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Certified Cuddlist

Session Rate: $80/hour + Travel Fee for Outcalls

Holyoke MA

About Ilya

I am a Smith College graduate with a background in massage and dance. I also have two master’s degrees, one in math education and the other in creative writing. During the first year of my divorce, touch deprivation was an unexpected battle. Touch is foundational for health; I was surprised at how hard it can be to find safe non-sexual touch outside a romantic relationship. I’ve since changed my career path to focus on the human need for touch, joy and genuine intimacy. I cuddle with integrity, warmth and a playful spirit. All body types and orientations welcome. I was born with a curious and playful nature; I bring a spirit of discovery to touch and cuddling. Through dance I’ve cultivated body awareness. I have built an understanding of the body mind connection with my background in movement and massage. I was licensed in massage therapy in 1999 at Port Townsend School of Massage in Washington State and received national certification.

Check out this short video on cuddling to get to know me better.

Session information from Ilya

I recently raised a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. If you have allergies an alternate is location available.

Skills & Specialties

Dancer Educator Former Massage Therapist


Morning, afternoon and evening appointments available.