Annie Hopson
Annie Hopson
Annie Hopson
Annie Hopson

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Annie Hopson

Certified Cuddlist
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Session Rate: $100/hour + Travel Fee for Outcall

Baltimore, MD | Washington, DC | Big Island, HI | Los Angeles, CA | San Diego, CA | roaming cuddlist

About Annie Hopson

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Annie’s Story

As a child, most evenings after dinner I would sit on the carpeted hallway next to the kitchen to cuddle, pet and massage my little black labrador until she went limp with relaxation into a ‘pleasure coma.’

I’ve been said to have mesmerizing hands ever since.

Years later, my parents made me a massage table as a reward for not quitting college in favor of massage school. I did graduate with a degree in physics and math education and I taught school for many years. Along with that, I also got myself the professional massage therapy training I had always wanted — and so much more.

In my massage practice, I’ve often encountered people who were touch-hungry. They would have been better served by being held, rather than kneaded. However, my massage therapy professional ethics had little for them but shame when they asked for a mutual touch experience. Offering mutual touch during a massage session is illegal in Maryland and many other localities. It felt frustrating to not be able to serve my clientele to their best interests within the bounds of my profession.

So, if you’ve ever left a massage session feeling thoroughly touched, but still feeling disconnected, you might try a cuddle session instead. Professional cuddling is a new and differently effective way to achieve a profound relaxation through touch. I am a Cuddlist because I know the magic of platonic, caring touch. With me, you can experience that personal empowerment of having true clarity around giving and receiving touch.


Who Sees a Cuddlist

Through the years, I’ve met so many people who could use some gentle guidance as they discover the different kinds of touch they really want and need. As a result, I’ve turned my teaching towards facilitating personal growth and expanded my touch expertise to include professional cuddling.

One of my favorite types of cuddle clientele are people who are perhaps between relationships and want to approach future connections from a place of desire rather than from a place of lack. If we aren’t careful, we can develop a touch-hungry neediness that can make us susceptible to making poor long-term relationship decisions. When the person we are dating is the only one available to fill our short-term touch needs, we can fall into relationships out of habit rather than choice. My mama has a saying: “Never go shopping hungry, cuz you’ll end up bringing home food that’s not good for you.”

It took me quite a while to develop the kinds of friends who have the emotional intelligence skills necessary to give quality attention and intimate platonic holding when needed — without wanting to move into my home and share my bank accounts.  In my cuddle-verse community, people with higher touch needs than their life/dating partner can have these needs met via cuddle dates with other friends.

As a healthy touch expert, I can stand in for that kind of friendship for you when you don’t have one handy, and I can help you to enrich the kinds of friendships you have if that’s what you want.

Having said that, I welcome people of all ages, genders, identities, orientations, abilities and cultural backgrounds.  If you are looking for a safe space to let it go, relax into my arms and just BE; if you just need to be held and heard, then let’s talk!

Will People Know?

My desire is for you to leave our cuddle session feeling the warm glow of focused attention and gentle care. People in your life may notice that you look more relaxed and perhaps even look younger.  You could develop a clarity in your interactions like never before.  Communication goes more smoothly as you become more confident about communicating your own needs while respecting the needs of others.

So let’s slow down, connect, enjoy each other’s presence.  Cuddling is a radical act of self-love that is shared with another individual (or more).  When we make the conscious choice to nurture our bodies and feed our hearts through intentional touch or any act of self-full love, we show the world that we know we are worthy.

Whether you choose to work with me or with another professional Cuddlist, I want that for you.

You want that for you, too.
May you have all the blessings and joy you deserve.

Session information from Annie Hopson

How to Schedule

After you send your request form, I will contact you to schedule a complimentary 20-minute (or so) phone/video meeting with you where we can get acquainted and go over your intake questions.  For a quicker response after submitting your request form, text message me at 443-355-4325 to schedule your complimentary 20-minute intake conversation right away.   This helps us to become more comfortable with one another as we determine whether we really are a good fit. You’ll have time to speak about any desires, questions, or concerns you may have. We’ll usually schedule our first cuddle session during this conversation.

What to Expect When We Meet

When we do meet in person, you can expect a nice handshake with an invitation to a warm hug. It’s perfectly fine to say no to this invitation to touch.

From the beginning, communication like this serves to establish trust. We follow with a short conversation, making a commitment to keep open communication about the rich platonic touch experience we are creating.

Our agreements and established intentions carry us through our session, ensuring that comfort, needs, and boundaries are being communicated and respected all around throughout our time together. This gives us a safe space to discover the shape of our cuddling.  While staying firmly within the boundaries of the Cuddlist Code of Conduct, I enjoy being creative during our session.  Limited only by imagination, our cuddling becomes a dance of mutual consent.

Do you have a specific idea of how you might wish to cuddle?  Let me know!
If you have no specific idea, that could be even better.  Let’s explore and discover!

When you are with me, I want you to feel welcome and relaxed, as though you are on vacation with someone who cares about you.  You have my complete attention, and I’m in no hurry.  Stress falls away.

Please dress comfortably in clean, preferably freshly-laundered clothing.  You can freshen up if needed beforehand.

Bring anything you think might add comfort to our experience.  People sometimes bring a special pillow or blanket, books or journals, movies/shows, audio recordings, special candles or things like that.  We craft not only how to cuddle but what we do as we hold one another.

You can expect me to be engagingly professional and authentic, yet playful.  I genuinely enjoy what I do and I look forward to our sessions.

When you come to my cuddle space, there is plenty of free visitor parking in the neighborhood and on the adjacent street of my suburban townhouse studio in Ellicott City. There is a cat on premises. My cozy cuddle/massage studio is quiet and private with ample space.  There is a comfy mat with pillows on the floor, where we can stretch out without being disturbed.

There are other cuddling possibilities!  They include accompanying you to a public park, a movie theater, a coffee shop, or another place that you suggest.  I have a traveling fee (usually $20) that is waived for people with disabilities who cannot come to meet me.

There is a non-refundable scheduling deposit of half the cuddling fee in advance for new clients in order to guarantee your spot.  This deposit counts towards your session fee and is forfeited if there is a last minute cancellation. At the beginning of the session, you pay the balance with cash or PayPal or Visa/MasterCard.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Tell me you read all the way to the end, give me useful feedback, and I will give you 15% off your first session and add a half hour of free cuddle time onto your second session!

I hope to see you soon!

Skills & Specialties

BA Physics and Math Education Graduate Baltimore School of Massage Advanced Certificate for Asian Bodywork Professionally Trained in Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Healing from the Body Level Out (HBLU) Love Coach Academy Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Compassionate Communication (an offshoot of NVC) Cuddle Party Facilitator Creative Problem Solving Facilitator Psychology of Happiness Zoetic Workshops Neo-T Training in Personal Awareness New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Transformation Energy Work (NPMDT) Breath Awareness & Guided Meditation Aromatherapy / Essential oils WildFit Coaching Life Coaching

Availability

Reach out and catch me when I am in your town! I have flexible timing to fit most schedules, including potential over-night sessions for a deeply relaxing sleep.