QUEZON CITY, Philippines- A short segment about Hilot, bentosa, and banyos was shown on GMA-7‘s morning show, Unang Hirit last January 28, 2015. The segment, hosted by Ms. Lyn Ching-Pascual, tackled tips on how to prevent common ailments that people come down with during cold weather.
The allotted time was too short to go into details, but the feature was able to give viewers an idea of what Hilot, bentosa, and banyos are. ATHAG manghihilot Jhen Dellosa demonstrated Hilot and bentosa while ATHAG founder and longtime albularyo Dr. Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo explained to Ms. Lyn Ching-Pascual what these are for.
The Filipino’s ancient way of healing, Hilot, is very good for detecting imbalances early on, and is very effective at bringing the body back to its proper balance. The firm, definite strokes of Hilot can help ward off and prevent sniffles from getting worse.
Because of its entry into the spa industry, bentosa is one of the more popular traditional Hilot modalities. It involves introducing fire/heat into a glass, turning it upside-down on the client’s body to create a vacuum, and running it over affected parts of the body. Dr. Fajardo pointed out that there is a proper direction to be followed when doing bentosa—the manghihilot should do it according to natural law. He also explained that in traditional bentosa, the practitioner does not use several cups simultaneously, nor do it randomly anywhere on the body.
The purpose of bentosa is the same as Hilot—it brings back balance to the body. If desired, Hilot can be done in the place of bentosa because it accomplishes the same objectives.
The third modality shown, banyos, involves soaking the feet and hands in hot water with herbs. While it is lesser known than Hilot and bentosa, it also helps soothe those who are feeling under the weather or are coming down with cough and colds.