The body’s response to the world around us:
The nervous system, neuroplasticity, and Polyvagal Theory
Scientific advancements have helped us better understand how the nervous system and brain work and have given us greater insight into what’s happening in the minds and bodies of those who struggle.
The notion that the brain is able to change in response to stimulation, an ability known as “neuroplasticity,” is now so widely accepted it can be called fact. Unyte-iLs programs are based on this principle, providing gentle and specific stimulation in order to activate the neural pathways used in the processing of sensory information. Neuronal connections in these pathways are strengthened and new connections are established through repeated sessions of multisensory input.
SSP(Safe and Sound Protocol). The SSP Pathways, which are based in Polyvagal Theory, are designed to help the nervous system to better receive, process and respond to the cures 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.
This is a great option for sensitive clients. SSP Connect: Classical or SSP Connect: Adult or Child provides a gentle and slow introduction to the experience of music as therapy. This helps to establish familiarity and a sense of expectancy of what is to come, and with that comes a feeling of safety. SSP Connect includes three new 5-hour playlists .
This is the existing, original SSP that has been used by thousands of providers and tens of thousands of clients since its release in March, 2017. It is Dr. Porges’ patented intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.
Clinically, SSP Core remains exactly the same, with the same algorithms to modulate the frequencies and acoustic energy of the music. SSP Core includes 5-hour playlists.
SSP Balance is a pathway that can be used to extend and integrate the gains of the SSP and potentially act as a state stabilizer. It can also be used for further stabilization and integration before beginning an SSP Core Booster when accompanied by the guidance of an experienced SSP facilitator.
SSP Balance was developed as a follow up to the SSP Core to offer an opportunity to return to music as a calming and grounding experience with a less strenuous neural workout. The music in SSP Balance uses the same playlists as SSP Core, but is treated to present the frequency envelope of human voice with a narrower and less dynamic modulation around this range. SSP Balance includes three new 5-hour playlists.
Polyvagal Theory, or the “science of feeling safe,” is another one of the key research advancements that helps us better understand our challenges and gives us a foundational framework for non-invasive ways to support them.