Saturday, February 18, 2012

Anchoring Roots

"Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due,
but to the manner of performing it."

- Akhenaton      

Root of all Goodness

Although, I do them all the time, there are only a few instance that I look back at my roots. They have a great influence on the way I do Nursing and Massage Therapy.

Because almost all home-grown Filipino have a close family knit and strong caring for each member of their family, it has been known that if you are a Filipino Immigrant here in the US, you are either a RN or a PT. And if you are a Massage Therapist, then you know "Hilot" - hence you are a "Manghihilot".

I think many of the good things in this world start in the smallest unit of our community, regardless of whether there is a blood tie or not...

- Leo Feraer-Oporto     

Hilot - Dagdagay Massage

What exactly is Hilot Massage? Well, Hilot is a Philippine Native Massage and has been practiced in the Philippines for many centuries now, predating the country's written history. Although hilot therapy is indigenously Filipino, it has traces of influence from traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, and the Yunani-Tibb medical traditions of Greece and Persia.

Hilot is a Filipino traditional healing art which include paligo (bath with flowers and herbs, believed to have healing properties), luop (inhalation of steam from infusions of air-dried aromatic herbs), dalisay (decoctions of a mixture of native medicinal herbs), kisig (biomagnetic energy healing), langis (virgin coconut oil), tapik (tapping of bamboo sticks to affected body parts for increasing fluid circulation and releasing of stagnant energy).

Dagdagay is native foot massage practiced in the Mountain Province, specifically in Sagada, Bauko, Besao, Tadian and Sabangan. Also known as "kol-kolis," Dagdagay uses two sticks to massage the feet in rolling and scratching motions from the heel to toes to stimulate blood circulation. Young children who traditionally practiced this massage on their elders would use sticks to cleanse the soles. Similar to the Xiamen foot reflexology and the Thai-Yoga foot massage, Dagdagay is an authentic Filipino foot massage that has been used for centuries and is now redefining ancient and modern natural therapy.

Do you want to learn more about Hilot Massage? Click here.

- Leo Feraer-Oporto 


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