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NEW! ACTIV-WEDGE® Fitness Video Series
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Assessment/ Creating a Client Profile (30 minutes)
Activ-Wedge® on the Mat (40 minutes)
Activ-Wedge® on the Apparatus (60 minutes)

Dr. Martin originally designed the Activ-Wedge® for use in the Pilates environment for clients with scoliosis.  The Activ-Wedge® is useful for any client with asymmetries, and is portable for home and office use. The name Activ-Wedge® distinguishes its use from other wedge products often used for passive stretching, positional release, and therapeutic manual therapy. This promotes movement to achieve better balance.

Presented with detail instructions each video contains an introduction describing the development of the wedge. The featured demonstrator is Pilates instructor and physical therapist Lorna Roza, who has scoliosis.

The Assessment, Creating a Client Profile, illustrates observation assessments titled Global Posture Observation, Sagittal Side View Observation, and Additional Observation from the Anterior View. Special attention is given to the details of muscle tone observation as well as bone alignments and general posture types. Scoliometer® instructions and demonstration is included, along with an eye dominance test, adding a neuromuscular element of assessment. In torso asymmetry, the deep fascial lines as well as the superficial fascial lines are impacted. The assessment along with the next 2 videos, help the instructor to determine how to add tongue use to access some of these fascial lines.

Activ-Wedge® on the Mat is divided into 10 sections. Each details how to use Activ-Wedge® with positions from the Neurodevelopmental Sequence as a framework for mat use: Supine, Prone, Sidelying, Seated, Kneeling, Half- Kneeling, Z-sit, Quadruped, Retrograde Poses, Standing.

Activ-Wedge® on the Apparatus has 8 sections. They detail how to use Activ-Wedge® with positions from the Neurodevelopmental Sequence as a framework for mat use: Supine, Prone, Seated, Kneeling, Half- Kneeling, Z-sit, Quadruped, Retrograde Poses, Standing. Apparatus use includes the Universal Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Wunda Split Peddle Chair.

Fitness Professionals - learn to use the Pilates Method as a rehabilitation tool for a variety of health and fitness conditions. Help your clients achieve more!
Dr. Suzanne Martin, PT DPT
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