Hilot is a popular massage method that originated in the Philippines which is commonly used in its provinces. It uses traditional Filipino herbal medicines and ointments as a part of the healing practice.
This type of massage therapy was the only source of medical care for the Filipinos many centuries ago. Even today, in the rural areas of the Philippines, hilot is still used by many people especially the poor people who have no money in getting their sick loved ones to the hospital for treatment.
Hilot is a combination of many types of medical care from healing, setting the bones in place, and delivering babies from pregnant women on rural areas. Most massage therapists are known as “manghihilot” which almost all of them are fond of using herbs and ointments during the massage therapy.
Like most Asian style of massage therapy, Hilot focuses its healing ability by clearing the energy pathways all over the patient’s body which is believed to be responsible in providing a healthy condition to the human body. Most of the massage therapists that are good in this method can sense what is wrong with the patient’s body by looking at him or her. Hilot, unlike most massage therapy needs communication from both parties as the massage therapist works on the patient’s body. This type of massage therapy is a light therapeutic massage that can relax and comfort the patient’s body.