We as social beings are hungry to feel connected to others and ourselves in healthy ways. The innate need for physical, nurturing touch is built into our emotional, spiritual, and physical DNA. But living in a culture where most of us don’t get enough platonic touch leaves many feeling isolated, lonely, and touch deprived—often without even knowing what that ache is inside.
For adults feeling touch deprivation or touch aversion, seeing a Certified Professional Cuddler such as can be found through Cuddlist.com can provide the vehicle to meet this need for safe touch and connection.
A Cuddlist provides a therapeutic service that allows people to get their needs met for nurturing, platonic touch. In cuddle sessions, the Professional Cuddler holds space for clients to be fully present to who they are by providing a safe container supported by boundaries, healthy communication, mutual consent/agreement, and unconditional positive regard for who they are as individuals.
“Much like yoga and meditation, platonic touch is healing and transformative” (Adam Lippin, Co-Founder and CEO, Cuddlist.com). Trained, Certified Cuddlists are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques, and follow a code of conduct that allows for supportive “human connection sessions”.
Cuddling includes anything that deepens our human connection: hand-holding, synchronized breathing, eye-gazing, embracing, spooning, and talking together. Among its benefits are deep relaxation; reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain; and feeling deeply connected to others. This is possible through the release of oxytocin and other feel-good neurotransmitters that occurs during cuddling.
Robin Stine, MS Ed has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is excited to bring this pioneering work to the area. She provides therapeutic cuddle sessions for clients in Lawrence, KS and the greater Kansas City metro area. For more information visit