By Adam Lippin, Nicolette Cetrulo

Cuddlist recently met with a Brazilian TV station which interviewed me (Adam), Shanna Marie, and one of Shanna’s clients (anonymous). The reporter was asking Shanna’s client, “what do you get out of a session with her?”

The way the client responded brought tears to my eyes: “For the first time in many years, I felt ‘human.’ I felt a sense of being lovingly embraced and cared for in a way I didn’t think was possible for me anymore.”

The client expressed how he felt a sense of calmness, open-heartedness, and freedom that he has not had before. He didn’t even mention anything about being cuddled or about the physicality, but rather talked about the experience from a deeper place and what it was like to experience unconditional, loving support. He also expressed a new understanding of boundaries and consent, and how that empowered him and made him think differently.

Being able to hear this client, and see the clarity in his voice and his eyes, and the gentleness that he had with himself, this is rewarding beyond words. I feel genuinely blessed to be a part of this movement and to be able to work with people like Shanna Marie and other Cuddlist practitioners who intuitively understand the value of our work and their ability to be of service to others in incredibly healthy ways.