What is MeMoves?
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MeMoves™ is an easy and innovative way to increase attention and calm in as little as two minutes – in the classroom, at home, anywhere – for people of all ages and abilities. A multimedia program that transforms the mind and body through interactive “body puzzles,” this patented system was designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, providing the user with an effective tool for self regulation in only a few minutes.
Each MeMoves™ sequence is a patented combination of music, movement and images, utilizing simple, geometric shapes. Organized into three categories; Joy, Focus and Calm, users select one of 13 video sequences and follow along (imitate) the actions on the screen.
The neurological basis for MeMoves’ robust results can be found in Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory, one of the most celebrated new developments in neurobiology. MeMoves’ faces with eye contact and expressive features of emotion, music supporting the same frequency as the female voice, and simple gestures perfectly align with the positive social engagement elements identified by Porges. MeMoves’ unique ability to “calm and connect” people of all ages works equally well at home, in the classroom or in a clinic setting.
MeMoves™ can be used as an early childhood program for children as young as three, although it appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities. Used in more than 2500 school districts, therapy centers, hospitals, and homes across the country (with roughly 70% of MeMoves used in mainstream or neurotypical classrooms), it is particularly helpful for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, anxiety and or depression. Regardless of age, using MeMoves™ for just a few minutes each day decreases stress, improves mood, and enhances one’s ability to focus.