Barre Body was founded by the husband and wife team of Jessika Munnell and Andrew Gowans. We offer innovative and challenging Barre classes and superfood nutrition products.


Part of optimal wellness is fitness. With over 20 years experience in the health & fitness industry and having owned yoga studios in Cape Town and Colorado, we decided to sell those studios and explore a different path. On a purely physical level the fusion of Pilates, ballet barre work, light weights and cardio seemed to offer a more rounded approached to fitness. We moved to Los Angeles so that Jessika could study Barre. A year later we returned to Cape Town to open South Africa’s first Barre studios in 2012. We now have studios in Claremont and Green Point, Cape Town and Rivonia and Illovo in Johannesburg.



Living and working on an organic farm on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii changed our lives. There was something about getting our hands dirty growing our own food that changed the way we lived. It was there on that windswept island that we decided to start our own organic, plant based nutritional shake business. We both loved the way we felt when eating real organic foods from the farm. The problem is that by the time produce gets to the stores it is not the same as what we were eating on the farm. Questionable organic farming practices and harvesting and delivery delays often result in products with poor nutrition quality.

The idea was born to seek out high quality superfood that we could take with us – our meal replacement shake is the result of a year of research and testing. We now have something that gives us the same nutritional super charge as that organic food we grew on the farm on Maui. All of our products are made by us in small batches.