Using the Brain-Body Connection to Optimize Performance with Yuka Sugiura

Hey everyone, welcome back to another episode of PerformHappy! Today, we’re diving into the fascinating world of the brain-body connection with the incredible Yuka Sugiura, a neural performance coach. 

In this episode, Yuka shares invaluable insights on harnessing the power of the brain-body connection to optimize performance, alleviate pain, enhance flexibility, and cultivate trust in oneself. She even helped me unravel the mystery behind my persistent back pain during beam routines that had plagued me for 14 years.

So, who is Yuka Sugiura? Yuka specializes in working with gymnasts and dancers, offering them a unique blend of brain-based performance enhancement and rehabilitative techniques. Her goal? To equip her clients with the tools they need to build long, healthy careers doing what they love.

Through her innovative approach, Yuka teaches athletes how to integrate brain-centric practices into their training routines. Whether it’s improving flexibility, stability, strength, or recovery strategies, Yuka’s methods are designed to make her clients more injury-resistant and resilient in the long run.

But Yuka’s impact doesn’t stop there. She’s also on a mission to educate coaches and instructors, leading clinics that introduce a neurocentric approach to training. By sharing her wealth of knowledge, Yuka is empowering the next generation of trainers to adopt practices that prioritize both physical and mental well-being.

What sets Yuka apart is her holistic approach to performance enhancement. As a Z-Health Master Practitioner with certifications in orthopedic massage therapy, Pilates, and dance medicine, Yuka’s expertise spans multiple disciplines. But perhaps most importantly, she’s committed to providing her clients with sustainable solutions that they can carry with them throughout their careers.

In essence, Yuka Sugiura isn’t just a coach – she’s a game-changer. Her dedication to helping athletes overcome obstacles, both physical and mental, is truly inspiring. So, if you’re ready to unlock your full potential and embark on a journey of self-discovery, tune in to this episode of PerformHappy. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it!

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Yuka Sugiura talk about:

Neuro Performance Training for Gymnastics.

How the Brain Processes Pain and Movement.

Mental Preparation for Athletes through Visualization.

Managing Pre-Competition Nerves.

Overcoming Fears of Skills.

Vestibular System and its Impact on Gymnasts’ Spatial Awareness and Balance. 

Optimizing Vestibular System for Gymnastics Performance. 

How to Improved Flexibility with Mental Training.

“One reason someone might be able to do splits but struggle with a full 180 split jump is that their brain doesn’t trust they have the control to perform the move safely.” – Yuka Sugiura.

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