WHAT IS THE SSP?
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour audio program designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication, natural healing, and more successful treatment.
The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five to fifteen days in the following areas:
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Auditory sensitivities
- Anxiety and trauma related challenges
- Stressors that impact social engagement
Just like the brain, the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is plastic and can “learn” to stay more activated than necessary. Being in a state of chronic defensiveness compromises the social engagement system and the related neural networks “learn” to engage less. Symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, digestive issues, light or sound sensitivity, temperature regulation issues, tense and painful muscles etc. are signs of a poor functioning ANS and are commonly found in those with chronic illness.
Clinically SSP has helped clients to:
- increase levels of toleration for food, supplements and the environment.
- Improve social interactions and anxiety
- reduce stress and create calm
- get to sleep easily and reduce nighttime waking.
This video is a wonderful explanation of the Autonomic Nervous System and its links to chronic illness.
The SSP also improves the ability to pick out human voices from background noise. During times of stress, your ears focus on low-frequency sounds created by predators and tune our human voice which is a higher frequency. SSP helps us shift from this stuck, stress state and retune to high-frequency sound. By improving the ability to pick our voices it allows us to easily assess safety in social situations, helping clients to activate a parasympathetic state and improving behavioral regulation.
Shifting the body into the parasympathetic state (also known as rest and digest) allows the body to heal. Cell repair and regeneration occur in this state. Moving the ANS into this calm state assists with natural healing from chronic illness, where the body is often stuck in fight/flight/freeze or a sympathetic state. By helping to access a calm and grounded state, the SSP promotes a neural platform for health, growth, and restoration.
By helping to access a calm and grounded state, the SSP promotes a neural platform for health, growth, and restoration.
An Initial 45 minute consult is required to get you set up on SSP. There are 2 options, self-paced or Zoom supported. Book your consultation to discuss your health and how SSP can work for you!
SSP self-paced home program
Use the SSP audio program in the comfort of your own home.
In the initial consultation, we will plan your personal schedule and your individual daily dose of the program. We will also confirm your suitability of the protocol and which package is most suitable for you.
This package includes:
- SSP Core 5-hour Audio program – Apple or Android App available (iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone).
- 5-10 day audio preparation program SSP Connect. Optional.
- 1 Month access to SSP Classical for calm and self regulation.
- 1 x 15-minute Zoom consultation at completion (at 4-6 weeks).
- Check-in emails during the Core program.
Payment plan available
Please note, for the at-home program, you require an Apple or Android device and a pair of over-ear headphones. (not earbuds, on-ear or noise-cancelling — unless noise-cancelling can be turned off)
It is preferable to have a support person present during the program sessions.
$347 AUD – is approx $240 USD
A 45-minute consultation is required to set you up on the SSP protocol.
If you have any questions about the SSP listening programs and would like to find out if it is right for you, email me at email@example.com