What we're about
ABOUT CUDDLE PARTY:
It’s no secret. Touch is good for you! Good for your body, your mind, and your spirit. Nurturing consensual touch strengthens your body by lowering blood pressure, reducing cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and relieving pain. Touch bolsters you emotionally by reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and increasing your sense of trust and security. Yet, we live in a touch-deprived culture. Most of us need more human contact than we are getting. Fortunately, there are cuddle parties!
Cuddle Party is a fun, social event that provides a safe, non-sexual setting to explore communication, boundaries, and affection. A mini workshop helps set the stage for you to refine your communication skills, learn to ask for what you want, define your boundaries, and connect to others. Open cuddle time then gives you the opportunity to practice your new skills. You will have the opportunity to touch and be touched (holding hands, back rubs, spooning, and the like). You can also choose to sit and enjoy conversation over some snacks. You can even just sit and watch.
Cuddle Party may just be a short 3 1/2 hour break, but you will find yourself returning to your daily life feeling rejuvenated. You’ll even find the skills you learned at Cuddle Party benefiting your daily interactions. I look forward to creating this space for you to unwind, relax, and cuddle.
WHO COMES TO CUDDLE PARTIES?
WOMEN who are seeking a safe, nonsexual environment to give and receive touch. Women who are learning to express their desires, their preferences, and their boundaries. Cuddle Party is a perfect place to find your voice!
MEN who are seeking touch in a fun environment without the need to bring a partner. Men who are learning how to encourage a woman to ask for what she wants. Men who are also learning to ask for what they want in an atmosphere of consent.
COUPLES who are seeking to deepen their communication and to try something new!
Basically, cuddling is for EVERYONE! Come and meet new friends, enjoy the physical comfort of cuddling, and develop great communication skills.
YOUR CUDDLE PARTY FACILITATOR:
Susanne Woodward, PhD, LMT, CST brings her extensive background as a teacher and therapist to the wonderful world of cuddle parties. Susanne is a certified cuddle party facilitator offering gatherings in Tempe on a bimonthly basis. “Physical, mental, and emotional health are, in many ways, dependent on our ability to connect with others including our capacity to give and receive touch. Cuddle parties offer invaluable information on communication and physical affection. I love the community that we are building where people are empowered to ask for what they want and have their needs met in a safe, non-sexual environment. I consider it a great honor to provide the platform for people to connect in a loving, authentic way.”