Here at the Snuggery, clothes stay on. There are strict boundaries and no genital touch is allowed. â€śJacqueline established the Snuggery because she believes in the healing power of touch,â€ť the website for her business explains. â€śShe aims to make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.â€ť As a graduate student in social work, she just sees her latest venture as a different way to help people.Â
The clientele that visits the Snuggery is overwhelmingly male, and ranges in age from about 21 to 85. One or two women have come in since the place opened, but â€śthey mostly just wanted to chatâ€ť â€”Â oh, womenÂ â€” and thatâ€™s not really the point. Though touching genitals isnâ€™t allowed, I was surprised to learn that clients are allowed to caress their designated snugglerâ€™s face, hair, and arms. They are also allowed to intertwine legs and play footsie. As long as it doesnâ€™t involve lady parts, itâ€™s basically fair game. It almost seems like men are paying to get blue balls. I had a hard time understanding what, exactly, theyâ€™re getting from the experience.
â€śA lot of people come in when theyâ€™re going through a divorce or breakup,â€ť [owner Jacqueline Samuels] explains. â€śBecause they donâ€™t want to get into another relationship but they miss being touched.â€ť