About Us

Back Row: from left:
Zayn – Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor.
Sitting on the wall from Left:
Hilde – Pilates instructor and massage therapist,
Louise – Pilates instructor, Ashley – BASI Pilates Instructor, GYROTONIC® pre trainer
Seated on Floor: Angela – Pilates instructor
Standing: Penny our receptionist

Body Mechanix Wellness Centre is situated in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg. It is owned by Mark and Ashley Ritchie. It is one of the largest Private Health studios in South Africa. The centre has two large BASI Pilates studios, one GYROTONIC® studio and a Private Gym. We also have an on site Physiotherapist, Biokineticist and Massage Therapists.

We are unique in our personal approach to all our clients.
Taking specific care to meet your requirements and understanding
your needs. Professionalism and Experience is our key.

The Body Arts and Science International (BASI) method of Pilates is taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors. In each session the body and mind are worked as a whole. The BASI method encourages functional movement patterns that enhance life for all and improves sportsman’s and woman’s performance.

Body Mechanix is the Gauteng host studio for the BASI Pilates Teacher Training Courses. Ashley is one of the 4 South African Lecturers that lectures around the country. She is also a certified assessor for BASI Pilates examinations. Being a host studio to teacher training courses, students have an opportunity to observe and be taught by the best trainers. The students get an opportunity to teach clients free of charge to develop their skills.

Ashley is the principal trainer in the studio.  She has over 30 years of body movement teaching experience. 14 of which have been in the Pilates world. She added GYROTONIC® and GYRKINESIS® to her Skills in 2007. Ashley is also a GYROTONIC® Pre-trainer.

Within the studio there are 3 Senior trainers, Hilde McCoullagh, Louise Pannell and Zayn Du Plessis. These trainers have many years of experience in functional exercises. The Trainers; Angie Waugh, compliment the senior team and are play a key support roll in the studio.

There are several part time trainers who are all certified in the BASI method. They are: Bonni Behr, Barbi May, Mel Eisenberg, Kirsty Goodman, Claudia Richards, Elisheva Raff, Talitha Marx, Emma Fraser, Chris Oettle, Andreas Bothner.

The private gym is manned by Mark. He is passionate about triathlons and mountain biking. Having been a gold medalist in Iron Man on several occasions, he trains his clients to be the best that they can be in any discipline.

It is our mission to improve your quality of life through functional movement.


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