The first group of professionally-trained massage therapists in Atimonan has formally introduced Heavenly Touch Therapeutic Massage, which offers chair/dry massage; whole body “hilot” wellness massage with an option for ventosa; and foot massage with dagdagay or two bamboo/rattan sticks.

This is a product of a community-based training on Massage/Hilot Wellness conducted last June 19 to 28 through the initiative of Atimonan One Energy, Inc (A1E).

The intensive 10-day training was done in partnership with the College of Science, Technology and Communication, Inc. (CSTC) and was held at the New Carinay Multipurpose Hall, Brgy. Villa Ibaba, Atimonan, Quezon.

A total of 19 residents from New Carinay and Sitio Tabuan of Villa Ibaba and its adjacent barangays, Caridad Ilaya and Villa Ilaya, participated in the training.

The two-week activity tackled the different styles and techniques, as well as the benefits of massage therapy. It also covered the professional way of providing service to the customers.

The activity provided the marginalized members of the community an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on massage therapy, which they can use to enhance their productivity; or when they get to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even at the clients’ homes.

On July 5, 2018, a national assessment was given to all participants for NC II eligibility, which they successfully passed. It was done under the supervision of an assessor and representative from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

A1E awarded the participants with a training certificate and provided them with a starter kit, that consists of a bath towel, hand towel, face towel, massage oil and alcohol.

“I would like to thank A1E for helping the community and conducting this livelihood training,” said Jahnwill Boiser, a former call center agent in Makati City who was elected President of the new organization.

“I am so blessed that I was selected as one of the recipients of this training. It provided all the information and techniques to perform a professional full body massage. Indeed, this is a great opportunity for me to earn income without living away from my family,” he added.

Heavenly Touch Therapeutic Massage is already accepting bookings for home service, and the trained therapists are being given assignments by rotation.

For appointments and reservations, the group can be contacted at the following numbers: 0955-3562823 and 0945-3300771 or through their Facebook page, Heavenly Touch Therapeutic Massage.

Massage/Hilot Wellness is a part of A1E’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that focuses on entrepreneurial development and livelihood program.