Hilot Pinoy - Philippine Traditional Healing
27 September 2008
I was the emcee of the 9th induction programme of the Rotary Club of West Bay. As a founding member and past president (I was fortunate to be the first woman president of the club), I was very happy to be back in the club after three years of leave.
Instead of holding our programme the usual way where guests come in their formal attire, I suggested to our club to do it differently - for the guests to wear something comfortable. The club decided to have the theme: outdoor adventure. And we did the programme in the midst of a small forest - an eco-friendly resort. Guests came in their shorts, t-shirts, rubber shoes, and rugged attire.
One of the highlights we had during the programme was the presence of a group of "hilots". Hilot is a local Filipino term to mean healer. Hilots are known to thousands of Filipinos from all walks of life. They are considered diagnosticians, with most of them having reached elementary grade levels. They are the most positive, energetic, and practical persons.
I had the chance to meet "hilots" that day. What makes them different from other hilots? They are members of Hilot Pinoy, a goroup of men and women who promote Philippine traditional healing arts. They provide a brief diagnosis by going through your foot.
In our modern rushed and demanding lifestyle, we are susceptible to a continual build-up of tension, anxiety, and fear. Hilot expels the suppressed emotions of stress, relaxing both our bodies and attitudes to life. Each patient receives an individual orchestrated combination of therapies designed to restore the harmony of body, mind, and spirit. Some of their healing modalities indlude those for the spine; hardened nerve, arteries; relief from sprain and strains; muscle and tissue stretching; herbal steam; foot reflex zone therapy; exercise, diet, and nutrition. diet and nuttion.
Hilot Pinoy proivide hands-on training programme. They have also developed Do-It-Yourself manuals.
For further information, you can contact Ms. Noni B. Del Mundo, Hilot Pinoy Movement or