“With the wedges in place, it was the first time my spine has been comfortable in a very long time.” DH, Scolio-Pilates client
“After working with Karena’s Scolio-Pilates book and Scolio-Wedges, that my young client shared with me, I saw my 15-year-old client lie down in a comfortable position since her [scoliosis] diagnosis over 5 years ago. Karena’s work has been a real game-changer for not only my Scoliosis clients but for myself as a teaching professional. Karena understands scoliosis and presents the information easily for everyone to use in Scolio-Pilates.” – AH, Pilates Instructor
Watch our helpful video to help you choose your best Scolio-Wedges.
Scolio-Wedges for use with Scolio-Pilates are your little helpers when it comes to re-aligning a multi-faceted scoliotic spine.
- First, Elongate your spine.
- Second, Bring your spine as close to center as possible.
- Finally, you still have rotations to nudge towards center. That’s where the Scolio-Wedges and Scolio-Angles come in handy. The Scolio-Angles can be found Here>
- Correcting the rotations of the scoliotic spine can quickly become overwhelming as you attempt to correct three levels (neck, mid-back, and low back) of rotations and counter-rotations. Using the wedges to prop up the spine rotations not only aids correct alignment but frees up your muscles by propping them into a position that actually allows them to fire.
What do you need for your spine?
That’s a great question. Most adults begin with two Restorative and two Scolio-Fit wedges. Whether you decide on small or large will depend on how tall you are. If you are over 5’10”, consider buying the large. This is not a firm and fast rule, but it should help. If you know you have C-Curve or a thoracolumbar curve, consider the C-wedges both in Restorative and Scolio-Fit sizes. You’ll also need one or two small Restorative or Scolio-Fit wedges to help balance off the use of the C-Wedge.
We know it can get confusing, and we highly recommend that if you don’t know where to begin, please contact a Scolio-Pilates Practitioner to help you get started. All of our practitioners work online, so if you don’t have a practitioner in your community, no worries. We can still get you started!
Scolio-Wedges for 3, 4 and C-Curve Scoliosis.
With a scoliotic spine, the muscles that are too short and tight cannot fire because they are already contracted as much as they can possibly be (imagine a clenched fist).
The converse is also true, the muscles that are extended and too long are unable to fire adequately because they are too stretched (imagine trying to contract a muscle from a stretched position).
The Scolio-Wedges and ‘Angles put the muscles where they need to be so that you can strengthen the muscles that will aid in correcting the curves of the spine. A complete description of how to use the ScolioWedges and‘Angles can be found in ScolioPilates (the book) as well as in the free YouTube Videos.
Karena Thek’s wedges are inspired! My clients are able to find the best foundation from which to work during their Pilates sessions. The differently shaped blue foam pads fit precisely under any person, regardless of size or height. One of my clients considers the blue triangular-shaped foam ‘her friend’ as it has allowed her hips to feel level for the first time in years. Karena’s focus and dedication to creating the best products for this population are wonderful. It’s with caring, detailed attention that she has found a way to help others take their Pilates sessions to a whole new, pain-free level! – KF, Pilates Instructor
“Those moves you did on me were totally cool! Thank you and I cannot tell you how validating your message was for me. What you are doing is a wonderful thing.” – CH, Scolio-Pilates client