Safe & Sound Protocol: Polyvagal Theory of Dr. Stephen Porges

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Polyvagal Theory: the Science of Feeling Safe

Developed by world-renowned researcher, 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. Video:

About the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an research-based practical application of Polyvagal Theory. It is a listening program designed to retrain the autonomic nervous system to feel safe, so that people feel more able to connect with others, assert themselves, feel happy and relaxed, and release the effects of trauma, and be more resilient in the face of stress. It is designed to reduce sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors. The SSP acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to re-tune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration and resilience. The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider, in-person or remotely. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences and more.

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