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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Better Than A Body Pillow?

Jackie Samuels has gotten a great deal of media attention lately as she promotes her business:The Snuggery (the She's appeared on late-night television and The Playboy Channel as well, and many an eyebrow has been raised over he willingness to charge $60 per hour to snuggle with anybody who feels tempted to do so. Non-sexual human contact has long been associated with positive mental health, and Samuels, a graduate student at the University of Rochester, sees an opportunity to promote mental health while paying the rent. This is definitely a step up for her since she began her career by selling hugs to strangers on the streets of New York. Samuels asserts that there are at least 100 different snuggling "positions," but she usually begins with the "spoon."
It's not like this is her idea, though. Redi Mihalko and Marcia Baczynski, self-styled "relationship coaches," began Cuddle Party in new York in February of 2004 and are currently training and certifying people to facilitate such gatherings around the country, calling them "workshop/social events."
Lest one thinks this is another one of those odd New York things, cuddle parties have been featured on mainstream television in episodes of CSI: New York and An Idiot Abroad which might explain why I didn't know about it! It is important to note that in all cases, there is no kissing and no sexual contact allowed...just the comforting, stress reliever of human contact.
Should you require more technical information such as "classic" cuddling positions such as the shoulder roll, the stargazer and the superman (NOT making this up!), should give you more than you want to know.
As for cuddling with cats...include me out. I'll stick with the big pillow...there's no charge.


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