I went to get hugged by a professional cuddler. Here’s how it felt.
I sank into the memory foam mattress on the floor. Annie Hopson, a mama-bear type in her 50s, had put on some new-agey music. Her studio, an upstairs bedroom in her Ellicott City townhouse, was fragrant with essential oils.
Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.
The 32-year-old photographer from Virginia had a busy life, but he was single, and starving for physical contact. “I started to get to a place where if somebody started to greet me with a hug or even being in close proximity to someone, it was almost sort of a shocking feeling,” he said.
Professional cuddling is a real business – so I had a one-on-one session to learn why people do it
Touch plays an important role in building social connections and most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives."
How can cuddling with a stranger help combat loneliness and feel better with others? I decided to give it a try myself and find out.
This is my video experience with Dieniz, who is a "professional cuddlist." I had a one-hour session with her and she introduced me to this entirely new world of "cuddling.
I'm A Professional Cuddler. This Is What A Week In My Life Is Like.
Spend a week with Certified Cuddlist practicioner, Saskia; she has a session with a long time elderly hasidic man, a young women who has been horribly abused and a person with Asperegers Syndrome. Saskia explains that by cuddling, we're admitting we're human and we have this basic, genetic need for touch. It's a characteristic of our DNA—we live in groups; we need each other. Cuddling makes us feel very safe and close.
Cuddlist Co-Founders Madelon Guinazzo and Adam Lippin sit down with the people at VProud to talk about this new business of cuddling and why people are gravitating to this new form of healing modality!
This Guy Gets Paid to Cuddle Strangers | Elite Daily
Professional Cuddlist Kan from Cuddlist.com explains why cuddling is such a vital part of helping people.
“Trust me, I don’t do cuddling for the money,” says Kan. “I started cuddling because I felt like I had the power to really help people.”
Cuddlist was recently featured in an article by Vogue's Fiona Golfar called "Is The Digital World Changing The Way We Feel About Physical Contact?" The article explores the ideas behind technology and how it has changed the way we interact with the world. The article also makes mention of Cuddlist's own Brianna and how she came to become a Professional Cuddler through Cuddlist.com.
The Therapists Whose Side Gig Is Professional Cuddling
In this great article from Vice News, we get to explore the lives of Therapist's who also hold Professional Cuddling sessions as a side career.
"Like most psychotherapists, Desiree Robinson spends the majority of her time in an office talking with clients. But occasionally she'll start the day in her office and end it on a Thai mat piled with cushions and pillows, cuddling with a different kind of client."
Cuddlist Co-Founder & CEO Adam Lippin interviewed talks about Professional Cuddling as a movement and how it is increasingly becoming a recognize healing modality.
Cuddlist.com's Janet Trevino in The Sun
Check out this great article in The Sun titled, "Woman becomes professional cuddler and earns £65 an hour hugging strangers." By ALISON MALONEY. The article Janet Trevino's overnight success from becoming a Professional Cuddler part time to making $1,500 a month and becoming a major thought leader in the field.
Her male clients are aged between 40 and 70 and some of them haven’t touched another person “for decades.”
Sessions can last anywhere from and an hour to EIGHT hours – at £65 an hour – and Janet usually works between 13 and 20 hours a week.
Janet, who has a partner called Carlos, found her new career after splitting with her husband.
The 37-year-old, from San Antonio, Texas, USA, explained: “My whole life, I have done this kind of work. When I was 19 or 20, I wanted to be a missionary. I think people really need messages of hope and I wanted to spread that.”
Read this great article on OMG Facts!
Cuddlist Co-Founders Adam Lippin and Madelon Guinazzo talk to Ilana Gordon about their discovery of cuddle parties, the wonders of touch in a touch isolated society and how they ultimately came together to create Cuddlist.com!
Cuddlist Co-Founder Madelon Guinazzo was recently interviewed by Maureen Langan on KGO 810 and they discussed the healing power of touch!
CAN CUDDLE THERAPY HELP RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY?
In this great piece from The Culture-ist's Chantal Lozano, she explores the world of Professional Cuddling and why it's becoming such a highly sought out healing service.
"Would you pay someone to cuddle? It may seem bizarre, but people would and people have. Cuddle therapy is a form of holistic healing with elements of massage therapy and psychological counseling. It could even be an option for the growing number of Americans reporting post-election emotional distress, or for those suffering from holiday-related stress. It’s already been used by people suffering from PTSD, anxiety and other ailments."
Check out this article in Marie Claire about one reporter’s experience with Cuddlist’s own Professional Cuddlers Saskia & Shanna. Learn how she is using cuddle sessions to help her navigate a troubling time in her life.
During her day job as a customer service representative, Roxanne* loves to help others. But by night, she helps people in a different way: as a professional cuddler.
Yup, that's right: Roxanne is part of an agency dedicated to cuddling. The company is called Cuddlist, and it consists entirely of people like Roxanne who cuddle with people in exchange for money.
What Professional Cuddlers Can Teach Us About Touch
When H. Melinda Krakowski,a customer service representative in New York City, was married, she couldn’t shake the feeling that she was alone, even when her husband was in the room with her. That’s because they almost never touched, and she felt starved for physical affection.
Cuddlist on Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny on Sirius XM!
Co-founders Adam Lippin and Madelon Guinazzo stopped by the studio to chat with Jenny about the positive effects of cuddling and non-sexual touch, how Cuddlist got started, where it's going, and an impromptu cuddle session with one of Cuddlists' own.
Lonely women are hiring professional 'cuddlers' for £50 per hour 'non-sexual' hugging sessions
The service is aimed at providing affection for career driven women or those whose husbands are either too busy or work away. It's taken off in New York City and the company, which currently has 40 'cuddlers' on its books, is now looking to expand further. Saskia Fredericks, 41, has been using the service for just over a year because she only gets to see her husband for a few days a month.
Cuddlist, Adam Lippin Says We're Sex Obsessed and Touch Deprived - So He Started a Business to Sort Us Out!
OK team, this week’s episode is a bit weird.
Weird in the best kind of way. This week we’ve got the Cuddlist Adam Lippin who says that we, as a culture are “sex obsessed but touch deprived”. So what’s he doing about it? He’s started not only a business that sells cuddles.
10 Scientific Reasons Why You Need to Cuddle Someone ASAP
Written by Cuddlist Co-founder Adam Lippin
Psychologists are now saying cuddling is so important, It May Be Worth Paying For.
In fact, cuddling is now a professional form of therapy that reduces tension and anxiety and relieves stress and pain by boosting Oxytocin and reducing Cortisol. Yes, you can hire certified cuddle practitioners called “Cuddlists,” who are trained in non-sexual, therapeutic touch (and communicating consent, in case you were wondering).
Research by various professionals now shows that cuddling has several benefits.