2 thoughts on “Snuggle Parties: Would You Cuddle with Strangers? Guest Post by M. J. Coreil

  • February 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    So true, Bella for writing: “She reminds us that massage therapy had to get past stigma and misunderstandings before it was widely accepted, and she hopes to see attitudes toward non-sexual cuddling evolve in a similar way.” This is a very good article, and very timely for the beginning of 2017 on the subject of touch. I like the idea of Free Hugs Day at the Farmers Market that Ms. Coreil writes about. I purchased decades ago, a portable massage table for the comfort of my own home, and for travelling. With a massage table at home, I enjoyed the luxury of therapeutic touch on a regular basis with my family members and friends. I purchased massage videos and learned a lot right in my own home. Prior to my father’s death in 2003, I massaged him at home during his illness, and he loved it, just loved it. The more you practice, the better you will get at using different techniques. Our family grew closer. In the broader American culture, touch is a neglected part of relationships with the ones we love. Even just a hug or the touch of the hand to the elderly is refreshing. In my travels to Latin American, I found that folks touched each other a lot more than Americans. I travelled with my portable massage table to Central America in the 1990s, and I did massage by the sea on friends and relatives. It was wonderful. Many years later, I donated my portable massage table to a women and children domestic abuse shelter in my city. A recent case in point, which was in the news:

    Israelis seek to comfort Holocaust’s loneliest survivors
    Jan 27, 2017 Updated Jan 27, 2017 – In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2017 photo, Israeli Holocaust survivor, Ernest Weiner, sits in his house in the central Israeli city of Bat Yam. More than 100 fellow Holocaust survivors and advocates on their behalf gathered for the 92nd birthday party of Ernest Weiner — a blind and widowed survivor who uses a wheelchair to get around and still lives on his own. As home to the world’s largest survivor community, Israel is grappling to serve the needs of the thousands of people like Weiner who are living out their final days alone.

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  • February 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    The remainder of my comments for this post are, which were left out, sorry: RAMAT HASHARON, Israel (AP) — Surrounded by more than 100 fellow Holocaust survivors and young volunteers, a blind Ernest Weiner sat in his wheelchair with a puffy crown on his head as the crowd sang happy birthday and showered him with hugs and greetings. The widowed and childless 92-year-old Weiner lives on his own and the cheerful gathering offered him one of life’s most valuable commodities — company

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