What is the Safe & Sound Protocol, SSP?
You can only access “rest, digest & heal” and “connection to yourself, others, and something greater” (principles that guide my practicing of naturopathic medicine) from a place of safety. The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) helps you find your safety.
“A non-invasive listening therapy for your client’s unique journey to better nervous system regulation. The Safe & Sound Protocol is an evidence-based therapeutic tool designed to reset the nervous system and return it to safety. Designed to work with other therapeutic approaches and modalities, the SSP features specially filtered music that stimulates the vagus nerve.”
What conditions can this therapy treat?
Your nervous system is supported in finding a regulated, safe, and connected space. Additionally, SSP is used to support you with the following:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Emotional regulation
- Sleep problems
- Hyper-arousal, up-regulated nervous system, hyper-vigilance
- Emotional trauma
- Sensory processing differences
- Auditory sensitivity
What does it feel like?
The experiences and sensations that you may feel during treatment and months afterward include, but are not limited to:
- Nothing, but you’ll likely notice gradual soothing in your system over time
- Calm feelings
- Slight nausea or queasiness (let me know if we are in session together or discontinue your daily session, if you’re at home)
Highlights of the SSP
- A five-hour auditory intervention developed and patented by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory.
- Designed to reduce sound sensitivity, and improve auditory processing and behavioral state regulation.
- Activates the client’s social engagement system, helping to accelerate and enhance therapeutic outcomes.
- Supports physiological state regulation, allowing for greater resilience.
Polyvagal Theory: the Science of Feeling Safe
Developed by world-renowned researcher and Unyte’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, danger or life-threat can impact our behavior. Understanding Polyvagal Theory gives us a scientific framework that can be applied through physiological, or “bottom-up” therapies, to help change and improve how we feel, think and connect with others.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a powerful listening therapy designed to help regulate the nervous system, so you can better connect with yourself, others and the world around you. We will be offering this 10 hour system for $150.
Through the specially filtered music, the SSP helps regulate the nervous system.
Some benefits of the Unyte SSP:
Improved response to stress
Better Emotional Regulation
More Social Connection
Improves Focus and Brain Function
Produces a calm and relaxed state
Helping with Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression
Some common FAQs for the protocol:
Can I do the SSP by myself without a provider?
The SSP is a powerful therapeutic intervention and is not available for use without the supervision of a trained professional However, after the initial session, independent listening is also a part of your SSP experience. All SSP providers are required to complete an extensive training and certification course prior to delivering the SSP to ensure safe and effective delivery.
What can I do while listening?
In most cases, light movement, breathing exercises, and drawing, coloring or puzzle activities are recommended. High-intensity exercise, cognitively demanding tasks, and computer work are generally not recommended.
What does the music sound like?
The SSP uses music that you may already be familiar with. The music is filtered through an algorithm that enhances intonation changes within the frequency range of the human voice, training the auditory processing system to attune to cues of safety.
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