Tomatis listening sessions!
In the last News and Notes, we promised to talk about the benefits of Tomatis for adults.
In brief, according to Dr. Alfred Tomatis’ research, the ear does more than simply hear. It acts as a dynamo and energizes the brain. It ensures equilibrium and verticality. It controls all body movement and posture. It ensures bodily integration and coordination. It is profoundly related to the psyche and the nervous system. And finally, it controls listening, communication and language. We read with our ears. We speak and we sing with our ears! So the machine he devised, called the “Electronic Ear” can act in all these areas.
In addition to language learning, Tomatis can help with improving attention, concentration and memory/retention. It can break lethargy and depression. It can give a much-needed energy boost at certain stages of life. On the other hand, if someone is too “speedy” it can help slow them down. Teenagers can help get clarity in the midst of confusion. So can those going thru mid-life crises. It is wonder for learning disorders, dyslexia, for instance. It can help with stuttering and aphasia, where language is affected.
Sometimes, emotional baggage and the resulting listening postures limit our awareness and consciousness. Ever talked with someone and got the feeling that they aren’t really listening, aren’t really there; they seem to be nodding and responding, but the responses are perfunctory. Or they are full of themselves and answer everything you say with some response of their own without really listening? Ever had the feeling that you are stuck and something imperceptible is holding you back, or it’s like your wheels are rotating in the same place without moving forward? Ever felt at a cross-road and that you need a change but you are scared to try? Ever experienced stress, anxiety and sleeplessness? Tomatis is a tool that can help in all of these situations.
It can help with vertigo/dizziness, Meniere’s Syndrome and other balance and coordination issues. It can help with certain kinds of hearing loss and tinnitus (depends on the cause and type). It has applications for voice, singing and music – for example, difficulties to hear different tones, or to follow a tune. Musicians can discover that more refined listening helps in a deeper connection with their instrument. Artists can find it deepens their creative expression.
Many people suffer from oversensitivity to sound. This indicates a weakness in the ear’s ability to sieve out unimportant information. Overhearing is basically poor listening! The Tomatis Ear-training can help.
The listening training can be used by singers, public speakers, broadcast professionals, since, according to Tomatis, the ear controls the voice. It can be used to prepare for exams, and by pregnant women…
Tomatis can help get clarity, boost creativity and self-confidence and uncover hidden potential. It has applications for people of ALL ages – kids, teenagers, adults, seniors…..
However, Tomatis isn’t for “problems” alone : Better Listening benefits everybody!
The kinds of programs depend on the need/aim of the person as expressed and as identified in the diagnostic Listening Test. These programs are longer in duration than the language training programs, and they are highly individualized. However, in our experience, even a small period doing Tomatis’ “ear-obics” helps!
(And yes, of course, we offer it for languages too!).
There is a film of 45 minutes, in French with English sub-titles, available at the Lab and on our website (www.aurovillelanguagelab.org) who want to know more about the Tomatis Method. This film is available at any time on our mediatheque. Please ask.
Phone: 0413-2623661 / 0413-2623088 / 0413-2622467
Location: International Zone.