Pilates Therapeutics Founder Launches 'The Activ-Wedge' DVD Set
The Activ-Wedge® DVD (2 disc set, $24.95/ wedges sold separately $15.95 set, www.amazon.com) is a series of 3 videos (on 2 discs,) produced by Dr. Suzanne Martin, founder of Pilates Therapeutics. 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 for its 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 having a 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 by Dr. Martin, 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.
Dr. Suzanne Martin is a Physical Therapist, Pilates/Performing Arts specialist, ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Educator and Author. She lives in Alameda, CA and is Founder of Pilates Therapeutics, offering Advanced Qualification Specialization Programs (AQSP), now in its 7th year. Presently she is preparing her publication, Spinal Asymmetry and Scoliosis - Movement and Function Solutions for the Spine, Ribcage and Pelvis, due out in late 2017. For more information and additional DVDs and programs, go to www.pilatestherapeutics.com Connect with Suzanne socially: FB: https://www.facebook.com/Pilates-Therapeutics-LLC ; Twitter: @ptherapeutics; AQSP enrollment: https://bookeo.com/ptherapeutics; now open for 2017