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*Update: as of Sept, 2022 Certified Cuddlers is no longer offering certification. Our online training program is available to browse for $10 per month as an education resource, but our founder, Samantha Hess has decided to step away from this work indefinitely. If you’d like to learn from her nearly ten years of experience in the field, please visit training.certifiedcuddlers.com to take the course without certification. 


My name is Samantha Hess. I am the owner of Cuddle Up To Me, and the creator of Certified Cuddlers©. I am on a mission to change the world, one hug at a time. When my work is done everyone on the planet will know they matter just because they exist. Needless to say, I’ve got my work cut out for me. For more than nine years I have followed this mission by offering my services as a professional cuddler providing my services to people from all over the globe and from all walks of life. In this time I have racked up more than 4,500 hours of paid professional cuddling experience. The secret to my success is my unfailing openness, drive for connection, and genuine care for every human. Coming from a background of fitness, I have a well-developed sense of how and why the body functions. Through trials and tribulations in my life and work I have been able to create a system that allows my clients and professionals to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. The certification program I have developed gives my Certified Cuddlers the hands experience necessary to stand out as the gold standard in one-on-one Professional Cuddling services.

Certified Cuddlers is my way to further my mission by providing basic standards of practice, a network of individuals who believe the way to improve the world around us is through love and compassion for all, and a way for potential clients to find people they can feel safe with to explore professional cuddling. What we offer is a safe space for every human to feel respected, accepted, and loved as they are. We work to create an atmosphere that is akin to a chosen family. We pride ourselves on self care so that when you begin your time with your cuddler you can have the luxury of being taken care of by someone who is honored to spend time helping you grow into the best version of you because they honor themselves with the same attention and care.

Through our training and professional oath we agree to create a shame, judgment, and guilt free zone free of sexual expression. Even if you are new to this, don’t worry- we are here to guide you through the process. No matter who you are, what you have or have not experienced in your life, or what struggles you may have, we have the training to ensure you feel as comfortable and safe as possible. That’s what Certified Cuddlers is all about.

Peace, Love, and Cuddles,

Samantha Hess