48-year-old Robin Marie says she spends 25 hours-a-week cuddling clients for work and makes $40,000 a year or $80 per hour as a professional cuddler.
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Robin, from Kansas City, Missouri, says her spooning, hugging and snuggling sessions usually last for between one and four hours in a “calming space” in Kansas City.
She said: “I spend up to 25 hours-a-week cuddling clients for work, then around ten hours a week cuddling my boyfriend and about seven hours-a-week cuddling my cat.”
“I never get bored of cuddling. It’s very rewarding. It causes the body to release oxytocin, the ‘bonding hormone’, which makes us feel happier and less stressed.”
The professional cuddler says she has a code of conduct that clients must wear a minimum of a t-shirt or tank top and lounge pants while boxer shorts or briefs are not acceptable.
A website named Cuddlist provides professional cuddlers to people who want love, acceptance, and connection with other people and Robin works through the website full time for 18 months.
Robin says her boyfriend doesn’t have any problem with her job as he knows it’s not sexual at all.
She said: “There was one guy I dated for a little while who was kind of weirded out by it, but we just agreed to disagree.”
Talking about her clients, she said: “My youngest client was 20 and the oldest was about 75. I get all kinds of people male, female, gay, lesbian, transgender.”
“People in all different professions from grocery store clerks to clergy, business people, college students, blue-collar white-collar, people of all different races, religions, and nationalities.”
“I get single people, people who are happily married, unhappily married, widowed, divorced, people in monogamous relationships and those with multiple partners. The majority are male, but they are often gay or transgender as well as straight.”
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