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July 29, Business and development.
Last year, James struggled through a series of unfortunate events. First, major back surgery left him with a inch scar on his back. Next, a heart attack prompted doctors to place a stent in his heart.
He later experienced a cancer scare.
The past ten years, James admits, was muddled in problems that started with a grievous motorcycle accident and ended in a divorce from his wife. For James, 60, the cuddling service was a hopeful respite to help him in recovery. James only provided his first name to conceal his identity.
InGainesville became home to a professional, non-sexual cuddling service called Cuddle Time. The company mainly offers close contact or hugging between employees and clients, but their services expand to offer anything from a conversation on a couch to a night spent at the movies. Edie, an employee of Cuddle Time, said the employees are called cuddlers. There are three types of clients Cuddle Time cuddlers encounter, she said. Edie uses a pseudonym to protect her identity. Cuddle Time was founded by a Gainesville couple looking to start another business to supplement their income.
To date, they are the only official employees of Cuddle Time. All other cuddlers are independent contractors, according to Edie. Chloe Kats, Cuddle Time co-founder and CEO, grew interested in the business as a way to connect clients with a kind of interaction not readily available—cuddling or human contact.
Kats said she too uses a fictitious name to protect herself from clients. Kats was inspired to create Cuddle Time when she learned of a similar business created by a woman in Manhattan, New York. Cuddle U, a cuddle service started by Alison Cuddle, launched in under the same premise.
In our digitally connected, personally disconnected daily experiences, human contact is often a luxury, Kats said. Kats cites research demonstrating physical touch can increase oxytocin, a hormone that relieves stress and builds trust. According to Dr. This could be experiences of intercourse, the connection between a mother and her child, or falling in love.
Krause said clients may have a release of oxytocin if they perceive the act of cuddling as a positive social behavior. James is now slowly growing more comfortable with the idea of entering into a new relationship, he said. He credits this growth to his sessions. However, some people believe there is an underlying concern for safety when strangers engage in closeness and intimacy. Police intervention has yet to be necessary.
If a cuddler feels uncomfortable, he added, he or she will simply end the session early and block the client from contacting them. The founders have implemented a system to track the cuddlers at all times, which is based on having steady contact with the cuddler before, during and after a session.
Also, cuddlers are not giving real names or personal information to the clients. And, according to Price, they always follow the clients in their own cars. Kats said there is an open line of communication and a discourse with clients on what is appropriate and what is not. Usually, the cuddlers will say what is acceptable or not during a session. Edie said that she feels fully comfortable and has never had any incident where she felt in danger. They have at least one professional cuddler in each location, ready and waiting to make contact.
But the business is still in the start-up stage, and its future remains unclear. While the business is growing, Price admits it is not a full-time endeavor. A similar business in Madison, Wisconsin, called The Snuggle House, was shut down in before it was officially opened. Public criticism claiming the organization was a prostitution operation led to its demise, according to their Facebook. James said he wants to continue using the service until he feels ready for more organic experiences. The service satisfies a basic human need. But regardless of the interaction it provides, it is still just that — a service.
A South Florida hospital chain is suspending elective surgeries and putting beds in conference rooms, an auditorium and even a cafeteria as many more patients seek treatment for COVID The company stresses a non-sexual service policy on their website, advertising, and in direct contact. Photo courtesy of Cuddle Time Last year, James struggled through a series of unfortunate events.
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