Hilot is an ancient art of healing that uses long, deep strokes and stretching techniques to diagnose and treat muscular and skeletal ailments. This is one of the aspects of our heritage that we are proud of because it has been passed down from generation to generation even before the Spaniards came.
Hilot is very popular in the provinces because it is a low-cost healing alternative, but in most spas in Manila, it is being promoted as a Filipino massage — more focused on relaxation than treatment.
Traditional Hilot Massage in the Spas?
In The Spa, a 75-min session of Traditional Hilot Massage in a private room would cost you P1,200. They use virgin coconut oil and banana leaves to provide that soothing, deep massage experience. However, this is not the type of hilot we’re looking for.
We are looking for the authentic kind, provided by a true manghihilot. We aim to find the best ones in their craft. Maybe you can help us in our Quest for the Best Manghihilot…
Mang Pekto of Magarao, Naga, Bicol
One of the most popular is Mang Pekto. We found him literally hanging out in a corner store. He led us to where he performs his hilot — in a small room inside a nearby billiard hall.
Junjee (our partner in the Namit Naga culinary tour that we will launch soon) recommended Mang Pekto. It was not just a very exotic experience (particularly due to the ambiance), it was educational too. 🙂 Mang Pekto shared with us the story of how he learned hilot from a manang and how the practice was taught to succeeding generations.
His hilot strokes were really deep and strong. His stretches and bone alignment techniques hurt a bit but felt relieving afterwards. He just charges P50 per session but most people give him another P50 as a tip.
Herbularyo Dr. Gerry Sy, Makati City
Dr. Gerry Sy is a doctor of Naturopathy and one of the foremost experts on Hilot in the Philippines. He co-founded Shui Hilot Spa that specializes in hilot massage only. What I like about their hilot approach is that it is made part of an overall wellness process.
Every Monday (from 1pm to 6pm) @ Shui Hilot Spa, Dr. Gerry provides FREE Naturopathy consultations. He can diagnose your ailments just by looking at the nerve endings in your eyes and the quality of your aura. (Call or text +63 922 811-6118 for appointments.)
We tried it, and we were impressed with the diagnosis that we agreed to proceed with their detox program this December.
It can lower your blood sugar in an hour and can be used as a first aid healing tool (that’s why I bring it with me when I travel). They say you just need four drops of the Mori Miracle Drops to energize yourself for the day. If you’re wondering what it tastes like, it actually tastes like water. 🙂
The rooms were a bit cramped, though, and only curtains separate you from the next bed. I think it would be best to have your hilot done in the comfort of your own home. (Call +632 707-7453/ 393-2314.) Ask for Jecel or Aiza.
Kuya Robert Nacario, Malate, Manila
Kuya Robert is a hilot, therapist and a bentosa specialist. I blogged about him in my post on Sanctuario — The best filipino inspired Day Spa @ the heart of Malate. I don’t recommend the spa anymore because there is something going on in that spa. But people still highly recommend Roberto Nacario as one of the best manghihilot out there.
Kuya Robert’s number is +63 915-3284284/ +63 908-8655463
If you have a manghihilot recommendation, please let us know…
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: Dr. Gerry Sy is part of our Maven Secrets 4 Coaching/Mastermind Group.
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