Oliver Giving

Owner & Head Instructor

My experience with therapeutic movement began when I found Yoga in 1999. For thirteen years I maintained a disciplined daily practice, only missing a day or two each year. I also taught Hatha Yoga for five of these years.

In 2009, after running a half marathon, I acquired tendinitis in one of my knees. My physiotherapist explained that the muscles surrounding my knee weren’t strong enough to withstand all the running I had been doing. She recommended strength training as a long-term solution.

Here I got a personal trainer and began weight training. I loved the feeling of getting stronger and the tendinitis didn’t return. After a while however, both of my arms received injuries as a direct result of the weights. It was at this point that a friend of mine suggested Pilates.

Within a month of taking Pilates classes my arms were back to normal and I had a tremendous respect for this fitness system. I took classes for two years before enrolling in the Advanced Teacher Training Program at Pilates from the Center in North Vancouver. In June of 2015 I completed the (officially) 950-hour program (though I actually logged 1200 hours). I trained under the careful watch of Matilda Christensen, Veronica McClurg and Katherine Denham.

I think Pilates is a brilliant exercise system and it brings me joy to be able to share it.

Brita Unger

Classical Pilates Instructor

Brita is a motivated and passionate advanced Pilates instructor. Her love for sports and fascination for the human body is what brought her to Pilates. She was originally taught by celebrity trainer Alisa Wyatt who was trained by Pilates legend, Romana Kryzanowska.

After personally experiencing the incredible healing benefits of Pilates, she enrolled to become a Classical Method instructor at Pilates from the Centre in North Vancouver. This 950-hour teacher-training program, under the umbrella of “The Pilates Center” in Boulder, Colorado operates one of the most respected and comprehensive programs in the world.

Brita is certified on mat and all apparatus. She is also a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST level 1) combining myofascial release, therapeutic massage and active-assisted stretching.

She has extensive experience teaching Pilates to a variety of clients and understands the biomechanics of movement, posture and rehabilitation. She is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals!