ACTIVATOR Program Course – Evidence-base Specialised Walking Poles

Learn about the dynamic ACTIVATOR Program prescribed as best practices in Canada to improve outcomes for gait, balance, core strength and inspire active living.

Learn the foundations of the Activator Technique for better balance, gait and off-loading.
Discover an effective alternative to passive devices, such as canes, and to delay/reduce the use of walkers and crutches.
Understand how to effectively use the design of the patented Activator Poles for improved core strength, improving gait outcomes including speed, stride, reduce gait variability & arm swing
Enhance your exercise programs with poles for an upper and lower body movement flow and promoting proper posture.
Understand how to determine the proper technique and use innovative seated, standing and pre-gait exercises for specific conditions
Discover how to inspire clients in wellness & weight management programs and increase intensity for rehab using the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique.
“Excellent course – clear, concise and very practical!  I will definitely be recommending this course to other therapists”
“Very comprehensive and detailed; brings in professional scope of practice, college guidelines and contraindications”
“Seated and standing exercises were unique and very valuable.  You made me think of exciting applications for poling than I would have otherwise.”

Clinical Areas:  neurology, orthopaedics, aged care, cancer rehab, metabolic syndromes, amputees, MSI, mental health and spinal conditions
Target Audience: physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists

Presented by Mandy Shintani & Juliette Fritschi

Mandy Shintani:

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international speaker at conferences and webinars including: 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, National Fall Prevention conference in Canada, Australian OT Association, and the UK ACPIN Neuro Conference.  Thirteen years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation. 3,500 therapists/EPs/Kinesiologists/RAs and fitness instructors in Canada have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking & specialized walking poles for fitness and rehabilitation.  She has been featured numerous times in national media in Canada and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Juliette Fritschi:

Juliette Fritschi graduated in 1985 from the University of Queensland in Physiotherapy and specialises in the field of the musculoskeletal physiotherapy, health promotion and community health.  Her particular areas of interest were manual therapy and physical activity for older adults with the focus of her PhD on using pole walking as a form of exercise for older adults and those with a chronic disease. Her research topic was the functional and psycho-social benefits of pole walking programmes for older adults.  She has published three papers on the topic and presented these at several conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Course schedule

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Members:                                     $ 299.00         

Non Members:                  $ 399.00   

Student Members:                 $99.00 ($189.00)

Student Non Members:      $99.00 ($189.00)

Notes: Students should contact us at for student pricing.  Members should use coupon code ACTAU18 for $100 off.  
Contact details
For more information or to enrol in the course, please contact the provider using the below details.

For questions about the course please contact:
Urban Poling Inc
Mandy Shintani 
Ph: 01 604 990 7712