I don’t do sex work, but the laws around sex work may affect me too.
This is the one question I get asked over and over and over again when I first tell people I'm a professional cuddler.
You probably didn't give it much thought, but here's why.
I read an article recently about someone that thinks this field is turning cuddling into a commodity. And I want to challenge this idea.
He's been directly responsible for improving both my training and the way I approach my sessions overall.
How can you be a professional snuggler and stay safe doing the work?
At least once a week someone asks me how they can do professional snuggling. When they find out I've trained people, they want me to take them on now. But not everyone is going to be a great professional snuggler.
A brief expanation of what happened and how shockingly overwhelmed I was.
I'm here to be with you.
I'm here to listen when no one else seems to be doing so.
I'm here to give more than a handshake upon greeting.
I'm here to understand where you're coming from and get into your own perspective.
I'm here to be a support for you to escape with for a period of time.
I'm here to give you a human connection.
I'm here to meditate over what's important to you, with you.
I'm here to help bring your energy level back to a baseline.
I'm here to help you question how you show up in the world and how you have relationships.
I'm here to create a safe space for you to disconnect from the sexual and reconnect with your innocence.
If you simply need a hug, I'm here. For you.
Despite the progress I've seen since starting Snuggle with Sam, there is still a lot of people that don't understand the intent of a session.
I in no shape or form think I am a therapist, although some of my clients may treat me as one. So what am I here for?
Why is it important to reach out when you're hurting rather than stay silent?
Cuddling is good for you on a physiological level. Here's one of the chemicals you produce when you do and what it can do for you health.
If you think it will be awkward for you, it could be. But it definitely won't be anything like this.
We offer something that most recognized therapeutic professionals won't-- comforting touch therapy. That said, your snuggler also has his or her own boundaries for themselves as far as what you may touch and how.
It's the question I get asked the most, and it's the #1 reason many people that would have a snuggling session won't book one. It's sad because something that they believe is going to be an issue and too embarrassing during a session is a non-issue for the properly trained professional snuggler.
Everyone has some dark, horrible things that they go through. Sometimes they just need someone to listen to them. And it takes a good snuggler to be present with them and soothe them as they work through their situation.
Post one of a series of articles about the kind of people that professional snuggling is meant to help.