt in the correct manner.

I would be interested in what active work you guys (or anyone else) has added and what benefit you have seen in your experience.

Rock on
Mike N

Franz Snideman said...


Like Keats said they do encourage people to participate by moving, stretching and exercising in order to make the tissues more healthy. They do talk about it but do show exactly what to do. That is the job of each practitioner to seek out the appropriate type of movement therapy for each client.

I get use NMT techniques before, during and sometime after my PT session with my clients. That way we can prepare the tissues for movement and they end up getting a much more effective training session.

I do agree with you that the soft tissue work without the mobility work is less effective.

Royce said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the Snideman family!!

Franz Snideman said...

Hey Royce, Happy thanksgiving! I hope you and your family had a great one!