Woman gets paid £70 an hour to spoon with strangers
For some people their job involves spending a day chained to a desk on a computer, for others they can relax and work from home.
For Petra Sajban, from London, things are a little different.
The 35-year-old works as a professional cuddler, which she claims is her "dream career" and she splits her time between hotel rooms and her customer’s homes.
Petra recently opened up about the ins and outs of her unusual job and revealed what kind of people require her services.
Speaking to The Sun, Petra revealed she first discovered the special power a hug can have in 2015.
At the time she was working as a care assistant and helped to brighten a paralysed patient’s day by giving her hugs.
She said: "One of my favourite patients was a middle-aged woman who’d been paralysed.
"For years she hadn’t been touched other than to be showered or moved, so when I first met her I asked if she wanted a hug. Despite her paralysis, she could blink to say yes, and her eyes lit up when I held her.
"Knowing that I was bringing a sense of connection to her life was an amazing feeling."
Then in 2016, Petra stumbled across an article about professional cuddling and instantly knew it would be the perfect role for her.
Despite some worries that it could be a "festish service" she soon learned that cuddle therapy "was a serious and much-needed business".
She claims the work involves "completely platonic sessions" which include "talking, hair-stroking, eye-gazing, hand-holding, hugs and various cuddling positions."
Petra went on to tell her husband about her desire to take on this new career and says he was "incredibly supportive", although a few of her friends warned her against it, fearing for her safety.
Putting aside their doubts, Petra set up a website for her services in June 2016 and paid £150 to take a course to become a certified professional cuddler, through Cuddlist.
Her first client was a man in his 30s whose stressful career had left him feeling rather lonely.
She explained: "I set up a video chat with him to explain the boundaries and the exact service I was offering. I also sent over a consent form to sign.
"A week later I went to meet him at a hotel.
"Once in the room, we exchanged greetings and chatted for a few minutes. Then, keeping our clothes on, we lay on the bed, where I gently cuddled him for the next hour."
She continued: "Afterwards, my client said he’d never felt more at ease and relaxed. It felt so good knowing I’d helped him."
Today Petra claims to have seen over 40 clients so far, all of them male, with most of them being in their 50s, but some in their 20s.
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She continues to work as a care assistant, meanwhile offering her cuddling services in her free time for £70 an hour.
"I’m hoping to go full-time next year. I think my services are needed more than ever in today’s digital world, as it can be very lonely," she added.
"We all need a hug every now and again, and I’m more than happy to be the one who gives it."
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