A WELCOME FROM CPI FOUNDER KITTY MANSFIELD
Hello! I'm Kitty Mansfield, founder of Cuddle Professionals International. I also blazed the trail for the acceptance of platonic touch as therapy when I opened the UK's very first professional cuddle service BeSnuggled back in 2013.
I'm an experienced, qualified massage and holistic therapist, Reiki practitioner and professional cuddler. I'm humbled by the power of human touch to soothe and heal. While holistic massage has certainly helped my clients deal with their aches and pains, I always felt that there was a part of the jigsaw still missing. After much research into touch and its benefits I decided that the time was right to launch Cuddle Professionals International, the very first professional Cuddle Therapy training, certification and membership body.
I recognised the need for regulation within the profession, a comprehensive training course to ensure responsible, ethical practice, a professional membership body to provide a support network, specialist insurance for cuddle professionals, and certified and trained professional cuddlers that prospective clients can book with confidence.
Somewhere out there someone is in need of human contact, yet he or she has no one to turn to. When you book a CPI certified cuddle therapist you will discover a safe, warm and non-judgmental oasis where you can step out of your everyday life, re-discover the pleasure of non-sexual touch and enjoy the many physiological and psychological benefits of platonic touch. Simple and beautiful.
I hope you will join us in establishing professional cuddling as a legitimate holistic therapy modality.
Promoting Consensual Touch for Health and Wellbeing
Cuddle Professionals International is the only membership and certification body for professional cuddlers who are new to this fast-growing therapy modality, or who wish to offer Cuddle Therapy as part of, or in addition to, their existing therapist repertoire. CPI was the first to offer a professionally accredited course in cuddling as a holistic therapy and the first to offer professional insurance cover for your Cuddle Therapy practice.
What does "accredited" actually mean?
1. That you agree to practice and are bound by the ethics and values set by your accrediting body, ie CPI.
2. That the diploma awarded is fully accredited for insurance and professional practice. CPI is the only organisation in Europe to have their training and diploma recognised for professional insurance cover by both the IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists) and IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International).
Cuddle Professionals International was founded by Kitty Mansfield, who set up BeSnuggled, the UK's first professional therapeutic cuddle service. Kitty is a qualified holistic therapist with over 15 years of experience, and she saw cuddling as a logical extension of, and vital addition to, the therapies she was already offering. Anyone can decide to set up as a professional cuddler, but there is much more to building up a successful business than just giving hugs. Kitty has walked the walk and knows what it takes to build a busy cuddle therapy practice, as well as having valuable first-hand experience of the problems that can be encountered along the way. Kitty has also forged close international connections with cuddle professionals worldwide, and has written CPI's Ethical Touch Protocols, guidelines for the safe and ethical practice of cuddle therapy.
Listen to Kitty's interview about Cuddle Therapy with BBC Radio 4