“The appearance and conscious self-control of the listening posture leads to the desired calm so that the heart’s ear opens”. ~Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis
Emotional dysregulation is a problem on the interpretation of the emotional experience. This process involves various parts of the brain and the nervous system including the vagus nerve with the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems also connected to the sensory processing centres including auditory processing.
The ear, when functioning properly, supplies about 80% of the brain’s energy. Sound vibrations go directly to the auditory processing centre to be analysed, interpreted and, performed as behaviours or responses to the situation. However, if a person has an emotional blockage which can be linked to some traumatic experiences back to early childhood, it will result in an emotional dysregulation. Therefore, the person might demonstrate frustration, tantrums, aggressiveness, and irritability as an expression or form of non-coping mechanisms to stress and challenging situations.
The Tomatis® Method exercises the ears emphasizing the high-frequency sounds that stimulate the brain (low-frequency sounds drain energy away). The high frequency of Mozart, especially when filtered, is very energising. Whereas, Gregorian Chant slows down the heartbeat and promotes deep relaxation. Both types of music are used in the Tomatis® listening program and they have a different effect on the muscles of the body: Mozart stimulates the extensor muscles and Gregorian Chant acts on flexor muscles.
This filtered and gated music helps reach one’s intellectual, emotional, and even overall potential. The Tomatis® Method is an educational program conducive to the therapeutic process as it encourages an individual to be more focused, present, and forward-looking as well as it helps to find calm and peace whilst relieving from emotional overload.