Common People Medicine
Last July 11 to 15, 2017 we have an opportunity once again to share the knowledge of Traditional Filipino Healing Arts to a FilAm that lives in Los Angeles, California, USA who is in pilgrimage that seeks to be re connected to her ancestral roots. This newly awaked soul is Verma Zapanta.
In her Instragram dated Juky 19, 2017, she wrote her experiemce with us that says:
” Last Friday, I finished a five day introductory course on the traditional Filipino healing practice of Hilot in Makati. Hilot is popularly known as massage, but it’s far more than that. (For folks that are Filipino, if an elder has ever given you an intense massage for a fever, pilay, or ailment; that’s hilot!) My teacher Apu Adman Aghama believes that Hilot is a Universal Gift of the Diwata to humanity to maintain optimum health and wellness. I was introduced to traditional and contemporary techniques for hilot, the historical context of the work and most importantly its spiritual essence. Apu also made connections the the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual elements of hilot.
Today, the Philippine government has made hilot the primary care modality in their healthcare system, which is great because it’s retaining our indigenous healing practice. However, they are standardizing its techniques making it appear like a style of massage to relax and fails to acknowledge hilot as a holistic form of healing. The healthcare system is also dismissive of a core aspect of hilot which is Tawas, the spiritual diagnosis of a patient. I learned that Tawas can help people to explore, confront and alleviate traumas that are carried in our bodies through things such as prayer or energy work.
Learning at their academy also served as a form of healing for me. I am so grateful for the intimate sessions and hope to expand on my knowledge of hilot in the future.
Salamat for your knowledge and warmth Apu Adman Aghama, your hospitality Kayoko Yamahata Comon, and for being my practice patient Lakay Magdaag Aghama. Thank you for the photos as well! Thank you Hilot Academy of Binabaylan! 🙏🏾 ”
#ahealingjourney #ahealersjourney #makati #hilot #makati @ Brgy Pio Del Pilar Makati City
And on same date se also have an entry that says:
“It’s amazing how healers can see into the most intimate parts of our past, present and future selves using everyday items. On this trip, I witnessed Babaylans take a person’s pulse or simply look them in the eyes to do a reading. At the Hilot Academy, I received my first tawas reading from Apu Adman Aghama and Lakay Magdaag Aghama using paper and an egg. I am so grateful for them facilitating a conversation between my ancestors and I. Their prayers filled me with hope and courage to continue on this very complex journey to self.”
#ahealersjourney #ahealingjourney #tawas #binabaylan #makati #ancestralknowledge @ Brgy Pio Del Pilar Makati City
Again, we congratulate Ms. Verma Zapanta for completing the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Course as we pray that these modality she now posses in her hands would open up doors that she may get in touch with her ancestral roots.
Trully Hilot is for everyone because as we have shared that Hilot is the Common People Medicine that been given to us by the Diwata.
As we have taught that the Diwata is our first healer in accordance to the Generations of Healers, that followed by the Babaylan who are the care takers of all creation, then the Albularyo or Herbalist, and Hilot who is a Physical Medicine Provider.