Anne Hayden


Tomatis ® Practitioner Level 1

I’m a passionate mother of 3 and grandmother of 3 with another due in December.

As a young teenager, I noticed the distress of my grandmother who had back pain. I remember as if it was only yesterday, massaging her back for 30 minutes while she sat on a dining room chair. Next day she told me she had been pain-free for the rest of the day. (She had Parkinson’s and Osteoporosis).

My journey in life has been allied to wellbeing, and researching how to attain well-being.

Satisfying my artistic interests first, I became a hairdresser, and noticed that some children had sensitivities to their hair and especially their neck areas being touched, and that a haircut took patience and understanding on my part to perform. During that time, I was privy to many family stories and their stressful lives.

Twenty years ago I studied therapeutic massage and became interested in the science of health.

I also studied  Bowen Fascial Kinetics  with Russell Sturgess and Neurological Integration System (NIS) with Allan Phillips D.O. The benefits I received from these modalities spurred me on to more research about our brain and understanding how it works.

In 2007 my mum suffered a stroke at 84 years of age and had to give up driving and teaching piano. Amazingly, knowing the brain is plastic, I took her CD player and cell phone into hospital to start her recovery. We then moved on to her piano, and slowly starting off with practicing scales, my mum gradually taught herself to play again.

During supporting mum, I took a part-time job as a “Taste Tempter” ( Cook) at The Learning Centre, an early childcare centre. Working with organic food, it was both a challenge and a delight, a real learning curve. Creating healthy recipes for children with allergies, food intolerances, and good and picky eaters, a most satisfying job!

Then one of my family members was diagnosed as high functioning autistic. This started me on another journey. Sometimes what seems to be a child ‘behaving ‘badly’, or not sleeping all night, is really a symptom for help and understanding.

Why I work with Tomatis®

Through reading The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge MD, I came to understand how plastic our brain really is, and reading the personal stories of Alfred Tomatis and Paul Madaule. These very real stories, And the Music Therapy used, led me to The Tomatis® Method.

Children with learning difficulties along with their families need an enormous amount of understanding, patience and help.

I’m passionate about helping these children and their families to reach their full potential, I’ve come out of retirement.


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