Listening therapy, research and accommodation, all in the same building
Jozef Vervoort, born in Belgium in 1940, and Professor Alfred Tomatis, a scientist born in France in 1920 and based in Paris, met for the first time in 1972. Over the years, a solid relationship, marked by a deep mutual esteem, developed between them, reinforced by frequent visits and phone conversations. In the spring of 1973, Jozef Vervoort took the opportunity to train in Audio-Psycho-Phonology, a specialty founded by Professor Tomatis, as his own son, Bart, was being treated.
It was therefore not surprising that in the 1990s, Tomatis repeatedly asked his friend Jozef Vervoort to carry on his scientific and spiritual work as his successor. Jozef Vervoort, at the time headmaster of four elementary schools in Sint-Truiden, his new homeland, was initially reserved. In addition to his main duties, Jozef Vervoort also managed his Atlantis center, a growing institute, and had neither the time nor the means to handle the legacy of the French scientist whose health was declining.
The turning point came quite fortuitously at the end of the 1990s, when the city of Sint-Truiden began to attack the plague of vacant buildings, threatening owners with heavy fines. The Vervoort family was interested in a building located near their family home. The former hotel, which has been in disuse for 23 years, was for sale at a reasonable price. On December 07, 1999, the purchase contract was signed and work began immediately, with the retrofitting of the building and the insertion of new ceilings in places, while preserving historic floors and ceilings as much as possible. The renovation of the four-story building built in 1882 lasted four years in total, until December 2001.
At the beginning of 2002, Mozart-Brain-Lab NV’s team members took their position at the new company’s headquarters. Rooms situated on the building’s upper floor were rented to clients who underwent listening therapy at the new MBL institute, twin structure of the Atlantis Institute. The official inauguration of the center took place on October 26, 2002, in the presence of guest of honor Léna Tomatis, widow of Professor Alfred Tomatis, who had died on December 25, 2001 in Carcassonne, South of France.
The main axes of the Mozart-Brain-Lab activities were defined as follows: in-depth research of listening therapy, study of the numerous documents left by Tomatis, and development of new therapy equipment.
Currently, MBL, twin sister of the Atlantis Institute, has over 20 seats for listening therapy. Those interested can visit the gallery of therapy prototypes, from the oldest to the most recent, or immerse themselves in reading the numerous published and unpublished books and manuscripts left to the library by Tomatis. It was here that the new Brain-Activator, successor of the Electronic Ear, and the MBL APP System 501 audio player, containing the files of the therapeutic music pieces, were designed. It is also here that the global network of therapists trained by MBL and established all over the world, converge, and it is from here that the therapy equipment is being shipped out to them.