by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy Takes A Total Body Approach

Pilates and physical therapy are certainly not new ideas in the world of health and wellness, but combine the two and a program focused on exercise, rehabilitation, and wellness takes shape. Welcome to Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy. The studio, which opened in Scripps Ranch in May 2013, marries an exercise program with a rehabilitation and therapeutic program, resulting in a holistic approach to healing, health, and fitness. “This unique blend of specialties allows us to provide a more total-body approach to a client’s physical therapy,” explained studio owner, Sharon Manzuk.

The idea for Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy was first born when Sharon could not find relief from her chronic back pain. A physical therapist herself, Sharon thought she was doing the correct exercises. But it was not until she began Pilates that she finally found relief. At this point, Sharon decided to expand her physical therapy background by studying Pilates. Today, a certified PMA Pilates instructor, Sharon shares her experience and expertise with others at Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy.

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At Pukka, all patients are treated by licensed physical therapists certified in Pilates. Sharon described the benefits: “As therapists, we utilize our knowledge and highly trained skills to properly diagnose and treat areas of soft tissue and joint dysfunction anywhere in the body. As Pilates practitioners, we focus on the quality of movement and delineate areas of decreased muscular control and mobility in need of Pilates work.”

The benefits are not just for those in need of physical therapy. The studio offers a wide range of classes, including yoga and ergonomics, the study of equipment and workstation design to promote health and efficiency. And they are continuing to grow their offerings, with classes like Fitness for Golf, Healthy Back Pilates, and Pilates for Parkinson’s all coming soon.

“As therapists, we utilize our knowledge and highly trained skills… As Pilates practitioners, we focus on the quality of movement…”

The wide range of services and classes are meeting the needs of a wide group of local residents. From those just starting to exercise to competitive athletes, Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy offers small classes with specialized attention to ensure a safe and appropriate wellness program for each individual. “The studio is clean, neat, warm and serene to create a welcoming and fun environment where our instructors know every client who comes to Pukka,” Sharon shared.

At a Glance

Pukka-Pilates_logoName of Business: Pukka Pilates & Physical Therapy
Owner/Manager: Sharon Manzuk
Year of Establishment: May 2013
Address: 12030 Scripps Summit Dr., Suite E, San Diego, CA 92131
(conveniently located just off Interstate 15 in Scripps Ranch)
Phone: 858-271-8800
Description of Business: Pukka Pilates and Physical Therapy is an innovative physical therapy, pilates, and yoga studio with a holistic rehabilitative and fitness approach to whole body health and lifelong wellness. All services are provided by physical therapists and certified pilates and yoga teachers.