Safe & Sound Protocol
Nervous System Regulation
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based neural listening exercise developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, creator of the Polyvagal Theory.
How it works:
SSP consists of a series of five hours of specially filtered music to stimulate the "safe & social" or ventral vagus nervous system state, part of the autonomic nervous system. Part of our autonomic nervous system's job is the read cues of safety and danger and respond appropriately. However, many of us, because of chronic stress, trauma history, neurodivergencies, etc., have nervous systems that have trouble reading cues accurately and can become "stuck" primarily in either fight/flight (sympathetic) or shutdown (dorsal vagus).
The SSP works to give us access to the safe & social nervous system state, and helps our nervous system to gain flexibility and resiliency. The safe & social nervous system state is where we have an embodied sense of safety and well-being, where we feel connected and at peace and can respond to life, including life's challenges, instead of reacting.
The Safe & Sound Protocol is done in a series of five sessions, either in person or virtually. The first session includes an intake and a half hour of listening while Kristi Joy, Certified SSP Provider, holds space, provides a regulating presence, and monitors your progress. Subsequent sessions include energy healing and a half hour of listening. Between sessions you will do a half hour of listening on your own, ideally with someone who feels safe that can provide a regulating presence for you.
Because everyone is different and can potentially respond differently to the Safe & Sound Protocol, we start with this standard structure, and modify as needed. The standard cost is $350.
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Difficulty with social communication
Feel more calm, grounded and resilient
Think more clearly and creatively
Respond instead of react
More ease of social engagement