“It is the mind itself that shapes the body” – Joseph H Pilates

Joseph Pilates

“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference in 30 you’ll have a whole new body”.

Joseph Pilates believed that exercise should be thoughtful – combining mental and physical conditioning to develop a strong mind and body. His work is as relevant today as it was in 1967 when he died (at the age of 84 and still working), if not more so.

The original exercises that Joe created were mat based but over time, in order to help build the flexibility  and strength of his clients he created the various pieces of studio equipment including the Reformer, Chair, Arc Barrel and Cadillac.

6 pilates principles

  • 1 -
    CONCENTRATION: Focusing deeply and inwardly to master the movements with awareness of the whole body
  • 2 -
    CONTROL: All movement in Pilates is controlled, teaching you to move correctly, smoothly and with strength.
  • 3 -
    CENTERING: Pilates mindfully engages the deep stabilising muscles of the core. It is from a strong centre that all movements start from.
  • 4 -
    FLOW: Movement is smooth and flows outward from a strong centre. Learn to move with dynamic ease.
  • 5 -
    PRECISION: Pilates movements are always mindful, with intention and precise.
  • 6 -
    BREATHING: Fully using your breath brings many health benefits, relaxing mind and body and helping to engage the centre.

barefoot studio

We believe that movement should be expressive, free from pain and above all joyful.

Barefoot Studio specialises in Pilates and our teachers are all highly qualified with some of the best Pilates schools in the UK. We offer matwork classes at many levels from healthy back classes for people in pain through to Advanced Classical matwork. You can choose the path that is right for you and our experienced studio staff can guide you as you progress in Pilates and your body changes and grows stronger.

  • Beginners Pilates courses
  • Specialist classes for  Lower Back Pain and Breast Cancer
  • Beginners, intermediate and advanced Classical Matwork
  • Lower level workout in our Fundamentals class
  • Men only class, just for the boys!

Pilates is taught in small groups of no more than 12 people or in one to one private sessions. The environment is supportive and non competitive and students are encouraged to develop at their own pace.


What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body conditioning method that targets the deep postural muscles. It works by building strength from the inside out, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment. Pilates helps to reshape your body, which will become longer, leaner and more toned. It will also improve your posture, achieving the perfect balance between strength and flexibility, and it is a great way to relieve unwanted stress and tension.

Main Benefits of Pilates

  • Improved flexibility.
  • Greater strength and muscle tone.
  • More efficient respiratory system.
  • More efficient lymphatic system therefore less toxins in the body.
  • More efficient circulatory system.
  • Lowered stress levels.
  • Flatter stomach & trimmer waist through the creation of a natural girdle of strength.
  • Better posture.
  • Toned buttocks and thighs.
  • Toned arms and shoulder area.
  • Fewer headaches (where they are posture based).
  • Less incidence of back pain.
  • Boosted immune system.
  • Increased bone density.
  • Greater joint mobility.
  • Fewer injuries for dancers/athletes.
  • Improved performance for dancers/athletes.

Teaching Pilates at Barefoot Studio
Pilates is taught in small groups of no more than 12 people or in one to one private sessions. The environment is supportive and non competitive and students are encouraged to develop at their own pace.

Pilates one to one sessions on the mat or the reformer start from £42 for a single session. We also offer Duo Reformer sessions and Duo Matwork sessions. You can contact Barefoot Studio to ask for a full price list and options. All classes can also be bought in blocks of 6 or 12 giving you an extra discount.

Group classes are £54 for 6 classes

“I have really started to feel a difference but most of all its so relaxing”
Barefoot Studio Student

Our Studio

At Barefoot Studio in Cowbridge, South Wales we offer  a beautiful studio space. All equipment is provided, including pilates mats, bands and cushions. Our Studio is light and airy and the perfect environment in which to practice your Pilates, whether it be matwork or on the Pilates reformer or MVe Chair. We have two top of the range Pilates reformers with Cadillac towers. We steam clean the studio floor and all the pilates mats and equipment are cleaned with tea tree oil before every use. The studio is a ‘barefoot space’ (no shoes!) and has a lovely wood floor. We believe that the environment you exercise in is really important to the enjoyment you get from exercising… we hope you love our studio space as much as we do!