THE SAFE AND SOUND PROTOCOL PODCAST
Here we talk everything Polyvagal and Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) related. Dr Porges has provided us with a revolutionary framework for understanding the connection between our autonomic nervous system and behaviour based on perceptions of threat or safety. The SSP acoustic intervention, developed by Dr Porges, is an exciting new therapy helping people all around the world.
In addition, we will be discussing a range of related topics, such as the neurobiology of safety; the biological need for connection and relationships; neuroplasticity; Neurosequential Model; Somatic Experiencing; Neurofeedback; gut-brain axis, and psychoacoustics, just to name a few.
This podcast is for practitioners and individuals or families wishing to learn more about state regulation for optimal health and wellbeing.
SAFE AND SOUND PROTOCOL PODCAST
A POLYVAGAL INFORMED THERAPY
The SSP uses the auditory system as a portal to the vagus complex, which controls our physiological state. Once physiological state is regulated, we can accelerate or enhance subsequent therapy. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the program is derived from nearly four decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music. The music trains the auditory pathways by focusing on the frequency envelope of human speech. As the client learns to process these speech-related frequencies, they improve the functioning of two cranial nerves that are important for promoting overall social behaviour. Cranial Nerve VII (Facial Nerve) helps clients focus on human voice and tune out irrelevant frequencies. Cranial Nerve X (Vagus Nerve) enables self-soothing and autonomic regulation.
Following successful completion of the intervention, individuals will be better able to focus in school, therapy, and everyday life and experience a calmed emotional and physiological state. This is based on studies that suggest that skills such as attention, state regulation and the ability to engage socially will be enhanced