- Madame Vigée-Lebrun et sa fille, painting by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
On Dec. 15, an ad popped up on backpage.com advertising a professional snuggling service in San Antonio. "Want to cuddle, feel the warmth of another person, get a massage, or have a conversation without judgment with a compassionate woman?," the ad asks. Many people do not get the amount of human touch they want or need in their daily life. Professional cuddling can help with depression, stress, anxiety and much more!"
We visited the site to see what it had to offer and learned that professional snuggling isn't just beneficial for the snugglee – the snuggler also stands to profit, with rates starting at $80 per hour. According to the website The Snuggle Buddies, which offers professional snuggling and cuddling in cities all around the nation (from both men and women. although the site acknowledges that men "rarely" get any requests), the snugglers earn $40 per hour plus $15 per hour for travel. And the company is currently hiring in all states, so if that's your bag, all you have to do is apply. No experience necessary, but you have to have "a warm personality." And a willingness to act as somebody else's warm body. You can apply here.