Continuous body tapping (CBT) is a new development at the Kiloby Center. One of the characteristics of the Center’s program that distinguishes it from a lot of other treatment centers is the Center’s focus on the body. As Scott Kiloby says, “As long as there is some contraction in one of the chakra areas of the body, addiction will be present.” Many other treatment centers do not include this kind of deep body work. Scott’s many years of experience working with people in private and group sessions have revealed that, without deep body work, those who experience addiction, anxiety and depression may remain highly prone to relapse.
CBT has been in the process of development for the last year by Scott Kiloby and Senior Facilitator Wayne Hayden-Moreland. CBT (not to be confused with cognitive behavioral therapy) is a process by which a person uses either fingers, hands or a tapping device to tap on various parts of the body for continuous periods of time for purposes of activating and then dissolving unconscious sensations, repressed emotions and body contractions. Body contractions in the chakra areas are dense, persistent sensations that lie at the core of all kinds of emotional triggers and addictive behaviors. CBT can be done as a stand alone practice or can be combined with other practices, such as the Center’s Living Inquiries, Natural Rest and Aperioga (which is another new body-centered practice developed by the Center in the last year).
Scott Kiloby first began experimenting with CBT after practicing Qi Gong a few years back. In Qi Gong, certain practices involve slapping or knocking on the body. This is different than EFT or Thought Field Therapy, which taps on (mainly) meridian points on the head. When Scott began doing Qi Gong, he was at a point in his spiritual practice where being more fully conscious in his body was a main priority. He realized that most of his addictions came down to a contraction usually in one of the seven chakra areas (root, pelvic, stomach, heart, throat, mind’s eye and crown). He noticed that Qi Gong usually did not include tapping directly on the chakra areas and did not include prolonged tapping or knocking. Scott began to tap more directly on the chakra areas and tap for longer periods of time than Qi Gong suggested. Through working with these contractions with CBT and the other practices mentioned above, Scott began to experience a much deeper sense of presence and aliveness in his body as well as a deeper sense of quietness and peace in his mind. He noticed that previously unconscious sensations that had been responsible for addiction began to surface and release themselves through these practices. CBT and Aperioga have helped to substantially reduce the relapse rate among those at the Center who have participated in these practices for a substantial period of time during the Center’s 30 days-plus program. The benefits of CBT are that it helps people be more fully present in the moment, experience a greater sense of ease and openness in relationship, and feel less hung up in emotional triggers that arise through thinking about the past and future.
Scott is beginning to work now with people who experience sex and pornography addictions using a variation of CBT called “tantric CBT” which involves sexual arousal and meditative body tapping as a way to quiet sexually addictive thoughts and images and release stuck energies that perpetuate sex and pornography addiction.
Wayne Hayden-Moreland further developed CBT in the last year, providing detailed explanations of how to use CBT as a stand alone practice and how to combine it with the other tools mentioned above. Wayne’s field testing with clients and his own research allowed CBT to evolve even more. CBT is still in development. At some point, it may be made available to the public. There are certain caveats with CBT. For example, it can result in the release of a lot of energy, including anxiety or even kundalini, and can create sudden shifts in perception that require support from those who have experience with the approach. It should be done with the guidance of someone trained in the approach. Scott and the other staff at the Center can provide the appropriate guidance. If you are interested in incorporating these body approaches in your recovery or if your program of recovery does not seem to be going deep enough, contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.