What is it?
Havening is a proven healing technique that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding. Havening belongs to a larger group of treatments called Psychosensory therapies,which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behaviour.
Havening is a system comprised of techniques and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool. The touch can be applied either by a qualified health care provider or oneself.
How does it work?
Havening works by changing part of the brain called the Amygdala. The Amygdala is the part of the brain that processes and initiates the fight or flight response. During a traumatic event,receptors on the surface of the Amygdala are encoded or potentiated. The process of havening de-potentiates these receptors de-linking the emotional charge or feeling from the memory.
Havening willreduce and remove the emotional response to bad memories and traumas. It is particularly helpful topeople suffering with PTSD or experienced other traumatic events such as sexual assault, violence or even natural disasters.Havening has also been used to help first responders i.e. police, fire and ambulance staff, deal with traumatic situations that they have been witness to.