What Is Snuggle Therapy?
What Snuggle Therapy Is
Snuggle Therapy is a safe, relaxing, confidential, and playful way to experience platonic, affectionate touch. Given that it is the snuggling itself that is therapeutic, people may talk as little or as much as they want during a session. Some folks may want to spoon on the couch, saying nothing and just watch a movie during a session. Others may want to lie face to face in bed together and talk about life. Still others may want to build a blanket and pillow fort on the carpet and get all tangled up together there.
This video provides a good example of some things you might expect to experience and feel when snuggling for the first time:
What Snuggle Therapy Is Not
Snuggle therapy is not sex work. In fact, snuggle therapy works to counter the sexualization of physical touch and physical affection that is so dominant without our culture and emphasizes the importance and benefits of non-sexual affectionate touch.
Snuggle therapy is also not a scam. Although not an accredited form of therapy (like massage therapy or psychotherapy, which are regulated by governing bodies and which may be covered by benefits packages), platonic, affectionate touch – the core of snuggle therapy – has been demonstrated time after time, in study after study, to produce positive therapeutic results in the minds, bodies, and persons of the people who experience it. Hence, what is therapeutic about the session is the kind of touch experienced – not the nature of the conversation of the knowledge that he snuggler brings to the session (snugglers don’t diagnose people – they snuggle them!). However, because snuggle therapy is not accredited, there may be some people trying to cash in on this trend and make a quick buck. This is why it’s important for you to do your research and find a snuggler who feels right for you.
Finally, Snuggle Therapy is not a substitute for proper medical consultation for physical, mental, and psychological illnesses and may not be suitable for everyone. It has been contra-indicated for people suffering from some major psychiatric disorders. If in doubt, consult your trained medical professional for guidance.