If you’re aching for a human touch, there’s a non-sexual professional service for cuddling that’s sweeping the country.
By Shadi Absi
Cuddle shops are springing up in many parts of the country, and some websites offer cuddling services, all for a fee. The cuddle menu has several options, including a Double Cuddle (two providers at once) for a price around $120, an overnight cuddle (movies and video games provided) for $500, and entertainment cuddles (including snacks and video games) for $120.
Websites like The Snuggle Buddies, and Cuddle Up To Me, offer tips on how to behave and what’s acceptable or prohibited when it comes to offering their services, but the main underscored line is everything is platonic. Same guidelines apply to for-hire-cuddlers. In some cases, clients may be banned for good if they make any sexual advances. Some shops rely on security cameras to monitor sessions, while others make the client sign a contract spelling the exact details of what the cuddling session will entail. But disappointments still occur for some. Becky Rodriguez, 34, a professional cuddler, told the WSJ:
I could tell someone some were disappointed that all they were getting was a cuddle, but that’s the way it is.
Appointments are encouraged, and gift certificates and Workshops are offered . Organizers claim that many women and men have sent their spouses or partners to be taught how to cuddle the proper way.
The five year old industry touts the many physical and emotional benefits of a touch, as it can decrease stress and increase relaxation. The book “The cuddle Sutra” is used as a guide by many professional cuddlers, with descriptions (and restrictions) for poses such as Cheek to Cheek, Sardines, and Come to Papa.
If you’re up for this experience this Valentine’s Day (or any other day,) make sure to take a shower and brush your teeth before any session.
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