About Us

Michael Ashton 

Chartered Physiotherapist (MSc, MCSP, MHCPC)

I am an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. In my practice I am particlarly interested in analysing human movement holistically and love the detective work which leads to the root cause behind particular dysfunctions. I believe in allowing time to be thorough and effective with my clients with my sessions usually last around an hour.
As well as being a Physiotherapist, I am a Sports Massage Therapist (level 4), and have completed several post-graduate courses in soft tissue techniques, joint manipulation and acupuncture. This has given me a very hands-on and holistic approach to rehabilitation. As a qualified yoga teacher I am also a huge advocate of exploring and restoring natural movement. With an undergraduate BSc in Sports and Exercise Science (2005), I also have a firm foundation in functional strength and conditioning, and believe that this is key to facilitataing lasting change.
I completed an MSc in Rehabilitation Science, qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2011. I have worked with elite athletes at the National Indoor Athletic Centre in Cardiff, and after several years gaining broad experience as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS, I went on to establish a successful specialist clinic at a climbing centre with my wife Eve. Whilst working in the NHS I ran the spinal rehabilitation, lower limb, hydrotherapy and acupuncture programs.
I now run a popular back pain course in Totnes and spend most of my clinical time treating runners, cyclists, rowers, climbers, yogis and crossfit athletes. When I’m not in clinic I enjoy crossfit, kite surfing, yoga, climbing and trail running. I am passionate about leading an active and fulfilling lifestyle and take great pleasure in empowering my patients to do the same.

Eve Ashton-Monteiro 

Chartered Physiotherapist (MSc, MCSP, MHCPC)

I am an experienced Charted Physiotherapist with a special interest in Women’s health. My passion is helping people get back to doing what they love, without pain. My sessions aim to find the root of your problem as well as checking the function of your muscles, joints and nerves. I look at the movements you are struggling with, how your body moves and what restricts it. I am particularly interested in pre and postnatal clients, and if there is an issue relating to the pelvic floor, then your assessment may include a check of your tummy muscles and an internal assessment to check your pelvic floor muscle function.
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2012, when I completed an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences, but my study of the human body and mind started in 2003 when I studied Psychology and Anthropology BSc.
A combination of psychology and yoga training have given me a fascination with the mind/body connection, and in particular it’s influence on healing and pain control. The change in human physical behaviour over millennia, and its relationship with health, excites the anthropologist in me, and I am keen to explore how changes in human movement habits over time have led to changes in our tissue health. I apply these themes to my physiotherapy practice and workshops to help people understand and treat the root of their physical problems.
Physiotherapy has taken us to all corners of the globe. We started in Brighton, where we trained, worked in the NHS, and set up our first clinic, (Peak Physio) in Boulder Brighton climbing centre. After getting married we spent 3 months in Uganda helping develop a service for children with disabilities at a Primary Health Care Centre, Nurture Africa. We worked with NGO Developing Physio, helping to trial their teaching modules, designed to teach physiotherapy skills to health workers in remote areas. We have also been involved with the "Haute Route" a three-week gruelling cycling tour of the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, where we were working as part of a medical team providing care to the cyclists.
Returning to the UK, and back to Devon, we established Ashton Physiotherapy clinic in 2017 and also run courses and classes as The Yoga Physios. When I am not working or looking after my 2-year old I love yoga, running, climbing, painting and recently… Crossfit!