Paul Lewis’s multilingual In-Chair Massage Instructional DVD was nominated for a Telly Award in three separate film/video categories of nonbroadcast productions: education, health and wellness, and how-to instructional. The Telly Awards are judged by the Silver Telly Council.

Lewis’ DVD has also been entered into the People’s Telly Award special nonbroadcast category—and you can be the judge of that competition online beginning in late January.

The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies. There are more than 200 categories and 12,000 entries yearly from all U.S. states and around the world. Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards honor the best in film and video productions, Web videos, TV programs and commercials from the most-respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

All judges of the 31st Annual Telly Awards are members of the Silver Telly Council and are past winners. The council is comprised of top advertising and video production professionals who are empowered to maintain the traditional high standards characteristic of the Telly competition. All entries are judged against this high standard of merit and do not compete against each other; therefore, judges may award the Silver and Bronze Telly Awards to more than one entry in a particular category or to none. The silver statuette has been a symbol of creative excellence for more than a quarter of a century and is designed by the same firm that makes the Oscar® and Emmy®.

Lewis’ instructional DVD is meant to be educational, promoting health and wellness for the client as well as the therapist. It is being distributed worldwide and is available in seven languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.

The contents of the DVD prepare the therapist for performing a safe and effective in-chair therapeutic massage on a client in a seated position. Basic and advanced modified Swedish massage techniques, including the introduction of joint mobilizations, are clearly demonstrated with proper biomechanics. Warm-up, self-care and grounding exercises are included to reduce stress on the body. Treatment modalities are combined in the sample routines. Suggestions of alternative uses, assessment and strategies for integrating in-chair massage into your existing practice are mentioned. A step-by-step demonstration on how to properly adjust and maintain the massage chair is another very useful component of this DVD.

Lewis’ entry in the People’s Telly Awards will be featured on YouTube’s People’s Telly Channel later this month for public viewing, for a period of four weeks.

Lewis is a registered massage therapist, as well as a CMTO (Canada), NCBTMB (U.S.), FHT (Europe) approved provider. He is a reflexologist, international presenter and fitness instructor. For more information, visit www.paullewis.ca.

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