Interested to learn more about Touch Practitioners aka Cuddle Therapist and Cuddle Empaths ? – Meet Cuddler Empath and learn a bit about this empath and also what touch therapy is all about! Our quick virtual interview with CuddlerEmpath89 that we hope you will find valuable !
1. Why did you choose Professional Cuddling?
Professional Cuddling fits with the core of who I am & my philosophy, my personal gifts and my professional qualifications skills & experience – I have a lot to offer in this area. I love to combine areas of wellness. I believe healing and well-being takes a multi function approach. I personally know how being touch-deprived negatively affects your wellbeing. I believe in the scientifically proven and suggested impact. I want to give back, share what I believe works and educate. Providing professional cuddles is a practical and meaningful way to do this, it just fits.
2. In your own words express how you can help your clients?
Through the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of platonic touch / professional-cuddling. Through the scientifically proven health benefits in all of the above areas. Through my natural gifts and professional skills I already and uniquely possess. By combining services to offer them additional powerful healing and improving their well-being. Building confidence, healing trauma, improving communication skills, improving their relationships, self-growth and empowerment. Emotional support and basic human attention & care.
3. Who in your opinion are your ideal clients?
I strive to be inclusive to everyone and everyone benefits. Ideal clients are 1. Chronic illness clients ie fibromyalgia 2. Disabled / intellectual disability clients ie neurological conditions, austism spectrum 3. Mental illness clients ie anxiety & depression 4. Single, divorced or touch deprived 5. Elderly clients. 6. Clients with confidence, social issues
Each will recieve unique benefits and would also benefit from individually tailored sessions.
4. What are your most unique skills that would help in Professional Cuddling?
I’m enthusiastic, bubbly, excellent people skills, empathetic, compassionate, emotionally intelligent, natural with touch.
I’m a qualified health professional (Occupational Therapist) of 8+ years and in health care / customer service industry for 16+ years. I am highly skilled in communication, motivational nterviewing, functional assessment, behaviour change, pain management, rehabilitation, well-being. I’m a disability expert.
I am doing further study towards life coaching, health & wellness coaching, relationships & Intimacy, mental health, exercise & nutrition, massage techniques, mindfulness & meditation etc.
What sets me apart is offering the professional cuddling experience with other calming and healing elements like compassionate active listening, mindfulness, aromatherapy, hand or facial massage techniques, forest bathing and other outdoor options like camping cuddles.
5. Introduce yourself as a Professional Cuddler
I’m CuddlerEmpath89, a health professional, wellness advocate and Professional Cuddler. I believe in the power of human physical platonic touch. I believe the world is deprived of one of the most natural, healing therapies out there and that everyone can benefit. Touch has been scientifically proven to improve multiple areas of your emotional, psychological and psychological health. Natural healing hormones are released, stress is reduced and even aides in illness prevention & anti-aging.
6. What are the most important boundaries in touch therapy session?
Firstly establishing the clients (and your own) physical and mental/emotional boundaries – ie areas of the body, language, triggers etc. Establishing the process of communication to manage changes of boundaries. Managing sexual and emotional boundaries / expectations. Considering and reviewing the attachment, depencey, addiction risk and mental wellbeing of both involved. Always put the client and your well-being first.
7. How would you ensure that no client crosses legal boundaries in a session?
Initially during pre-session communication (initial phone interview and at start of session) – I will reiterate the service is platonic, why, and outcomes of any sexual or inappropriate language / behaviour. If such behaviour rises during the session, I will immediately acknowledge it via a warning or an immediate end to the session. I will also ensure the client follows contractual processes like the client agreement, waiver etc. I will ensure my clothing, the environment and language is non sexually suggestive.
8. How you see yourself contributing to cuddle community?
Being a successful, professional advocate for professional cuddling. Getting the word out there and growing my local community (New Zealand) access to professional cuddling services. Creating events to expand my reach and impact. Creating accessible options. Providing an addition or alternative (whilst I still encourage other professional services ie psychology) – I want to reach those clients who would be alone otherwise. Mental illness is rampant and growing such an industry makes so much sense!
9. Share something that describes you as an individual
I personally have been diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions, I have a personal journey towards pain management, recovery and rehabilitation over the years. I have learnt so much personally and professionally towards wellbeing that I want to create businesses that include the most powerful tools for others. I know what it’s like to be bed bound, in pain, completely alone. Nobody deserves that. Everyone deserves unconditional love, respect, appreciation, affection and to be held / heard / seen and a strong quality of life / wellness.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.