By Cameron McKirdy
People need physical touch from others. Babies must have attention, and contact, or they will die. So LOVE, and CUDDLING, ARE SURVIVAL ISSUES.
After living out of my van in the woods for months on end while managing a campground and hot spring, I found myself wanting more non-sexual, platonic contact with others. I sought out cuddling from friends and family, put in extra snuggle time, and went on a Survival Bros adventure to visit Samantha Hess at her famous cuddle cafe on:
1015 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214
Cuddle Up To Me is a safe and comfortable place where you can go to feel respected, appreciated, and worthy. When I first saw Samantha Hess, I was all hopped up on coffee, didn’t eat anything, and had all these big ideas for how I could help. Well, what I actually needed to do was relax, be myself, and open up to her, so I could make a new friend first. We got to cuddling in her fantastic Universe themed room, and she helped me go inward. Focusing on my breath, and the sensations of compassionate touch, it was simple to be in the now. Sam and I talked for hours, as she held me in her arms. Cuddling with no sexual intentions is one experience we should all have regularly. I felt wonderful for weeks.
If you would like to give me a hug, I won’t turn you down. So please ASK if you’d like some friendly love. Samantha Hess is also asking for your help at this time. A compassionate crowdfunding page has been created to help cover rent for the beautiful Cuddle Up To Me Studio retail space. Please give anything you can. She has contributed so much to our community. Sam even volunteers at the Food Bank. You can also schedule a session with her, or one of the Certified Professional Cuddlers at her business in Portland, Oregon.
Survival Bros and Cuddle Up To Me challenge you to give SIX hugs in one day! Try getting that many embraces or more, forever. Let Sam or Cam know how it goes. You’ll be making so many people smile, so don’t be shy.
“Touch is by far our most important sense, essential to our survival and development.” – Samantha Hess