About Me

Nancy(square)Hi, I’m Nancy, founder of Holistic Hugs!

I am a fully qualified and insured Compassionate Touch and Cuddle professional.

I bring together my experiences of working in many environments and with people from a variety of backgrounds. From working for a large holiday company to caring for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. My work on the care team at two children’s hospices really highlighted the importance of finding joy and connection all around and I feel very humbled to have been a part of these families’ lives.

As well as a cuddle professional I currently work as an End of Life Doula, Meditation Teacher and Laughter Yoga Teacher. As you can imagine practising as a cuddle professional and as an End of Life Doula is intimate work. Not in the physical sense but in the way the space is held. The wonderful art of being absolutely present with clients.

So why did I become a Cuddle Therapist? I have personally experienced the profound effect that a sincere and compassionate hug can have on a person’s well-being. With that hug feeling so safe I melted into it. The hug or platonic touch that we receive from others can be so brief, so understated and lack so much meaning and intention that it can leave us feeling more lonely and unfulfilled. I recognised that as we flirt around with superficial connection that something was being missed or lost and that there is a real, unspoken need to be seen, heard and held. To offer this gift of closeness, this connection, this feeling of togetherness to others is one of the most profound experiences there is.

I’m also the founder of “Awakening Connection” – a movement inspiring connection though a variety of events such as “Free Hugs”, eye contact experiments, play and laughter.

Compassionate Touch and Cuddle Therapy sessions are tailored specifically for each client. Take a look around my website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me. Check back later for new updates to the website.

I am a member of Cuddle Professionals International (CPI)  – a specialist organisation for cuddle professionals and also Independent Professional Therapists International (IPTI) and also have a current enhanced DBS so you can be assured that all bookings will be facilitated to the highest standard and meet the strict code of conduct required.