Have you ever felt like you could just use a really good snuggle? If you’re wondering, that’s not some kind of cutesy code for sex, I’m talking non-sexual physical contact with another warm body – like horizontal hugging or spooning. I think we all need to just be held sometimes and a lovely lady named Jacqueline Samuels thought the same and started The SNUGGERY to encourage people to take a break and have a snuggle.
Jacqueline is a firm believer in the psychologically restorative properties of human touch, so she offers snuggling services. For 50$ you can get a 45 minute session with a snuggler, or you can splurge for the “double cuddle” at double the price and have two snuggling partners. The snuggles and cuddles are strictly non-sexual but in case you were wondering the snugglers answer the question of what happens if someone gets aroused during a session in their Policies and FAQ – they say not to worry because it happens and while sexual activity is not permitted, arousal is nothing to be embarrassed about.
The SNUGGERY has received some media attention and Jacqueline has even been criticized as it seems many people don’t know how to label what she does (apparently snuggling isn’t a good enough label…). Her college threatened to expel her for her cuddling services, and she’s even received angry mail accusing her of monetizing intimacy.
It seems like her clients disagree with criticisms though and really value her services. Jacqueline explains in one article that many of her clients come in while going through a divorce or breakup because they don’t want to get into another relationship but miss being touched and held. There’s something really beautiful about someone finding a way to fill that need and helping people through a lonely time in their life. Sure it’s a business but is that really a point of criticism? Everyone has to make money somehow and there’s something to be said about centering your efforts around helping others in such an intimate and primal way.
If you could get paid to snuggle would you do it? I definitely would if I could get over my need to always be the little spoon!