Compassionate Touch And Cuddle Therapy

Holistic Hugs is a Compassionate Touch And Cuddle Therapy service. Touch deprivation is a growing problem and can have serious implications for our well-being and the disconnectedness of society.
Using Compassionate Touch And Cuddle Therapy we create an opportunity to experience connection and closeness without being sexually intimate working within boundaries and consent.
With this comes many benefits. When we experience consensual, physical touch our body chemistry changes. As a result of cuddling or platonic touch our bodies release oxytocin – a neurochemical and bonding hormone. Oxytocin has remarkable physical and psychological benefits. It can improve heart health, decreases stress hormones, reduces anxiety and lowers blood pressure, boosts the immune system, can help reduce depression and help us to feel less alone.
Cuddling is a most beautiful form of communication, can deepen relationships and build communities with more compassion and less detachment from each other.
It’s about more than hugs. It can simply be sitting next to each other, holding hands, rubbing a back or stroking an arm.
People who might benefit from Compassionate Touch and Cuddle Therapy may be coping with but not limited to those situations as listed below:
  • PTSD
  • Experienced abuse or trauma of any kind
  • Grief or loss
  • Depression
  • A medical condition which culminates in a lack of sincere, platonic touch such as MND.
  • Loneliness
  • Too busy to nourish their own well-being.
  • Experiencing a lack of platonic touch in their personal lives
  • High levels of stress and anxiety
  • Postpartum (post-birth) – new mums need cuddles too
  • The simple need for the closeness of another human being
  • A terminal diagnosis or end of life care

Each cuddle session is specifically tailored to the requirements of the client.

Compassionate, nurturing touch can bring up many emotions and it’s perfectly natural and OK to cry during cuddle therapy. No judgements and no expectations. Just holding you in a safe space.

I facilitate from The Well Rooms in Marsden, Cocoon in HolmfirthHebden Therapy Centre in Hebden Bridge, Hull Wellbeing and The Therapy Rooms – Saddleworth, Manchester which has the perfect snuggle room. I also work mobile for those unable to attend a centre due to disability or illnesss where I can visit your home or an alternative suitable venue. I’m in the process of forging links with more well-being centres in the area including Manchester and Leeds so watch this space for more details.

Please note – in the above venues the space utilised is the floor (The Well Rooms in Marsden does have a sofa). There is no bed. There are blankets and cushions for comfort and I can organise a chair each if required.

Here’s a little glimpse into the cosy Slumber Room at The Therapy Rooms- Saddleworth which is one of the venues where I practice Compassionate Touch and Cuddle Therapy.
It’s a really cosy and calm space – full of bean bags, huge cushions and blankets.

 

 

 

This short video explains Cuddle Therapy beautifully.

I have added 3 special programs to my Cuddle Therapy.

1. Nourishing The Soul.
If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or panic disorders this program will gently ease you into a safe space – a place of sanctuary.
We will go through a series of 6  sessions in 6 consecutive days (the 6 days can be extended upon request).

Each session will be on a one to one basis.
It will be a nurturing experience like no other where you will experience kindness, gentle, consensual touch and be held just as you are.
Unlike formal therapy there will be space to just chat or nourish yourself in the silence yet comfort of another’s company.
You will be made to feel safe, not scrutinised.
The session will be free from judgement, expectations and advice. Just listening ears, a friendly face and a warm embrace.
Most importantly it will bring a deep human connection that can be lacking in traditional counselling.
It is open to both men and women.

2. Overcoming Touch Aversion.
This program is for anyone who has an aversion to touch and cuddling possibly triggered by past experiences and who feels a yearning to work through this.

Sessions are one to one.
We will go through a series of 6 short sessions over 6 weeks with a very gentle introduction to closeness and building on the experience at the speed determined by the client.
We will look at boundaries and consent and I will ensure you feel safe at all times taking as many breaks as is needed.
The 6 weeks program can be extended at the request of the client. The 6 weeks is not a time limit for when you should feel comfortable with touch but a gentle introduction for you to build on.

3. Hospice Hugs.
This service is for providing gentle, nurturing touch to people admitted to a hospice or with their end of life care at home. As an End of Life Doula I’m aware of the importance of touch through the dying process. This will be very much working alongside family and friends demonstrating and giving confidence to them on how to use a gentle, conscious touch with their loved one to support, comfort and relax, providing that service to the family and friends themselves whilst also providing that need for touch when family and friends can’t be there.
My aim is to provide touch with presence, compassion and loving kindness whilst being mindful of the deeply moving situation that comes with end of life care.
It’s an honour to facilitate touch in any circumstance and at any stage of life as it’s such an intimate act yet it’s a basic human need.
It’s a most beautiful art because it requires complete presence – something we can lack in our day to day hectic and stressful lives.
This will be offered on a “pay as you feel” rate so will be inclusive for everyone to access and I will be available for this service the moment a terminal diagnosis is received.

If you feel a calling to any of these programs please get in touch for an informal chat or email if you’re more comfortable with that.

 

Compassionate Touch and Cuddle Therapy is NOT a counselling or massage service and is not a substitute for professional medical advice but is a powerful, natural, complementary form of healing. It is not suitable for everyone and if you have a pre-existing medical condition please consult your gp before coming along to a session.

For more information please take a look at the FAQs page.

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“Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication that allows the other person to know beyond a doubt that they matter.” – Rebecca Fox.