Tomatis, Hawkes Bay

At Active Listening we use genuine Tomatis® neuro-sensory programmes because they are scientifically researched and they are used around the world to improve people’s lives.

ABOUT Tomatis, Hawkes Bay

The Tomatis® Method was invented by Dr Alfred Tomatis® (1920-2001). He was a French ear-nose-throat doctor, inventor, and researcher who in the early 1950s created a new educational method based on sound. The Tomatis® Method uses the natural auditory pathways and the same mechanisms as mother nature to stimulate different centres in the brain. By applying rapidly alternating filters on music by Mozart, Gregorian Chant, and the human voice, Dr Tomatis demonstrated lasting changes in a person’s listening skills. The results astounded him so much that he spent the rest of his life researching and further developing the Tomatis® Method. He worked with a range of people including, industrial workers with hearing loss, opera singers, monks and many students with learning difficulties. Dr Tomatis pioneered the field of neuroscience and brain plasticity with his work on auditory retraining. Today we know that listening and emotional management are related, that the ear is an energy source for the brain, and that the ear has an effect on motor skills and body posture. Extensive scientific research shows that the Tomatis® Method is an effective way to help optimize the relationship between the ear and the brain. Dr Norman Doidge also describes success stories of Tomatis® therapy in his book- The Brain’s Way of Healing.

At Active Listening, Tomatis, Hawkes Bay, we use genuine Tomatis programmes and take pride in sharing information with families and tailoring programmes to meet individual needs.


The Tomatis® Method is used in many countries around the world.At Active Listening, Tomatis, Hawkes Bay we use only genuine Tomatis® listening programmes because they are:

  • provided by licensed, trained professionals (Jan is a level 4 consultant)
  • are natural, gentle and non-evasive
  • suitable for all ages
  • backed by scientific research
  • customised to suit individuals
  • can be completed at home or in the centre
  • MOST of all they are fun and enjoyable


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