⊱ CUDDLOSOPHER

Hey, cuddlebugs. ☺️

My name’s Marie. I’m a 25-year-old Canadian professional cuddler (a one-on-one facilitator of non-sexual, safe platonic touch) based in Calgary, and also serving Southern Alberta. I can conduct sessions in Calgary, Strathmore, Brooks, Medicine Hat and surrounding rural communities. I grew up in a small town before moving to Calgary when I was 9, and remained there for 15 years before moving back to my roots for a while. Now that I’m back in Calgary, I still love to visit home every chance I get.

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Peaceful Marie. Photo by K. Popal

I am a survivor of early childhood sexual abuse by two relatives, both male and female, as well as a survivor of narcissistic abuse since birth. Along with a lack of healthy touch, I spent a good portion of my childhood, adolescence, and even some of my adulthood very confused. I was getting everything I needed or wanted, but I felt isolated from meaningful and healthy connections with my loved ones. There was a difficulty understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy physical contact. As I grew older, I dabbled in a harmful casual lifestyle which ended up doing detrimental damage to my mental health, my self-esteem, and my core being. Learning to trust my gut and say “no“, learning that I do not have to accept something I don’t want has lifted the biggest boulders off of my life. Now I share the relief with others as a professional cuddler in my spare time, gifting them the power to ask for what they want, reject what they don’t, and be content with where they are in the moment.

Educationally, my passions have always resided in linguistics, humanities, science, and the arts. I enjoy examining the little things and nuances which make up society and how our minds work. In late 2016, I started cuddling for hire after an enthusiast I met suggested it. This experience has opened my mind in a way I wouldn’t have expected. Beginning in winter 2020, I will be studying for a degree in social work towards a career making a difference in my community.  A further aspiration down the road is to pursue a BA degree with a major in Psychology, and eventually move towards a position where I can counsel or coach youth and adult survivors of both sexual and narcissistic abuse. I feel that cuddling can play an important role in this calling.

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Holding my late grandfather’s childhood teddy bear, which is around 70 years old. His love and kindness is my partial inspiration for getting involved in spreading awareness of platonic touch. Photo by K. Popal

If I’m not snuggling with you, I’m probably doing one of the following things…Working, writing, reading, cooking, drinking tea, playing RuneScape, knitting (and failing lots at it!), babying my cat or walking and training my family’s hunting dog.

More fun facts… My sun sign is Aries, my moon sign is Cancer, my primary love languages are Words of Affirmation and Quality Time, and nearly all of my favourite films have Jack Nicholson in them. Birthday cake or mint are usually the best flavors to pick from when the chance arises. I’ve also got a huge guilty pleasure for true crime shows, and the Trace Evidence podcast.

Wanna know anything else? Just ask! I can’t wait to meet you!

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