Monday, October 19, 2009

Pinoy Hilot - The Traditional Philippine Massage

Philippine Native Massage have been practiced in the Philippines for many centuries now. Although hilot therapy is indigenously Filipino, it has traces of influence from traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, and the Yunani-Tibb medical traditions of Greece and Persia .

Hilot is a Filipino traditional healing art which include paligo (bath with flowers abd herbs, believed to have healing properties), oslob (inhalation of steam from infusions of air-dried aromatic herbs), dinalisay (decoctions of a mixture of native medicinal herbs), kisig galing (biomagnetic energy healing), unang lana (virgin coconut oil), tapik kawayan (tapping of bamboo sticks to affected body parts for increasing fluid circulation and releasing of stagnant energy).

Dagdagay, is native foot massage practiced in the Mountain Province, specifically in Sagada, Bauko, Besao, Tadian and Sabangan. Also known as "kol-kolis," Dagdagay uses two sticks to massage the feet in rolling and scratching motions from the heel to toes to stimulate blood circulation. Young boys who traditionally practiced this massage on their elders would use sticks to cleanse the soles. Similar to the Xiamen foot reflexology and the Thai-Yoga foot massage, the Dagdagay is an authentic Filipino foot massage that has been used for centuries and is now redefining ancient and modern natural therapy.

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