Meet the Big Apple's first professional cuddler. For a mere $80 an hour, Ali C. will spoon and snuggle with you in her studio apartment. She’s named her business ‘Cuddle U.’
"Love is an action, love is actually touch. We know now that we have these receptors in our skin and that transfers all sorts of information into our brain, particularly when we are a developing infant, and a young child up to the age of three. There is no reason to think that need ever goes away for touch, because it doesn't," she says.
Ali gets both male and female clients and sessions can take place on the floor, bed or sofa.
She encourages a little bit of talking, but the most common side effect of spooning is tears.
She says many clients are vulnerable and experience an emotional release of pleasure hormones stirred by a hug.
Cuddle U NYC offers packages that range from a basic one-hour snuggle, to the "Movie and a Cuddle" package for $200 (USD).
But services only include hugging. Ali screens clients in advance and makes sure they know that sexual touching is prohibited.