Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Cuddle Therapy? 

Our body chemistry changes when we experience positive physical touch. Oxytocin – a neurochemical and bonding hormone that has remarkable physical and psychological benefits is released into the blood stream. This ‘feel-good’ hormone causes a chain reaction of bodily reactions which reduces the levels of ‘stress’ hormones in the body, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, reduces depression and helps us to feel less alone.

Who is Cuddle Therapy for?

Cuddle therapy is for anyone who feels like they will benefit from receiving healing touch and human connection in a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental space. I have clients who visit that have experienced, or are still experiencing, feelings of stress, low self-esteem, loneliness and grief. Cuddle therapy also helps to alleviate symptoms of social anxiety, depression, PTSD and chronic or end of life illness. The Overcoming Touch Apprehension Therapy session is specifically designed for people who are wanting to learn how to be comfortable with touching others and being touched. This session will hugely benefit people who have come from a place of never being touched before or for people who have experienced trauma via sexual assault.

 

Do you cater for anyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation?

Absolutely! I welcome anyone who would like a session to book one – you will be in a completely accepting and safe space.

 

Where are sessions held?

Both Traditional Cuddle Therapy and Overcoming Touch Apprehension Therapy sessions will take place in my home in Winchester, where I have a dedicated therapy room. Compassionate Companionship Therapy sessions can take place at a location of the client’s choosing as long as it is in a public place.

 

How old do I have to be to book a session?

You must be over the age of 18 to book and attend a session. I will ask to see a form of identification at the time of booking.

I see you host and facilitate group cuddle sessions, will I be expected to cuddle people I don't want to cuddle?

Absolutely not. Everyone in the session is encouraged at all points to speak up to their needs and boundaries and you will never be expected to do anything that takes you out of your comfort zone, including touching people you do not want to. There may be many reasons as to why people say no to touching in a cuddle session and this will always be respected without the need for justification.

What is the process to schedule a cuddle?

To express your interest in having any type of one-to one session you can email me at poppy@healinghugstherapy.co.uk or message/call me on 07927921060. If you have had a session with me before, we can simply arrange a date and time for your next session. If you are booking for the first time, I will arrange a time for us to have a short telephone/Zoom session so I can better understand what you would like to get out of a session and so we can go over some further details. At this stage, if we both decide to proceed, we will then agree a date and time for our session and I will send you a booking form to complete and ask you to provide me with a valid form of photo ID. To book onto a group cuddling session please email me at poppy@healinghugstherapy.co.uk or message/call me on 07927921060.

What should I wear? 

You should wear something comfortable enough to cuddle in. I suggest clothing such as workout outfits, loungewear, sweats, leggings, t-shirts or long sleeve tops. I will be wearing leggings and a t-shirt. Undergarments do not constitute as sufficient clothing.

Where can we touch?

Cuddle therapy is all about respecting boundaries and practicing consent so I will not touch you anywhere you do not want to be touched and I expect you to give me the same respect. As a general rule, erogenous zones (genitals, breasts, buttocks) should never be touched by either the client or the practitioner during cuddle therapy.

 

I think I will be very nervous, is this okay?

It is more than okay to be nervous, especially during your first session. As a professional cuddler, I try to plan for every eventuality and I assure you I will not mind you displaying any emotional reaction. Everyone is different so I do prepare for people to cry, have clammy hands, struggle to speak or completely freeze . I am completely trained in how to act in these situations and I promise you that we will work through everything together.

 

How much does a session cost?

I charge £70 per hour for Traditional Cuddle Therapy and Overcoming Touch Apprehension Therapy. I charge £60 per hour for Compassionate Companionship Therapy not including chosen activity or travel costs. Group Cuddle Therapy sessions cost £60 per person for a 1.5 hour session.

 

How do I pay?

You are welcome to either pay by bank transfer or cash on arrival. If you would like to pay by bank transfer, these details will be on the booking form emailed to you after our phone consultation. Please note, bank transfers can take up to two days to go through so please make sure you pay in time for your session or you will be expected to pay in cash on arrival. All payments must be made before starting the cuddle session.

 

What if I get sexually aroused?

It is a perfectly normal reaction and nothing to be embarrassed about. If you feel yourself becoming aroused I ask that we either adjust our position, take a moment to focus on something else, or put a pillow between us until the moment passes. What its important in this situation is that you do nothing to maintain or encourage arousal.

 

Is this service confidential?

Yes, your privacy is treated with the upmost importance. Your identity, personal information and what you say during sessions will never be shared with anyone unless required by law.

 

What if I do not like it?

If you feel like cuddle therapy is just not for you, that is completely fine. In this instance I would encourage you to speak up during the session rather than remain uncomfortable. I will then offer you your money back as part of my satisfaction guarantee.

 

Why can I not attend a session?

The most typical reason I do not offer someone a cuddle session is because I do not feel confident that I can provide them with what they need from a session.

 

I’m still not sure if cuddle therapy will be right for me

Cuddle therapy won't be right for everyone and it shouldn't be used as a substitute for any other therapy. I suggest that if you are curious about it then have a look at some of the  cuddle therapy videos on this website and try to imagine yourself as the client and see how it makes you feel. Alternatively, you are welcome to book a cuddle session with me and, if you decide you don't like it, you can stop the session at anytime.