How does Havening™ work?In order to understand why Havening™ works, it is important to understand how trauma occurs in the mind. In short, as the result of a specific traumatic event, e.g. After a bike accident in which I broke my collar bone and forearm I was left with chronic shoulder and back pain . At the time of the accident a pathway was encoded from the Amygdala in the brain to the effected part of the body in this case the shoulder and forearm .A fear response is then activated every subsequent time something happens to make you think of your back and shoulder pain.Eighteen months later the pain, which by then had spread into my leg and my foot.Which illustrated how pain and trauma can rapidly take over someone’s life.
What Havening does is to depoteniate the encoded pathway from the brain to the effected part of the body. In this case the shoulder and back.The process creates a ‘de-linking’. As such, many clients may remember the memory or the event, however the intense emotional component is no longer there for them and the pain goes.In my case it took 20 minutes to be free from pain.I was amazed.
What does Havening involve ?
The technique involves gentle repetitive touch on the arms, hands or face called Havening Touch®. The therapist can do this to the client . The client is asked to visualise a safe place and perhaps alongside this doing an activity. For instance thinking about walking on the beach whilst counting each time you throw and catch a ball .The therapist can also teach clients how to use 'havening' for themselves.
There are several different kind of Havening Techniques™ which can be used separately or in combination.
If you have a question about Havening that you’d like me to answer and would like to know more about how I can help you, I offer all clients a free 20-minute telephone consultation. Call me on 07791369427, or fill in the quick contact form.
Breast feeding-Babies who do not latch
Some babies do not latch at birth because they have had a difficult or complicated birth or for physical reason such as tongue tie,or for no obvious reason.This can be a very anxious time for the mother and the extended family but particularly for the mother.
How does Havening™ work?I When a baby refuses the breast ,for whatever reason it creates an array of emotional responses in the mother . It's her role to nurture and provide for her infant, if she feels she can't do that she's more likely to feel frustration ,anxiety or even fear.A split-second unconscious choice changes the chemistry associated with the feeling in a part of the brain called the Amygdala. The Amygdala's function is to mediate pain and emotion. The anxiety frustration or fear response is then activated every time she tries to breast feed. As such feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, may be the predominant emotion . These feelings may can be very difficult for the mother and even make breast feeding seem un achievable.
What does Havening do ?
Havening puts that chemistry back to its normal state. The process is called depotentiation‘ a 'de-linking'. Many mothers when thinking about feeding their non latching baby feel an intense emotional response . After Havening this heightened emotional response is no longer present.Resulting in the mother and baby returning to their normal calm and confident state where the baby feels surrounded by warmth and comfort is ready to feed and wants to latch .
What does the technique involve ?
It involves gentle touch on the hands, arms and face called Havening Touch®this is carried out by the therapist . If you prefer not to be touched the therapist can teach you how to 'self Haven'.
'Thank you for this and for the really awesome treatment. Alice is still latching when I am relaxed. I really hope we have turned a corner and thank you so much for your help to do that.'
Karen Dec 2016 mother of Alice aged five weeks
'I was so sceptical,but it worked he latched .It was such a turning point for us after seven weeks ! '
If you have a question you’d like to discuss . Call me on 07791369427 for a free consultation or fill in the quick contact form.