Sound Therapy (the TOMATIS® Method)
Combining over 50 years of experience with the latest research in neuroscience and cognitive science, the TOMATIS® Method has helped millions of people worldwide with a number of Learning and Emotional disorders, as well as with their personal growth and development.
OttawaTherapy.org has focused on the effective application of The TOMATIS® Method in the area of emotional disorders and/ or emotional growth for clients.
Gerald F. Joy is a Clinical Social Worker, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Level One Tomatis® Method Practitioner.
Gerald F. Joy is under licence with the company TOMATIC DEVELOPMENT S.A., owner of the Tomatis® and Talksup® brands. Please note that the Tomatis® Method and Talksup® program are not treatments for any known disease, nor means of formulating a diagnosis for any medical or psychological disorder.
Rather, The Tomatis® Method is used widely as an adjunct to regular therapies. The Method’s well-known effect of cortical stimulation creates a readiness and an energy that increases the potential effect of the overall therapy. The client’s listening intent is enhanced, and clients are better able to communicate their thoughts and difficulties.
Please contact OttawaTherapy.org, at (613) 447-5041 for more information or to schedule a session.
About Sound Therapy
Someone may hear well but listen poorly.
The sound message is correctly heard but poorly analyzed in an emotional framework. The brain protects itself by constructing barriers that can result in the development of various disorders. We say that, “Listening is disrupted.”
The TOMATIS® Method stimulates the brain.
You can do the listening sessions repeatedly by using specially-designed devices that stimulate the brain and progressively help it more effectively analyze the sensory message. We say that, “The Ear is learning to listen.”
Well-tuned listening can change your life.
Your ear is not used only for hearing. It also stimulates your brain and establishes your balance. Well-tuned listening is therefore an essential component for promoting personal development.
Affect and Emotional Disorders
While it is easy to understand the importance of exercise for the upkeep of the body, we do not always realize that exercise is also important for our brain. A brain stimulated with sensory messages both energizes and relaxes us. Since the ear is the main channel for the transmission of sensory messages from the human body, it plays a key role in all human functions. This stimulation may be impaired when the brain triggers a mechanism of inhibition or protection, which may occur following an isolated traumatic event known as emotional shock. The brain also tends to protect itself progressively when the external environment is perceived as aggressive. This may be true for people who are facing a reorganization of their routine, an increase of responsibility, the loss of familiar references, and social pressure.
The Tomatis® Method acts on the limbic system in the medial part of the brain, to which the auditory system is linked. Among other things, this part of the brain is responsible for the mechanisms of emotion, memory, and learning. Moreover, an organ in the middle ear known as the cochlea plays the role of a cortical charger. By acting on the limbic system and prefrontal cortex, the Tomatis® Method intervenes in the regulation of emotional disorders related to depression and anxiety. It will also act effectively on the regulation of stress.
Psychologists, Social Workers, and Therapists
The Tomatis® Method is used widely as an adjunct to regular therapies. The Method’s well-known effect of cortical stimulation creates a readiness and an energy that increases the potential effect of the overall therapy. The client’s listening intent is enhanced, and clients are better able to communicate their thoughts and difficulties.
Its Action: The Ear’s Schematics
The Tomatis® Method is a technique of sound sensory stimulation. Sound is transmitted, on the one hand, by bone conduction caused by a vibration in the upper part of the cranium, and on the other hand, by aerial conduction passing through the ear’s auricle. The sounds we use in our devices have been preliminarily treated with the Tomatis® effect in our laboratory, and thus stimulate the entire inner ear, including the parts that affect both auditory and motor functions. The sound propagates first in the tympan, and then by bone conduction, triggering a reflex that contracts and relaxes the two muscles known as the stirrup and hammer muscles. This effect is obtained by means of a perceptual sound contrast (a two-fold alternance of timbre and intensity) intended to “surprise” the ear.
As an effect of the vibration caused by the sounds, these muscles will in turn stimulate the parts of the inner ear known as the cochlea and the vestibule. The cochlea is lined with tiny cells called hair cells, whose purpose is to convert this vibration into electrical stimuli. These stimuli will then feed a vast neural network known as the reticular formation, which controls the overall level of cerebral activity. In other words, the cochlea and vestibule energize the brain; we say that it has a function of “cortical charging.”
Moreover, the vestibule informs the brain of the tiniest bodily movements and therefore has an effect on rhythm and balance. The coherence of the message that it transmits is thus fundamental. The ear must therefore be effectively stimulated.
The chosen musical works are rich in harmonics (frequency-relative richness), which is necessary to make the electronic gating work. The works used are generally Mozart’s concertos for the violin, specially-treated with the TOMATIS effect.
The programming of the devices (the choice of musical works, the filtering, the auditory laterality, the speed of the gating….) and the design of the listening sessions are determined by the trained professional depending on the subject’s problems or difficulties.
Electronic Gating Creates the TOMATIS Effect
The TOMATIS devices are designed to establish a unique sound perception contrast. This effect causes the contraction and relaxation of the inner ear muscles. This to-and-fro movement is made possible by the sudden transition from lower, bass frequencies, which do not require any particular effort on the part of the ear, to higher, acute frequencies, which require the ear to make a special effort to accommodate. This activity is much like a gymnastic exercise for the ear, which, thanks to repeated activity and to the progressive mobilization of the ear, optimizes the transmission of the sensory sound messages to the brain.
See, www.tomatis.com for more information.
How can I book an appointment for Sound Therapy?
Your first step is to email or call to schedule your initial consultation: (613) 447-5041