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. She also has a transpersonal-based coaching practice called Space For Grace Consulting that supports couples and individuals through trauma, communication blocks and overwhelming life situations to come to greater satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives.
Charey spontaneously created group cuddling experiences for herself and friends for over 30 years. Before anyone was teaching anything about cuddling she was capable of holding the space for people to have safe affection and just laugh and have fun together. Now recognizing that the root of isolation and loneliness can partially be remedied through healthy platonic touch she hosts a weekly experience, The Cuddle Revolution, every Sunday 6pm, $20 donation.
 
Charey offers private cuddling as well. Because of her background with trauma techniques she can be present for the healthy touch and grounding needed for someone having challenging memories, for people dying, or aging, or facing loss. And she’s up for just having fun and relaxing.
Charey charges $45-$90 per hour for individual sessions. For packages or discounts please discuss with her. To schedule a session, or for more information, contact Charey at (505) 991-0839

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 charges $40-80 per hour. They center the needs of those with differing abilities, so please do not hesitate to reach out about scholarships or other arrangements. To schedule with them or for more information, please contact Terra at (505) 933-8687.

Selah (SAY-la) Kaiser is a life long lover of warmth and affection. She cuddles from a place of understanding that human touch and being embraced are vital forms of human connection. Selah was raised in New Mexico and holds a BLA in Art Therapy.

Her cuddle services are safe and client-centered. She is happy to cuddle with people of all ages, genders, ability levels, ethnicities, religions, and so on. Please contact Selah to schedule a cuddle.

Selah charges $40-$80 per hour. She can be reached at 505-310-0990.

Events

Sun 16

The Cuddle Revolution

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm MST
Mon 17

Breakthrough

December 17 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm MDT
Mon 17

Grateful Space

December 17 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm MDT
Jun 16

The Cuddle Revolution

June 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm MDT
Jul 19

The Cuddle Revolution

July 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 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!