ACTIVATOR® Course for Rehab Professionals


Learn about the dynamic ACTIVATOR Program prescribed as best practice for rehabilitation centres, clinics and community programs across Canada, the UK & Australia to improve outcomes in gait, balance and core strength while inspiring active living.  

ACTIVATOR Poles are an evidence-based, patented tool that is revolutionizing rehabilitation.  Prescribed extensively in all continuums of health care for therapy and to reduce the use of passive mobility devices such as canes, crutches and walkers.

“They have been instrumental in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.”
Dr. Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC, Past President of the Canadian Spine Society

Course Participants Will:

    • Understand research studies on the ACTIVATOR Poles & 250+ on Nordic walking (PubMed)
    • Perform the Activator Technique for better balance and off loading.
    • Discover an effective alternative (or in conjunction) to passive devices, such as canes, and to delay/reduce the use of walkers and crutches.
    • Understand how to utilize the design of the Activator Poles for improved core strength, improving gait outcomes including speed, stride, reduce gait variability & arm swing
    • Enhance their exercise programs using poles to improve upper and lower body movement flow and promote proper posture.
    • Understand how to determine the proper technique and adapt seated, standing and pre-gait exercises for specific conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, Geriatric, Aged Care, Pre/Post Hip and Knee Surgery, Cancer Rehab, Spinal Conditions.
    • Learn how to inspire clients in wellness & weight management programs and increase intensity for rehab using the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique.
    • Course Bonus: New Be-Balanced Module on innovative & effective exercises programs using tons of new seated and standing exercises to specifically target balance and mobility.

Course Agenda (3.5 to 4 hours)
Introduction and Benefits -15 minutes
Research Review – 30 minutes
ACTIVATOR Adjustment & Technique -45 minutes
Seated, Standing & Pre-Gait Exercises – 45 minutes
Urban Poling/Nordic walking Technique – 30 minutes
Contraindications & Guidelines for Specific Conditions – 30 minutes
Assessments & Manual Review – 15 minutes
Quiz – 15 minutes.  70% grade requirement.
*Timeline is similar for online course including practice sessions and manual reading.

Included in this course:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Online comprehensive Manual
  • Special Pricing on Activator & Urban Poles

Audience:  physiotherapists, occupational therapists, RA, kinesiologists, COTA, PTA, exercise physiologists and students of these disciplines.
Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  Live and Online Course $269.99.
This is a 3.5 to 4 hour course.  Online course that can be completed on your own timeline.   You will receive a link via email along with a special password to view the course on your computer.   Course chapters consist of videos and PowerPoint Presentations with audio.

Register Online Course

▼ Live Course Dates

Register Live Course

City Date & Time Location Presenter Registration
Washington, DC

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

6 to 9 pm

Swann St. NW near the American Physiotherapy Association Conference Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT) MA (Gero).  Developer of ACTIVATOR Poles & Course.
Gatineau, QC samedi, 2 Février 2019

Hôpitalde Hull (département  physiothérapie3e nord)

116 Lionel-Emond Gatineau, Qc, J8V 1W7

Peter Vavougios – Physiothérapeute/FormateurAccrédité

Pour s’inscrire communiquer avec:

Marise Lavallée, physiothérapeute

819-966-6047, boîte vocale 7526


Day 1 of PowerUP2 Conference Mississauga, Ont Sat, April 13, 2019 Hilton Hotel Mississauga/Meadowvale

Mandy Shintani BSc (OT), MA (Gero).  Developer of ACTIVATOR Poles & Course

Gabriella De Nino, Reg Kinesiologist.

$199 (20% off with Coupon Code PowerUP20).  Expires March 22, 2019.

Join us for Sunday April 14 for an additional $30 for PowerUP2 Conference, click for  details on PowerUP2.


This course is limited to 30 course participants.

Montreal QC Saturday May 11th 2019  9h00-13h30 Action Sport Physio
3300 boul. Côte Vertu
Saint Laurent QC
Conférencier: Peter Vavougios Bilingual combined Activator (La Marche Optima) and Urban Poling (La Marche Sportive) course.
Cost $199.00 ACTIVATOR poles included  $99.00 value
4.5 hours of continuing education

Excerpt from the ACTIVATOR Course:

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.

Online Course Presented by Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero) with excerpts from  physiotherapist webinar guest speakers including: Dr. Becky Farley, PhD, founder of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery; Lisa Robert; Judy Bovin; Hilary Jebson; Kristi Plourde; Rosie Sears and Peter Vavougios.

Presenter Bio 

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference.

Thirteen years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  3,500 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as Australia, UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media including; the Globe and Mail, CBC Early Edition and the Toronto Sun.  She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Disclosure Statement:  Mandy Shintani is the developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles and technique and course, as well as the co-owner of Urban Poling Inc. that distributes and sells Activator and Urban Poles.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:  Course participants can expect a full refund (minus the $25 registration fee) up to one week prior to the course.  Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the course will receive 75% of the registration fee.  With less than 48 hours notice, 50% of the registration fee will be returned.


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For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
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