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The ultimate aim of the discipline created by Professor Tomatis is to accede to the listening posture.
This means knowing how to control the tensions of the stirrup and hammer muscles – the first controlling the tension within the inner ear and the second the tension of the ear drum.The former is the smallest muscle in the human body and the latest to appear in the line of extensors. Tomatis believed that we all have to become athletes of this muscle.
To succeed it is essential to respect the stages Tomatis marked out in a powerful combination between sessions and audio-vocal exercises :
1) the audio-vocal sessions reinforce the work of the musculature of the middle ear. These sessions should be effected with analogue recordings and include “passive” sessions of music (Mozart and Gregorian) or a foreign language to be integrated as well as “active” sessions of reading aloud with a microphone to reinforce the audio-vocal loop of control of language and the voice by the right ear.
2) the practice of audio-vocal exercises regrouped under the heading of Accelerated Listening Training™ (ALT) because this is unmistakably a training.
Together the audio-vocal exercises prepare, and then accelerate and reinforce the effect of the sessions. They also take over from the machine using the subject’s own voice as a “dynamo” for the brain. Thus by talking or singing well one can at the same recharge oneself and one’s listener.
These exercises focus on :
– reading out loud
– posture, the acquisition of verticality
– breathing adapted to the vocal output
– the placing of the spoken and singing voice (learning the emission of sounds through bone conduction)
– the listening posture
These exercises are taught initially before, during or after the programme of audio-vocal sessions then more fully during the audio-vocal courses.
Audio-psycho-phonology does not limit itself, as is often believed and practised, to the audio-vocal sessions. These are just a preparation for the audio-vocal exercises which will give each person independence from the machine, so as to become responsible, free and active in their progression towards better listening.
It is therefore essential that an increased number of people become familiar with these exercises and are able to teach them and all the more so in an age where we are bombarded with sounds of poor quality, which decharge and tire the organism and block progress.
It is a case of being prepared on a daily basis to practise gymnastics of the middle ear, just as a physio recommends walking and exercising one’s muscles each day. We thus become an athlete of our ears…
The audio-vocal coaching or ALT helps anyone who would like to do audio-vocal sessions but hasn’t found the time to start yet as well as for anyone who has already done some sessions in any Centre.
This training is particularly designed for therapists and teachers, but is also open to everyone :
Testimony from Jean-François : December 2021
From the first session, one can feel the very positive effects on the voice and the body. Dominique Waddell who is an expert on the matter, tailors the training and helps you with much kindness to re-discover your voice in order to find your way again.
30mn weekly sessions, through Skype, is ideal and the daily exercises become a privileged time with oneself.
Better anchorage, dynamisation, better management of one’s emotions, reconnection to one’s body, are the remarkable results after only two sessions.
After this wonderful work on the spoken voice, I’m already looking forward to working on the sung voice !
I highly recommand this work to anyone !
With much gratitude,