Hanna Poikonen Neuroscience Wisemotion

Tanzhaus Zurich

Movement Masterclass w/ Dr. Hanna Poikonen (FIN)


Saturday, October 24th, 2020

This workshop is designed for all curious movers, regardless of their background in movement practice. The method improves physical and cognitive skills, self-awareness and creativity with movement, meditation and neuroscience.

The WiseMotion workshops consist of movement practice, neuroscientific presentation and conversations. The workshops are designed to promote processes in creativity, concentration, stress-reduction and social interaction. In addition, physical abilities such as the joint and muscle dynamics, relaxation and balance are improved. During the neuroscientific presentation, the content is clarified by using practical examples and the latest scientific discoveries are connected to everyday life. During the conversations, the group deepens their knowledge about the topic of the workshop, based on the personal experiences of the participants and the neuroscientific approach.

Dr. Hanna Poikonen

WiseMotion method is developed by Dr. Hanna Poikonen. She is a neuroscientist, dancer and movement specialist, and holds a PhD in the neuroscience of movement, dance and music (Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland). She works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in the brain research and education focusing on the fields of intelligence, creativity and embodied cognitive education. In addition, she is a Guest Researcher at the Örebro University Hospital in Sweden focusing to movement-based rehabilitation of brain-related illnesses.

She has studied movement and dance in cities such as New York (Gibney Dance, Movement Research), Barcelona (La Caldera, Institut del Teatre), Montreal (Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique) and Berlin (Marameo). Explorations in kung fu, tai chi, butoh and somatic methods have taught her a holistic approach to the body and mind.

She has toured with WiseMotion worldwide in institutions, festivals and wellness centers such as Harvard Medical School (USA), Double Tree by Hilton Montreal (Canada), Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Alive Wellness (Hong Kong), and Institute del Teatre (Barcelona).


1 – The Brain Intertwined – Movement, Emotion and Cognition
2 – Creativity and the Brain
3 – Concentration, Memory, and the Brain
4 – The Brain in Rest – Sleep and Calming Down


The Brain Intertwined – Movement, Emotion and Cognition

Different brain regions play distinct roles in processes of movement anticipation, preparation and execution. Interaction of these regions enables smooth movements in the everyday life. Importantly, these interactions are improved by both professional athlete and rehabilitative training. Many motor brain regions are also involved in cognitive and emotional processes. Specific brain-based training programs can be created for expertise, everyday wellness and rehabilitation to support healthy cognition, emotion and movement.

During the workshop, we learn how different brain regions interact to create complex continuous movements. We understand how movement can be used in enhancing the cognitive performance and emotional well-being.


Creativity and the Brain

Creativity is a versatile state in the brain. During creation, two large neural networks interact. One is crucial in focused attention, the other one in a relaxed state, such as day-dreaming. During the creative process, the interaction of these two neural networks is crucial, making embodied creation both a demanding and a highly pleasurable experience. The state of arousal plays a major role in the functioning of the neural networks. Modifying the arousal state by breathing, movement and awareness practice has a direct influence on the creative process.

During the workshop, we learn how different neural networks in the brain influence to creativity. We understand how movement can be used in enhancing the intuitive and creative processes as well as emotional expression. We learn the fundamentals how to enhance creativity by modifying the state of arousal and by adjusting the surroundings.



Concentration, Memory, and the Brain

Nowadays, problems in concentration and memory are on the rise. A lifestyle requiring constant distribution of attention and denying possibilities to concentrate on one thing at the time is overloading the brain. On the other hand, the brain needs an adequate amount of cognitive challenge. The problems in concentration and memory can be alleviated by an optimal combination of versatile exercise and rest. Increasing number of neuroscientific studies show that multidomain training combining cognitive challenge, movement and social interaction slows down the aging of the brain.

During the workshop, we learn with movement and neuroscientific theory how to reach a state of concentration, and how to act from that stage with ease. To enhance the brain potential, the practical part of the workshop focuses on movement coordination during meditation and a collective memory task. After the workshop, we know how to maintain the healthy cerebral functions of attention and memory in a long run.


The Brain in Rest – Sleep and Calming Down

Good quality sleep is the base for the holistic health. Sleep deprivation disturbs the cognitive and emotional processes in the brain in a versatile way. Sufficient rest and different phases of sleep are irreplaceable for the maintenance of brain health, and luckily, there are many natural ways in improving sleep and relaxing.

Through the workshop material in breathwork, music and meditation in movement, we gain tools to calm down and improve the quality of sleep. With the neuroscientific theory, we understand the neural bases of the embodied exercises of the workshop and gain knowledge in the importance of good sleep and the adverse effects of the lack of sleep to the brain.

Dr. Hanna Poikonen

Founder of the WiseMotion Community

Academic Guest at the ETH Zurich

Member of the IADMS Dance for Health Committee

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CHF 170 / 160 EUR Regular Fee

Reduced fee: minus 20% (for students, early bird pay until end of February, unemployed, professional dancers)

Workshop address:
Tanzhaus Zürich, Wasserwerkstrasse 129
8037 Zürich

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
with a 1 hour lunch break