Meet Our Team
Owner, Exercise Therapy Instructor
Hi, I’m Paul Schell, the owner here at Activ8 Posture.
I’ve been helping people improve their health for over 30 years, from personal and athletic training in college to posture therapy and functional training. I enjoy teaching others, including our teams at Activ8 Posture, in the world of exercise therapy and posture correction. As an athlete and sports enthusiast, I’ve personally encountered numerous injuries over the years, so I understand how difficult it can be to get back to what you love. Whether rugby, football, wrestling, basketball, triathlons, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, or just goofing around, there have been plenty of injuries (shoulders, knees, back, neck, ankles, feet, etc.). And while traditional physical therapy helped rehab the injuries when they occurred, I started to run into issues where older injuries created new sets of problems and pains.
Getting my degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Athletic Training at San Diego State University and learning about anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, injuries, rehab, and so much more was a great experience. However, I felt there was still a mystery around why my low back would randomly act up. And the snowboarding injury to my knee created overload and pain in my good, working leg. Growing up and being trained in the classic Western medical model, I didn’t know much about holistic and whole-body approaches to healing.
On a flight back from China (speaking of TCM) after graduating from college, I read the one book I had brought (and lugged across several cities and the Great Wall) with me. I dove into the Posture and Pain section in Kendall’s Muscles: Testing and Function book, as it gave me a glimpse into the human body's interconnectedness. If I was a human anatomy and biomechanics geek in school, the information intrigued me even more and sealed the deal.
A few years later, a friend of mine introduced me to the Egoscue Method, where I went to work in the Egoscue Del Mar clinic as an exercise therapist. I became the Education Director and did seminars, talks, and classes on postural therapy in the U.S. and internationally to various audiences of acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, personal trainers, and more. After running the education department and developing the Posture Alignment Specialist certification and training program curriculum, I went into the franchise business side. My wife, Nicole, and I took over a failing Egoscue clinic in West LA and moved it to become Egoscue Santa Monica (2008). We then opened the Egoscue Beverly Hills of Los Angeles (2012) and the Egoscue Boston (2014) locations. We exited the Egoscue franchise and went independent with our clinics, continuing to serve our clientele.
Today, I actively support our therapists at Activ8 Posture and work to facilitate, empower, and guide them to be their best in helping our clients get out of pain and get back to functional movements. I also enjoy getting outdoors here in Boise, ID, with my wife and daughters. It’s fun creating ways to help my 3-month-old and 4-year-old with their motor learning and development by incorporating various functional movements into their daily routines.
I hope you’ll join us in our mission to help people stop chronic pain and start living more active, healthy lifestyles. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. If I can help, I’ll get back to you. If not, I’ll try to point you in the right direction.
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” - Bruce Lee