Need a Hug? Professional Cuddling Salon Wants to Launch in RVA

A local business owner has launched a crowd-funding campaign to bring a professional cuddling salon to Richmond. (Photo: IndieGogo/The Holding Company)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –If you find yourself in need of a hug, a little cuddling could be just what you need to feel better. A local business owner has launched a crowd-funding campaign to bring a professional cuddling salon to Richmond.

Mary Tucker wants the public’s help to open The Holding Company; she’s asking for $9,000 to cover 6 months rent for the space as well as business necessities.

What exactly does a professional cuddling session entail? According to the release, each appointment-only, hour-long session costs $60, with options for shorter and longer sessions available.

“Clients can opt to cuddle, watch a movie together, be read to, or simply enjoy a cup of tea and pleasant conversation in the quiet atmosphere of the salon,” the release reads.

Spooning in bed and snuggling up on the couch for a movie night are also options. Clients would meet with a Cuddler in public before starting the session, “to discuss policies and expectation and to get to know one another.”

Some may ask, why does Richmond need a professional cuddling service?

“Numerous studies have cites the health benefits of touch, such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate, increasing immune function and relieving pain by reducing cortisol and increasing oxytocin levels in the body,” explains the release.

Other professional cuddling services in New York and Oregon are named as examples of snuggling success.

And in case you’re wondering, the release is clear: “No nudity or sexual contact will be tolerated. Video cameras will be in use during all sessions for the security of everyone involved.”

The Holding Company is projected to be opened in February 2015. To learn more or donate, click here.

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