In 2009, DePauw University psychologist Matthew Hertenstein, demonstrated that people have an innate ability to decode emotions via touch alone.
But if you are not receiving affection from a significant other, could cuddling with a stranger fill the void?
How far would you go to reap the benefits of touch? Would you hire a professional cuddling service?
If you need a hug, you can call Samantha Hess. Samantha is a professional cuddler who owns Cuddle Up to Me, a for-hire cuddling service.
Your initial reaction may be that the service sounds, well, creepy. If you are able to put your preconceived notions aside, there are many health benefits of cuddling. "Snuggling" can be healing, therapeutic, comforting and restorative.
You may be wondering what happens if someone becomes sexually aroused during the session. After all, you cannot always control arousal, and cuddling can be very intimate. Samantha explains that in her practice, there is an agreement to not act on the arousal. The participants can take a break if necessary, and she makes sure that the session remains completely professional.
In this segment, Samantha discusses why she started Cuddle Up to Me, as well as how physical contact can improve your health.