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Scrubs and Hilot at Holiday Gym and Spa Sep 22-29, 2016

Scrubs and Hilot at Holiday Gym and Spa

Location: Holiday Gym and Spa, F. Torres St., 8000 Davao City, Philippines
GPS waypoint: 7°03'51.7"N 125°36'27.8"E

You Only Live Twice
In an interesting stroke of fate, lightning struck twice at the same place. And that's how it was with all that pampering I'd been getting at Holiday Gym and Spa. A second round ensued this time with tradition-honored Pinoy Hilot Massage with Body Scrub and a Foot Scrub.

Pinoy Hilot (90 mins)
(Sep 22, 2016) Pinoy Hilot is the traditional Filipino massage as practised in the rural sections of the country by local shamans, healers and massage therapists. Like Swedish Massage, Pinoy Hilot uses oil and a lot of muscle kneading. But unlike Swedish Massage that uses 'hard' gliding strokes with limb stretches, Pinoy Hilot employs a thorough light pressure thumbing-through the matrix of the body - square inch after square inch. There are no body stretches but it uses heated banana leaves applied on the back to absorb the unwanted 'cold' that has been trapped inside the body. Although ideally suited to older people, you could ask for a harder version if you want a 'beaten to a pulp' after-feeling. Josephine was thorough and meticulous as my therapist.

Scrubs and Hilot at Holiday Gym and Spa
with the Pinoy Hilot Massage, hot banana leaves are pressed on the back to absorb the unwanted 'cold' trapped in the body

Full Body Scrub
(Sep 28, 2016) The only body scrub I know of is the folkloric 'hilod' - you get a flat stone and scrub your body with it. But here at Holiday Spa, it's not as pedestrian (of course!). My therapist, Lorin, used powdered seaweed to exfoliate dead skin off my body, applying smooth circular strokes - from head to foot. I then took a shower to wash off the seaweed and came back to the massage table for the moisturizer. Using a light massage, she worked the lotion into my skin. It was a weird feeling coming out of the spa - this was my first time to get such a treatment! My skin felt delicate - a far cry from bush-whacking and blazing trails up in the mountains. I like spanning a broad spectrum...and just did :)

Foot Scrub
(Sep 29, 2016) As if life wasn't tough enough, I get the final treatment - the foot scrub. First, my foot was soaked in warm solution to soften the tough calluses. Then, Leyra, my therapist, using a foot file, filed away the calluses for that consistently smooth texture. Like the body scrub, a seaweed exfoliant was rubbed into my foot to clear away dead skin. This was followed by a soothing foot massage with a liniment balm. What makes this treatment special from other providers is the added foot reflexology - applying pressure on reflex areas that are connected to various internal organs via the central nervous system. This optimizes the organs and nerve functionality for added vitality.

Ending Thoughts
All the treatments are wonderful and professionally administered. I cannot even go heads-or-tails on which is better. However, I noticed that I get the most relaxation if I do my yoga first, followed by sauna and then the soothing massage. That combination should be taken as an integrated whole. It's a pleasurable fix I don't mind getting addicting to.

--- TheLoneRider

ps - If you want me to write about your massage/spa treatment, email me.

preparing for the Pinoy Hilot Massage 3 panels of hot banana leaves were pressed on my back to absorb unwanted cold trapped inside the body the full body scrub consisted of white seaweed powder rubbed into my skin
the foot scrub started with a soak to soften tough skin like calluses after applying the scrub and rinse, reflexology foot massage was administered  
Holiday Gym and Spa

Holiday Gym and Spa

Location: F. Torres St., 8000 Davao City Davao yoga Davao Gym Davao yoga
Tel: (082) 222 3041
Facebook: Holiday Gym and Spa
GPS: 7°04'54.0"N 125°36'32.8"E

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