The newest emotional, social, physical and psychological trend going on in the world today has to do with cuddling. I can hear some of you asking, “Cuddling, really? It’s been around since the beginning of time, how can it be seen as new?” Well my friends, there is now such a thing as a professional cuddler, and you can be professionally cuddled as a form of therapy. Whaaat? Yep, it is totally a thing, and it has been growing in popularity since 2012.
It makes sense though. The power of touch, and the energy flow behind it, has healing properties. Thinking back to some of my toughest days, a nice long hug from my mother or best friend helped me feel better instantly. Was I completely healed of my stress, anxiety, and pain? Of course I wasn’t, but the flow of positive energy from my loved one to me was uplifting. It gave me the willpower to continue on with my day, mentally and physically. I assume the same idea is present when it comes to these professional cuddlers.
According to the The Snuggle Buddies website, “Platonic human touch releases oxytocin (chemical in our brains), which is why touch therapy and professional cuddling services have been so successful. Oxytocin has a major role in lowering blood pressure, lowering stress levels, reducing social anxiety, helping to relieve pain, and protecting against inflammation, which is said to make us age faster!”
Here are some benefits of cuddling:
- Releases oxytocin (a feel-good chemical in the brain)
- Reduces stress levels
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Helps against social anxiety
- Boosts immune systems
However, not everyone is on this cuddling bandwagon. Some people I have spoken to think it is a weird practice. They feel it is bizarre to get so up-close and personal with a stranger, especially if they are doing something so intimate. Some even question the safety behind it all. An article on the International Business Times asks, “Is it regulated and safe for participants? And how do professional cuddlers, predominantly women, who spoon with, hold hands with and cuddle with their clients – all while clothed — keep their clients, predominantly men, from being inappropriate, pressuring them for sex, or even raping them?”
Although cuddlers, both men and women, are trained to handle clients who breach their contracts (which asks they refrain from anything dangerous or sexual with their cuddle), not everyone is of good nature and will stop when asked. There could be cases of rape toward both female and male cuddlers. There could also be violations of customers by the cuddlers themselves. It’s a risky business for sure.
What are your thoughts? Are you for professional cuddling companies that provide companionship and touch therapy, or are you against such intimate acts between strangers… who could potentially be dangerous? Tell us in the comments below!