Havening Techniques® is a psycho sensory therapy based on brain science and biology. It uses a self-soothing touch to alter thoughts, moods, and behavior. Ronald Ruden, MD, Ph.D., developed and created it in collaboration with his brother Steven Ruden, DDS.
The Havening Technique uses protocols and methods which use touch as a therapeutic tool which we call Havening Touch®. You use your own hands on your face, arms, and hands. As a result, this touch stimulates the C-fibers in your hands and creates a delta wave to help calm your psyche, mind, and nervous system.
With Havening, a client can work on emotional disturbances, wellness, stress management, and peak performance. Havening helps to de-potentiate memories from your amygdala, create new pathways in the brain. Using the resiliency protocols boosts confidence in feeling prepared for future events when building peak performance.
Havening helps with the psychological and physical consequences of trauma encoding and stressful life events.
Here are some of the ailments that Havening has shown to help:
- Chronic pain
- Panic Attacks
- Emotional eating
- Distressing memories (broken relationships, shocking news, loss, embarrassment, etc.)
- Distress caused by natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.)
- Distress caused by man-made events (war, fire, assault, home intrusion, etc.)
- Difficulties learning (reading, new subjects, nervous, inability to focus)
Havening combined with longer-term treatment for those with more complex trauma histories. This therapy can help reduce trauma and stress. It is effective for short-term-based treatment. It can help in as few as 6 to 8 sessions for one specific stressful event or trauma.
Subjective Units of Experience
Havening uses the subjective units of distress scale (SUDS), which goes from 0 to 10. During a session, the progress of reducing target the stressor tracks progress by using this scale. The SUDS scale allows the practitioner and client to measure the movement in the flow of sensations and emotions. After each round of havening, the SUDS scale is used to help guide the healing process and help measure the effectiveness of the chosen target.
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