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As sunshine streams through the window, she cuddles intimately with a woman she just met, asking if she can place her head on her stomach. Soon, the year-old assumes the fetal position, closes her eyes and breathes deeply. For the next 30 minutes, Moon, a Reiki master, meditation teacher and conscious dance facilitator, will caress and gently stroke her client in nonsexual, affirmative motions.
She also teaches and practices meditation. There is a quietness and stillness, deep relaxation.
Unlike established therapies, snuggling is emerging ahead of certification programs, says Moon. The concept is taking off on the West Coast. The daylong event was packed with educational seminars. Studies have shown that tactile stimulation can do everything from relieve childhood trauma to affect levels of the stress hormone cortisol during early development.
An intense cuddle can also get you over a crushing breakup, which is how Moon came to snuggle for a living. When her partner of five years unexpectedly left her for her best friend, she went into shock. She knew the solution was right between her arms.
Somewhere between yoga, meditation and massage falls snuggle therapy. The receptive practice, purported to heal depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and other malaises, seems effortless. But exactly where snuggle therapy fits in the medical world remains unclear. Several local doctors and psychology professors sidestepped the issue, declining to comment.
The newspaper contacted a half dozen police departments in towns where snuggler businesses operated and discovered all followed the law. A deliberate hug held for three long breaths can deliver a renewed sense of calm, said Moon. Touch, warmth, proximity, vocal tones, all convey affirmative messages to an unbalanced psyche and body.
It worked for Withers. Slowly sitting up and putting on her glasses, she felt more open — mentally and physically. The average age is She has cozied up to 12 customers so far and would like to make inro with the elderly population. When Withers saw Moon on Friday, she knew she was in good hands.
Moon, who was ing Withers up for a second session, looks forward to seeing the from multiple sessions. I care about people. A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since More by Kathleen Pierce. There is nothing seedy going on in this Portland office on St. John Street.
Far from it. In one-on-one sessions she spre the unspoken, healing language of close contact. Moon was hesitant to start dating again just to have a hug.
The best part for a first-time snuggler? Kathleen Pierce. Nearby police standoff puts Winthrop school in lockout. Next Portland author published in The New Yorker teaches, inspires students to write.
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