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Havening Techniques® with Hilary Russo

Transform trauma to tranquility.

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Searching for solace from emotional turbulence, physical distress, or a feeling of disquiet? Havening Techniques can be your harbor of healing.

Havening Techniques®

Known as as “CPR for the Amygdala”

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Havening at Body Positive Works, New Jersey

Havening Techniques® is a neuroscience based, psycho-sensory approach that uses the Havening Touch® and positive thoughts/pleasant distractions to change the brain rapidly.

The powerful tools de-traumatize the memory, removing the negative effects from both the mind and body. This modality is a nurturing technique that can alter your thoughts, moods, behaviors and habits in minutes and help you get to the root of your upsets. This happens when your brain goes into a Delta Wave “sleep” state.

This innovative method releases oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine and GABA and activates your parasympathetic nervous system. In this subconscious state, you are not only able to find your calm in the chaos, but your “haven”, your safe place.

Body Positive Works Havening Techniques® Practitioner

Hilary Russo

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Hilary is a trauma-informed certified Havening Techniques® practitioner. She is one of the first 150 to be certified in the United States of less than 1000 worldwide. Called a “pioneer in the industry” by one of the co-developing doctors of Havening,

Hilary’s devotion to emotional well-being stems from her own journey. Her background in both the media and military, as well as in education and as university professor, gives her first hand experience working with clients on secondary trauma, stress and grief, something we all face.  She believes that trust and connection are the foundation when working with clients. She is also a trusted source as a health/wellness expert globally.

Hilary can be seen regularly on media stations across the country and is an international speaker covering topics on trauma, stress, holistic health and Havening.  Her successful podcast, HIListically Speaking covers empowering conversations of trauma to triumph through health, healing and humor.

Hilary’s signature HUG it Out® method motivates you to find the healing, understanding and gratitude within with clarity, confidence and calm. It’s what she calls “Brain Candy”:  inspiring ways to be kind to the mind. When you own your story, you can create a new narrative and put active and emotional well-being back in your own hands.

From emotional unrest to physical unease, these techniques pave the path to peace.

The Science

Havening Techniques represent a groundbreaking approach in the field of psychosensory therapies, where touch, attention, and imagination are utilized to heal and empower individuals. The foundation of these techniques is deeply rooted in modern neuroscience and the understanding of how the brain processes stress and trauma.

Neuroscientific Basis

At the core of Havening Techniques is the concept of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This adaptability is crucial in altering the brain’s response to past traumatic events. Havening works by changing the brain’s neural pathways that are responsible for stress and trauma responses.

Amygdala and Traumatic Memories

The amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotional processing, plays a pivotal role in storing and recalling emotional memories, especially those related to trauma. Traumatic events can lead to the creation of what’s called an ‘amygdala-dependent memory’, which can trigger stress responses when recalled. Havening Techniques aim to decouple the emotional charge from these memories, thereby reducing their impact.

Role of Delta Waves

A unique aspect of Havening Techniques is their ability to induce delta waves in the brain. These slow, high-amplitude brainwaves are most commonly associated with deep sleep and are believed to play a role in healing and resilience. During a Havening session, the gentle, rhythmic touch used can help the brain shift into this delta wave state, promoting a sense of deep relaxation and safety.

Release of Neurochemicals

Havening also stimulates the release of various neurochemicals such as serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and GABA. These neurotransmitters are known for their roles in mood regulation, relaxation, and overall sense of well-being. The increase in these ‘feel-good’ chemicals during Havening helps to create a calming and therapeutic effect, further aiding in the healing process.

Empowerment Through Self-Havening

Self-Havening, a component of the Havening Techniques, empowers individuals to actively participate in their healing process. By learning and applying these techniques, individuals can self-induce a state of calm and resilience, providing a powerful tool for managing stress and emotional upheavals in daily life.

In conclusion, Havening Techniques offer a unique blend of neuroscience and therapeutic touch, providing a powerful tool for emotional healing and well-being. By understanding and harnessing the brain’s capacity for change and healing, Havening Techniques open the door to a new world of therapeutic possibilities.

Call 201-708-8448 to book Havening Techniques with Body Positive Works, request a Havening Techniques callback or email us.

Havening Techniques in New Jersey

The beauty of this modality is that it can be self-applied to self-soothe and self-regulate for self-care for everyday upsets.

Depending on the nature of the encoded trauma or upset, the guidance of a trauma-informed certified Havening Techniques practitioner is best to support you on your healing journey.

Havening can be used for feelings associated with but not limited to stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, grief, burnout, relationship with food and the body, as well as lack of focus, performance, confidence, self-esteem and even sleep.

Havening is also a wonderful social and emotional learning tool for children to be aware of their own feelings and emotions and is being used as an educational tool in schools around the country.

Join Us at Body Positive Works with Hilary Russo

We offer a transformative experience in emotional and physical healing. This neuroscience-based, psycho-sensory approach integrates the Havening Touch® with positive thoughts and distractions to rapidly change brain processes.

It’s a nurturing technique that can shift thoughts, moods, behaviors, and habits swiftly, helping to resolve underlying issues.

Hilary Russo is a trauma-informed certified practitioner. With a rich background in media, military, education, and wellness, Hilary uses her unique HUG it Out® method to help clients find healing, understanding, and gratitude. Her approach is recognized globally and has been instrumental in helping clients from diverse backgrounds.

More Science

The science is deeply rooted in modern neuroscience, focusing on neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. This adaptability is key to altering the brain’s response to past traumas.

The aim is to decouple emotional charges from traumatic memories stored in the amygdala, thus reducing their impact.

The Techniques and Brain Function

Havening Techniques can induce delta waves in the brain, associated with deep sleep and healing, promoting deep relaxation and safety.

The method also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and GABA, enhancing mood regulation and well-being.


Self-Havening, a crucial component of these techniques, empowers individuals to actively engage in their healing process.

By applying these techniques, clients can self-induce a state of calm and resilience, providing a powerful tool for managing stress and emotional upheavals in daily life.

This innovative method caters to a wide range of emotional and physical issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, grief, burnout, body image issues, focus, performance, confidence, self-esteem, and sleep disorders.

It also serves as an excellent educational tool for children, aiding in emotional and social learning. To book a session or learn more about this at Body Positive Works, you can call, request a callback, or email.

Our Wellness Center, located in New Jersey, offers a supportive and nurturing environment for those seeking solace and healing from various emotional and physical challenges

Havening Techniques® FAQ

A set of therapeutic methods designed to help individuals overcome trauma, reduce stress, and build resilience. They incorporate touch, attention diversion, and visualization to promote healing and positive change.

The method is based on the principle of altering brain chemistry. By using specific touch patterns and therapeutic protocols, the techniques aim to reduce or eliminate the negative emotional response associated with traumatic memories.

The primary focus is on using sensory input (touch) in combination with therapeutic protocols to change brain chemistry. This sets it apart from traditional talk therapies.

Yes, once you learn the techniques, you can use them as self-help tools. However, for deep-seated traumas, it’s advisable to seek guidance from a certified practitioner.

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Looking for Havening Techniques in New Jersey? You’re in the right place! Our cozy wellness center, Body Positive Works, is tucked away in a charming house in Bergen County. We’re super easy to find – just across from Wandell Elementary School and right next to the Municipal Building.

No worries about getting here, as we’re really accessible from Route 17 and the Garden State Parkway. Perfect for our friends coming from Rockland County Rockleigh, Alpine and Ho-Ho-Kus too!

Want to see exactly where we are or plan your journey? Just pop over to our route planner. And hey, if you’ve got any questions about our Havening or other wellness services or just want to chat about our awesome team, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re all about making your Havening experience with us as warm and rewarding as possible at Body Positive Works!

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