Nordic walking is a specific style of walking.
It engages our shoulders and arms as well as our legs to propel ourselves forward. To do so we use specifically designed poles, and have to learn the proper technique.
Nordic walking can be practised anywhere; on the suburban footpath, the local park and the great outdoors.
Anyone can benefit from Nordic walking; from the person who has not been physically active for …a while, to the endurance athlete, and everyone in between. To join a group course you need to be able to walk 400 metres without assistance. If not a tailored course is what you need.
We have certainly learned the definition of “pandemic” in 2020, but a less brutal pandemic of sedentary lifestyle has been creeping up on us for many decades now, creating a multitude of chronic health problems. If Nordic walking can be part of fighting this chronic pandemic, the vision of Nordic Walking Mornington Peninsula will be fulfilled.
your nordic walking instructors
Teaching Nordic Walking is the logical culmination of the meandering path from Laurence’s youth to now: her love of walking and of the outdoors which started during the summer holidays in the French Pyrenees; her love of sharing her knowledge, that she discovered when she was teaching swimming and water exercise; her love of movement analysis, developed trough more than 30 years as a physical therapist ( myotherapy); her love of empowering people to enhance their own wellbeing.
Laurence became a Nordic Walking instructor in 2017, and is a professional member of Nordic Academy Australia.
Is this you?
Many hands make light work
You are yourself a Nordic Walker, you have a background in physical therapy or sport coaching, and you share the vision of empowering people with Nordic Walking.
“Since injuring my shoulder my back went into all sorts of stresses and aches, I had the good luck to have Nordic Walking suggested to me and I was suddenly able to completely do without pain killers and begin to feel a lot stronger with the upper body rotation….what a life changer!”
From Jenny, June 2020
“I have been Nordic Walking with Laurence for a number of years. Initially, to learn how to use the poles correctly and then to continue practicing each week. I feel myself improving and getting stronger, which has given me more stability and confidence to walk more freely. There is also the added bonus of meeting new friends. Recently, I purchased collapsible poles to take on holidays. So convenient and much more enjoyable using the poles to walk, whether on pathways through gardens or on beaches and in National Parks.”.
Judy, May 2021
“Because I have arthritis in my feet I always feel a bit unsteady on my feet, but the poles give me great confidence”.
From course participant, spring 2018