Professional cuddler makes $80 an hour

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WVLT) -- In our society, we have services for just about everything, from food delivery to personal budgeting. Why not have a service for cuddling?

Robin Marie, of Kansas, is a professional cuddler. She makes $80 an hour to provide a safe place for clients to receive platonic touch.

"I really believe in the power of touch and how it can heal people," Marie said. "It can be as simple as me sitting on the couch, just sitting next to someone. It can be holding hands with someone all the way to we're laying horizontal on the bed and we are spooning."

According to WLKY, Marie got involved with therapeutic touch a few years ago after realizing she was touch-deprived.

"I wasn't dating for a few years, and I saw a massage therapist in Kansas City and told her I realized the only time I was getting touched was when I got a massage," she said.

Marie said it took three to four months to receiver her certificate via an online service called Cuddlist.

"There is a training process that you go through and practicum as well, and then you get certified by going through an evaluation with a specially trained cuddlist," she said.

She told CNN she has 30 clients, ranging in age from 20 to 75 years old, and she charges $80 an hour.

"It's really an opportunity for people to be able to explore how they would like to experience platonic touch for themselves," Marie said. "It's comforting, nurturing, soothing and, again, platonic.

Clients have to agree to a code of conduct, must provide a copy of their driver's license and agree to a video chat prior to meeting in person.

"The baseline agreement that I have with every client is, if either of us are ever uncomfortable, we agree to speak up and say something," Marie said.