Discover if the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an appropriate intervention for you now

This program is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music


Vagal Nerve Stimulation​

Autonomic Nervous System Regulation​

Sound, Music & Frequency ​

The SSP Protocol consists of 3 pathways, Connect, Core and Balance, each of which are 5 hours worth of self paced audio listening. 

The complete SSP program comprises 3 main pathways that are accessible via a certified practitioner. 

Each of the SSP pathways is composed of different filtered, unfiltered and calming 5-hour music playlists. 

The SSP pathways are designed to help the nervous system to better process and respond to the world and to feel more regulated. 

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?

SSP is an auditory program developed to train the neural network associated with listening to help people regulate their nervous system more consistently and effectively.

SSP uses specially filtered music focused on the frequency range of the human voice to stimulate the vagus nerve, calm the physiological and emotional state, introduce a sense of safety, and help individuals improve their communication and social engagement.

SSP is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory, based on decades of research and developed by Dr Stephen Porges.

SSP uses the auditory system as a portal to the vagus complex, which controls our physiological state. Once the physiological state is regulated, gains in subsequent therapy are accelerated.

SSP is a research-based intervention requiring listening to specially selected music that is designed to help the nervous system better receive, process, and respond to the cues and signals from the world around us. SSP must be completed in a quiet space to minimise external noise, using over-ear headphones, and listening for daily for a maximum of 30 mins a day  over consecutive days.

SSP is an evidence-based intervention for

Safe and Sound Listening Pathways

SSP Connect

Warm up the nervous system with a gentle and slow introduction, establish familiarity and a sense of safety

SSP Core

The Core program designed to wake up, exercise and open the nervous system, to build capacity and achieve reduced sensitivity and a more resilient physiological state.

SSP Balance

Continue to stabilize and maintain a sense of calm and grounding, and further integrate the benefits of SSP Core.

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a way to calm or regulate the fight or flight reflex that we all experience. For some this reflex is hyper aroused causing the individual to feel unsafe in their everyday environments.

Past traumas or chronic stress can produce over-response. Developmental and Sensory processing differences can also produce over-response. 

Included in the program are videos with information about the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and “Polyvagal” theory which explain the stress response (and anxiety). 

The SSP was written and refined over the past 20 years by Neuroscientist, Dr. Stephen Porges.  

The Processed Music (PSL) is computer altered vocal music designed to exaggerate the features of human prosody and designed to exercise the neural regulation of the middle ear muscles.  By exercising these muscles, those who struggle to regulate their response to stress, emotions, or auditory information begin to sense safety and the ability to socially engage instead of withdraw from their environment.

Since becoming available, the SSP intervention has been shown to be powerful for decreasing stress, improving social-engagement and co-regulation which improves quality of life.  

Safe and Sound Protocol with Lisa

Why a sound intervention?

The mind and body are connected through the vagus nerve, which is the longest nerve in the autonomic nervous system, stretching from the brainstem to the colon. It is our internal control center, allowing the brain to monitor and receive information about many of our bodily functions.

The vagus nerve helps to regulate many critical aspects of human physiology, including the heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, digestion, and even speaking. As the body takes in information automatically through neuroception, the vagus nerve processes the signals and cues from the world around us and, in turn, determines how we react through three physiological states:

  • Parasympathetic / Ventral Vagal state — our centered “true self” state, where all social interaction, connection and cognition occurs
  • Sympathetic state — feeling of threat or danger, and feeling the need to either “fight” or “flee” from a situation to seek safety
  • Dorsal Vagal state — our “freeze” state, when we feel our lives are so immediately threatened that we become immobilized

The Science of How it all Works

Integrative Listening Systems is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.

Integrative Listening Systems trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills.

Nourish the nervous system safely and remotely

Polyvagal Overview

Do you feel as though you are in the Ventral Vagal state?

Or do you find yourself more in the Fight, Flight or Freeze states? 

Source: Ruby Jo Walker


The program consists of: 

  • Completing intake forms
  • Online Course learning (see above outline)
  • 1:1 Sessions with Lisa
  • Daily checking email/forms
  • Feedback from Lisa
  • Self-guided – remote listening in your own home and in your own time with as little as a few minutes per week to a maximum of 30 mins of listening per day.  This is all individual and related to your own nervous system processing the protocol

Together will design a schedule that best fits your mind, body and nervous systems requirements. 

This is all individual and related to your own nervous system processing the protocol.  

Many client experiences changes right away! (I personally noticed changes immediately when I did it myself).

As the body can take time to adjust,  changes may continue to occur 6 to 8 weeks after the protocol is completed.

Yes, it can be a one-time protocol. 

Although most clients may benefit from ongoing listening – although we will talk about the length of the protocol during your sessions.


  • The protocol is delivered through an app on your smartphone or tablet
  • 1:1 Sessions with Lisa are via ZOOM
  • An online course created by Lisa is available via a web browser

This program is designed for those with sensitivities.  Please contact Lisa to discuss your sensitivities further. 

No.  This is not the same as binaural beats. 

Above 6 months of age.

Meet Lisa Gumieniuk

I know this story all too well.  Even though I was smart, committed to change, and had loving and supportive people around me… I still struggled. 

I knew it was time to end the cycle for me … and I went on a journey to discover how!

I now see too many incredible women around me suffering.  

How do I know?

They tell me regularly.  Strong, confident, high-performing women.

For you, maybe true wellness appears out of reach.  Maybe anxiety and stress stops you from living an abundant life.  It cuts you off from love and connection – with yourself, friends and family.  It can isolate. It can make you feel so alone. And you don’t know what to do about it!  So, you try ignoring it, hoping it will just go away. 

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