Hautomo Dance Studio, Merimiehenkatu 29 (entrance through the inner yard), Helsinki

WiseMotion Explorers: October 13th and 14th

WiseMotion is a method developed by Hanna Poikonen (PhD in neuroscience of dance and music) which improves embodied cognition, self-awareness and non-verbal communication with the means of dance and neuroscience. Hanna has taught WiseMotion method in conferences in Swissotel Berlin and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and in festivals such as Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland) and Magnesia (Helsinki). The next destinations are in Hong Kong: Iris Festival and Alive Wellness Studio.

The structure of each workshops is following: We start with a guided movement improvisation after which Hanna tells about the movement experience from the point of view of neuroscience. She’ll also go through shortly how certain imbalances of the body and brain can be alleviated by dance and music (each workshop brings out treatment possibilities of an imbalance which is written into the brackets after the theme of the workshop). In the end, we have time for a group conversation.

WiseMotion Explorers is made for all curious movers regardless their background in dance. On the WiseMotion Explorers workshop, the movement material is designed to promote processes in creativity, imagination, self-awareness and natural embodied collaboration. The workshop starts by bringing attention to the breath. Slowly, we invite the body to calm movement focusing on the bodily sensations. During improvisation, we move smoothly with partner and group exercises and individual creative movement. Everyone moves on their own level of skills and fitness. Music accompanies the workshop from breathing to the end of the movement improvisation. Beautiful melodies, sounds of nature and rhythmic structures create a harmonic atmosphere.

The neuroscientific material and group conversation aim to improve general wellbeing by increasing understanding which is crucial in maintaining creative, vital and meaningful everyday life. During the neuroscientific presentation, Hanna clarifies the knowledge by practical examples and connects the latest scientific discoveries to everyday life. During the group conversation, everyone gets an opportunity to share one’s thoughts and feelings related to the topic of the workshop, dance and neuroscience. Listening to different experiences and approaches deepens also one’s own understanding.

Saturday October 13th

11-12.30 Dance in the brain – Introduction (alleviating stress)
14-15.30 Emotions in the body and brain (alleviating anxiety and panic disorder)
15.30-17 Music in the brain (treating stroke)

Sunday October 14th

11-12.30 Health benefits of embodied collaboration (alleviating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease)
14-15.30 Brain processes of attention and concentration (alleviating the symptoms of memory disorders)
15.30-17 Creativity and the brain (treating depression)

You can participate in one workshop – or in all of them!

Price of one workshop is 40 €
Two workshops 70 €
All six workshops 180 €
Students, unemployed and retired -15%

You’ll receive a course certificate of your participation.

Enrolment by email to: Hanna hanna@wisemotionco.com . You can also buy your ticket directly in: https://holvi.com/shop/WiseMotion/

Read more: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health/a-dancers-brain-develops-in-a-unique-way

In the Finnish media (in Finnish): https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10198012 https://www.hs.fi/hyvinvointi/art-2000005671052.html https://areena.yle.fi/1-4300113

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