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Safe and Sound Protocol™

Developed by Stephen Porges, Phd, SSP is a passive cutting-edge, evidence-based, 5-day intervention that proves significant results in addressing social and emotional challenges, auditory sensitivities, anxiety, trauma, attention disorders and everyday stress. 

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What you hear, and how you hear it, influences how the body responds.

Listening is connected with the vagus nerve, the body’s internal control center for processing and responding to cues and signals from the world around us.  The SSP uses specially-filtered music to train the neural network associated with listening to focus on the frequency range of the human voice. 

We look, speak and listen with the same system. When the voice changes, the body responds. As we learn to focus on the sound frequencies of human speech through the SSP program, the vagus nerve becomes stimulated and the state of feeling more safe and calm becomes accessible.

The proof is in the playlists. Specially treated music playlists are part of the SSP program and all help ‘prime’ the nervous system by exposing it to different sound frequencies. Listening to these playlists through over the ear headphones helps the nervous system to more readily achieve balance, or “homeostasis.” 

Feel Better

Feel more:
safe, calm, grounded, resilient.
 

Feel less:
irritable, anxious, overwhelmed.

 

Think Better

Think more:
clearly, attentively, creatively
Think less:
 rigidly, disorganized, distractible.

Connect Better

Connect more:
openly, genuinely, wholly
Connect less:
guardedly, distantly, oppositionally.

Who is this for? 

The Safe and Sound Protocol, or SSP,  is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory, based on decades of research and developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Unyte’s Chief Scientific Advisor. 

The SSP’s effectiveness has been proven in a wide range of studies, most notably in two clinical trials involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trial participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in:

  • Emotional control
  • Behavioral organization
  • Hearing sensitivity and listening

The protocol is beneficial for adults and children suffering from autonomic dysregulations such as chronic anxiety and stress, trauma, auditory and sensory processing issues, and even autoimmune disorders related to digestion and elimination such as IBS

How it works

The SSP program, which is facilitated by qualified and certified professionals, employs a practical bottom-up approach to help people regulate their nervous system more consistently and independently.

There are three phases to the program. Each phase consists of listening to music played from an app on your iPhone or Android through special earphones. 

The music and the way it is filtered is designed to help the nervous system to better receive, process, and respond to the cues and signals from the world around us. This helps us learn how to more easily and consistently feel better regulated in the face of life’s challenges.