Pilates People filling ‘health and fitness void’

Core strength matters. From fitness fanatics to moms in training and senior citizens seeking to improve the quality of life, David and Doreen Hall say they are filling the health and fitness void with Pilates People and their physical therapy clinic.

The Halls, a husband and wife team with many years of practical experience in their respective fields, opened the original Pilates People nearly 10 years ago on Del Mar Heights Road. Since outgrowing the 800-square-foot space, the Halls moved Pilates People in 2006 to its current Torrey Hills location with three times the space and a combined team of physical therapists, massage therapists and Pilates instructors.

“When Doreen and I started this business, and we’re just wrapping up our ninth year, we needed to fill a void that was existing in healthcare and exercise and decided to combine our skills,” said David Hall, a graduate of San Diego State University in exercise physiology who teaches human anatomy and dissection at SDSU and Miramar College. “I got interested in Pilates in graduate school and she was interested from a physical therapist’s perspective.

“We’re a physical therapy clinic and our Pilates trainers have years of training with different backgrounds.”

They combine a unique exercise regimen and physical therapy. Doreen has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist and has been teaching Pilates for 11 years. David is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified instructor who is also certified in the Polestar approach of Pilates training for rehabilitation.

Doreen is currently teaching the Walk Tall program for osteoporosis prevention and management to seniors in San Diego while David worked at SDSU’s Adult Fitness Program conducting maximal exercise testing and developing exercise prescriptions for adults of all fitness levels.

“We have recently launched programs that are Pilates in pregnancy,” David said. “We work with mothers to help them develop and strengthen their core and all the muscles necessary for delivery and then help them in recovery after the birth of the child. Different obstetricians are recommending this.

“We also have senior programs in place now,” he said. “We’ve done this so it’s affordable for seniors and they work with a physical therapist.

“I did my research study on gait and balance issues with seniors for my master’s thesis, which I presented at the American College of Sports Medicine, so we have a program that addresses that. We also offer insurance billing so people can come in who need physical therapy and can do Pilates physical therapy,” he added.

“The seniors’ program is for people who need that extra guidance to have a safe exercise program,” said Doreen who graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in physical therapy. “We’ve had doctors asking for something like that for their patients, not to be physical therapy, but an exercise program that’s affordable for seniors that incorporates the Pilates.”

“And there’s so many specific issues that come along with aging,” said David, “and one of them is balance and core strength. Having a strong core and what that does for your balance is really important. One of the biggest things as people get older is you want to reduce falls.”

About Pilates People’s physical therapy services, Doreen said, “We offer something different – our physical therapy is one-on-one, hour-long treatments with a physical therapist, which makes it very different because most clinics these days are doing half an hour and having patients treated by physical therapy aids. We don’t do any of that.”

“Meeting one-on-one with a therapist for an hour is very unique,” added David. “It’s just really not done anymore.”

The Halls noted that of special interest to their physical therapy clientele is that Pilates People is now network providers for many of the larger insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Medicare.

“The bottom line is health care is expensive now and people’s time is valuable,” David said. “We want to commit to the highest level of care possible for our patients, and we’ve decided that a commitment to quality is the most important thing.”

Starting April 5, Pilates for Seniors begins at 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Those interested in the Pregnancy & Post-Partum Pilates program should call for a schedule of classes.

Pilates People is in Suite 202 at 4765 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego.

For information, call (858) 847-0055 or e-mail pilatespeople@msn.com.

To learn more, visit www.pilates-people.com.

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