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The Harmony of Filipino Healing Touches

The Philippines is rich in ancient wellness rituals that have made good use of the bounty of local herbs, roots and spices.

Tirta Spa has been created as a holistic Filipino retreat, paying attention not only to superficial beauty or vanity, but also focusing on spiritual grounding and the beauty within us.

From therapeutic massages to healing rites and aesthetic beauty secrets, experience the unique ceremonies that, over centuries, have added mystique to this colorful culture.

Both of these treatments end with a local ancient therapeutic Filipino “Hilot” massage. The therapist begins this treatment by scanning your back, searching for imbalances in the body. Then, any tension detected will be relieved as the therapist slowly applies pressure to those specific points of the body which need to be de-stressed, leaving you feeling balanced once again. Applying the therapeutic oil that you select, supplements the “Hilot” treatment and helps to regulate the body’s temperature. Combining chiropractic methods and ancient Filipino meditation techniques, the Tirta Hilot not only helps to alleviate muscle tension, but is also a remedy for easing painful joints and generally assists in preventing illness.


2 hours & 30 minutes Php 7,320 nett / person

A uniquely Filipino treatment to exfoliate the skin and achieve a radiant glow. Firstly, the body is scrubbed with a combination of the indigenous root crop “luya” (ginger), combined with the “calamansi” (a local variety of lime). The heat-generating properties of the “luya” balance internal energy, while the cleansing effect of “calamansi” roughs off dead skin.


3 hours & 30 minutes Php 12,505 nett / person

Firstly, enjoy the Filipino “luya at calamansi” exfoliating body scrub, which results in a fresh, glowing skin. After this treatment, you will be enveloped in an exotic body wrap so that the rejuvenating properties of the Pandan leaves, known for its anti-diabetic elements and healing power against skin diseases, can penetrate deeply into your body.

After rinsing, dip yourself in a therapeutic Banahaw herbal tea bath (tanglad, sambong, manzanilla and banaba) renown for its antiseptic qualities and also as an aid in lowering cholesterol, improving the digestive and respiratory systems, correcting hormonal imbalances and lifting depression. Regenerate your skin in a distinctly local fashion as you harmonize mind, body and soul to balance that energy within.

Then surrender to the ancient Filipino therapeutic and chiropractic massage called “Hilot”. Relieve muscular stress and body joint pains in a slow but steady massage that focuses on specific pressure points in the body to achieve calm and relaxation.

The treatment ends with a cup of native Sambong Tea to cleanse you from within. A truly Filipino treat!

About the package

Mount Banahaw is a dormant volcano, considered by local residents to be a holy site where Holy voices have been heard. I named the treatment “Mount Banahaw” because the herbs I chose to use for this therapy are found on the slopes of this sacred mountain. These herbs possess particularly therapeutic qualities and will assist in re-balancing life, body and soul, as well as achieving a total detoxification during the course of the treatment. As I began to develop this concept, it was important to consider not only the benefits in terms of beauty, but also to create a ritual that would emphasize the principles of ancient Philippine remedies, practiced by so many generations over the centuries.

Learning the Hilot practice from the master Albularyo, using their own methods and techniques is not easy to do. One must be spiritually grounded and possesses good values and attitude in order to succeed as a healer.

Many years ago, “Hilot” as we know it today, was the only kind of first aid that Filipinos knew and it is still practiced as the primary source of treatment in many barrios (villages) and provinces, particularly in areas where hospitals and clinics aren’t easily accessible.

Before touching their patient, a true healer must first perform “Orasyon” (powerful prayers to encourage the presence of healing powers from above) and to ask help in a way not dissimilar to the principles and practices of Reiki. Once this ritual is over, the Albularyo scans the body, sensing both the breathing and the pulse of the patient and will then prescribe a blend of herbs which, depending on the ingredients, will either be boiled and drunk or applied to the body in the form of an oil. Tirta’s “Hilot” therapists apply these same principles and practices, good values and positive attitude to improve our day to day living. It is important too, that, as therapists, we remind each other of the value of this grounding in order to be a successful healer for our clients.

“A foot scrub ritual and relaxation with a herbal tea drink are included in all treatment time, in one of our luxurious Royal Suite Villas”