Josie Williams is a Pilates Foundation trained mat teacher, trained by Rachel Rafiefar (who was trained by Alan Herdman, the man who brought Pilates to the UK in the 1970s). Josie has also completed Pre and Post Natal specialist training with Lynne Robinson at the Body Control Studio in London.
The Pilates method has played a huge part in Josie's life for many years - she discovered the Pilates method in 2002, and whilst living in America in 2004 attended mat classes with a teacher who was trained by one of Joseph Pilates' protégés, Romana Kryzanowska. After returning to the UK and suffering with low back pain, Josie underwent a programme of Pilates rehabilitation and it was then she realised how the method can truly transform body and mind. It was this discovery that led her to undergo the intensive training process to become a mat teacher in order to pass this knowledge to others.
Josie is passionate about teaching Joseph Pilates' original exercises where appropriate, with modifications and variations being provided to suit the individual or accomodate any physical condition. All levels of instruction can be provided, from beginner through to advanced. Modified Pilates can be provided for pregnancy, post natal and rehabilitative purposes.
Originally from a legal background with a busy career as a Solicitor, Josie is now committed to learning more about the Pilates method and continues to update her knowledge by attending workshops and training courses led by high level US based teachers such as Pilates Elder Jay Grimes, Mejo Wiggin, Kathi Ross-Nash, Dorothee Vanderwalle, Karen Frischmann, Sandy Shimodo and Clare Dunphy.
Josie is currently two thirds of the way through a comprehensive Classical Pilates training programme with a Second Generation teacher who has been trained by Pilates Elder Jay Grimes. This additional training means Josie is now able to teach clients on the large studio apparatus such as the Reformer and Wunda Chair as well as ensure her knowledge comes from as close to the original 'source' as possible.