Today’s generation would probably be afraid to try the Philippines’ traditional hilot and would associate it with folklore and even black magic, even if some think of it as some form of massage. But hilot is far from that. And that is what we are going to learn today.
What is the Philippines’ Traditional Hilot?
As far as people know, hilot is just like massage, but the Filipino version of it. And just like any other massage type, it can also be found in some of the best massage spa in Quezon City and beyond. Are they right with this thought, though?
While hilot does use massage, this traditional Filipino art of healing is an alternative medical practice that makes use of different or a combination of techniques. These techniques include acupressure, chiropractic, and herbal medicine, in addition to massage.
And the one who does it is called the Manghihilot or the Albularyo, who, without proper education or medical background, possesses ingenious knowledge that helps him effectively treat and heal certain illnesses and conditions. He treats the person as a whole and not just the disorder.
To do this, the Manghihilot conducts an examination and evaluation of his client which leads him to choose the appropriate alternative treatment method, along with massage, and use it on the specific problem areas. This will then bring relief and balance, resulting in holistic wellness.
Benefits of Hilot
Unlike other forms of massage Quezon City spas, relaxation is not the goal of hilot. It may not even be felt throughout the procedure, where some form of discomfort is actually felt.
But despite the unease, the proven effects of hilot cannot be denied. These include:
- Reduces stress
- Lessens pain
- Treats dislocated or sprained joints
- Improves circulation
- Relieves muscle tension
- Treats musculoskeletal problems
- Helps with post-pregnancy recovery
- Improves skin appearance
- Brings overall wellness
Today, the traditional hilot has caught up with modern times. Massage therapists are now knowledgeable in this form of wellness treatment, which makes it available in some spa and massage in Quezon City.
So, don’t be afraid to try it and find relief to whatever problem you have. If you ask your elders, they may even consult Albularyos in provinces for their conditions up to this day. And, you can, too. Just visit Pamper Patrol Spa and ask for this traditional healing practice. You may be surprised at the effects on your body and mind.