Meet Jackie Samuel. She’s a professional snuggler.
According to her website thesnuggery.org, Samuel charges $60 an hour for “private snuggling sessions” at her home in Rochester, New York.
No sex, just cuddles.
“This is not about sex and I’m really straight forward about that,” the 29-year-old told ABC 13 Wham.
Samuel’s mission, according to her website, is to “make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.”
It also helps pay for her studies and provide for her young son, The Telegraph reported.
And clearly there are a lot of people in need of a cuddle.
The Daily Mail reported that Samuel makes as much as $260 a day and cuddles up to 30 men a week.
“I think I was born knowing how to snuggle. Snuggling is healthy, spiritual and fun,” Samuel was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
Marie Claire reported that Samuel, who started her business earlier this year, has strict rules.
She only snuggles in her house and clients are not allowed to touch “any parts of her body which are covered by underwear, which she wears under her pyjamas.”
So, who pays for cuddles?
Samuel said pensioners, war veterans and people “between relationships” are among her clients.
Cuddling has numerous health benefits, the Penfield Post quoted Samuel as saying.
It lowers blood pressure and can increase seratonin and oxytocin levels, “which help you to feel calmer and more relaxed.”