A post-work hug?

Some people head for the gym, some do yoga, some go for a run and some just chill in front of the tv following a full and hectic day at work. All are good.
But have you considered how sharing an hours cuddle might ease the days stresses?

The release of neuro-chemicals when we physically connect can lower blood pressure, ease pain and lower the stress hormone cortisol to promote better sleep.
And when some of our work environments leave little room for a more valuable interaction the provision of an extended hug or even a simple hand hold can bring that deeper connection that we feel our day has lacked and that is so vital for our well-being.

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This space at The Therapy Rooms – Saddleworth is a great venue to unwind, to ease you out of your work day and into a more relaxed evening.

Don’t forget I cater for all regardless of gender, sex or orientation.

The Vulnerability of Touch

When we come together to share such an intimate act as touch it is not uncommon to feel vulnerable and self conscious. Putting our trust in another to help guide us through that nurturing experience is a big step. What will be expected of me? Will I freeze with fear or anxiety? What if I look silly?
I know, as a human being and a Cuddle Therapist, that feeling of vulnerability.
This is what I have learned –
Vulnerability takes practice. It doesn’t always come easy and it doesn’t happen overnight.
When you love yourself and are self-compassionate vulnerability is easier.
When we open up to that vulnerability something special happens. With vulnerability comes an authenticity which enables us to connect much more deeply with ourselves and each other.
Embracing our vulnerability can open doors and bring beautiful friendships.
Vulnerability allows us to freely express ourselves, to face fears, acknowledge joy and pain and with that comes great personal growth.
Yes, it can open us more to hurt and disappointment but it can also open us up to more joy and incredible moments.
There is no need to hide your vulnerability.
Your vulnerability is your truth.

And your truth is warmly welcomed.


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Pro-Touch Awareness Month 2019

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October is Pro-Touch Awareness Month and to celebrate and promote positive touch experience we are offering a HUGE 30% discount on our usual fee. 30%!

This takes the price down from £65 per hour to just £45!

This offer is only available for sessions booked for the month of October.

There is nothing quite like being held in a completely safe space, fully boundaried, no judgement or expectations.

And if being held is difficult for you but is something you want to overcome or be more relaxed with then you can be assured that each session is specifically tailored to your exact needs so if that means just sitting and chatting, listening to music or learning to enjoy the soft touch of holding hands then that is all fine too.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Please note that this fee is only available at the current venues. See the website for locations and more details of the venues.

International Hand Holding Day 2019

Friday 9th August is International Hand Holding Day.

Creating a chain of people holding hands across the world.
It’s a beautiful multi-generational activity.
My aim with this event is to inspire people to create gatherings inviting people to hold hands as a sign of support and connection – to bring strangers together with a simple but profound moment of solidarity.

National Hand Holding Day has always been observed annually on August 9th and this year is no different – Friday, August 9th, 2019.

My local event will be in Marsden village centre in the UK is at 4.44pm inviting people to form a circle/line of friendship whilst holding hands.
I hope you feel inspired to join us or create your own event.

“Here’s to the bridge-builders, the hand-holders, the light-bringers, those extraordinary souls wrapped in ordinary lives who quietly weave threads of humanity into an inhumane world. They are the unsung heroes in a world at war with itself. They are the whisperers of hope that peace is possible. Look for them in this present darkness. Light your candle with their flame. And then go. Build bridges. Hold hands. Bring light to a dark and desperate world. Be the hero you are looking for. Peace is possible. It begins with us.”
― L.R. Knost

Details can be found here

https://www.facebook.com/events/326490561334870/

Heart Open Wide

I want to share with you a little bit about what this work means to me.
And it is so much better to describe a session for how it might feel rather than how it might look.
It is deep, soul embracing work.
Nurturing, enriching, healing and deeply moving work.
Where not only my hands and arms connect with another but also my soul.
To be held, for a prolonged period whether that be physically, emotionally or spiritually is deeply intimate.
That’s what makes this work so nurturing and incredibly special.
It touches you in way that is not physical at all.
It requires, from me, a heart wide open.
To meet you where you are at and that might change from moment to moment or session to session.
To share in your pain.
To alleviate your loneliness.
To acknowledge your trauma.
To fill that basic human need for touch.
To connect in a much more meaningful way than our modern living gives us time for or sees as important for that matter.
A space and time where you are totally seen.
No pretences. No judgement. No advice.
There are no words that could adequately describe what a session might look like yet imagine being held in a totally safe, peaceful space when all about you seems lost or out of control.
Thoughts in your head have been driving you to distraction.
Or, perhaps, your mind is calm, but you feel disconnected.
Then….
Just letting go.
Simply seen and held and letting go.
It requires from another the courage step into this unknown. To step into a feeling of vulnerability yet with a feeling of empowerment that comes with the understanding of boundaries and consent.
Empowerment that, in this moment, you don’t need to pretend to be anything other than yourself or feel anything that isn’t authentic.
I feel incredibly privileged to be able to do this work.