WiseMotion Explorers: March 30th 2019
Location: AfroLatino Dance Company, 3347 Dundas St W, Toronto
WiseMotion is a method developed by Hanna Poikonen (PhD in neuroscience of movement, dance and music, University of Helsinki, Finland) which improves physical abilities, self-awareness and social bonding with the means of movement and neuroscience. Hanna has taught WiseMotion method in conferences in Harvard Medical School (United States) and Swissotel Berlin (Germany) and in festivals and institutions such as Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Iris (Hong Kong), Magnesia (Helsinki), Institut del Teatre (Barcelona) and Alive Wellness (Hong Kong). The next destinations for the 2019 are Six Senses Resorts (Portugal), Joint Dynamics (Hong Kong) and University of Toronto (Canada).
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 movement and music. In the end, we have time for a group conversation.
WiseMotion Explorers is made for all curious movers regardless their background in movement or neuroscience. On the WiseMotion Explorers workshop, the movement material is designed to promote processes in creativity, imagination, stress relief, self-awareness and natural embodied collaboration. In addition, the physical abilities, such as muscle tension and relaxation as well as balance, are improved. 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 physically and mentally 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, movement and neuroscience.
Saturday March 30th
1.00 – 2.30 pm Emotions in the Body and Brain (alleviating anxiety)
2.30 – 4.00 pm Creativity and the Brain (improving low mood)
Price of one workshop is $55
Two workshops $95
Students, unemployed and retired -15%
You’ll receive a course certificate of your participation.