The history and concept of cuddle therapy
By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger
Snuggling up with a warm blanket, a pet or a family member can be both relaxing and much needed for our physical and mental health during stressful times, but how about platonic snuggling with a complete stranger?
I think I'll pass, but it's a hit with other people — maybe I'm just too cynical, whatever. I think I'll be “too busy feeding our nine cats” to ever schedule an appointment to experience that, but thanks for thinking of us during this difficult time.
Cuddle therapy is not a new concept and has been around for at least ten years. The “outreach” hopes to target a particular demographic of personality types, and has been a global sensation. It is quite a touchy topic that has wrapped up the internet in debate over this tactic in what cuddle therapist describe as “those who suffer from loneliness need.” Introverts, divorcees, those in a long-distance relationship, or those missing a loved one, are all prime candidates for sessions of cuddle therapy.
These sessions are easily described in one phrase — definitely not for everyone.
According to Life Hack, oxytocin, the “feel-good hormone,” is released during snuggle time. It can help boost the immune system, relieve pain, lower the risk of heart disease, reduce social anxiety and improve sleep.
However, oxytocin can also be released in “cuddle free” options as well, such as the rush we feel after taking a hot shower or from the happiness felt from spending time with our four-legged friends. They still are capable (and sometimes guilty) of stealing the covers and hogging up the bed, but without forcing you to spend practically every Sunday at their mother’s house.
Fox News interviewed writers who’ve tried professional cuddling and both of them concluded that “cuddle therapy was both relaxing and powerful, yet sometimes uncomfortable.”
No sh*t, because it involves a complete stranger, an unfamiliar person touching you, and the complete disregard of personal space.
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