Health & Wellness
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Local holistic health practitioner Virgil Mayor Apostol, who has been practicing massage, manual medicine and spiritual healing locally since the fall, will teach a free workshop series. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Library sponsors Filipino healing series

Local holistic health practitioner Virgil Mayor Apostol will share the secrets of the Filipino healing traditions at a free workshop series this month at the Yellow Springs Public Library.

The series begins with a lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, on the healing traditions of the Philippines. Apostol is the author of Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions, published in 2010.

Apostol will cover the three A’s of Filipino healing—apprus, a form of massage; ablon, manual medicine focusing on the neurovascular and musculoskeletal systems; and aglupos, spiritual energetic work dealing with the auric body, chakras, and soul-consciousness.

Then over the course of two Saturdays Apostol will teach a hands-on workshop covering self-stretching, triangle breathing, manual medicine, exercises from the Filipino martial arts and wooden club swinging practices from India. Participants can attend one or both workshops, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16th, and Saturday, Feb. 23rd.

“It will be both relaxing and energizing,” Apostol said of the workshop exercises. “Once they start applying the techniques on each other, they may be surprised to discover sensitive areas that they were unaware of.”

The library series is free to the public; it’s sponsored by the Greene County Public Library. Prior registration is required and those interested can register at www.greenelibrary.info.

Apostol, who lives just outside of Yellow Springs, started seeing clients at Yellow Springs Chiropractic last fall for ailments involving the lower back, neck, hips and knees, poor circulation, past traumas, and nerve conditions. In addition, he is now offering massage, manual medicine, and energetic work by appointment at Wavelength Aveda Salon and Spa, and chair massages on Thursday mornings from 9 to 12 p.m. at the Emporium. Apostol also teaches a free class at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, titled “Swing Your Way to Health,” on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. using sticks to aid joint range-of-motion, eye-hand coordination, balance, and brain stimulation.

Read the full story in the Feb. 7 issue of the News.

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