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Havening Techniques® Better Living Through Neuroscience

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"Havening Techniques® engages our inherent biological system to permanently heal, strengthen and empower our minds and bodies." Ronald A. Ruden M.D.,Ph.D

The Havening Techniques® have been developed by Ronald A. Ruden M.D.,Ph.D. and his brother Steven J. Ruden, D.D.S., ICF/ACC.

The Havening Techniques® are powerful tools that can be used to alleviate the consequences of traumatic or stressful events.

Havening or Delta Techniques® is a method which is designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body. These techniques have been developed and refined over the last fifteen years. The first official training occurred May 2013 in the UK. Now we have grown and spread to all corners of the world.

What is Havening®? The Havening Techniques ® are healing modalities designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic or stressful encoding. They belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. The system is comprised of protocols and methods that use touch as a therapeutic tool we call Havening Touch®. This touch generates a delta wave in the brain and as a consequence we also refer to Havening Techniques as Delta Techniques®.

Is Havening® Permanent? It’s not possible to provide any guarantees but once Havening® is successful it has shown to be permanent in most cases. This is because Havening® is believed to alter the biological structure of the brain. The return of symptoms implies either the traumatic core has not yet been found or the problem has been encoded in a different way. In particular, addictive and obsessive/compulsive behaviors, certain pain syndromes and vasovagal (e.g. fainting) issues often need reinforcement or cannot be treated with the Havening Techniques® at the present time. No therapy works for all problems, but Havening® is demonstrating that it’s possible to successfully treat disorders that have not been resolved by western medicine.

Although the Havening ® Techniques appear to have promising emotional, mental, and physical health benefits, they have yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities and, therefore may be considered experimental. The Havening Techniques® are self- regulated and they are considered alternative or complementary healing methods in the United States.

What Types of Problems Can Havening® be Used for? The consequences of traumatic encoding can be physical and psychological.

Havening Touch® has been shown to help with:

  • Phobias

  • Chronic pain

  • Distressing memories (broken relationships, shocking news, loss, embarrassment, etc.)

  • Victims of natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.) and man-made catastrophes (war, fire, assault, home intrusion, floods, hurricanes, etc.)

  • Anger

  • Fear of abandonment

  • Stress

  • Self Esteem

  • Cravings

  • PTSD

  • Panic attacks

  • Sexual abuse

  • Performance enhancement

  • Public speaking

  • Sports enhancement

  • Emotional eating

You can find more information, applications and testimonials on the Havening® website.

For more details of the science behind the work, see the website:

under the “Learn More” tab, click “White Papers and Articles”.

These videos can provide further descriptions and elaboration:

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