Closer Encounters

The Cuddle Revolution

Closer EncountersThe world simply needs more intimacy. We’re separated by various -isms and a world that values us based on what we produce. Compassion and empathy and touch are seen as expendable. Touch is a way to get beyond our own skins and feel connected, but also to be grounded in our own being. Whether we talk about increasing beneficial neurotransmitters (cuddling is like natural prozac) or simply about the often-buried social need to feel connected, touch is simply necessary. Unfortunately, for any number of reasons (often from trauma or simply life circumstance) a large number of people are deficient in loving and compassionate touch. And even still, there are many people who have never learned how to receive it!

Closer Encounters is a group of practitioners who believe that touch, itself, is therapeutic and available to all. We provide sessions for individuals (and couples) to receive non-sexual, full-bodied touch. The basis of our work is in consent, and we will model and maintain communication and boundaries that provide meaningful and loving touch. With that in mind, almost all sessions will be hands-on, with as little or as much touch as we mutually decide.

Our rates are individual, so please scroll down to see each of the Closer Encounters practitioner profiles.

We offer cuddle sessions to all people!
We do not exclude based on gender, sexuality, race or ethnicity.
We specifically like to see elders, people with disabilities, and people of all sizes, who frequently lack sufficient touch.

For more information or questions, reach out and touch us at abqcuddle@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Practitioners

Charey K Fox is the owner of The Source and a transpersonal-based coach and etc.etc.

Charey has a specific interest in cuddling with survivors of trauma, offering the chance to hold them in whatever state they happen to be in and listening to their stories. In addition, Charey has a deep experience in cuddling with elders in our community, and would like to consider them to contact her.

Charey charges a sliding scale of $60-$120 for the first hour, and $40-$80 for every additional hour.

Terra Phoenix is a bodyworker, somatic therapist and coach, and Tantra practitioner. With a background in archetypal psychology, art therapy and social work, they turned toward massage and embodiment as a way to recognize that well-being is holistic and there is no gap between mind and body. Terra has also been studying Shaivic Tantra for over 6 years and enjoys having that inform their work with individuals. They are also a sex and intimacy coach through their private practice, EroticFire.

Terra has a specific interest in:

  • Working with people who want to increasingly deepen their relationship with their bodies, integrating Tantric-based experiments, somatic sex education, and embodiment exercises, to gain a greater experience of their lives.
  • They also are interested in integrating non-sexual intimacy practice coupled with cuddling, such as coaching in flirting, communication skills and consent, as well as even make-out coaching!
  • Terra has worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma to assist with learning to receive loving touch, and to reduce dissociative states.
  • Terra has also spent much of their career working with people with disabilities, and would love to be able to offer touch and cuddling to those who are chair-bound, bed-bound, or have intellectual or social challenges that typically keep them from experiencing the intimacy and touch they need.

Terra also charges $60-$120 for the first hour, and $40-$80 for every additional hour. They center the needs of those with differing abilities, so please do not hesitate to reach out about scholarships or other arrangements.

Selenah is humbled by the sweetness of cuddling. She was raised in New Mexico where she has spent a lot of time being with her family, dancing, and going to school. She currently holds a BLA in Art Therapy. Selenah believes that touch is a vital form of human connection.

Selenah brings warmth, respect, and compassion into her cuddles. She especially loves learning from those around her and enjoys embracing people from backgrounds different than her own.

Events

Sun 29

The Cuddle Revolution

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm MDT
Mon 30

Breakthrough

April 30 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm MDT
Mon 30

Grateful Space

April 30 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm MDT
May 02

The Tantric Principles

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT
May 10

Community Soul Constellation

May 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm MDT

Resources

EroticFire

Terra Phoenix’s sacred intimate/sex and intimacy coaching website and blog.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or would like to book a session, please contact us at abqcuddle@gmail.com. Thank you very much!