- Food & Drink
- May 5, 2016
Victoria Ivachёva (Виктория Ивачёва), aged 21 is a professional bed warmer, she charges £65 per night to lay in strangers’ beds for an hour to remove the chill from the bedding. So far she has had 10 orders!
She allows her paying clients to be in the room whilst she lies in their bed but there is to be no physical contact between them, she carries a panic alarm which calls her security team.
Victoria told Big Picture that she is a great listener with many of her customers confiding in her, after listening to one depressed man, she said in the morning he called her again and said:
“Vika, you’re magic. Today I woke up, and I want to live.”
[Translated from Russian] Everyone thinks the extent of his depravity. I talk every day with lots of people and have learned how to read them, understand their intentions. I always first talk with a man enough for me 15 minutes to decide on organizational matters and understand that for people to communicate with me.
It all comes from psychology… …It sounds strange, but it is. I want to bring good to people, I know that with me it gets better and better.
[Translated from Russian] A man leaves an application on the site, I call back. I explain to him what kind of service is what will take place, that it can get from it. When I arrive, we will briefly deal. If he wants to talk, he can do it. Often there are some things that a person can not even talk with loved ones. On them you can always tell me.
I come with my pajamas, warm bed and go. Man sleeps like a baby.
Single men primarily but she wants to help everybody and is more than willing to offer her services to women as well.
No, he could be near. The energy field still remains, even when I’m gone. For me it does not matter – a number of people or not, correct me so much feminine energy, I’m ready to share it.
Still, the impact across the bed, through the place where a person spends a third of his life – is more powerful than a normal conversation.
Her inspiration was a passage in a book by a Russian author named Anatoly Mariengof, it was about a poet called Sergei Yesenin who paid a female typist to come to his home every morning and lie naked in his bed, under the blankets, for 15 minutes, warming it up.
The whole process apparently helped him regain his writing inspiration.
In reference to a similar trial that was run in Holiday Inn Hotels in Manchester and London in 2010 Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre said:
‘There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop. The decline occurs partly because the blood vessels of the hands, face and feet open up and release heat.
‘A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24 degrees Celsius – is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep. Holiday Inn’s new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night’s sleep especially as it’s taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow.’1