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In xiao ying´s oriental massage center in madrid you can enjoy to different kinds of oriental massage

Massage Therapy Reduce Stress, Enhance Well-being

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Massage therapy was found to greater enhance positive well-being and reduce stress among adults age 60 and older, compared to guided relaxation, according to a recent study.

In the pilot study “A randomised study of the effects of massage therapy compared to guided relaxation on well-being and stress perception among older adults,” a group of 49 independently living adults age 60 and older were randomly selected to a guided-relaxation group or massage-therapy group to assess levels of well-being and stress perception. Participants were screened via telephone and in person for inclusion criteria. Participants who received massage within three months of the start of the study were excluded from the experiment.

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Massage therapy was found to greater enhance positive well-being and reduce stress

The massage-therapy group received 50-minute massage sessions twice weekly for four consecutive weeks. The sessions were conducted by licensed massage therapists and included neuromuscular, myofascial and Swedish massage techniques. Approximately 20 minutes of the session included work with participants in the prone position, with the remaining time spent in the supine position.

The guided-relaxation group received 50-minute relaxation sessions twice weekly for four consecutive weeks. During the sessions, a trained research assistant read a script to participants and used visualization and muscle relaxation while the participants were lying in the supine position on a massage table.

To measure the participants well-being and stress perception, a General Well-Being Schedule (GWB Schedule) and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) were used.

The GWB Schedule measures anxiety, depression, positive well-being, self-control, vitality and general health. High scores in this measurement indicate a greater well-being or less distress. The PSS is a 14-item scale with a five-point response format that measures the degree of stress in one’s life during the past month. High scores in this measurement indicate a greater perceived stress.

Data from each participant was collected one week prior to the start of sessions and one week after the last session.

Before receiving the sessions, the groups did not differ by level of distress. However, after completion of the sessions, results of the study showed the massage-therapy group experienced significantly positive changes in anxiety, depression, positive well-being, vitality, general health and perceived stress, compared to the guided-relaxation group.

“This study supports the potential of massage therapy as an adjunctive therapy in enhancing positive well-being and reducing stress perception among older adults,” say the study’s authors.

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massage is positive for well-being and reducing stress

Source: Prevention Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; Department of Exercise Science and Perceptual-Motor Development Laboratory, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; University of Nevada, Reno, School of Public Health, Reno, Nevada; and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Authors: Patricia A. Sharpe, Harriet G. Williams, Michelle L. Granner and James R. Hussey. Originally published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2007) 15, 157–163.

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Pijat, Pidjet or Pitjit the Indonesian Massage

Pjat Pidjet Pitjit

In Malaysia and Indonesia massage is called Pidjet or Urut. It´s historical roots and uses have been primarily as part of folk remedies and midwifery practice. Like the healing arts sytems from other countries of the region (Thailand’s  Nuad Borarn, Burma’s hneit chin, Cambodia’s chap sosai and Korea’s hanpang) it is also practiced by village doctors, found in hospital clinics and urban healing centers, and available to tourists on the beach, on a park bench, or in the privacy of their hotel rooms. (from: The History of Massage: An illustrated survey from around the World, Robert Noah Calvert)

Pidjet or Pijat Balinese massagePijat Bali, Pidjet or Pitjit is a traditional Indonesian massage shape, and very pure and intense.
The massage was and is transferred from Parents to child. This occurs in almost all Indonesian families. In Indonesian family life, Pidjet is used as an informal home remedy for illness or general fatigue.  For example small children may “Pitjit” their father by walking gently over his aching back to massage away the aches and pains after a hard day’s work.

Pijat remains a vibrant part of Indonesian culture and lifestyle today. Because Indonesia is an kingdom with a diverse population, there are various forms and techniques of Pijat or Pidjet depending on the culture and geographical location of the practitioner.

Pijat at Xiao Ying’s Center in Madrid for Well-Being is a strong massage that is given with feeling, and quick consecutive thumb on thumb technique. However, it can also be very relaxing, the pressure can be reduced. During the Pidjet there can be made use of hot compresses, cupping or Keroh (scraping with a copper coin or a guasha jade stone). Pidjit is a distinct form of massage and therefore has nothing to do with sex.

The traditional Pijat Balinese massage is quite frequently prescribed for sports injuries, stiff and aching joints, easing migraine, headaches, insomnia, chronic and acute breathing conditions due to asthma or allergies, for boosting blood circulation and the lymphatic system, as well as alleviating stress and helping to ease anxiety and depression.

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cavity press massage Dian Xue

Dian Xue an mo

Diǎn Xué An Mo, 点穴按摩: Vigorous variation of Tuina. Unlike Tuina, Diǎn Xué centers on “acupuncture cavities.” The word Diǎn means “to point and exert pressure”Xué means “cave” or “hole”; and an mo means massage. Diǎn Xué is also called acupressure and is the root of japanese Shiatsu.

Dian XueIn ancient times pressing and rubbing (按摩 Ànmó) of the body invigorates the vital energy (氣 Qì ) and blood (血 Xuè). Muscles and joints were relaxed, pain was relieved or disappeared, blockages and tensions melted away. Over the millennia, certain vital points (穴 Xué) and channels (经络 Jīngluò) were discovered and used to sense and affect the Qi. A complex system of application on the body  surface developed, which today are used to treat a variety of ailments and diseases.

It uses the same acupoints on the body as acupuncture, but relies on pressure from the fingers rather than needles. Dian Xue can be used by massage therapists to stimulate two different acupoints, one with each hand, while the area of the body between the points is stretched or twisted to maximize the flow of Qi. Dian Xue can be given in the home, and is sometimes used by acupuncturists when needles cannot be used.

dian xue massage

If you are in Madrid, Spain, you can experience the benefits of Traditional Massage from Asia by visiting:

Xiao Ying Oriental Massage Center at  Hermosilla Street, nº 102, 1º A.

Telf…    686 57 60 91    Madrid.

Web English site: http://www.masajes-xiaoying-madrid.com/en/

Chinese Massage Therapy: A Handbook of Therapeutic Massage. Compiled at the Anhui Medical School Hospital, China. Translation. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1983.
Mercati, Maria. The Handbook of Chinese Massage: Tui Na Techniques to Awaken Body and Mind. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1999.
Reid, Daniel P. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Boston: Shambhala, 1993.
Stein, Diane. “Chinese Healing and Acupressure.” In All Women Are Healers: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Healing. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1996.

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Nuad Boran

Nuad Boran Thai

Traditional Thai Healing Nuad Boran

Nuad Boran is the ancient (boran) body therapy of the Thai culture and medical thai traditions consisting in precise applied healing pressures (nuad).
From Indo-Chinese origins, Nuad Boran bodywork is part of the traditional medical arts of the ancient kingdom of Siam.

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styles of Nuad Boran from North (Chiang Mai) to South (Bangkok) and in the West (Issan)

Nuad Boran consists of combination of the customer’s stretching while the practitioner applies simultaneous pressures, using different parts of his body, thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet within particular procedures and rhythms inducing a meditative states.

Functional principles of Nuad Boran are shared with other Asian healing arts. However Nuad Boran focuses especially on the movement of the Blood along the Myo-fascial lines (the Sen-Sib) and trigger points.

Nuad Boran’s domain of competence ranges, accordingly to practitioner skills, from the well-being, to preventive health care and symptomatic treatment of the Myo-fascial tensions for pain relief.

Nuad Boran, also known as Nuad Rak Sa, has two main branches:

  • Nuad Raj Sam Nak or Rachasamnak, transmitted by codified knowledge from the traditional doctors of the court of the ancient Kingdoms of Siam, Ayutthaya and Sukkothai, consists of strict accupressure.  The massage is soft, delicate and precise. The therapist usually we only use the hands as a sign of respect for the Kings. In turn, working on only three positions: Lying on back (supine), Lying Side (lateral position), Sitting upright.
  • Nuad Cha Loye Sak or Chaleeysak, literally «Pressure in honour of prisoners», generaly known as «common massage» consists of protocols of pressures, streching and ostéopathic mobilisations operated with practitioner’s thumbs, palms, elbows, knees or feet .This branch was mostly transmitted by oral tradition.

The Public Health Ministry of Thailand/Institute of the traditional and Alternative Medicines has published decrees that stipulates that the two branches have to be part of the Nuad Boran Qualified Practitioner Training.

They are several styles of Nuad Boran from North (Chiang Mai) to South (Bangkok) and in the West (Issan, region of northeastern Thailand located along the Mei Kong river). Therefore, there is not such a thing as one best way in Nuad Boran.

Self Healing

Nuad Boran encourages a powerful process of recuperation. The assisted yoga poses, stretches and openings of this bodywork create space between vertebrae balancing the nervous system. Any stored physical or emotional tension blocking energy flow is released.
Nuad Boran balances the activity of the autonomic nervous system and alleviates symptoms of pain. Nuad Boran provides you with a new and profound body experience. It activates all physically inherent self-healing mechanisms.

In Thailand, under the leadership and standards of the Institute of the traditional and Alternative Medicines, many Thai-associations are collecting traditional knowledge from ancient texts and country healers (Moe Mueang) and so contribute to the Revival and uplifting of Nuad Boran Thai.

Nuad Boran Thai

The God King Rama receiving traditional Nuad Raj Sam Nak, Thai Yoga Massage.

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chinese stomach detox massage

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Chinese detox massage (Internal Organs Energy Transformation) 氣內臟 Chi Nei Tsang

The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

negative energy cycle in chi nei tsang massage

A negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

chi nei tsang detox massage

Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.

Chi nei tsang is believed to have been developed by Chinese Taoist monks and literally means “working the energy of the internal organs”. It uses deep, gentle touches to retrain the internal organs (stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder) to work more efficiently.

Therapists say tension and negative emotions build up in these organs, causing congestion and blocking the body’s energy. This eventually weakens these organs, particularly the digestive system, causing problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, bloating and gas. By gently massaging this region, my internal organs should be re-energised and my negative emotions released.

More information

Chi Nei Tsang is available in Madrid at some health Massage Center, yoga studios, naturopathic clinics and osteopaths. Treatments range from 45 € for a session, and most therapists recommended minimum three sessions for maximum benefit.

It is not recommended during pregnancy or menstruation and for those with abdominal cancer or vascular abnormalities.

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Understanding the Importance of Recognized Stress

Realizing the Importance of Recognized Stress

Realizing the Importance of Recognized Stress

Calmness is the cradle of power,  (J. G. Holland)

One of the most challenging facets of managing stress is realizing that you are suffering from tension or anxiousness in the foremost post. With the assistance of a trained and competent professional therapist stress and anxiousness can be done relatively well.
Realizing the Importance of Recognized Stress
Yet, many people who ache from stress or anxiety do not seek that help until the it has become a more significant problem.. Severe stress or anxiety can ultimately antagonize health conditions such as high blood pressure or IBS or even manifest in skin conditions such as urticaria.
Even before these more severe developments occur, stress and anxiety can cause a hurtful effect on your liveliness. Anxiety may prevent you from taking part in social events, dropping out on employment opportunities or companionship which can further exasperate anxiety. Stress can make it more difficult to remain organized at work or keep on top of things in the house. Relationships can also be negatively affected.

Taking prompt and equal treatment for stress is thus vitally importance. Nonetheless, many people discover it difficult to know the symptoms, feel they should barely be able to “ go on with it” or don’t think they are the type of mortal who gets stressed out. In reality, stress is a normal result of being in the modern world and therapy is a normal effective means of managing that stress.

tired and stressedSome of the physical symptoms of Stress include the next symptoms:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle tension
  • Profuse sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat or pounding heart
  • Upset stomach or stomach tension

There are as well a number of emotional symptoms that you should await out for:

  • Restlessness
  • Anticipating situations with dread or intense apprehension
  • Difficulty in staying focused
  • Irritability

These are only some of the symptoms you may have, but ultimately recognizing when you are suffering from tension or anxiety takes a level of honest self appraisal and acknowledging the boundaries of your capacities. We all enjoy to be disputed by our workplace and in our personal spirits. Meeting these challenges provides us with a sense of deep gratification. But very often we can push ourselves far beyond our capabilities without realising it.

Actively Relax

Just talking with a good healer therapist (letting the cat out of the bag) can serve to put our capabilities in perspective and visualize how to better handle our responsibilities along with our stress. As appropriate accessories that along with good therapy, we recommend:

relaxing massage with hot stoneNext time you get yourself angry or stressed out about something, take a moment to pause and muse on whether you truly need to feel that way about it. Find some suitable for you and make sure to regularly work.

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom, (James Allen).

If you are in Madrid, Spain, you can experience the benefits of Traditional Massage from Asia by visiting:

Xiao Ying Oriental Massage Center at  Hermosilla Street, nº 102, 1º A.

Telf… (+34) 686 57 60 91 Madrid.

Web English site: http://www.masajes-xiaoying-madrid.com/en/

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The ability and power of stretching with massage

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The high power of stretching combined with massage

If you are a person who is active, stretching and massage might work really well for you. The most obvious is they both work with the muscles, having a positive effect on them, allowing the tissues to soften and gain flexibility, as well as assisting to achieve that overall feeling of well-being throughout the torso. Used jointly they can serve to stave off injuries, muscle fatigue, aid in quicker healing (micro tears) from physical exercises, and increase blood flow.

Let’s talk about stretching first. I get asked if it is best to stretch before or after an activity. Personally, I have done, the combination of before and after a workout and also just stretched afterwards. Optimally, before and after is always the best scenario. I understand the whole time crunch dilemma, so if time is an issue, after a workout is your next best option.

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The importance of stretching exercises during the massage time

Nowadays, if you are stuck in front of a computer for hours on end, taking a break and making out some stretching would be the best time for you and your body will welcome the disruption of work. Nevertheless, if you are performing the combination and setting out with stretching before your activity, then it’s important to break your muscles a five-minute warm up. This will help prevent harm to your muscles while stretching them. It can be equally simple as jumping jacks, a quick walk, or sweeping your arms.

Fundamentally, do what it takes to bring your heart rate up where you can sense your body temperature rising. Lately I have been stretching only after my workouts and have found them to be very beneficial. I am less sore the next couple of days and seem to be less prone to pulling a muscle during future workouts. I target the muscles I worked out that day and really feel it has helped in keeping my body healthy.

Stretching and massage can help to increase flexibility in your muscles, fascia, connective tissue and joints.

The muscle and joints have a tendency to grow stiff and inflexible with age, so implementing a regular stretching or yoga routine can really help to alleviate muscle stiffness. Some types of massage (for example, Thai-yoga massage or Traditional Thai massage) actively manipulate the muscles to promote greater flexibility and suppleness.

Massages to help with softening and relaxing tight muscles, giving flexibility back to the physical structure. I believe this is why so many sports teams have a massage therapist on staff. Combined it with their stretching program and.. violà, they have a prescription for healthier, stronger athletes! While many of us are not on a sports team, we do still use our bodies every day in some form or fashion.
Also, if you can find a therapist who incorporates stretching with your massage then that can really be a win-win for you.

Being proactive in your health is always a salutary thing to keep you motoring along in spirit. And incorporating stretching and massage as part of your health concern regimen can be very beneficial tools for conforming to this Decisiveness.

thai massage back strech

The muscle and joints have a tendency to grow stiff and inflexible with age, so implementing a regular stretching or yoga routine can really help to alleviate muscle stiffness. Some types of massage (for example, Thai-yoga massage or Traditional Thai massage) actively manipulate the muscles to promote greater flexibility and suppleness.

If you are in Madrid, Spain, you can experience the benefits of Traditional Massage from Asia by visiting:

Xiao Ying Oriental Massage Center at  Hermosilla Street, nº 102, 1º A.

Telf… (+34) 686 57 60 91 Madrid.

Web English site: http://www.masajes-xiaoying-madrid.com/en/

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Thai foot massage

thai foot massage in Madrid

If you have ever held a real Thai foot massage, it’s an experience you’ll likely never forget. It is a potent and powerful kind of massage that involves reflexology and other remedial methods to heighten your physical and psychological well being.

Foot massage is one component of the traditional Thai medical system

During a treatment of Thai , not only your feet, but also your legs will be kneaded, and many massage practitioners also end the massage with a head, neck and shoulder massage. The reason for this is that when you had an hour of intensive food work, a lot of energy work is done in that area, and your body reacts to this. But since it’s only your feet, it can be “out of balance”, and paying attention to your upper body helps to balance your energies out in a harmonious way.
During most of the treatment, the massage therapist will employ their hands and fingers to use pressure, rub, pull and stretch, sometimes a wooden stick, or an elbow is too applied.

thai foot massage in Madrid

Foot massage is one component of the traditional Thai medical system. One of the paradigms of traditional medication in Thailand is that there are energies that move throughout the physical structure. If the flow of this energy is obstructed, it can cause imbalances which in turn can manifest themselves in the form of diseases or illness if untreated. In this regard, the medical views of the human body, which people kept in Thailand are similar to those of many other ancient Eastern healing modalities. Thai foot massage is one method to treat these energy imbalances.

In traditional Thai medicine, there are ten main energy lines, called Sen Sib. All of them end in the feet that is why the feet are a very effective method of manipulating these energy lines in order to reestablish a balanced energy state, and thus health. At times, a Thai foot massage can be uncomfortable or even a bit painful because of the pressure that is applied. Many people also do not particularly enjoy the “toe cracking”, when a massage therapist rapidly pulls on your toes to release bubbled in your joint fluid (this is what causes the cracking sound).

thai foot massage stick

Nevertheless, after you have obtained a good treatment, you will rapidly forget about all the pains and unpleasantness, because it feels as if you are walking on clouds. In Thailand it is considered that internal organs can be induced through the feet, and often times you will indeed experience an immediate change, sometimes in the form of urgent bowel movements. While this might not sound great, it is nonetheless testimony to the potency of this old healing modality.

If you are in Madrid, Spain, you can experience the benefits of Thai Foot Massage and Thai-yoga massage or Traditional Thai massage by visiting:

Xiao Ying Oriental Massage Center at  Hermosilla Street, nº 102, 1º A.

Telf… (+34) 686 57 60 91 Madrid.

Web English site: http://www.masajes-xiaoying-madrid.com/en/

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Chi Nei Tsang Taoist massage

chi nei tsang abdominal massage

氣內臟  Chi Nei Tsang

chi nei tsang abdominal massage  氣內臟 Chi Nei Tsang (Internal Organs Energy Transformation) is a holistic approach to health discovered and developed thousands of years ago in the mountains of China, to help the Taoist monks acquire the energy necessary to achieve the highest levels of meditative practices. Adapted for practical use today, this practice mostly revolves around using safe, deep and gentle touch applied directly to the abdomen. The abdomen, or tan tien (Dantian 丹田) in Chinese and referred to as the hara in Japanese is the center of our body and the place from which our power, vitality and movement originates.

氣內臟 是中国长期的内部器官绮按摩。按摩的手法是直接用在肚脐和腹部周围地区的压力,紧张和消极情绪积累和充血。

氣內臟氣內臟 Chi Nei Tsang

氣內臟 is the art of internal organs Chi (Qi energy ) transformation. By working gently and directly on the abdominal organs it is possible to help release physical toxins from the body, clear emotional charges that are stored in the organs, and consequently unwind tensions that are manifesting in other parts of the body. This allows the body to return to its natural state of good health.

Chi Nei Tsang 氣內臟 is a truly holistic therapy in that it integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being through the power of touch and breath. Chi Nei Tsang’s power is in its abiltiy to reach the very origin of health problems, including psychosomatic responses.

How can Chi Nei Tsang help me?

  • CNT 氣內臟 detoxifies.
  • 氣內臟 CNT helps restructure and strengthen the body.
  • CNT 氣內臟 helps practitioners become more aware of the quality of their emotional life.
  • 氣內臟 CNT teaches clients to know themselves better.

Who needs Chi Nei Tsang?

This Taoist internal massage is recommended for everybody. Most people have gone through a time in their lifespan when they Chi has been halted.  Infants experience blocked Chi as Colic. Children experience blocked Chi as illness or tummy aches. Teens frequently hold excess toxins and negative emotions from hormone imbalances and/or poor eating habits.  Any adult who feels stress, trouble, or anxiety without consciously relieving the excess negativity may benefit from CNT.

chi nei tsang fo internal organsPhysical Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang:

  • Flush toxins from the liver, lymph, kidneys and colon.
  • Improve digestion and assimilation.
  • Aid elimination and constipation.
  • Stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Release the blocked energy that can manifest as tiredness or chronic fatigue.
  • Relieve back, shoulder and muscle tension.
  • Improve breathing restrictions.
  • Increase vitality and energy.
  • Safely clear unprocessed emotions.


Information about Chi Nei Tsang Massage in Madrid

Asian Massage Center.   Madrid.    按摩马德里   Believing In The Connection Of Mind, Body & Spirit.
chi nei tsang holistic abdominal massage Madrid

Chi Nei Tsang is a holistic approach to the healing touch modality of old Taoist Chinese origin.

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The Roots of the Hilot Tradition

Hilot Philippine indigenous massage

Hilot massage Roots, 菲律宾土法按摩

该项正宗的按摩以菲律宾文化世代相传的古老诊断方法为主。 温热的椰子油和香蕉叶覆于身体之上,理疗师以古老的按摩手法发现体内能量不均处和阻塞淤滞处,以达到治疗效果。

It is not easy to trace any organized establishment of the Hilot phenomenon. In the first section of this article, we alluded to the simple and instinctive “rubbing where it hurts” and the consequent recognition of patterns of causes and effects. What can really drive our curiosity is the aura of secrecy with which manghihilots seems to cloak their healing skills. In general, Filipino healing traditions – including the centuries – old Hilot – appear to be shrouded in mystery and secrecy.

在這裡我體驗的是菲律賓土法的Hilot 療程,有點類似中國的推拿,不過手法較為輕柔,就像媽媽對孩子的愛撫一樣,是靈性和肉體治療的結合,也是當地最古老的療法之一。

Hilot Philippine masseur

Hilot Philippine masseur

This is more because those who have received the gift are not articulate in technical communications. They attribute their healing skills – rightly so – to a higher power. In search of an adequate presentation of skills and powers that are beyond their own comprehension, manghihilots of old have ritualized their healing activity, using the native animistic beliefs and vocabulary of their era, while discovering more cause-effect relationships along the way. And so, what may appear to some as superstition is really the manghihilot’s in articulate attempt to modestly attribute the power to God (or a higher being). Amulets and anting-antings are statements of attribution. The proof of this modesty is that authentic manghihilots do not charge fees.
Surprisingly, the rituals, chants, and oraciones somehow serve to predispose the sick person mentally and physically towards healing. Admittedly, some persons do venture into deeper spiritism. But whether external powers and principalities do intervene is a matter for further investigation.
Learning the causes and beneficial effects of rubbing takes years. No wonder the manghihilot stereotypes are typically old men and women. There are, however, some amazing cases of prodigious children whose powers are undeniably gifts – i.e., acquired with minimal or no training at all.
On top of these processes of discovery, we should add the influences of Chinese, Indian, Islamic and Western healing traditions. And so what do we have? An evolution of diverse beliefs and practices regarding health that have stood the test of time.
stood the test of time.

Hilot Tradition

Despite its widespread influence, Hilot is a little-understood mode of healing. Individuals who have experienced Hilot cannot explain how and why they got well, only that they felt better after the Hilot session. Asking a traditional Hilot practitioner may just yield more questions, because in all likelihood, the albularyo or manghihilot (traditional healer) will explain Hilot as he learned it–through espirito (spirit), encanto (elementals), and kulam (spells). This is part of the reason why Hilot, as a healing tradition, began to be looked upon with skepticism as conventional western medicine–with its emphasis on science and empiricism–rose to prominence.

The Four Elements of the Body.

When it comes to the physical body, the Hilot tradition abides by the belief that man is made up of the four elements–earth, water, air, and fire. These elements of the body have a natural balance, which has to be kept within a certain range for the individual to be in a state of health. The balance of the four elements is determined by the mind/emotions–in a state of harmony, the four elements are balanced. In a state of disharmony, the elements of the body are in disarray. When thrown off-balance for extended periods, the elements of the body eventually give in to physical ailments and disease.

Hilot massage

What’s Common Among Filipino Hilot Traditions

Today there are many versions of traditional hilot massage in the Philippines. For now, let’s take a quick look at what is common among them.
A pre-hilot ritual is typically done at the beginning of a session, wherein the manghihilot invokes a universal transcendent or Divine power to provide the energy for healing. This opening ritual also acknowledges and invokes the natural power of the natural surroundings. Thirdly, it summons the sick person’s inherent self-healing powers to action.
Having and maintaining warm hands is an essential requirement for all kinds of hilot massage. This is where coconut oil comes in handy, because it not lubricates the hilot massage, but it actually keeps the manghihilot’s hands warm. The use of coconut oil for healing purposes began in the Philippines, and the world is only now discovering the benefits of VCO as a base oil for aromatherapy massage.
Elizabeth F. Nelle, director of product research and development of the DOT says that hilot is a highly intuitive massage wherein the therapist identifies areas of energy imbalance in the body through touch diagnosis. Traditional Filipino hilot involves massaging of hands and arms as a diagnostic step –“pagpupulso” – done in a seated position, to ascertain the cause of pain or discomfort. There are a number of interesting diagnostic methods.
Thereafter, the manghihilot massages the head and neck; subsequently, in a reclining position, the torso, hips, legs, and lastly, the feet. At the end of the hilot, a ritual of thanks or pasasalamat is performed.

Traditional Hilot and Hilot Wellness

On one hand, the entry of Hilot into the spa industry was good, because it revived interest in Hilot, especially in urban areas where very few people know or have access to it.
On the other hand, however, Hilot’s rise in popularity in the spa industry has also attracted many players who are not actually knowledgeable on traditional Hilot, but want to join in on the Hilot bandwagon.

As a result, there are those who perform ordinary massage which do not follow traditional Hilot principles, but label it as “Hilot.” Unfortunately, this reinforced the view that Hilot is no more than just a type of massage. This is also a cause of concern, because there are people who go to the spa hoping for relief from their aches and pains (as one would expect with real Hilot), but come out from the treatment even worse off, because the manipulations they received were far from the real practice of Hilot.

Hilot Wellness, when performed correctly and according to the principles of traditional Hilot healing, truly improves an individual’s well-being. One just needs to make sure that the therapist who will perform it is well-trained, and has experience in applying this treatment modality.

There are also a host of indigenous Filipino treatments or “modalities” that are associated with hilot. These healing practices have been passed on not through institutional instruction, but by apprenticeship or plain exposure, and are passed on to relatives and neighbors. Hilot traditions have literally “rubbed off” from generation to generation.

Reasons to Make Hilot Part of Your Life

  • Hilot helps determine your general health condition.
  • Hilot addresses the health of your whole being.
  • Helps prevent potential health problems.
  • Hilot is the lazy man’s exercise.
  • Hilot does for your body what a “tune-up” does for your car.
  • Works in tandem with all-natural herbs and proper nutrition.
  • Fosters awareness and appreciation of your body.
  • Rejuvenates and refreshes.


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