Tonka Cascais has dedicated her life to transforming bodies and changing lives, regardless of a person’s age, physical, or emotional limitations. Tonka has studied Pilates for over 16 years. She has had the unique opportunity to train in New York under the mentorship of the famous Romana Kryzanowska, the esteemed mentee of 50 years to Joseph Pilates. Romana Kryzanowska appointed Tonka as a Level 3 Master Teacher. As a level 3 Master Teacher, Tonka was responsible for training new instructors in South Florida for Romana’s Pilates Certification Program in New York City. Tonka’s broad knowledge of the body and the dissection of how the body moves and functions inspired her to opened ProPilates® in 2000 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This pioneering concept for a complete holistic lifestyle approach to anti-aging, health, nutrition, and fitness evolved into the ProPilates® Lifestyle Solutions.
Under the ProPilates® Lifestyle Solutions concept, Tonka created her own method of teaching called the ProPilates® Method. The ProPilates® Method utilizes Tonka’s vast experience with Pilates and the human body in a personalized program for anti-aging, joint health, and weight loss exercise with no impact on the joints. Tonka’s unique development of the ProPilates® Lifestyle Solutions remains superior health and fitness, where equipment and nutrition are utilized in a new straight-forward and effective ways.
One of the key factors that makes ProPilates stand out from all other Pilates studios in Fort Lauderdale is Tonka Cascais. Tonka retains an extensive degree of education that is virtually impossible to find at any other Pilates studio. Her education started in 1998 with her completion of the Second Generation Classical Pilates Instructors Certification under the tutelage of famed successor of Joseph Pilates, Romana Kryzanowska. During her training with Romana in 1999, Tonka also pursued her education with completion of the Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist courses at the Fitness Institute in Boca Raton, Florida. Tonka opened the first Pilates Studio in Fort Lauderdale in 2000. The original concept behind ProPilates® was to introduce the community to the wonderful work of Joseph Pilates. In March of 2000 she acquired her certification as an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist at the American College of Sports Medicine and in January of 2001 she received the Professional Accreditation for Classical Pilates Instructors from The Pilates Guild in New York City.
After her studies, with Romana in December of 2004, Tonka completed a course on principals of posture, acture, and gating with neuro muscular applications at Neuro-Muscular Therapy in Sarasota, Florida. Two years later in January of 2006 Tonka attended the extensive course on Gyrotonic Expansion System in Miami, Florida, under the founder and developer of GyrotonicÒ, Julie Horvath: and, in August of the same year, she complete the 50-hour lab course on Full Body Dissection at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. In September of 2010, she attended the Designs for Health, Inc. nutrition course called Core II Functional Endocrinology and in October, Tonka enrolled in courses on Muscle Activation Techniques and completed them in January of 2011. In the year of 2011 Tonka completed the masters courses on Resistance Training Specialist Program. Rounding off her extensive education in 2011, Tonka attended the internship and masters courses in Muscle Activation Techniques, which she completed successfully in 2013.
Many celebrities found their way to ProPilates® Studio and Tonka Cascais, in order to benefit from the extraordinary effects of the ProPilates® Method such as actor Alec Baldwin, as well as “Graceland” stars actresses Serinda Swan and Vanessa Ferlito, Mary and Cliff Floyd, Larsa and Scotty Pippen, Claire Marino and Richie Incognito.
The birth of ProPilates Lifestyle Solutions stands as an accumulation of over sixteen years of intense education on all aspects of the human body along with the best forms of nutrition and exercise for the ultimate health and longevity of the human body. We are proud to offer this vast education to each and every one of our clients on a personal and easy to understand level. All programs at ProPilates® Lifestyle Solutions are developed by Tonka Cascais and are based on real science not on gym science. They are designed to produce fast results in a very short period of time and are safe for the body. No pain more gain, with no impact on the joints, is the ultimate Anti-Aging exercise!