Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cuddle Parties

I first heard about Cuddle Parties during an episode of "Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t!" It was a program about life coaches. Somehow, Cuddle Parties were included in the various types of debunked life coaching programs -- though compared to psychic advisers and corporate organizers, the Cuddle Partiers definitely were the outsiders of the bunch.

Basically, Cuddle Parties (or Snuggle Parties, as they're called in this video) are facilitated gatherings where strangers cuddle with each other in a large group. It's non-sexual. You are not allowed to rub your groin against others. It's about relieving stress, having fun, and communicating (and stretching) boundaries.

I found this interesting video called "What Really Happens At A Snuggle Party?" on YouTube. It's about 3.5 minutes.

I have always wondered if a Cuddle Party could work in the Midwest? Most of the time that I see anything about them, they take place in a coastal state. Then again, Iowa has it's fair share of yoga enthusiasts, massage seekers, New Age explorers, and Reiki Masters. Why not Cuddle Partiers?

How about you? Have you ever gone to a Cuddle Party? How was it? Was it relaxing? Was it stressful? Did someone abuse your boundaries? Did others refuse to cuddle? I really want to hear your story!!

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