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Melody Joyce

Trained Cuddlist

Session Rate: $100/hour.

Beacon, NY (Hudson River Valley)

About Melody Joyce

Has social distancing got you a little blue and lonely? Longing for authentic connection? Feeling grief at how things have changed?  I understand how these uncertain times can be intense and am here to help. Whether you need to talk, burrow into a cozy nest or simply bask in the presence of kindness, it’s a safe bet that you’re overdue for some tender loving care.

Welcome!  I am here for you, offering virtual sessions by donation, adapting our ways to connect in a changing environment. The value of a session is not simply about the touch, it is about the intimacy that is created with healthy boundaries and a willingness to open up to one another. To see and be seen by another. To experience the warmth of acceptance,  relaxation and joy.  I have a tool kit full of fun ways to do that, and we can create our own confidential haven of time together, however is best for both of us. Request a session today letting me know you want something virtual and we will begin!

I want you to experience the healing from shame and judgment, the warmth of acceptance, and relaxation and joy that cuddling provides. To breathe, notice what you want and communicate it with clarity and confidence, while knowing that I will take care of myself and care for you.

I LOVE this nourishing, transformative work, and the amazing people I get to work with.  I have experienced struggles with shame, judgment, and criticism around my body, my desires, and touch. Experiences of being held and sinking deeply into embodied presence with a loving, caring person are healing me from shame and judgment, freeing me from loneliness, and actually opening me up to the possibility that life can be more gentle and nourishing than I had believed. I want to share this with you, and I love providing a safe, accepting, celebratory space for you to just BE.

I’m an attentive, non-judgmental listener and appreciate you just the way you are. I’m also trained in somatic education, reiki, healing touch, and integrative hypnosis, and these all influence the way I hold space for you as a Cuddlist.  Whether you need a safe place to grieve or you’re longing for kind, feminine energy, I welcome you. You can experience lots of acceptance and compassion in our cuddle session.

If it feels right to you, I would love the opportunity to share space with you and just BE.



Photos by Jamie Diamond and Michael Berkowitz

Session information from Melody Joyce

A professional cuddling session is a safe, snuggly, and affectionate experience that can soothe your spirit and quiet your mind.  Virtual sessions can include being seen and deeply listened to, or tranquil quiet … “peaceful postures” to deepen relaxation, or dancing and shaking to energize you …. guided imagery … listening to or singing music you love … cozying up with blankets and pillows … exploring creative ways to connect and explore touch  … experimenting with activities designed to mimic the feeling of being held and caressed.

We’ll have a talk ahead of time to get to know each other, and if it feels right to both of us, we’ll make a plan for a special experience for you. Safety is a prerequisite for feeling pleasure. Please tell me what you need to feel safe and comfortable, and I’ll provide that.

I recommend a 60-minute session for your very first time.   Making a donation in advance opens up another portal to pleasure for you ….. anticipation! This sharing of money symbolizes your commitment to giving yourself this wonderful, healing gift, and anticipation can make it even better.

I have a Zoom Pro account for virtual sessions, and we can choose what kind of a device and technology will support the session best (a phone can lead to feeling more intimate).   I invite you to take some time to prepare the space for your session.   Create a nest for yourself!  Where in your home shall we have our session? Your bed? A couch? Choose your most cozy, private place.  Candlelight?  Salt lamps?  A cup of tea?   A favorite snack to nibble on?

I invite you to go on a treasure hunt in your house, collecting objects that may feel good to touch or be touched by.  Let your imagination run wild … Soft, scratchy, hot water bottle or electric blanket/heating pad, cool, tingly … be curious!  Notice how it feels in your body to collect your ‘treasures. ‘

What would feel good to wear?  PJs? Cozy socks?  A fuzzy Onesie?  Shorts and tee-shirt?  Bathrobe?

Yay!  Make an oasis and get ready to be held in appreciation, respect, and affection.



Skills & Specialties

somatic educator reiki healing touch integrative hypnosis


I'm available for virtual sessions. I have a flexible schedule, and daytimes are usually better for me! Request a session and let's set up a complimentary chat.

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