What is Tomatis and How Might it Help Me?
The TOMATIS Method® is for children and adults of all ages.
I use this Method as a complementary technique to psychotherapy because it multiplies the effects of my client’s work. Tomatis is a powerful tool in the alleviation of the symptoms of stress and trauma as well as in the following areas:
The Tomatis® Method works with the plasticity of the neural pathways that decode and analyze sounds, as well as those of motor skills, balance and coordination. This Method can help children and adults develop coping strategies to deal with learning disorders.
The TOMATIS® Method is based on the principle of transmitting contrasts in music designed to constantly surprise the brain. This keeps the brain stimulated. The goal is to help the brain develop automatic mechanisms to detect change, which serves to reinforce attention.
AFFECTIVE AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
The brain tends to protect itself naturally. Such as when the external environment is perceived as aggressive or after an emotional shock. This brain response acts as a filter that disturbs the transmission and analysis of sensory messages. This is an indirect action on the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. Working with this action, the TOMATIS® Method contributes to the regulation of emotional disorders related to depression and anxiety.
PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENT DISORDERS (PDD)
The neural circuits connecting the ear to the brain contain specific neurons called ‘mirror neurons’. These mirror neurons play an important role in the construction of social cognition. This is the set of processes that enable us to attribute intentions and ideas to a person, and particularly understand his or her emotional state. By acting on these neural circuits, the TOMATIS® Method improves the quality of interpersonal skills.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING
Sounds rich in high harmonics stimulate a vast network of nerves called the ‘reticular formation’. The reticular formation controls the overall level of brain activity. By emphasising the transmission of high-pitched sounds that both produce a stimulating effect on the brain and a relaxing effect on body, the TOMATIS® Method brings about a positive effect on personal development and well-being.
PREPARING TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Anyone learning a foreign language can be helped by introductory level Tomatis training since it helps hear the sounds necessary to learn another language. By opening ears to hear the rhythms and sounds of a new language, the Method enables the ear to efficiently adapt to the rhythms and sound and to analyse and reproduce them. This work therefore frees one from the rhythmic patterns and sounds of one’s own language where we are often stuck and unable to hear a new language. This exercise allows the ear to hear a new rhythm and the brain to learn a new language.
“When our son was 16 years old he had so much trouble concentrating on his homework that we didn’t think he’d pass his year at school. Tom just completed his professional training. We see how he’s gained in self-confidence and just feels better about himself. He sees a difference in his coordination.”
“My anxiety levels were often so high that I wouldn’t leave the house if I could possibly avoid it. Although I knew why I was anxious and I’d tried many therapies over the years – it was all to no avail. After the first course of Tomatis® listening sessions I already felt calmer. It took me four courses but I finally feel like I’ve been able to put all that behind me for good.”