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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bentosa/Ventosa

the other week, i had a very bad backache for two consecutive afternoons. it was really painful, i can't work well. coz of the pain, i was deciding if i'll have a bentosa. i'm not a massage person. i hate massages. it makes me have more body aches afterwards, that is why bentosa if perfect for me.

what is bentosa/ventosa?

bentosa is using a cup/glass to suck the "lamig" from your back. lamig is a tagalog term for the one that they say causes the back pains. im not sure if it's really cold in english.

it's just easy to use. an officemate even did it to me for free. you just need a glass/cup, gas, cloth, coin and rubber band. wrap the coin with the cloth and tie it with the rubber band. place on your back/pressure points and cover it with the glass. light the inside of the glass with the gas and fire. okay.. i dont know how youll light it coz i haven't seen how it was done since i was facing backwards. and i don't think kim still has a copy of the pictures and video of my bentosa adventure.

then the your back will like rise. hehe. waah! i need pictures. i'll have a bentosa again just to have pictures. the more lamig you have in your back, the higher or redder it will become. it's not a good sight actually. i remember my dad panicking after seeing my marks.

why do i like bentosa? because it is effective. i won't have backache afterwards. and i don't feel any pain during the process.

i've heard bentosa from the news before when gwyneth paltrow wore a backless dress with her bentosa marks. it caused some commotion in the entertainment industry.

have i explained bentosa clearly? i don't know. a lot had been visiting my site when they search for bentosa. so now, i'm writing on what bentosa is.

in the philippines, the spa that i know that offers this is the sanctuario spa. but bentosa is a popular thing in the province that ordinary people can just do it.

paging ate france, can you do a bentosa on me again? hehehe ;p

17 comments:

Niel Camhalla said...

They leave hickey-like marks.

I wonder what the effect would be if a mouth was used instead of a glass cup. Hehehe.

TK said...

niel, dude, if you try using that instead of a cup, you'd probably get hickey-like mark too around your eye socket... something which we commonly refer to as a blackeye.

Kyels said...

Oh, I've seen my lola w/those marks before pero it was a long time ago. Does it not hurt?

;)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

It's actually a lost art and is practiced mostly in the provinces. The malady is called pasmang lamig by the manghihilots or chiropractors. But it's really highly effective. Thanks for the post. God bless.

Richard said...

oh, dear. I hope you feel better. I had a sharp pain in my chest last week - thought I was having a heart attack. Turns out to have been muscle pain. I am into my third week of chest / back / arm pains. Fortunately, not sharp anymore, just a dull ache sometimes. Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon.

Sofia has suggested I go for a massage. Like you, I am not a massage person. Of course, maybe it is because I have never been to a professional.

RennyBA said...

I think I know what you mean, but I thought that was an old fashion way of doing it?

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week and a great day on Sunday :-)

bw said...

Glad to know you feel much better.

I got to try it Tin :) I have some occasional back aches and I'm not really sure what causes it. Malamang nasobrahan ako ng ... physical activity hehe :) Now you convinced me that it really works :)

Sidney said...

Regular exercise ...helps also...

carey @ new horizons said...

hmmm... curious ako ah... haven't heard of bentosa before. baka di uso yan dito sa negros? heheheh...

uy thanks sa greetings! happy birthday to you rin. more blessings to come, and praying for your heart's desires to be granted before the year ends. naks.

Bryan Anthony the First said...

i find bentosa fascinating
lalo na pag lumulubo na yung skin sa likod
parang straight from a sci fi movie
anyway hope your back's ok now
woof

Jake The Miserable said...

Pwede kaya 'yan sa upper back? Du'n madalas sumakit sa'kin, lalo na during my corporate slave days.

Chase Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

I think I saw bentosa on National Geo or Discovery channel. I think that type of treatment originated from China.

tanivillamora said...

sAn yAng spA nA yAn? we were ActuAlly tAught how to do thAt in nursing school but i don't know Any nurse who ActuAlly does it to Anyone, me included. yup. pArAng round hickey mArks.

emcee said...

pag star shaped na and base ng baso papa-ganyan ako. hehe :)

freeze said...

i'm a sucker for a good massage. I ought to try this, but di ko masyado ma gets how to go about it :)

Bradpetehoops said...

I love doing bentosa to my clients, have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Greetings! Been researching if anyone can recommend what to do since i know someone suffering from back, shoulder, neck pains with addition of dizzyness and frozen shoulder. Because of these pains, i know someone who only gets 4 hours of sleep or less; can anyone suggest what can she do aside from getting massages? A friend told me about bentosa and i wonder if theres a spa place does that in batangas/laguna area. Would appreciate from anyone's input regarding this matter.