The Activ-Wedge® is a series of 3 videos produced by Dr. Suzanne Martin. The 3 videos include: Assessment/ Creating a Client Profile (30 minutes), Activ-Wedge® on the Mat (40 minutes), and Activ-Wedge® on the Apparatus (60 minutes). Originally designed by Dr. Martin for use in the Pilates environment for clients with scoliosis, Dr. Martin found that the Wedge is useful for any client with asymmetries, as well as being portable for travel, home and office. The name Activ-Wedge® distinguishes its use from other wedge products often used for passive stretching and positional release. The Activ-Wedge® promotes active movement to achieve better balance.
Presented with detailed instructions by Dr. Martin, each video contains an introduction further describing the Wedge. The featured demonstrator is Pilates instructor and physical therapist Lorna Roza, who herself has scoliosis.
Assessment/Creating a Client Profile provides observational 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 show the Activ-Wedge® used 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.