One married mum-of-three rakes in $57,800 a yr by hugging complete strangers. Jessica O’Neill, 35, began skilled cuddling six months in the past — and makes $1,100-a-week from her uncommon job.
She spent a decade working as a therapeutic massage therapist and counselor earlier than including cuddles to the remedy listing at her studio in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. O’Neill claims the hugs, which value upwards of $60-an-hour, assist lonely folks and people affected by despair really feel liked and valued.
“I’ve all the time been a very affectionate particular person and have all the time cuddled folks. It’s simply in my nature and is a part of who I’m,” she stated. My mom was all the time tremendous affectionate and loving after I was younger. Her hugs all the time made all the pieces okay even when there have been unhealthy issues occurring round us.
“I’ve all the time had a very pretty response from the folks I’ve hugged. Everybody loves a cuddle.”
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O’Neill swears her husband Jason, 34, doesn’t thoughts her intimate occupation – even though most of her shoppers are males.
“Jason may be very supportive and fully will get it. He loves what I do and thinks it’s actually lovely,” O’Neill stated. “He’s tremendous affectionate and he offers me cuddles at house. Our relationship is what makes me so robust.”
Of her choice to enter skilled cuddling, she continued: “It began after I started giving my shoppers a hug after they’d are available for a counseling session. It completely allowed them to drop their guard and open up a lot extra. I might see their nervousness and stress soften away. Then I might get to the core of their persona and do what I can to heal them.”
“So actually, it was a very long time coming. I first heard about cuddle remedy six years in the past and I bear in mind telling everybody that’s what I needed to do. They thought I used to be loopy and doubtless nonetheless do. However I like it a lot. It’s a lot extra rewarding than simply therapeutic massage or counseling. I really feel prefer it’s what I used to be placed on this Earth for.”
Jessica expenses $60-an-hour for “strictly cuddles” whereas a hugs and counseling session prices $80. Purchasers can even guide a “friendship fashion” espresso and cuddle session for $110.
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Most of O’Neill’s prospects are males over the age of 35, however she revealed she has a rising variety of middle-aged feminine shoppers — in addition to youthful males who expertise “loneliness and disconnection” within the digital age. She admits she has had “one or two” awkward experiences however insists 99 % of her shoppers are “very effectively behaved.”
O’Neill added: “Earlier than we begin our periods, we do meditation to attach on that religious stage. Then the shoppers will sit on a chair whereas we sit by their ft and we have now a bit of chat about why they’ve reached out for cuddle remedy.”
“Everybody has a completely completely different story. However the most typical components are loneliness, despair, isolation and nervousness. All of them simply have that need to attach with somebody.”
“They completely like it. It’s like being refueled with love and affection. I all the time really feel protected and comfy. I really like what I do. There are very clear boundaries set in place and 99 % of individuals would by no means dream of crossing them,” she revealed. “If an ungainly state of affairs does come up, I assertively direct the consumer with no embarrassment or additional situation.”
This story was originally published by The Sun.