Studio Owner, BA Dance, Kinesiology, Master Pilates Instructor, Rehabilitation Specialist
Monique has been teaching Pilates since 1995, after completing a comprehensive 800+ hour training program with Dianne Miller in Vancouver, obtaining her certification through the Physical Mind Institute. She is a founding member of the Canadian Pilates Association, sitting on its’ board of directors for 3 years. Monique was involved in creating Pilates instructor standards and an examination for the BCRPA. In 1997 Pilates Unlimited was established (the 2nd studio in Vancouver). In 1999 Monique was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and Pilates Unlimited has since been voted, by Vancouverites, as the Best Pilates Facility from 2003 to present.
Monique has extensive experience with Rehabilitative Pilates, having successfully assisted those with physical limitations or disabilities, to a better quality of life. Monique has worked with many individuals who’ve been in motor vehicle accidents, those with chronic pain and with individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries, just to name a few.
From 1999-2003 Monique taught Instructor Training courses for the Physical Mind Institute. By 2004, she developed her own curriculum for training, successfully “graduating” many highly sought-after instructors in both the Pilates Mat work and the full Equipment repertoire. Many of her students now own, operate or work in successful studios across Vancouver, its suburbs, Northern & Interior B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Continuing education is a priority, and Monique has taken many training courses and workshops over the years, including courses with Karen Carlson, Marie Jose, Eric Franklin, and Marika Molnar. Monique has certificates in Hyperton X and Bio-Kinesiology, and has taken workshops focusing on the shoulder, hips and pelvis and sports-specific muscle testing. In addition, she takes sessions in complimentary modalities such as Rolfing, Gyrokinesis and Massage Therapy. Pilates Unlimited is a member of the both the Canadian Pilates Association and the Pilates Method Alliance.
We find true value in experiences when guidance empowers us to connect the dots and create alignment with the elements that are most important in our lives. This is cultivated through an awareness of our own being and strengthening the connections between mind, body and soul.
Jenn has spent most of her life exploring these connections and has always found solace in sharing her training and life experiences with others. From inspiring and coaching basketball teams at a young age to earning her black belt in Taekwondo at the age of 19. She has risen to the ranks of a P.A.D.I Dive Master and continues to grow as an educator and Athlete.
As someone who understand the benefits of an active lifestyle she focuses her practice (Pilates) on using controlled movements, with an emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
Jenn completed a comprehensive 800 + hour program where she received training in both Pilates Mat work and the full equipment repertoire. She recently became certified through Pilates Method Alliance receiving her CTA certification. She currently works part-time at Pilates Unlimited in Vancouver BC
Her clients gain valuable insights and foster those lessons into improving their quality of life – strengthening the connection between mind, body and soul.
Certified Pilates Instructor
A competitive gymnast and active tomboy in my youth and a weekend fitness warrior in my 20’s & 30’s, resulted in a myriad of nagging injuries. Due to these injuries I was turned on to Pilates and it literally changed my life.
The discipline of practice through strengthening, alignment and flexibility have rewarded me with a stronger body and mind. My weaknesses have become strengths and Pilates has given me a solid foundation to carry on with all my other activities I do throughout the day. Now when I’m out running with my dog in Stanley Park or Paddle boarding in English Bay, I can carry my Pilates practice with me and protect myself from injury.
My personal philosophy is to help facilitate people in achieving their goals and objectives, safely. I look forward to working with you and building your own practice. See you soon!
Certified Pilates Instuctor
Olivia Shaffer is a Certified Mat work Pilates Instructor and a professional contemporary dancer. She completed her classical mat work and BCRPA recognized training under Monique Haziza at Pilates Unlimited Fitness and Rehabilitation Studio, in Vancouver. Olivia also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Simon Fraser University. In addition to her dance and Pilates training, Olivia has also trained extensively in somatic based practices under Helen Walkey in the Developmental Movement Patterns and Laban Movement Analysis.
Olivia was first introduced to the Pilates Method while completing her formative dance training, though she has spent the last 6 years deepening her appreciation for the form while working as a receptionist at Pilates Unlimited. For Olivia, Pilates has become an integral part of maintaining a strong and balanced body; she takes great pleasure in sharing the benefits of Pilates and the joy of movement with her students.
Certified Pilates Instuctor
Myola was introduced to Pilates while attending York University as a dance major. After Graduating from York University with a BA in Dance, Myola moved to Courtenay BC, where she started taking her Pilates practice more seriously. While living in Courtenay Myola decided to become a Pilates Instructor. After researching all the different options Myola moved back to Toronto to do Stott Pilates compressive mat and reformer course. Feeling the Call of the West, Myola moved back to BC, this time settling in to Vancouver. She taught Pilates for a few years before deciding to complete her training on all the equipment. Experiencing firsthand how amazing Pilates is, with the right instructor and studio miracles can truly happen. Applying passion and dedication to her Pilates practice, Myola completed her exam this summer and is enjoying this new phase in her career.
Myola is also a contemporary dance artist, who is interested in blending multi-media art forms together. Myola has danced for a video DJ, which has been mixed at multiple venues as well as creating a Dance video instillation which has been shown in Saskatoon and Toronto.