by Kenny Ong in New Trends on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Samantha Hess is a professional cuddler. For US$60 an hour, the 30-year-old from Portland will snuggle up with strangers one-on-one. ‘It’s definitely enough to make a living just doing this job, and I never need to take more than five sessions a day,’ she says. By working six days a week, Hess can make up to $7,200 in a month. About 90% of her clientele are men between the ages of 20 and 75.

Many of them suffer from traumatic diseases or disabilities that prevent them from having frequent human contact. ‘I call my service a massage for the mind,’ says Hess. ‘It’s meant to rejuvenate you and make you feel that openness and happiness in your brain by resetting your system from top to bottom.’

Next month, Hess will open her first retail store and create a national cuddling certification through a 40-hour-long training program. ‘This is my life’s work. I want to change the view of Western culture on platonic touch,’ she explains. ‘Everybody should have a way to reach out and feel comfortable with that.’

Via Business Insider