What is Massage?
Massage is one of the earliest remedial practices. By treating the whole body it is the most natural and instinctive means of relieving pain and discomfort. Massage involves the manipulation of soft tissues and muscles of the body. A massage therapist or practitioner will use such movements as gliding, kneading, pressing and rolling to assist healing and promote wellbeing.
Hilot is the age-old indigenous Filipino massage and healing practice. It is commonly used today to relax stressed muscles. Manghihilots (Hilot practitioners) employ chiropractic manipulation and massage for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoligamentous and musculoskeletal ailments.
Despite the arrival of modern medicine, Hilot is still widely practiced in the Philippines and in recent years has started to gain popularity around the world as people become aware of this ancient holistic approach to well-being.