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Hands to Hearts International Spreads the Gift of Touch World Wide: Baby Massage DVD Release in 19 Languages!

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(please visit http://handstohearts.org/dvd.html to watch a preview of HHI's exciting new Baby Massage DVD)

It all began as a unique idea from HHI's Advisor, Michael Smolens. He suggested that as a part of HHI's training materials, we would create a DVD to demonstrate the baby massage techniques used in our orphanage trainings. He sweetened the idea by offering to gift HHI his company's dotSUB technology, which would allow us to create this training tool in up to 200 languages. The great part is that baby massage can be used on all babies: from Anytown, USA to Mumbai, India. HHI Advisor, Todd Lofgren, said that he as a parent would love learn from HHI's massage techniques and he believed other US parents would want the DVD as well.

So, last summer, as HHI was overhauling all of our program materials, I embarked on what I thought would be a new "little project", that of making a short instructional film about the benefits and techniques of baby massage. Wow - I had NO idea what I was getting myself into! Experts in: baby massage, film production, videography, screenplay writing, etc... as well as recruiting HHI staff and an adorable baby in India. Then - only because I was delusional in my naivete - I planned for 2 days of filming to capture all the footage we would need. Our adorable model baby, Palak, was on her own schedule and I soon learned that she was calling all the shots on the film shoot!

Well, after returning with all the footage of Palak (our cute, but very wiggly baby star) the production team here got going. A voice talent narrated the film, over 20 people from around the world got busy translating the film into their own languages, a graphic designer created beautiful art to go with it, and a video house was found to package all of this in 100% recyclable materials. I'm giving you the briefest description of the highlights over the last 8 months. But, finally we are ready to release HHI's first training video tool--Baby Massage: Nurturing & Bonding Through Touch. It is available to people around the globe - literally - with subtitles in 19 languages! And (BONUS!) it is coming just in time to be the perfect Mother's Day gift. With a minimum donation of $25, you can give a great resource to a new parent, and at the same time you will be supporting HHI's efforts to serve children around the world!

Whew! This was a way bigger project than I expected, just as HHI has grown larger, faster and with a greater impact on the lives of thousands in bigger ways than I ever could have anticipated. The outcome is that once again, and with the support of dotSUB, HHI is on the cutting edge with this training tool can be used in countless countries around the world!

Its all been worth it. Now we can share a small part of HHI's training with you - wherever you may live. See a preview of the film and the full list of languages at our website at www.handstohearts.org/dvd.

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Rebecca's picture

wow!

I had a chance to look at the preview and I think what you all are doing is awesome! It's really interesting to read about how much of a process it is to create a film like this, and how it takes an entire community behind you. The babies are adorable, and really look like they're benefiting from touch and love!

I'd never heard of baby massage as a healing technique before. What kinds of responses does it invoke in the babies? And I'm also wondering what HHI's next steps are in spreading the word about this project?

handstohearts's picture

learning as i go

hi Rebecca,

Yes, the process of making a short film is a mammoth process, I honestly had no idea what I was getting into! And, I obviously complicated things by having it subtitled in so many languages, but the point was/is to reach mothers aroudn the globe and therefore it has to be accessible to them - language is key.

I am a huge believer in the power of touch. The benefits of baby massage are similar to massage for you or me and can include: pain relief, increased curiculation, improved muscle tone, easing digestion (a big issue for babies!) and helping with sleep - the list goes on. But, in particular, what inspired me to create this as a cornerstone of Hands to Hearts work, is 2-fold. First baby massage promotes bonding and after seeing so many broken children in my 10+ yrs of social work, I am a huge fan of prevention - bonding is a must for all children! Secondly, I am all for findign ways that are truly universal and not resource ($) dependent. Any woman, or man for that matter, can provide this for their baby - a gift for both sides!

How we get the word out about HHI's work? Well, I'm working on that. You can check out our website and see what we have done so far, in terms of impact with women and children and the media attention we've recieved. I'm open to any ideas and especially open to offers of others pitching in in whatever ways they can - together we change the world!

all the best, thanks again for commenting!

Laura Peterson, founder/director
Hands to Hearts International
www.handstohearts.org

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