Relaxation and Wellness

Not Your Ordinary Hot Bath


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Apr 26, 2013
Not Your Ordinary Hot Bath

The Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao, Antique is one of the many attractions of the province. It can soothe muscle and joint aches of Katahum Tibiao trippers after a strenuous kayaking or trekking escapade from the Bugtong-Bato falls. It is offered as a complementary experience to adventurers of this town.

Kawa is a local term for a very large fryer. The water in the kawa is heated in a relatively low temperature just enough heat the human body or the customer can withstand. The caretakers add more water from time to time to keep it lukewarm. You can also ask the caretaker to add more fire to raise the temperature up (just jump out of the kawa if it’s too hot for you).

With the kawa placed in the middle of the mountains where most Philippine folklore says witches live, it adds thrill and excitement. So if you want to experience the feeling of “being cooked” (knowing that the kawa is under a real fire), try the Kawa Hot Bath of Tibiao.

For inquiries call Flord Nicson Calawag (+63) 919- 813-9893 or (+63) 926-4 15-1424.

Tibiao Fish Spa (TFS) and Kawa Hot Bath welcome hundreds of visitors each day. It is located along the National Highway in the Municipality of Tibiao, Province of Antique, Philippines.

How to Get There
  • By Air - From Manila, you can fly to Caticlan International Airport (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) near Boracay, Aklan (Php5600++, round trip, 1 hour and 10 minutes). Tibiao is only 82.6 kilometers (1 hour and 30 minutes) drive away.
  • By Land from Iloilo City - From Iloilo City, Tibiao is 172 kilometers away or a 3-4 hours drive. Hourly trips (buses and vans) plying the Iloilo-Caticlan or Iloilo-Culasi or Iloilo-Libertad routes at the Molo Bus Terminal can take you directly to Tibiao, Antique.
  • By Land from Caticlan, Aklan (Boracay) - Tibiao is 93 kilometers away or a 2-3 hours drive from Caticlan. At the Caticlan terminal, buses and vans plying the Iloilo via San Jose route can take you directly to Tibiao, Antique.

Hot Bath Health Benefits

Do you know that hot bath has some benefits? But, it’s not just water alone but what you add to it can help alleviate your condition.

A word of caution: don’t attempt taking hot baths if you are suffering from any health condition particularly with circulatory issues or heart disease (this goes for pregnancy as well). It can cause fainting and serious injury. And, it can stimulate the immune system and increase circulation.

So check the temperature carefully. Water temperature should only range from 96 F to 105 F (35.5 C to 40.5 C) but with temperatures above 101 F (38.3 C) can already put a strain on the heart as it works to dilate blood vessels in order to cool the body. Hot baths should make you feel better and relaxed. The water should only be warm to the touch and not scalding (else you might get third-degree burns).

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  • Anxiety and stress - there are certain herbs that have been used for centuries as calming agents. Lavender for example is known to soothe the mind and in turn, relieve stress in the body. Using lavender oils and bath salts in your water will help your stress to ebb away. Your problems won’t disappear but you will be better able to handle them.
  • Colds and sinus issues - using eucalyptus will help with that pesky cold you feel coming on. The humidifier effect of the water and the eucalyptus can help to open nasal passages for freer breathing.
  • Sore, aching muscles - your body can build up toxins from simple daily life. Soaking in a bath with Epsom salts can help to leech these toxins out of your system. Hot water helps to dilate blood vessels for better blood flow and lowers blood pressure. Muscles benefit from this because they are able to relax which aids in recovery from soreness.
  • Dry, itchy skin - using bath oils helps to moisturize your skin. If you have dry skin, you won’t need to soak as long in the water, but soothing oils will nourish your skin as you bathe.

The steam coming off of the water acts like a humidifier. If you close your bathroom door and let the room fill up with steam as you run the bath, you are on your way to a soothing experience.

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