Learn About The Filipino Traditional Massage 'Hilot'

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Ever since I was a kid, I always get a Hilot remedy everytime I get sick. This is something that I grow up in my life and this is Filipinos comfort of easing pain and sickness. This practice have been passed from generation to generation. This is also the practice done by our ancestors in the ancient times and until now it is still relevant to the Filipino life.

The word "Hilot" means rubbing or massaging the muscles and joints. The people who are doing Hilot are called as "manghihilot." You do not need a license in order to practice this. Some elderlies will teach their young family members on how to perform the practice. This is opposite to the Science because Hilot is a traditional way of healing.

When you visit a manghihilot, they will often pay attention to your muscles and joints. A manghihilot will not use any equipment but only a herbal ointment. It works by doing accupressure massage to relieve muscle pain and alleviate pain from the nerves.

Before a manghihilot starts the Hilot, they will chant some words that only them can hear. Most of the manghihilot believes in the divine healing and natural powers. Sometimes a manghihilot will spit saliva on the head of the person who is undergoing a Hilot session. This might look like a disgusting and insulting act but the people who are in the Hilot session doesn't complain. Sometimes a Manghihilot will pull the hair of the person just to calm down the ache.

Is the Hilot in Philippines really effective?

Most of Filipinos who grow up in Hilot swear that this is more effective rather than visiting doctors in the hospital. After they went for a Hilot, they literally feel better on the other day. It is also a low-cost healing alternative. This kind of practice starts during the pre-colonial times when the Filipino ancestry practices shamanic traditions.

What are the risk in Hilot?

Mostly, I always hear and read that when you have a Hilot treatment, you shouldn't bathe on the other day as it will only make things worse. There is also a belief that when you offer free Hilot to everyone, you will start to lose your teeth. Manghihilot people doesn't only practice accupressure treatment, they also practice incantations where they have a booklet for the words they will speak everytime they do a Hilot. Losing a teeth means they have sacrificed a portion of themselves to the person they have healed.

While Hilot might seem like the best traditional healing without spending too much money, there is also danger and risk. Sometimes traditional Hilot can cause more harm than good. Sometimes it will caused a fractured bones and there are rare cases where the Hilot patient died after the Hilot treatment. To tell you, Hilot is effective and a good way to ease the pain but this is not for everyone especially when the person has a high fever, it is not advisable to consult them to the manghihilot alone.

As a person who grow up in Hilot, I am glad that it made my fever disappear after a few days. Most people chose to have a Hilot in order to reduce fatigue. One of the principles in Hilot treatment is to restore the body's balance. The practice holds a strong belief that the reason for illnesses are due to the imbalance inside our body. This has similar beliefs to the Chinese acupuncture where they insert thin needles into the body to focused balance by cleansing the body and releasing excesses when necessary.

It is still a question as to how Hilot totally works. It is one of the oldest healing practices in Philippines and this is also why Filipinos can't let go of this traditional healing because it delivers good results to every person. They said the people who can perform Hilot are given an ability by some spirits and elements to heal.

September 03, 2022

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This looks like something I would love to try except for the saliva part 🤣🤣😂😂🤣. I believe it would be a thorough massage and that's good. There is nothing without the downside to it...as long as the benefits outweighs the risks, I think it is better and effective.

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1 year ago

Sounds more like relate able here as well I know most of old people do this when someone needs and tbh I had tried and felt to Good after this.

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1 year ago

Yeah, it's a kind of massage relaxation too. May I know, what do you call this thing in your country?

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1 year ago

Relate don sa it depends sa hilot. May cases na effective siya but si Papa nanghihilot sa akin pero wala namang chant chant hahaha. Yung sa kapitbahay namin, nahulog siya sa slide tapos nagkafracture siya sa buto (malamang haha). So ayun, pinahilot niya tapos lumala haha kulit nga nung doktor niya kasi gusto niya bistuhin yung pagtatanggi niya sa hilot eh hahaha

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Di na Hilot ang sagot pag nagka-fracture na. Ang tendency niyan baka madislocate pa hahahah. Sa doctor na dapat magpacheck

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My grandmother is a "manghihilot" and I grew up experiencing that "hilot" can ease the muscle pain in my body until now. So far, I haven't got any side effects and it is really relaxing. Hilot is really popular and become a traditional massage in the Philippines, especially in provinces that use herbals, oils etc. It is convenience, low-cost, and the best alternative for medication for body pain if people can't afford to go to the hospital. After all, it is our own will and own risk to believe in Hilot.

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1 year ago

I don't know about massage because I didn't get any ever. But when I read your article. Your article shows that massage is good for the body.

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1 year ago

Hmmm, no offense sa mga naniniwala. I do respect people who believe sa hilot but I would rather go to a person who spent 10+ years of medical and scientific study of healing. heheh

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1 year ago

Yes, di dapat sa hilot lang umasa lalo na pag malubha ang lagnat jusko sa hospital na dapat dalhin. Maganda lang yang Hilot pag may body ache ka.

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1 year ago

Indeed cause hilot is effective and it will make the body relax

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1 year ago

Yes that's correct. As long as it is properly done, I think no harm will happen.

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1 year ago

Sikat pa jud gihapon ang hilot sa Pinas, labi na sa mga bata, manghihilot jud adtoan una before sa doctor, hehe!

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1 year ago

Sa amoa pud na pamilya, Hilot ang pinaka una na musulod sa huna-huna pag gusto namo maayo sa hilanat. Halosa mga piang daw ang makahilanat.

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1 year ago

amo gipahilot sad si matti a week ago when he had fever.. hehe

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1 year ago

Kami sad dire Jean. Akong duha Ka manghud gipahilot, napiang daw kay grabe ka mangahingas. Kusog magsaka saka bisag asa na.

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1 year ago

Ohoyyt nong bata ako suki ako sa mga manghihilot ahahaha. Alam mo na bata mahilig sa laro lagi ng may pilay baga haha. Ngayon dina ulit nakakaranasan ng ganyan di na ako makulit ee haha

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1 year ago

Same dito Ruffa. Kapag nagpapahilot kami, sasabihin na nagkalagnat kami dahil napilayan. Yung mga kapatid ko napaka-makulit palagi napipilayan hahahah.

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Hahaha yan ganyan na ganyan mandin hahaha

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Ako din nung bata pa ako Ruffa, madali akong lagnatin dahil napilayan daw ako. Paano kaya nila nadedetermine yung pilay no.

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1 year ago

What a coincidence! I ahbe been mentioning hilot in my articles lately.

Though not all hilot are divine/faith healers, some are jusst knew about the anatomy of the body and understand the body much more than anyone else.

Hilot in bisaya means massage, though in tagalog it means a shaman. I am. One of the examples of a person who knows how to hilot, though I needed some because people around me doesn't know how my father does his hilot tha can relive me from my pain.

But as for my kids, I don't usually hilot them, I ask someone else more expert to do it so that it will be sure they will heal.

But oh, I have experienced shaman healers too, they make you drink virgin coconut oils which were done meticulously and prayed

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I am a Bisaya and we call it "Hilot" here. I have experience a Hilot where the person utter something on top of my head, I don't know what is it but maybe he is praying.

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oh that's called tawal in my place. maybe we still call it differently even if we are both bisaya.

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1 year ago

I grow up having this hilot on my body. Mas gusto ko pa nga to kysa magpa check up sa clinic. Remedy first before anything else. Hilot is the best and I truly believe on it. Lumaki kasi ako na ito lng ung remedy sa lahat na mga sakit ko nung una.

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1 year ago

True. Sa hospital bibigyan ka nila ng mga gamot na di naman effective. Yung iba may kapangyarihan daw na makapagpagaling sa pamamagitan ng Hilot.

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1 year ago

True! Costly pa. Oo nga naniniwala dn ako nyan.

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1 year ago

Yung manghihilot samin lagi kami pinupulsuhan bago kami hilutin. Ts after bawal maligo or uminom ng malamig na tubig kasi malalamigan daw. Laki kami sa hilot kaya ngayon kapag masakit likod ko wala nako malapitan na mamghihilot kasi wala kami kilala dito sa probinsyaaa

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1 year ago

Lumaki din kami sa manghihilot, pag may lagnat kami manghihilot agad nilalapitan namin and kinabukasan nawawala ng unti unti yung lagnat namin.

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1 year ago

Si lola namin magaling dto.. Dami nagpapahilot sa knya.. Sya pumalit dun sa pumanaw naming isang lola..taga hilot din.. Saming magkakapatid, may nagmana din.. Little sister ko, marunong .

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1 year ago

Wow, may pamilya pala kayong manghihilot Jane. Bakit di mo namana? Nakaka relax din talaga pag nagpapahilot ka, tanggal yung body pain.

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1 year ago

Very interesting article Sydney. I did not know about this. Do people just get them for no reason?

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1 year ago

Thank you so much for reading. People get 'hilot' everytime they have body ache or pain, they have fever and other kinds of muscle pains a manghihilot in our country can help it.

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1 year ago

Sa province namin Sydney lagi ako nagpapahilot. Meron kaming kasama sa bahay na ang galing manghilot. Uso sa probinsya yung hilot Sydney.

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1 year ago

Kahit dito samin, uso pa rin. Sabi ng mama ko effective daw talaga yung Hilot pero minsan nakakatakot pa rin na baka magkamali sa paghilot yung manghihilot. 🤧

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1 year ago

Oo Sydney dapat expert talaga sa Hilot kasi delikado din. Effective talaga Sydney kaya gusto ko yung hilot.

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