Manchester Havening

Manchester Havening

“Havening” is a new touch therapy that was originally created by Dr. Ronald A. Ruden and his twin brother Dr. Steven Ruden. Havening is ideally suited to help people with PTSD, Traumas and Phobias.


The Neuroscience of Havening


Recent research in neuroscience has highlighted to researchers how the brain codes memories, phobias, traumatic events and fears. Through various scanning techniques we are learning which part of the brain is active when accessing emotional memories. Neuroscience has also taught us how to recode the brains neuro-network.

We already know that in a trance/relaxed state that some regions of the brain are less active, and it is this state that creates emotional memories. Your brain through plasticity changes, which means we can change the frames of reference you recall when thinking about new situations IE you can change your thoughts so you wont recall the fear, anxiety when you find yourself thinking about a past traumatic event.



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Havening and The Limbic System


The limbic system is the part of the brain that keeps us safe. In the limbic system and the amygdala we make immediate decisions, react unconsciously and it is here where our fight, flight and freeze response is activated.

To activate our flight, fight or freeze response the receptors at the end of the neurons in our brain are activated. When we first find ourselves in a traumatic place, these same neurons and receptors record this as an emotional memory (the memory becomes encoded in our brain)

A traumatic event will often become embedded in the subconscious. As you remember this traumatic event, you will often see the traumatic event in your mind’s eye, from the perspective of your own eyes – imagining being back in the traumatic environment, this associated state fires of the same neurons that were created at the time of the traumatic event, this allows you to relieve the same emotions that you felt when the traumatic event first took place; anxiety, fear, helplessness, etc

This is a safety mechanism that works well. Instead of having to learn each situation over and over again, which in dangerous environments can be life threatening, the neurons and receptors immediately fires an emtion which tells you how to react.

Making Changes with Havening


Without the receptors the emotional memory cannot be recalled. Havening techniques help to remove these receptors (the glue like substance that holds the receptors to the neuron) from the neuron through distraction techniques. The distraction technique produces an increase in delta waves which releases calcium based chemicals which dislodge/unsticks the receptors from the neuron.

Havening practitioners use touch (rubbing arms, palms and face) as well as asking the patient to rapidly move their eyes from left to right and finally to visualise and count objects to distract the client while producing delta waves. Research into delta waves have found the rubbing of arms, palms and face produces a higher level of delta waves.

Because this is a “touch” therapy you have to get the clients consent to use this type of therapy with them. You can also use NLP submodalities to create the same outcome using visualisation.



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Havening Technique Explained


Step 1 Recall memory (and for a short period of time) to create the fight, flight and freeze response created by the neuron receptors. Ask the client on a scale of 1-10 with 1 representing clam/relax and 10 representing fear/anxiety where they are on the scale when they recall this memory?

Step 2 Stroke in a downward motion the clients arms, palms and face (this increases delta waves) Stroke the arms from the shoulders to the clients elbow 10 times, move onto the clients palms and stroke the palms 10 times and finally move onto the clients face and rub with a few fingers from the centre of the clients forehead and rub down towards the clients checks avoid touching the clients eyes, nose or lips – 10 rimes.

Step 3 Create distraction by visualising activities and counting. While rubbing the clients arms, ask them to imagine walking through a peaceful and safe place, as you walk count each step out loud from 1 to 10. Next imagine people watching at a safe distance, and count out loud every time you see a smiley face until you reach 5 (you can use any type of visual counting exercise – I like to use comical ones such as imagine stepping in ten buckets of jelly, or count out loud every time you see the clown rub a custard pie into another clowns face)

Finally hum out loud “old McDonald had a farm”


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Step 4 Ask the client to keep their head straight (looking forward) and ask them to follow your finger with only their eyes. Move you finger from left to right and back again, several times creating rapid eye movement.

Following the four steps, clients are asked to rescale their response and the 4 steps are repeated until the response to the trauma is gone at a manageable level agreed to by the client on the scale. Complete the whole process until you reach manageable number on the scale or until the traumatic event no longer bothers your client.


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