Meet The Team

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Luke Woolgar
 

Sports Therapist

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Beth Poll
 

Sports Therapist

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Estanis
 

Sports Therapist

Gary Stowell

Sports Therapist & Coach

Paul McAvoy

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Sports Therapist & Coach

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Melanie Nicholson
 

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Ashleigh Davies
 

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    Gary Stowell:

     Gary brings an additional skillset to the Myokinetics arsenal of tools designed to keep you active, moving and healthy! Gary leads on our coaching and fitness instruction service which supports the work of Myokinetics therapists through the provision of tailor made rehab and training programmes. These training programmes will specifically target your mobility, strength and conditioning needs. He also delivers sports  massage and holistic therapies with a range of pressures from feather light to elephant heavy!

     

    Using the information provided by your referring therapist, Gary designs a person specific training package to support your rehab needs or identified weaknesses. By working to eliminate these, Gary helps you to help yourself prevent further or recurrent injuries.

    Paul McAvoy: 

    the founder of Myokinetics, came to sports therapy quite by chance having decided to take an opportunity to escape the senior managment hamster wheel afforded by the global recession before it was too late! He provides sports massage, coaching and fitness instruction and our injury assessment services. If you're nice to him he may also help you set up an effective training and lifting programme based on keeping you fit and active over the long term rather than having big biceps...

    Having come to the industry by accident it turns out, his over 30 year involvement in exercise and sports, ranging from martial arts and weight lifting to marathon, cycling and triathlon gave him a firm, intuitive and thorough understanding of the body, the muscular system and how it works. Paul, a qualified VTCT Massage Therapist, has worked with bodybuilders, dancers, professional golfers, tri-athletes, martial artists and many more and has seen Myokinetics quickly become a trusted and respected massage therapy service throughout West Cheshire, the Wirral and North Wales. The service is currently used by athletes to maintain and improve their performance and by private individuals looking to relieve muscular and myofascial pain.

    Clients come to ‘Mr Torture’, as some have called him, because of his ability to get deep into stubborn tissues. While not always the most pleasant experience in the world, in the majority of cases relief from pain and subsequent performance improvement comes within one or two sessions.

    Melanie Nicholson

    Mel currently provides our myofacial cupping therapy. She also provides pregnancy massage, sports massage and other holistic services and like all of the Myokinetics team has had a long history working in the sports and fitness industry. 

    She has first hand experience of the epic highs and crushing lows that the fitness lifestyle can bring. Mel began her journey with pole dancing as a means of combating a sedentary lifestyle (with all its attendant issues) and she soon found that she loved those fitness feels! In fact she loved them so much that her new skills, and increasing fitness and strength levels, soon saw her teaching pole dancing, and becoming a regular at her local muscle shop (AKA gym). In the same way that she excelled at Pole, her gym experience led to her also qualifying as a personal trainer. Having been the gym ‘noob’ to gaining her PT qualification, Mel knows that the journey to health and fitness can be tough. But it soon got tougher. 

    A serious spinal injury saw her having to stop pole, gym and PT work and focus exclusively on rehabilitating herself from injury. With her desire to continue her health and fitness journey as strong as ever, this set-back led Mel to explore in greater depth the rehabilitation side of the industry and, thankfully for us, led to Mel qualifying as a level 4 sports massage therapist, with specialisms in cupping and pregnancy massage. This last perhaps no surprise as she has also worked within the NHS for the last 9 years in maternity. 

    Mel, not surprisingly, has a deep intuitive understanding of the nature of injuries and chronic pain and uses this knowledge and understanding to guide her in the therapies that she uses and provides at Myokinetics. She’ll have you on your feet in no time!

    Ashleigh Davies

    Like the rest of the team at Myokinetics, Ash has always been involved in sports and, like the rest of the team, has experienced her fair share of sporting related injuries that she has had to rehabilitate. Her sport of choice is currently netball, representing the RAF netball team for the last 3 years and actively playing for two local teams. 

     

    Not content with being a qualified sports massage therapist, at the time of writing, Ash is also working her way through a physiotherapy degree. She is in her final year, so once qualified you can expect her to bring this knowledge to bear in her practise at Myokinetics.

    Love of sport and injuries in the course of participating in the sport you love. Such are the hallmarks of a Myokinetics therapist. It is why we are the best at what we do – not only do we know the theory but we’ve all had to put it into practice. Ash is no different as you will no doubt see at your first appointment.

    Luke Woolgar

     Luke Woolgar is a man of many talents whose journey to Myokinetics brought him, as it has most of us, via his own struggle to rehabilitate a number of lifelong physical conditions.


    Having recognised that only by taking full personal responsibility for making the change from a painful to a pain-free life, he has developed the same profound understanding of how relief from chronic pain can be possible as have all Myokinetics therapists. So having trained in the Myokinetics method of physical therapy Luke is fully qualified to support and assist our clients in their journeys away from pain and towards functional fitness.


    But beyond being boss at what he does, Luke brings knowledge and experience from his experience as a competitive bodybuilder. On that point he also brings size and lots of it... Luke currently holds the title of Myokinetics largest therapist. So, if he can’t get into your tightest tissues he can always just stand on them!


    Not only does he compete, he possesses an entrepreneurial bent providing online coaching, running a cafe and an on-line clothing brand, which helps to fill up his spare time...

    Beth Poll

    Beth has been working as a physical therapist for over 5 years. Having recently moved to Chester she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her successful therapy practise in the North-East of England.  Beth's career started with sports massage therapy, which very quickly saw her developing an interest in and then a passion for rehabilitation, since sports massage, while a wonderful remedial therapy cannot itself address the underlying movement dysfunctions that often are the cause of recurring pain issues.

     

    Her philosophy has been moulded by her time in the industry and this has shaped her current methodology and approach to physical therapy. Beth, like all Myokinetics therapists, understands that there is no quick fix, no magic pill and no one-off treatment that can take away aches and pains caused by incorrect movement patterns in the body. What your therapist can do with you, is highlight the problem area(s), educate you on why this has occurred, and provide you with the knowledge and understanding of what you should do to ensure it doesn’t continue to cause you further or ongoing issues. 

    Beth uses a variety of methods ranging from deep tissue work, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, cupping therapy and muscle testing. She is also a trained and practising neurokinetic therapist - a therapy designed specifically to identify and treat faulty motor movement patterns that cause tension and pain within the body. This therapy has repeatedly proven itself to be the most successful method of treating pain related to faulty motor patterns.

     

    These faults are usually imposed upon you by a combination of your work  life and your chosen sport, they are forced on you without your even being aware of them through the repetitive motions your undertake most days, whether it be sitting for eight hours a day, punching a bag for an hour a night or running the streets every other day. Whatever the repetitive problem may be, Beth can help you fix it!

    Estanis

    Estanis, unsurprisingly, shares many of the same qualities as the rest of our therapists. He has a lifelong and enduring passion for health, well-being and physical fitness. He has personal experience of pushing his body to the limit and a profound understanding of the negative impact that faulty thinking and faulty movement can have on both athletic and general fitness goals. These formative experiences led him into personal training and from there to sports injury rehabilitation.

    He has previously competed in two bodybuilding shows and has a preference for old school training with a balanced mix of cardio and weights. That said he wouldn't be at Myokinetics if he wasn't capable of making you work harder than you ever thought possible with nothing more than a physio band! His favourite exercise is the squat and all its variations so expect full range of motion and gains in strength, mobility, endurance and (if it's what you want) gainz.

    Estanis is currently available at Myokinetics for personal training, sports massage therapy and cupping so check his availability and book online at your leisure.