Calia’s Cuddle Therapy Sessions

 

Because...

Sometimes we just need someone to hold us tight, a shoulder to cry on
or a hand playing in our hair.

Sometimes we just need someone listening to us, without judging, commenting or questioning.

Sometimes we just need to be comforted, feel safe and finally be able to relax.

Sometimes we just need to relearn how to cuddle with consent.

Calia's clients testimonials

Experiences like the one I am about to describe are so remarkable, and regrettably happen so infrequently in our lives, that they warrant careful and thoughtful description. I had considered starting a Professional Cuddling business for the past 3 years and I felt the best way to find out about how this all works was to ask established professionals about it. I came across Alie's profile and was so impressed that I reached out to her via messaging. Alie graciously and patiently answered all my questions about Professional Cuddling. I got such a positive vibe from Alie and from her explanation of her approach to cuddling that I booked an hour long session with her and drove the 3-hr round trip without any hesitation whatsoever! I cannot possibly express in words how happy I am that I did! Alie spent a great deal of time with me prior to the session discussing our rights and responsibilities to be true to ourselves and respectful of each other. This really made me feel at ease and comfortable that we both understood each other going into the session. And now, for a summary of the session itself... Absolutely AMAZING!!! The sense of freedom and release from life’s daily stresses and anxieties that I felt while wrapped up in Alie’s arms was truly incredible! I was blown away at just how comfortable and free-flowing the session was with her. Alie’s warm and soothing energy really made me feel as if we had known each other for years! My session with Alie demonstrated to me, without question, that the therapeutic properties of platonic cuddling are indeed VERY real. So to all who are “cuddle-curious”, an initial session with Alie is the definitive way to start your amazing journey to a healthier and happier you! To those more experienced cuddlers, you will most definitely want to add a session with Alie to your bucket list! I can promise that you will not regret it! Much love and appreciation, Alie. You’re the best!!! Cuddle Therapy Session

Étant de nature plutôt timide et introverti, j’étais plutôt hésitant à faire appel au service d'Alie, mais sa personnalité amicale m'a tout de suite mis à l'aise.  Et l’expérience fut des plus ... réconfortante et positive!   Je n'hésiterais pas à avoir recourt à ses services à nouveau.
Séance Individuelle - Louis, 43 ans, Montréal

Ceci est ma deuxième séance et franchement au départ je n'aurai pas imaginé que 2 corps pouvaient autant se fusionner sans sexualité. Cela me fait beaucoup de bien et ça comble un manque. Si quelqu'un se sent perdu ou déprimé ceci est votre remède. Besoin d affection? C'est la place. Alie est super fine et généreuse.
Séance Individuelle

Ceci était ma première expérience en Calinothérapie, et ça ne sera surtout pas la dernière grâce à Alie. Alie est professionnelle, courtoise, accueillante et possède une si grande chaleur humaine. Cette séance dépasse mes attentes, elle m’a offert l’affection que j’avais besoin, la chaleur humaine, l’écoute attentive et sans jugement, mais surtout m’a remonté le moral d’une façon instantanée. Pour moi ceci dépasse le bien être reçu d’une séance de massothérapie ou de psychothérapie. Tu as un don naturel Alie, un gros merci et je te souhaite une belle réussite dans ce beau projet!
Séance Individuelle - Kalim, 43 ans, Mont-Saint-Hilaire

Merci Alie pour cette rencontre où j'ai pu m'exprimer, me confier a une oreille attentive et ouverte d'esprit...
Séance Individuelle - Maxime, 34 ans, Montréal

C’était ma première séance de calinothérapie individuelle. Je ne savais pas comment j’allais réagir, c’est plutôt inusité comme expérience! Voici simplement une énumération, dans un ordre approximatif, de ce que j’ai ressenti. J’ai commencé par me sentir en confiance. Quand les câlins ont commencé, j’ai commencé à me sentir en sécurité. Cette sécurité m’a amené naturellement à être pleinement en contact avec mes émotions. Sans vraiment savoir pourquoi, j’ai eu très envie de pleurer. J’ai dit que j’allais probablement pleurer; je me suis senti totalement accueilli, sans jugement. Et puis j’ai pleuré longtemps. J’ai senti du soulagement, de la libération. Et puis ensuite, simplement, le calme, la sécurité, la chaleur, le bien-être. Et c’était bien amusant d’explorer des postures de câlin, il y a un univers de subtilité à découvrir! Le calme et le bien-être se poursuit longtemps après la séance. Infiniment merci pour cette séance!
Séance Individuelle - Patrice

J'ai pris une séance individuelle à Calia et ça valait vraiment la peine. Pour moi, en quête de guérison et de sécurité psychologique, cette première fois m'a donné ce sentiment de sécurité qui me fait considérer la possibilité que des sessions continues peuvent être bénéfiques pour moi à long terme. Alie Valerie, la fondatrice, m'a également appris quelques notions pratiques concernant le consentement. Je recommanderais ceci à toute personne ayant besoin de guérison, par le toucher consenti, tout en respectant vos limites et celles du câlineur/de la câlineuse. 10/10, j'y retournerais.
Séance Individuelle - Dav, 30 ans, Montréal

Si vous ressentez le besoin de recevoir et de partager un câlin, alors n'hésitez pas à venir rencontrer Alie-Valérie. Son attitude sincère et professionnelle, sa bienveillance communicative vous mettent à l'aise. Après ma première séance individuelle, j'ai éprouvé des émotions de bien-être qui étaient en sommeil depuis longtemps. J'adhère à 100% avec la notion de consentement. Au delà d'un "simple" câlin, c'est la découverte du respect de soi et des autres qui est passionnante. Merci Alie-Valérie. A bientôt.

Séance Individuelle - Thierry, 56 ans, Montréal.

Spend an hour or more, alone with your professional cuddler, and experience the relaxing and comforting benefits of platonic cuddles while discovering the magic of consent.

 

First step: make an appointment! By making an appointment here on the website, you can see my availabilities and choose the time that suits you best and the duration you need. In addition, registration and payment are done at the same time, so it simplifies the process (see the Service Contract for reimbursement terms).

 

Second step: prepare for the appointment. Before arriving at Calia’s, please take a shower and brush your teeth. Also remember to bring long clothes (minimum pants and t-shirt, no shorts or camisole), clean and especially comfortable (yes, you can put on pajamas or even a "onesie"!) (Of course, you can change once you arrive)

 

Third step: your arrival at Calia’s. When you arrive at Calia's, at the time of your appointment, Alie will invite you to come in with a smile. Leave your boots and coat at the entrance and enter the Calia’s Space. This room has been specially designed to be soft and comfortable; filled with cushions and blankets. Surveillance cameras help ensure the safety of all (customers and professionals) and music, lighting and furniture are adaptable to your preferences.

Before starting the session, Alie will take the time to discuss with you, listen to your expectations, needs, limitations and questions and explain how the session will proceed. Aside from a reminder of the Calia’s Code of Conduct, Alie will also explain the concepts of the Guide to Consent since the benefits of Cuddle therapy come first and foremost from the effect that consent has on the quality of cuddling. It is, therefore, necessary that you both consent throughout the session; otherwise, hugs can not be so beneficial. Before you start the session, you will both have to sign the Service Contract and then swear an oath of consent (that is, you both agree to respect your own consent and that of the other). Once everything has been discussed and accepted, the session can begin and the timer is started (indeed, the first part does not count in the time you have booked).

 

Fourth step: your cuddle therapy session. The course of the session is adapted to everyone. Alie is trained to make you feel safe and guide you through the world of touch and consent. You will be encouraged to take care of yourself, take responsibility for your comfort and ask for what you need. However, Alie is trained to accept only what really enthuses her. In other words, you can rest assured that if she says yes to one of your requests, it is because she is really happy to do so. At Calia, there is no "pretending".

(Of course, if joint consent can not be obtained, or if one of the parties does not respect the consent or the boundaries of the other, the session will be stopped (see the Service Contract).)

What makes a cuddle really comforting and relaxing? It's consent. It is knowing and trusting that the other person is enjoying it as much as we do. It is trusting that if there is any discomfort (physical or emotional), the other will tell us so; that, as long as nobody says anything, it means that everyone is comfortable and happy to be there, in this contact. It is having enough confidence in the transparency of the other to feel able to ask for everything we want; knowing that if the other is not comfortable or able to satisfy us with all their heart, they will simply say no and offer us something else, a compromise that could be nice for both. It is to understand that if the other person has said no to our request, it is not a no to ourselves, but only a no to the requested touch and that a no is vastly preferable to a forced, "fake" and uncomfortable touch. It is knowing that we have the right to say no. That if they offer us or ask us something that we do not like, we have the right to say no without them feeling rejected. It's knowing that we have the right to change our mind. That if we said yes to something and that 3 seconds later, we realize that we do not like it, we can change our mind and ask for something else, even if we have just said yes. For a cuddle to be magical, each person must be comfortable and consenting at every moment.

Intentions of the One-on-one Cuddle Therapy Session

- Explore platonic touch (dissociate affection from sexuality)
- Practice your own consent and respect that of your cuddler
- Explore your own limits and respect those of your cuddler
- Take responsibility for your well-being (learn to ask and answer honestly)
- Learn to appreciate refusals
- Respect your changes of mind and those of your cuddler
- Leave with an appreciation of a pleasant, comforting or relaxing moment

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**Cuddle therapy does not include, under any circumstances, any form of explicit or implicit sexuality.**

*Cuddle therapy is not a licensed medical practice and should not replace the consultation of a health professional, either physical or psychological.

 

Alie Valérie Hébert-Gentile

Professional cuddler since January 2018

Founder of Calia

Alie Valérie

Age : 34

Pronouns : She/Her

Origine : Quebec (Abitibi) and Italy

Spoken languages : Français, English, Italiano

Other passions (besides cuddling!) : Plant biology, Car mechanic, Teaching, Barista

Story : Alie has always liked to cuddle, but hasn't always known how to enforce her own boundaries or even where these boundaries were. It's thanks to her training as a professional cuddler at Cuddlist.com that Alie realizes the power of consent and the importance of respect for personal boundaries; not only in cuddles, but in all interpersonal relationships. It was then that Alie decided to create Calia, Montreal Cuddle Therapy, and to offer Cuddle therapy services in the form of One-on-one Cuddle Therapy Sessions and Cuddle Group Workshops in order to not only fill the lack of affection of the population, but also to teach and spread the magic of consent in our society.