On Thursday, I visited Peggy Boets’ new therapy office. We talked about listening therapy, aka the Tomatis method, and how it can benefit persons with mental and physical health conditions.
Have you ever heard of the Tomatis auditory stimulation or Audio-psycho-phonology? Maybe you’ve heard of the more commonly used term, listening therapy.
How does listening therapy work?
Our ears and our brain are intricately connected. The ear is involved in sound, movement and feeling. 90% of the sensory information that stimulates our brains is processed by the auditory system. The sensory system is always ‘on the go’.
The non-invasive method simultaneously works on the core functions of the ear: the function of listening, cortical stimulation and balance. It uses specific sound frequencies, vibrations and patterns to stimulate the brain and thereby recover or improve neurophysiologic functions for integrating sensory input.
Listening therapy and anxiety
Audio-psycho-phonology can benefit persons with anxiety and other ’emotional problems’. Our inner ear (more specifically: the cochlea) is directly connected to the limbic system. A part of the brain that is, among others, involved in emotion, memory and learning. In addition, it’s also connected to the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in cognitive and emotional functions such as making decisions, social behaviour, …
Listening therapy is not only an effective stress regulator. It can also benefit people with hypersensitivity, fatigue, balance and concentration problems, psychomotor difficulties, communication problems, …
Would you like to know more about listening therapy?
- Visit Peggy’s website (note that all written communication on her website is in Dutch).
- More blog articles on listening therapy and its effect on mental health, balance, fatigue and hypersensitivity coming up.