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Bovine Bliss: The Surprising New Trend of Cow Cuddle Therapy in Switzerland

Updated: Jun 7

In a world that often feels fast-paced and relentlessly digital, a unique trend has emerged. Enter the world of "cow cuddling" - a refreshing return to simplicity and serenity. This phenomenon has captivated the hearts and minds of individuals seeking solace, relaxation, and an unconventional way to connect with nature.

Cow cuddling therapy, also known as bovine therapy or cow hugging, is the latest sensation in Switzerland. Forget about traditional spa treatments; it's time to embrace the calming presence of these gentle giants for a unique and fun approach to well-being that is “utterly relaxing”

How Cow cuddle therapy Works: Moo-ving moments

Cow therapy sessions typically take place on farms or in other peaceful natural settings. Participants are guided by experienced farmers or therapists through a series of activities, including:

  1. Observing the Cows: Develop a sense of empathy by tuning into the cows' behavior. It's like a crash course in Cow 101.

  2. Patting and Grooming: Connect with the cows on a physical level and experience their calming presence through some quality patting and grooming. Who knew cows were such style seekers?

  3. Cuddling the Cows: The grand finale! Snuggle up with your newfound furry friends. This is the most intimate part of the therapy, and it is believed to provide deep relaxation and stress reduction. 

Cow Therapy in Switzerland
Cow Therapy in Switzerland

The Advantages of Cow Hugging Therapy

Studies have shown that cow therapy can have a number of positive effects on mental and physical health, including:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety

  • Improved mood and sleep quality

  • Increased empathy and compassion

  • Reduced blood pressure and heart rate

  • Strengthened immune system

Who Can Benefit? Everyone's Welcome in the CCC (Cow Cuddle Club)

Cow cuddle therapy is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds who are looking for a way to relax and de-stress. It is particularly beneficial for those who:

  • Experience high levels of stress or anxiety

  • Have difficulty sleeping

  • Are seeking to improve their overall well-being

Where to experience cow therapy in Switzerland

There are a number of farms in Switzerland that offer cow therapy sessions. Some of the most popular include:

  • Hug & Mooh: This farm is located in Petit-Val in Canton Bern and offers cow cuddling therapy, as well as other activities such as cow yoga and goat yoga. They do kids birthday parties as well! 

  • Gisiberg Farm): This family-run farm in Tenniken offers cow cuddling therapy sessions, as well as other activities such as milking cows and making cheese.

  • Kabier farms: Located in Appenzellerland, this farm offers cow cuddling therapy sessions, as well as tailor-made experiences including a combined tour of the Locher brewery in Appenzell.

Let us know where you get your cow cuddles and your experiences!

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1 Comment

Apr 20

Hi there! Thank you for this article. Do you know where I could find out more information about the cow cuddling sessions offered at Kabier farms? I don't see anything on their website! Curious as to where you initially found the information about their offer of this service. We hope to be able to participate!! :)

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