10 Minutes of Mozart a Day Will Calm Your Brain and Increase Mental Clarity – Learn more
MOZART THERAPY? Well, let’s talk about listening therapy. I recently read two books by Norman Doidge on The Brain that Heals Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing. He discusses the work of Alfred Tomatis and how listening and sound therapy help the brain to make new connections which then help process the outside world better. All of this is related to how your inner ear listens to sound and then sends messages to your brain. If you find yourself in a heightened state of anxiety, fear, not able to focus, then there is probably a disruption happening between the sound and how your brain processes it.
BRAIN TRAINING When my daughter asked me to put dutch braids in her hair, I searched on YouTube and watched the same 7 minute video over 20 times. She couldn’t believe how long it was taking me to understand how to braid the hair and frankly, I couldn’t believe how long it was taking me either. I understood what to do but I couldn’t get my hands to do what they were supposed to do. Once I thought I understood, I would lose my place in the braid and ask myself ‘does this piece of hair go under or over? am I on the right side or left side? how did I forget what I was doing?’ As I am concentrating on what to do next and develop some sort of flow, my daughter asks me what is taking so long?! and my response is “My brain is trying to process what I am telling it to do. Then my hands have to be able to execute the movement.” As I continue working the braid and repeating the movements with my hands as well as saying them out loud I am telling my brain and body exactly what to do. The more I practice the movements and say them out loud, the easier it is for my brain to tell my hands exactly what to do so I can braid the hair more quickly and not have to stop and start again. Our brains need to practice a new skill whether it’s conscious or unconscious. One more example, most people while awake breathe through their chest, however when they sleep they breathe with their belly’s…how does that happen? Your body knows exactly how to bring in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, it’s strange that we can change something as basic as our breathing pattern. As children or teenagers, we begin to retrain something as natural as breathing to shift from the belly to the chest so we can appear slimmer or feel more comfortable while sitting for long periods of time in a classroom.
LISTENING THERAPY, THE BRAIN, STRESS REDUCTION Studies show that listening to certain types of music or sounds helps the inner ear make connections with the brain. In Tomatis’s research, he found that Mozart violin concerto were most helpful in helping his patients which ranged from having ADHD to autistic. Hearing about this method, I thought I would try it with my clients, most of who experience difficulty sleeping, high levels of stress and anxiety, anger management and phobias. With a handful of clients, they were all asked to listen to Mozart violin concertos twice a day for 10 minutes or longer if they wished. Every client who listened to these concertos daily showed significant results. The client who always responds in fear was able to calm herself down in a time of crisis, the client who spins when overwhelmed was able to better focus, the client who struggled with sleep notice improvement in her sleep cycle. The clients were passively listening to the music, whether in the car, commuting on the train or at their desk working. All noticed that their behavior and mood changed for the better.
HISTORY OF TOMATIS from tomatis.com The below information was taken directly from their website. I have no affiliation other than being a believer in this work.
Learning and communicating are processes that can seem easy as they are natural for most of us. But for one in ten people, it’s a daily battle. The ability to properly process sensory information is compromised. It is said in this case, that listening is disrupted.
In the processing of information, the ear plays a fundamental role since it is the main gateway to our brain. It picks up the surrounding sounds and those of our own voice, converts them into electrical stimuli, and transmits them to the brain which analyzes them. More surprisingly, it also captures our movements and is heavily involved in coordination, balance and rhythm. It therefore has a vital function in daily life, whether through talk, to argue, to follow instructions, read, learn, memorize or simply to move.
When communication between the ear and the brain is blurred, our ability to interact with the outside world is compromised. The result is often a loss of self-confidence that will enhance in turn the difficulties of communication and learning.
It was sixty years ago that the French doctor Alfred Tomatis developed an educational program that aims to stimulate the brain through the auditory system in order to restore listening. By treating the music and the voice in a very particular way, the Tomatis® Method helps children and adults to improve their quality of listening.
Jennifer Araneo, Mind Body Hoboken, hypnotherapist, reiki master, meditation guide works in Hoboken, NJ. She sees clients who experience stress and anxiety and uses different healing modalities to help clients uncover the root cause of their suffering so it can be released and they can live a more balanced and joyful life.