Well, that's how I define a good vacation, primarily for sightseeing. But after the BORACAY MANDARIN ISLAND HOTEL experience last weekend, I modified my definition of a GOOD HOLIDAY. I added the word SPA.
Blame it on the Hilot Massage in MANDARIN SPA.
For my HILOT Treatment. I was asked my masseur to sit on a chair first. he put a a pillow on my back and started massaging my shoulders and upper back. He then pressed my head and I noticed he started pulling my hair. It was done for a few minutes while my feet was soaked in lukewarm water. My masseur then asked me to lie face down on the massage bed. The whole therapy lasted for 1.5 hours.
I always talk to my masseurs when I get a massage. I do that so I wouldn't sleep and ensure that the masseur do her job correctly. During my first hilot session though, I was completely quiet. I was tempted to ask my masseur the difference between SWEDISH massage ( which I usually have) and HILOT but I simply tried to feel the strokes and figure it out myself. One major difference that I noticed was that he started at my back before proceeding to the legs and lower body. Maybe because in hilot, banana leaves are being heated and applied to your back. It gives a soothing relief as he heated four strips of banana leaves and pressed them at my back. Two strips were later on applied on both my legs.
I also noticed that the strokes in Hilot is different. A lot of emphasis is on the upper back. My masseur stroke a particular spot in my upper back many times which is targeted my nodules while giving a relaxing feel. I dozed off for a few seconds several times.
I usually prefer deep tissue massage, the means firm and slow strokes to stretch tight muscle mass.I prefer it hard and oftentimes painful due to my consistent back pains. For me, if I didn't feel the pain during the session, it's not effective. With the Traditional Filipino HILOT treatment, my masseur was able to apply pressure not too strong for me to greet my teeth in pain but enough to loosen my tight muscles (especially at the back).I know the tight muscles were targeted and I felt very relaxed afterwards.
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