Cuddle party

event where people experience nonsexual group physical intimacy

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A cuddle party (or a cuddle puddle or snuggle party) is an event designed with the intention of allowing people to experience nonsexual group physical intimacy through cuddling.[1]

History

Reid Mihalko[2] and Marcia Baczynski,[3] a pair of self-described "relationship coaches" in New York City, founded Cuddle Party in New York on February 29, 2004. According to their website, the events were initially created for friends who were too intimidated to attend Mihalko's informal massage workshops. Upon publication of the Cuddle Party website, the events were opened to the general public, and, thanks to a swarm of media attention, became a phenomenon in New York.[4][5][6][7]

In order to meet the demand for Cuddle Parties in other cities, Mihalko and Baczynski began a training and certification program in January 2005, and have since trained a number of individuals to facilitate Cuddle Parties in various cities.[8][9]

Cuddle activities are also popular in the Pacific Northwest, where Erez Ben-Ari of Redmond, WA, has been organizing such events since 2018 as part of the cuddle-club 'Spoonz'.[10] Spoonz closed permanently due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, but following relaxation of restrictions in the region, Ben-Ari created the non-commercial cuddle community 'Hugz & Cuddlez', which offers free group-cuddle events on a weekly basis, with an average of 30 guests in attendance, and at 9 locations in the region.[11]

Media

  • A cuddle party was featured on an episode of CSI: New York titled "Grand Murder at Central Station".[12][13][14]
  • The second season of the popular TV series An Idiot Abroad featured a cuddle party in the episode "Route 66".

See also

References

  1. ^ Morris, Alex (25 January 2006). "The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School". New York. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  2. ^ Washington Post
  3. ^ Lusher, Adam (2006-10-15). "Telegraph.co.uk". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ "People". People. 2004-09-27. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  5. ^ Klonick, Kate (2006-11-30). "ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  6. ^ New York Observer Archived October 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Seattle Times". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. 2004-09-05. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  8. ^ Kramer, Rachel (2005-12-23). "Gothamist". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2012-02-02. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  9. ^ Dailycal.org Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Milana, Charlotte (2021-09-07). "Healthy Relationships Develop for Erez and his Open Heart". New York Metropolitan. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  11. ^ "Hugz & Cuddlez invites people to a group cuddling event - tonight in Olympia". JOLT. 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  12. ^ "The CSIs Get Cuddly On 'Grand Murder At Central Station'". CSI Files. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  13. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Orange County Cuddle Party. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
  14. ^ "Cuddle Party". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
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