Lonely this holiday season? Don’t worry because professional cuddlers are here to help!
According to the co-founder of cuddlist.com, Adam Lippin, requests for “cuddlists’ have skyrocketed 50 percent this year, from 60 in 2017 to 90 this New Year’s Eve. Hug-seekers are mostly men between the ages of 40 and 60. They request these sessions because they are missing a human connection which is most needed during the holidays.
Cuddlist star Saskia Larsen said she usually has seven to 10 sessions booked each week but has six clients on her schedule for New Year’s Eve.
“I had to put three clients who I couldn’t fit in onto New Year’s Day,” she said.
Larsen, 44, said her latest appointment usually begins at 10 p.m. but she “mad an exception” for New Year’s Eve by booking a 90-minute session at 11 p.m. Her client a is long-divorced, a 70-year-old retired accountant from the Upper East Side of New York and his son lives in Chicago.
“We will probably cuddle on the couch while watching the New Year’s Eve special and when the ball drops we will give each other an extra big bearhug,” Larsen said.
Lippen said that some clients have experienced a difficult loss by death or divorce and some are trying to alleviate anxiety, stress, depression or trauma. He says the #MeToo movement is attracting men who do not know or understand the boundaries and are afraid of women to the cuddle encounters. Cuddlist.com specialists have 146 practitioners around the nation and cost around $80 per hour.
Watch the video below to see Saskia on QZ News: