Jean Franzblau's Cuddle Sanctuary Is Launching a Whole New Look for Its Website, CuddleSanctuary.com

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Cuddle Sanctuary celebrates its first anniversary and a new era of expansion with the announcement of its new website, CuddleSanctuary.com

Since 2014 Jean Franzblau has been leading cuddling workshops in her Cuddle Sanctuary in Venice, CA. Cuddle Sanctuary workshops (http://cuddlesanctuary.com/workshops) are social events focused on healthy, human touch. They begin with guidelines for consent and communication. The event evolves into a voluntary “cuddle laboratory.” The experience is designed to foster wellness and community. Participants spoon, give each other backrubs, play with each other's hair, and provide nurturing, healing touch to one another.

Inspired by the format created by Reid Mihalko and Marcia Basczynski over a decade ago, Jean Franzblau's Cuddle Sanctuary workshops last just under three hours. Workshops start with an opening circle where the leader invites the group to introduce themselves and sets expectations for the event. Then the group pairs up and practices saying “No thank you” to offers of touch. This reminds everyone that all touch is with permission. There is more practice of boundaries and cuddle etiquette, and then a series of touch optional exercises. As attendees (cuddlers) get more comfortable, they can choose to arrange themselves in various cuddling positions throughout the room. Areas can be designated for spooning, backrubs, silently sitting, laying side-by-side, holding hands, eye gazing and other nurturing experiences.

The non-sexual aspect of Cuddle Sanctuary is one of the crucial reasons why it works. While sexual touch is healthy and has its place, Jean Franzblau's cuddling experiences aim to address the overwhelming lack of nurturing touch experienced by the average Angelino. While other cultures (such as many European countries, most of South America and large swaths of Asia) are steeped in non-verbal connection, America is notoriously touch-adverse. This has led us to a culture where the desire to be touched is a tangible need. The health benefits of touch are scientifically proven. It improves heart health, boosts the immune system, helps people sleep better and lowers stress.

This type of somatic therapy is especially helpful in allowing people to overcome shyness, in creating a sense of connection and belonging, and in overcoming traumatic events. Jean and the trained facilitators at Cuddle Sanctuary have worked with widows and widowers, people on the autistic spectrum, people with physical disabilities and average people seeking a sense of connection and affection.

Redesigned from the ground up, the new Cuddle Sanctuary website (http://cuddlesanctuary.com) features a series of videos answering essential questions such as, "What Is Cuddle Sanctuary?" and "Cuddle Sanctuary Etiquette." The website lists upcoming workshops and trainings, and offers private one-on-one cuddling sessions with trained, professional cuddlers.

Jean Franzblau has a proven track record as a professional speaker, and speaking engagements are also featured in the new website.

One new offering, displayed in the website, is Corporate Touch Therapy. Many companies already provide office yoga, chair massages and other health-conscious activities intended to improve workers' quality of life. Corporate Touch Therapy offers similar benefits for employees and can be a powerful catalyst in creating a positive corporate culture.

By offering Cuddle Sanctuary workshops weekly, Jean has amassed a loyal following and some amazing reviews. Cuddle Sanctuary has been featured on Buzzfeed.com (https://youtu.be/SO2-tMzG43Y), "America with Jorge Ramos," The Insider with Michael Yo and KCET’s SoCal Connected. A popular TV network has featured Jean and Cuddle Sanctuary in a reality show pilot – which is expected to air in 2016. Cuddle Sanctuary is also expected to appear on Comedy Central in 2016.

For information about private cuddle sessions, corporate touch therapy, speaking engagements and cuddling in general, contact Jean Franzblau at (310) 740-1312.

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