My name is Liesl Watt and I qualified as a Body Control Pilates® Matwork Level 3 Teacher in September 2011 – ten years ago now! – as a Reformer teacher in November 2017 and as a Cadillac teacher in October 2020.
I was diagnosed with Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) at the age of 15 and suffered from severe pain and discomfort for many years. I first started attending Pilates group matwork classes in 2000 when I moved to London from South Africa. Pilates really helped to alleviate much of the pain and it helped to create a sense of awareness about my body and what I needed to do in order to manage the pain. In 2004, I underwent major spinal surgery to correct my scoliosis. As a result of the Pilates, which had helped to strengthen my muscles before the surgery, my recovery post-surgery was good. I recommenced Pilates as soon as my surgeon gave me the go-ahead, initially via private studio sessions and I then returned to group matwork classes. In 2010, I decided to share my passion about the benefits of Pilates by training to become a qualified Pilates teacher.
I am a great believer in the power of Pilates. It is a fantastic all-over body exercise for strengthening core muscles, improving flexibility and posture, and reducing stress and tension. I also enjoy the fact that Pilates can be taken anywhere, whether that be to the office or on holiday.
I have completed the following additional training:
- Back4Good® Practitioner
- Reformer 1 (Beginners and Intermediates)
- Cadillac 1 (Beginners)
- Level 3 Bone Health (for those with Osteoporosis / Osteopenia)
- Intermediate Matwork
- Low Back Pain
- Pilates for the Older Person
- Antenatal and Postnatal Pilates
- Healthy Necks
- Pilates with the Band
- Small Balls & Toning Circle
- Anatomy Trains in Motion® Slings / Myofacsial Release
- Franklin Method
I am a Supervising Teacher for trainee matwork students with Body Control Pilates®.
I am a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals, am CPR Certified, and I have an Enhanced DBS.