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).
Dr. Martin originally designed the Activ-Wedge® for use in the Pilates environment for clients with scoliosis. 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.
Assessment/Creating a Client Profile provides a toolkit of observational assessments: 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, bone alignments, tongue use, eye dominance testing and general posture types. Scoliometer® instructions and demonstration are also included.
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, and 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, and Standing. Apparatus use includes the Universal Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Wunda Split Pedal Chair.