What is the Tomatis® Method?
The Tomatis® method was developed by French ENT, Dr. Alfred Tomatis. Dr. Tomatis thought that “listening should not be assimilated with hearing”, in other words, a person may hear well but listen poorly.
Dr. Tomatis believed that the ear as a whole was involved with the stimulation of the brain, emotions, focus and memory, speech and language, motor planning, and our ability to be social with others. The muscles of the inner ear (cochlea and vestibule) play an integral part in the Tomatis® method. The cochlea (auditory) and the vestibule (motor) constantly interact together to create listening. The Tomatis® method utilizes Mozart and Gregorian chant at high and low frequencies which stimulate and strengthen the muscles of the inner as well as stimulate the nerves and the brain. It does this by a special system called “gating”. Gating is the way the music swithches frequencies and volume through bone and air conduction. It is done in such a way that the brain cannot habituate to it, thus the brain must pay attention to what it is listening to.
For more information about Tomatis® or to listen to a sample of the music, please visit www.tomatis.com.
Who Can Benefit From The Tomatis® Method?
- Children and adults with learning difficulties such as dyslexia
- Children and adults with speech and language difficulties
- Children on the autism spectrum
- Children and adults with memory and attention issues
- Children and adults who struggle with mood regulation
- Children and adults who struggle with motor skills
- Singers of all ages
- Foreign language learners
- Pregnant women