Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit.
Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain.
Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security.
Being held is the first form of care and love that a human experiences. It is absolutely vital and necessary to our emotional, mental and physical health. It is as vital as sun light, water and food.
Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. In our culture, it can be very difficult to find safe and supportive touch.
The reasons can be many: maybe we have recently separated from our partner/lover and we need touch and intimacy to be safe and non-sexual; maybe we have experienced trauma or abuse, sexual or non-sexual, and do not feel safe under most circumstances to be touched; maybe we experience shame or fear of who we are and being seen; maybe we are profoundly depressed and do not have the relationships in our lives that we feel we can ask this kind of support from; maybe we are gay, queer or transgendered and we are frightened of blossoming into our truth or worried that others won’t accept us; maybe we have experienced the death of a loved one; maybe we are adult virgins; maybe we are on the autism spectrum.
The reasons can be many, the reason can be simple, the reason can be complex, AND - we all need to be held, we all need to be accepted, we all need to be safe, we all need touch, we all need love.
Come, and I will hold you. You are human, you are worthy of acceptance, safety, and of being held, touched, and loved.
Nurturing physical touch has a positive effect on both our physical and mental health. When we receive healthy touch, our brain produces more oxytocin and serotonin. These are chemicals that our bodies need help us to be calm, happy, and relaxed.
Because Cuddle Therapy is based on good communication and clear consent, it is a very safe way to explore your wants and needs. Cuddle Therapy is a strictly non-sexual service. My client's leave feeling deeply nourished and peaceful.
Our session will start with a check-in time where you can tell me what’s going on for you, how I can best support you, and how you want to be held. Then we will get comfortable and settle in for our time together of restorative human contact.
We can talk, or we can be silent. You can talk and I can listen. I can sing to you or tell a story.
We can change positions at any time you like, you can request to be held in any way you like.
Maybe all you want for a few minutes is just to hold hands, or connect through eye contact. Maybe you want to be spooned and have a good cry.
You tell me. We will go at your pace, and follow your needs and desires.
How to know if Cuddle Therapy is right for you:
-You are feeling touch deprived
-Your stress levels are high
-You want to be more in touch with your body
-You crave more human touch and connection
Benefits of Cuddle Therapy include:
Relief from stress & tension
Safe non-sexual touch
Improved social skills
Lessened anxiety and social anxiety
Reduced risk of heart disease
Lowered blood pressure and heart rate
Improved immune system function and faster recovery
Pain and inflammation relief
Lessened PTSD symptoms
Diminished drug cravings
I embrace and work with clients of ALL genders, races, ages (18 & above),
sexual orientations and abilities.
I've got you.
Listen to Iona interviewed about Cuddle Therapy on SuperTalk Radio
Touch is a basic human need...embrace it. Give yourself the amazing gift of nurturing touch and connection!
60 minutes: $75
90 minutes: $110 (recommended time)
120 minutes: $145
*Package rates available for series of 6 or more sessions
To schedule a Cuddle Therapy session with Iona, please email