CARE Kristiina Link earns £18,000 a year spending hours hugging and flirting with strangers.
Kristiina, 30, is a certified “cuddle therapist” and offers to hug people who feel lonely and isolated.
Her unusual service includes holding hands, stroking her hair and hugging clients for up to three hours at a time, including in her double bed.
Kristiina, who says there are mental benefits to the workout, earns up to £170 per session and more than £1,500 a month.
She attended a training course after breaking up three years ago.
“I missed the cuddling and cuddling side of a relationship,” explains Kristiina.
“I think there should be a service where people help each other and cuddle.
Hugs release the love hormone oxytocin, which is known to help alleviate loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
“In my work, I see so many people feeling isolated because of the pandemic as well as those who are grieving and need physical comfort.
“I start by playing soothing music, holding hands, and I encourage deep breathing.
“We cuddle in many positions like standing up and spooning. Boundaries are always discussed before we start.”
Kristiina, in Stratford, East Londonemphasizes that her visiting clients – mostly men and mostly between the ages of 30 and 40 – understand that “cuddle is a form of pure touch therapy”.
Meanwhile, she’s getting lots of hugs from her new love, partner Matt, 44.
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