I find myself completely baffled after coming across an article online where a woman talks about her business that involves paying for some cuddle time.
She's called a cuddle professional.
Now, the idea alone that there is such a thing as a cuddle professional is mind boggling. And then it gets into making a business out of cuddling?
Am I missing something here?
This particular business is named Cuddle Up to Me and people can pay $35 for a half hour session and $60 for an hour, plus $1 per minute for anything going overtime.
So, people this woman doesn't even know, pay her for some cuddle time? If I were this 29-year-old I'd be pretty freaked out about that (especially considering she goes to other peoples' houses for these "sessions").
I can only wonder where these "cuddle professionals" come up with the idea to hold hands, cuddle on a couch or spoon to a "cuddle playlist" (yes, she does that too), with complete strangers. I don't care if you have a free session of a "getting-to-know-you" basis (which, by the way, is only 45 minutes to begin with), I'm not going to be the one to say 'Yea, let me pay you to cuddle with me.'
The whole thing is just absurd.
The article also mentions that a lot of research shows the effects of "cuddling between people who love and trust each other" helps lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels, but adds that "little is known about he effects of cozying up to a stranger."
Gee...I wonder why.
I think I'll stick with having that affection with someone I'm involved with and have known for awhile, thank you very much.
Waters is a staff write for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.