Cuddling, also known as therapeutic cuddling, is a form of touch therapy that involves non-sexual physical affection between a therapist and a client. It aims to promote emotional well-being, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall mental health by providing a safe and nurturing space for physical contact and connection.
Therapeutic cuddling is based on the understanding that human touch is a fundamental need and can have positive effects on our well-being. Lack of touch or physical contact can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and distress, especially for those who may not have close relationships or struggle with touch due to past traumas.
During a session, the therapist and client engage in various forms of touch, such as hugging, holding hands, or lying together, all within the boundaries and comfort level of the client. The therapist may also use techniques such as deep breathing exercises, guided meditation, or simple conversation to enhance the therapeutic benefits of the session.
The goal of therapeutic cuddling is to create a non-judgmental and accepting space for the client to feel safe, supported, and connected. It can be especially beneficial for individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, or trauma, as well as those who simply crave physical touch and human connection.