Stressed out? If yoga doesn’t work, try cuddling a cow

December 13, 2018

Americans who are “having a cow” about politics, money, family—whatever—can now hug the actual animal for comfort.

It’s true: Stressed out folks literally are embracing cows for the endorphins that are produced during a feel-good session. For $300, you get a “threesome”—but not in the sexual sense. Rather, the cost of entry enables two humans to caress, brush, and play with one convivial cow for 90 minutes. .

Sessions tend to be monitored and facilitated by a licensed counselor—and the health treatment is, in fact, rooted in science, according to a recent report by Metro US. Indeed, health experts claim that  cow cuddling provides might make it a good alternative for people who just can’t get into meditation.

One of the many benefits to meditation is the ability to slow down your heart rate, which can work wonders for alleviating or even banishing anxiety. Cow cuddling can do the same thing, according to Mountain Horse Farm, a wellness retreat in Naples, New York, that offers this experience.

Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours,” the retreat explains on its website. “Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing.”

Think of it as therapy that doesn’t require you to say a word. “They will pick up on what’s going on inside and sense if you are happy, sad, feel lost, anxious, or are excited and they will respond to that without judgment, ego. or agenda,” the Mountain Horse Farm website explains. They’re sensitive, intuitive creatures, they explain, which makes them perfect for sensing your emotions and responding to your subtle body language.

Right now, the farm is home to two cows, Bonnie and Bella. Bonnie is just 11 months old and is still  very playful. She loves to be petted and brushed. Bella is a sweet two-year-old cow that also loves to be cuddled and brushed—although her biggest joy is eating. Both cows are being raised as pets and will enjoy a long and happy life on the farm.

Research contact: info@mountainhorsefarm

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