A professional cuddler has explained why she loves performing some of the strangest requests ever.
Keeley Shoup, who lives in the US, pockets around $100 (£70) for an individual session.
She has been working in the industry for around seven years where she comforts those who have suffered with trauma and abuse.
Of course, there is a strict set of rules in place to protect her from anything that crosses the line beyond her services.
The cuddler says the sense that her clients can trust her to make special requests is one of her favourite things about the job.
She said: "I kind of love strange requests, because what it means is a person trusted me enough to tell me a thing that they wanted.
"That is atypical in society, that means they have to trust me a lot."
Keeley added: "That means that I have created a space safe enough where they don't feel like I'm going to judge them.
"I love that. I want them to have places in their life where they don't feel judged.
"One of the rules that I have is that they can ask me for anything that falls within the code of conduct, and they won't be judged.
"I will hold my own boundaries, and I will never put myself in a position where I'm uncomfortable.
"That gives them the freedom to ask for anything."
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Although clients can ask for anything, the requests aren't sexual or provocative.
She detailed: "I've had tickle fights with clients before. That's something that's kinda atypical or out of the norm.
"I've read books – like children's stories – because they wanted to feel taken care of in that way.
"I've wrestled around like a puppy with someone before, just to get that sense of play.
"One that I think most people resonate with but don't think of it was… when you were a kid, you'd draw on someone's back and they had to guess what shapes [you were drawing]. That, I love doing, but it's not something that adults typically do."
Speaking about boundaries, Keeley added: "Because of fear or lack of clarity, or for shame around what is and isn't sexual.
"Whereas someone can absolutely do those things in a sexual context, and that is a subjective experience, I think a lot of people limit what they allow themselves to want, despite what they actually may want.
"They're so afraid of being judged or ostracised or shunned because other people wouldn't believe them when they said it wasn't sexual."
Keeley claims that only a small amount of people have been after something sexual, and despite this, she still loves her work and clients.
She explained: "I do so much of it because I love it so much. I burn out a little bit and don't monitor my sleep or eating. There's nothing else I would rather do. I want to cuddle people all the time, always. I have an infinite capacity for this stuff."
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