What makes Cuddlist so special are our practitioners who come from such a wide range of backgrounds. Each of them have different motivations when it comes to what drove them to Cuddlist, and each of their stories are special in their own ways. We think the best way for you to get a good sense of what we do is to get to know our practitioners.
Sherri Rogers, one of our practitioners from Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, MI, was touch deprived as a young girl and believes that touch deprivation is one of the most overlooked issues that society has. Her desire to be touched, along with her belief that touch gives others a space to just be present in the moment, is what motivated her to join our team.
In an interview via email, Sherri talked to me about what specifically inspired her to become a Cuddlist, her most memorable moments as a Cuddlist, and other information that others would like to know about her. She had so much insight to share.
What drew you to becoming a professional cuddler, specifically a Cuddlist?
“Before becoming a professional cuddler, I have always had interest in people. Human touch is vital to survival, and I was touching people’s minds in ways that were healing, and wanted to make it more comprehensive by including the body, as well. Cuddlist was brought to me by my friend, Michelle, who has always spoken so highly of the process and how proud she was to work with them. I have found her words to be true, I love the community, and I was impressed by the extensive training on consent.”
What life experiences do you have that compliment your work as a Cuddlist?
“Making people comfortable in their skin is my absolute favorite activity. I went to college for a degree that would allow me to help people make peace with themselves, and I seek to do that in my daily life. This is an extension of that.”
Can you share a specific story with a client that was meaningful to you?
“I have worked with many people, and I’m always pleasantly surprised by my clients. I work with people who struggle with their sexuality, and that feels especially rewarding, because I have been able to give people the touch they need, the validation they are complete and wonderful in their desires, and the space to be heard.”
Is there a quote or saying that you live by?
“‘I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.’ – Buckminster Fuller”
What advice would you give your 10-year-old self, and what is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?
“‘Your parents aren’t perfect, and aren’t doing everything they can to protect you, but you don’t need to control everything.’ The best advice I’ve been given is about self-acceptance and vulnerability, ‘Jagged rocks are appealing from a distance, but it’s the weathered stones that end up in people’s pockets.’”
Is there anything else about you that you would like to share?
“Needing emotional and physical intimacy is a need, not a want. If you are considering cuddling, but are unsure, take a leap of faith! I have yet to meet someone who regretted it.”
To book a session with Sherri, go to https://cuddlist.com/sherri