11/24/14 by Holly Clifford
The Samantha Hess might not mean much to you now.
But it will if you're feeling restless, maybe as if you need a little "cuddle."
No, Hess isn't going to stop by and give you a big, old hug and make your nap time that much more relaxing. Instead, Hess had the brilliant idea to open up a professional cuddling service in which she charges $60 per hour.
As silly and expensive as that proposition sounds, Hess and her newly found business is thriving. The brand, "Cuddle Up to Me" according to reports has more than just a handful of sleep and restless customers. Instead, there are about 1,000 customers of "Cuddle Up to Me," which isn't too bad considering the newness of the business and the odd entity that it truly is.
Think about this for a minute: you're going to pay someone from "Cuddle Up to Me" to lay and cuddle with you. Hess assures potential customers that everything about her business is equal parts on the up and up and platonic. Hess sets a series of ground rules for her clients, and her cuddling is done on her terms and with plenty of security in place to assure safety for Hess.
With Hess' safety no longer being an issue, you have to wonder if "Cuddle Up to Me" is going to cool off as far as popularity is concerned or if this new wave of, as Hess points out, "mental message" truly can be the wave of the future in terms of human interaction and relaxation.
Hess certainly believes so, and it is hard to argue with the initial numbers that she's producing from both a client standpoint and how it relates to her revenue.
You can argue that the idea of paying someone to cuddle is anything from asinine to dangerous and everything in between, but the principle behind it certainly makes plenty of sense. The service more is rooted about helping those who don't have ready access to the kind of interaction that is necessary for functionality. According to Hess, most of her clients are guys who struggle with diseases or disabilities. In that vein, Hess and "Cuddle" aren't doing anything more than offering an at need service for a segment of the population that need it. The price point might be of some issue for those who are ready to christen "Cuddle" as a charitable effort.
Hess, like any business person, is interested in growing a business.
That's doesn't mean it can't have a little bit of heart, too.
And, in addition to the heart, a shoulder to rest your weary head on as well.
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