No professional cuddle therapy session is identical to another.
No cuddle therapist is the same as another.
And every single client is different.
The following are sample reasons why clients seek out the services of cuddle therapists. Included in the list is a small sample of the way a cuddle therapist can help.
(This is by no means an exhaustive list. Clients call on cuddle therapy to help in countless ways. And cuddlers have a multitude of methods for helping their clients. This is just a sample.)
by physical abuse or physical assault
- wants to experience safe touch
- hopes to create more memories of healing touch than she currently has of harmful touch
The cuddle therapist will give very clear expectations of the session, will likely yield direction of the session to the client to increase her sense of empowerment, and will speak affirming words throughout the cuddle session.
after mistreatment by family and the end of a long-term dating relationship
- wants to be heard and seen
- wants to be held without the touch leading to sex
The professional cuddler will listen with focused attention all throughout the session, may point out self-defeating words she hears the client using, will commend the client for taking the time to focus on caring for herself, and will offer cuddle positions that are especially nurturing.
and has been told by a mental health specialist that she needs to reintegrate her mind-body connection to aid in trauma resolution
- hopes to learn to be in the moment she is in without her mind roaming
- hurts so much emotionally that she finds it overwhelming to feel
The professional cuddle therapy sessions will include education in and practice with consent, may include times when the client is held like a baby and rocked. Space will be given for the client to examine what she is feeling and where in her body she feels it. The therapist will use a soothing voice to speak comforting words and lead the client in breathing exercises.
because she has a major decision to make
- needs to be heard without experiencing interruption, judgment, or advice
- desires a witness as she speaks out loud to help her clarify and organize her thoughts
The cuddle therapist may encourage the use of essential oils to aid in clarity of thought. The client will not only share her words but also listen as the professional cuddler speaks back what she has heard the client say. The client may wish to walk while talking. There may be little or no touching, or the client might feel safer sharing while resting in her favorite cuddle position.
Reach out to your local professional cuddle therapist or book an online session to connect, heal, feel, and promote your personal recovery.