Snuggle with a ‘Professional Cuddler’ for $60 an Hour

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Who ever said the best things in life are free?

Graduate student Jacqueline Samuel has turned the act of cuddling into a business. In June, the 29-year-old launched the Snuggery, a company that allows clients to cuddle with her for $60 an hour. (Other options include a 45-minute session for $50 or a 90-minute session for $90.) Apparently, business is booming — so much that Samuel decided to hire an additional snuggling professional, the Daily Mail reports. She currently runs the business from her home in Penfield, N.Y., just outside Rochester.

“You feel more calm for days afterward,” Samuel told ABC affiliate WHAM-TV. “It has numerous health benefits.”

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While some have criticized Samuel’s business model, declaring it akin to prostitution, she’s made it clear that sex is not part of the equation. Sexual activity — or any touching that is sexual in nature — is against the rules. (Sexual arousal, however, is permissible.) But above all, the snuggling sessions are meant to be therapeutic and comforting, building on the “psychological and physical benefits of nonsexual touch,” according to the website.

Now that Samuel has hired another snuggler, clients can also opt for the “Double Cuddle” — that is, a snuggling session with both women at the same time. (That ups the price to $100 for 45 minutes, $120 for 60 minutes and $180 for 90 minutes.)

To build credibility and legitimacy, Samuel sought out some kind of professional cuddling license or training — but, as you might imagine, such a thing doesn’t really exist. Her expertise does, however, include the mastery of more than 100 snuggling positions, thanks to a handy little book called Cuddle Sutra.

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14 comments
MichelleReyes
MichelleReyes

I offer the same service in NYC. Check out my website thecuddlehouse.com.


thedatedeveloper
thedatedeveloper

Intelligent woman, period. If you're interested in this, please check out: www.thedatedeveloper.com

RobertCrawley
RobertCrawley

Xanax is cheaper, but I'd go for it just to calm down some nights.

thesilverspiral
thesilverspiral

Good for her, and good for her business. I hope she does well, and is able to help out others in the process.  There are many people out there who don't get regular human contact, and I feel sorry for them.  Humans need to touch one another, to be close, to feel comfort in another's arms.  It doesn't matter if you have to pay for it or not - it's good for you, and you should make sure you get it from time to time.  The world would be a much better place if more people had a chance to be close to one another.

Sinmvooo
Sinmvooo

Arousal is permitted? OK thats cool. Perhaps a little grinding?

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dmg
dmg

I think there is a fetishism to this. I have a feeling the majority of her clients are men and that they are finding some form of sexual arousal in it. It would have been interesting if Time had looked into her client base.

George286
George286

Whatever happened to sitting dance lessons on my lap, I am just trying to enjoy their dance performance after all!  Perhaps a snuggle with happy ending, it's all about the love! 

It should probably all just be licensed, taxed and zoned for these ladies, both to get the criminal element and STDs out of it, and to keep it out of our view for a G-rated public.

LiuDyn4sty
LiuDyn4sty

I'm not saying that cuddling doesn't have its benefits, but if sexual arousal is permissible, but sex isn't (obviously)...Walking around with an erection afterwards needing relief can't healthy. Maybe the business should have a warning sign that says: "Side effects of cuddling may include happiness, smiles, and blue balls."

eabarth
eabarth

So she's a prostitute that doesn't do sex.

JackPrice
JackPrice

I feel as if I am reading The Onion.

nickel4thoughts
nickel4thoughts

@thesilverspiral Think for a minute what you are saying. Anyone in their right mind think a man (or a woman for that matter) would cuddle just for the sake of cuddling. I'm a male and I find this to be absolutely degrading to women. Many of you are just sexual predators and try to use ruse to pretend otherwise.

Having said that, I LOVE women but I've also lost out on many opportunities simply because I refused to take advantage of women and giving them a false sense of relationship. I also know that many women are looking for exactly that and pretending that they are men are just out to take advantage. Such Ruse!