Inspire your clients with active living and rehab with evidence-based ACTIVATOR® poles, prescribed as best practices for Parkinson’s rehabilitation in Canada and internationally. Learn how to implement the dynamic ACTIVATOR® Program to improve outcomes for balance, core strength, promote an upright posture for seated and standing exercises. Normalize your client’s gait pattern to prevent shuffling which increases the risk for falls. Clients are excited about both the benefits and option of using ACTIVATOR® poles instead of canes and as a tool to delay or reduce the use of walkers. Participants will learn the higher intensity Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique suitable for the early stages of Parkinson’s and the Activator technique for improved balance and stability. ACTIVATOR® poles have been successfully implemented in individual, group as well as telehealth sessions!
CCU approved by ProCert with Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy – USA
There’s no better time to become an Urban Poling Certificate Instructor and introduce this exiting new activity to your Parkinson’s community, now that exercising and walking outdoors is the preferred activities recommended during the pandemic. Learn how to turn walking into a higher intensity activity that also improves balance, core strength and posture for those in the early stages of Parkinson’s. Find out how to use our evidence- based ACTIVATOR® poles to increase balance and confidence to perform PWR! exercises. This is a comprehensive course that teaches both the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique for early stages of PD and the ACTIVATOR® technique for balance for advanced stages. You will be provided with all the materials, tools and support needed to provide one-on-one sessions and virtual sessions as well as indoor and outdoor group classes.
CCU approved by ACE, ACSM and FAI in USA and 9 fitness association in Canada.
OT & gerontologist
OT & gerontologist
Mandy Shintani, has been an occupational therapist for 30+ years and is a gerontologist. Fifteen years ago, with her skills as an OT, she developed the evidence-based Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation, which are the focus of 10 current studies. She is an international conference speaker on Nordic walking/urban poling for rehabilitation and fitness. Research on the Activator poles have been the focus of international presentations/posters including; International Stroke Congress, Canadian & UK National Physical Therapy Association Conference, International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease in Australia, ACPIN Neuro conference (UK) and twice at the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada)
5,500+ therapists and wellness professionals in Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland and recently in the USA have completed the courses she developed for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Barb Gormley (www.barbgormley) is the owner of CustomFit Personal Training in Toronto, Canada, Director of Education for Urban Poling Inc., and a professional writer. She has written for Chatelaine, The Toronto Star, Diabetes Dialogue and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and is the senior editor at Fitness Business Canada. She is also the author of “The Urban Poling Ultimate Guide to Nordic Walking.” She loves introducing people of all ages and fitness abilities to the fabulous Nordic walking workout through her virtual Nordic walking group classes, special presentations, regular Quick-Start Clinics, and private classes.