Joya is the only Listening centre in New Zealand. Since the opening in 2002 we have received a growing number of clients from different parts of the country and overseas.
Over the next months we are launching a winter series, the first of which is for:
THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD
Last year's holiday programmes have left the impression that it can be very worth while and fun for kids to do the Listening without a parent present - as is generally the case in our one on one sessions.
Over the winter months, we are going to do a similar thing but this time over a longer period so that it is also possible to do a full Listening course.
Some indicators that your child could benefit:
- easily distracted
- overly sensitive to noise
- either 'too open' or 'too closed off' emotionally
- intelligent yet underachieving
- unusual fatigue
- messy handwriting
- inconsistent result with math /spelling
- misinterpreting instructions
Sessions are planned for after school although exceptions can be made. - depending on the results of the Open Days and talking to parents, we may introduce morning sessions for some specific special needs kids - in those cases one of the parents should also be willing to stay on. Most Nelson schools - have been very cooperative in this respect.
After school - Monday to Friday the doors will be open from 3 to 6 pm. No weekend sessions- we start halfway June.
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Mothers-to-be are invited to experience the benefits of Listening Training during the 2nd programme in our winter series:
CONNECTING WITH YOUR BABY
Listening Training offers a unique ay of perceiving sound for both mother and child. Research into pre-natal life indicates that the first of the sensory experiences is that of vibration and sound. Harmonious sounds especially those in the higher frequency range increase our attentiveness and concentration, even while still in the womb. As indicated by comparative studies in two French hospitals, preparing for birth by doing listening training might give you and your baby the best possible start. Labour was generally shorter than average and there was also less need for medical intervention
Areas where you could benefit:
- calm and positive approach to giving birth
- Improvement of posture and relief of back pain
- Increase in over-all energy
- Better sleep
- Enhanced mother/baby bond
- Stimulation of developing nervous system of the baby
- Positive impact of language development and musical ability
Session are discounted to $15 per hour. Small groups. For more info call Paulina or come to introductory lecture during the Open Days (details will be in the Leader)
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The 3rd programme in the series:
IMPROVING YOUR HEARING THROUGH LISTENING
For anyone noticing a gradual hearing loss, it might be worth while investigating this unique programme, to experience whether it can make a difference. We generally accept hearing loss as being part and parcel of our circumstances and age. However there are quite a few ways of improving our hearing and inherent quality of life without having to get a hearing aid. Listening Training is one of them. Simply listening to a selection of classical music through customized headphones and with the use of electronic equipment that can manipulate sound. This method has produced measurable results in weeks, even days.
Some indicators that you might benefit:
- diminished hearing
- easily distracted
- sensitive to noise
- tired, especially in the afternoon
- diminished alertness, focus and memory
- over-all lack of energy
- restless, irritable
- emotionally vulnerable
- loss of quality sleep
Groups will be small - no interaction required. During these series the hourly rate will be brought back of $15.
Sessions will mainly take place in the morning.
We have a wide variety of creative people living in and around Nelson. The 4th programme that we'll be running during the winter period will be specifically for those in the
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Tomatis, the founding father of this method started off working with singers and actors. The first ones mainly came from Europe but over time he received clients from all over the world.
French actor Gerard Depardieu once was a tongue-tied, insecure young man, yet with a passion for the stage and a willingness to overcome hurdles. His experiences and work with Tomatis helped him through a crucial phase of his career. Other celebrities who benefited include violonist Yehudi Menuhin, and singers Maria Callas, Pavarotti and Sting.
During my training period in the Tomatis centres in London Paris and Sydney as over the last few years in Nelson, I mainly worked with opera singers and classical musicians (cellists/ violinists). Some of my NZ clients comment:
"this method has helped me enormously on an energetic as well as a creative level. I am impressed by the effect it had on my critical listening abilities as a sound engineer but also on my overall well-being".
A former Nelson jazz singer said before leaving our shores: "I will never ever again be in doubt of the power of truly listening and being heard!"
For the more visually oriented artists there is another benefit that comes to light with proper listening.
We are generally not aware of it but when we grow older and there is a decline in our perception of sound, there often also is an accompanying decline in the way we see colour. So, for any visual artist - professional or non-professional - interested in widening or maintaining their spectral horizon - doing some listening training might be very useful
For these series prices have been kept low - $15 hr. Hope it is going to be a worth while experience for all!
For bookings or further information please email or call Paulina on (03) 539 1369.
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