The snugglerJuly 20, 2012 @ 1:37 pm (Updated: 11:34 am - 7/21/12 )
Jacqueline Samuel will snuggle with guests for $60 per hour in her New York cottage. She says she is "passionate about touch" and wants to bring "non-sexual touch" to America.
"The Snuggler" sounds like a Batman villain. But it's actually Jacqueline Samuel, age 29, who is now pushing the boundaries of the massage industry by providing full-body snuggles.
"Really, what I'm really offering is my presence, and my body being present next to another person's body," says Jacqueline.
Her business is called the Snuggery, and for $60, she will lead you upstairs in her little cottage outside Rochester, NY for a snuggle.
"The bottom floor has a TV, a big fireplace, and couches, and a table. Upstairs is where most of the snuggling happens and that has essential oils, and lavender burning, and a bed," says Jacqueline.
And once upstairs, you will both put on pajamas, and snuggle - non sexually - for an hour. Hugging is fine. Use of the legs is okay.
"Leg snuggling - absolutely. Frequently, when we're facing each other, our legs are intertwined," says Jacqueline.
It's perfectly fine as long as it stays non-sexual. But what if the snuglee's reflexes take over?
"Arousal happens, and it's a normal physiological response, you can't really do anything about it. I'm just very clear about the boundaries," says Jacqueline.
Describing herself as a small woman, Jacqueline would seem to open herself up to unsafe situations, but she says her clients are perfectly considerate.
"I've never had a problem, I've never felt unsafe," says Jacqueline, "I've never even been borderline feeling that way."
It's all perfectly innocent. Although I did ask whether her married clients tell their wives that they innocently spent an hour at her place snuggling non-sexually.
"I can only speculate, but I would say no," says Jacqueline.
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