LifeMoves at H.O.P.E.

LifeMoves is a sensorimotor multimedia program that transforms the mind and body. This patented system was designed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, providing the user with a quick and effective tool for self-regulation.

Each LifeMoves sequence is a patented combination of music, movement, and images, utilizing simple, geometric shapes. Organized into three categories:  Joy, Calm, and Clarity, users select one of 11 video sequences and follow along (imitate) the actions on the screen as they are able.  It’s not about learning a new skill or doing each movement perfectly, but being engaged in the activity, which for some, might mean simply rocking back and forth to the music.

LifeMoves uses a visceral ‘bottom-up’ approach to calm the lower brain and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. There is no speech or language in the program; no directions, expectations, or instructions. The program’s compelling multisensory design sets up the nervous system for calm chemistry and active, alert attention, resulting in emotional regulation and behavioral change.

LifeMoves operationalizes Matthew Lieberman and Naomi Eisenberger’s work on the physical pain of social rejection, Ami Klin and Warren Jones’ theory of AudioVisual Synchrony, as well as Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory, one of the most celebrated new developments in neurobiology. LifeMoves faces with eye contact and the expressive features of emotion, original music in the same frequency as the female voice, and simple gestures perfectly align with the elements of positive social engagement identified by Porges.

A therapeutic impact can be attained when used with individuals or groups. As a transitional tool or priming activity, LifeMoves reduces anxiety, increases calm and focus prior to ADLs, meals, therapy sessions, or sleep. Most importantly, LifeMoves supports social connections when done in groups and with individuals who are struggling with eye contact, social interaction, or even speech. New research continues to find later life and well-being are linked to interpersonal connections.

In addition to immediate benefits for self-regulation, the program delivers consistent outcomes observed after regular use over four to six weeks. These include increased speech and language, eye contact, imitative behavior, processing ability, motor skills, socialization and organization, as well as an increase in collaborative behavior, and a decrease in agitation, and insomnia.

Currently, LifeMoves is used all over the world in long-term care, hospitals, behavioral health centers, clinics, nursing homes and assisted living programs, cognitive care centers, adult day care centers and at home. Used as a transition tool (beginning of the day, meal times, bedtime, before stressful activities, or anytime a calm/centered nervous system is desired), LifeMoves works in as little as 5 minutes. Most users do one to two sequences (alone or ideally with a group or family members) to help them increase self-regulation and function. LifeMoves is currently being used by occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, activity directors, psychologists, physicians, and caregivers and families.

Regardless of age, using LifeMoves for just a few minutes each day can decrease stress, improve mood, and enhance one’s ability to focus and increase social engagement.