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  • Orgasm More and Be Happy!

    Orgasms - a simple, pleasurable way to greater happiness.

    Good news on the happiness stakes, it's as simple as getting a good dose of Oxytocin. If only we could take a daily pill, we'd all be singing 'Because I'm happy...' all day long. From what I understand our modern world is causing all sorts of imbalances in our bodies.

    I read a great quote in an article on the weekend by naturopath Janella Purcell: "Many of the women I see in my clinic are overbusy, overachieving and they don't have the pair bonding that happens when a woman feels she can depend on another person. Women feel they have to grow the bacon, cook the bacon, look sexy while they serve the bacon and make sure the bacon is free-range, organic and nitrate-free, as well as bring it home." It got me thinking, are we sabotaging our happiness with our modern lives?

    Oxytocin is known as the 'bliss hormone' - it makes us happy! There are a few situations when this hormone is naturally generated in the body such as during childbirth and breastfeeding. As a mother of two beautiful girls, I can safely say that regular childbirth is definitely NOT my chosen method of receiving ongoing oxytocin blasts!

    The good news is that sex is also a stimulant for oxytocin release. So, if we all had more sex, we could all be happy more often? Sounds like a simple and easy solution, right? If only it was that practical.

    The article really resonated with me. As women we try and be superwoman in every aspect of our lives. It can be tiring, really tiring. That combined with the havoc that stress, and the impact every day hormonal changes, can play on a women make the desire for bed, to sleep, sadly so much more attractive than indulging in a good session with our partners.

    Maintaining our intimate relationships with our partners takes 'work'. Sometimes you need to put in the effort, even if you're not 'in the mood.' Of course the good news is that it inevitably ends up being very pleasurable work, but it does require effort.

    A girlfriend once told me that every Monday morning she has 'maintenance' sex - the sex that her and her husband have, as a routine,  to keep their relationship connected. I think there is something in that. I know that if my partner and I haven't had sex for a little while I feel the intimacy in our relationship start to pull away, the close bonding and sharing of an intimate moment pulls it back together, even if it's only a 'quickie'.

    If you're in a relationship and you want to stay in the relationship, I really believe it's important for women to make a conscious decision to work on all aspects of the relationship, including the intimacy.

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  • Sexual Education Matters

    I wanted to share this article as it highlighted some really disturbing facts around how our daughters are dealing with sexual pressure from boys. It is shameful that online sexual abuse and harassment have become everyday interactions, a by product of our digital, everything so readily accessible age.

    The questions is, what can we do to protect our daughters and empower them with the right information and techniques to cope with an issue that is unlikely to be resolved?

    It starts in the home, with mothers and fathers having open, honest conversations about positive sexual wellness and what is acceptable and what is not. It's about teaching our daughters, at an age appropriate, that sexual experiences are also about pleasure for the women and that their bodies are owned by them. They must be respected. The boys use sex for power, we need to help our daughers understand they have the power.

    http://fightthenewdrug.org/sex-before-kissing-15-year-old-girls-dealing-with-boys/

  • IS AUSTRALIA READY FOR THE 'SECOND SEXUAL REVOLUTION'?

    According to reviews about an English show about air in Australia on iTV called 'Brief Encounters', the 80s delivered a 'second sexual revolution' for the Brits with the rise of the Ann Summers party plan business. So, it's now the 'noughties', is Australia finally ready for the revolution?

    One UK review quoted: "With an Ann Summers store on pretty much every British high-street, it's strange to think back to a time when the store's sex toys and 'exotic lingerie' were utterly taboo." I read this and it struck me - it's 30 years on and really, it still is largely taboo in Australia!

    PASH Australia was launched over 10 years ago now with a goal to help the women of Australia have access to information and sensuality products that would enhance relationships, encourage intimacy and build female sexual self-confidence. My goal was to remove the stigma and empower women. I wanted to create something that would appeal to all women - hence the absence of 'exotic lingerie' and smutty toys!

    I have to admit, I struggled at the start of PASH to explain what it was that PASH did in a way that really explained it correctly. I tried to delivery concept of the 'sensuality' side, but inevitably people would basically say 'Oh, you sell sex toys?!', generally aghast at the mere thought.

    There are over US$15 billion worth of toys sold annually and this is predicted to climb to over US$52 billion by 2020, so I find it hard to believe many of the people who were apparently shocked really were.

    Thankfully we've made some headway since then and the reality is, it's not actually about what you're into - whether you use vibrating love toys or not, it's just about the opportunity to be able to have open, honest discussions about sex and sensuality, without feeling like a pervert.

    Only this week I had a good example of the prejudices that still exist when speaking to a potential supplier. The woman I was speaking to was very quick to reassure me that  'she didn't have an issue working the range of products I sold.' Really, I thought, why would you?

    The sensual range of products we sell are not illegal, immoral or pornographic in nature. They are beautiful products that provide solutions for people - bringing laughter and fun to the bedroom, encouraging romance and intimacy; and enhancing relationships. Some products also provide practical solutions such as increasing pelvic floor strength, stimulating desire and helping women cope with painful intimacy challenges. Let's face it, you purchase condoms and lube in every grocery outlet and 'intimate massagers' in some chemists, so why the blushed faces?

    PASH, of course, does much more than just sell products. Our vision is to also help women by providing information and education to help women live happier, more fulfilling lives.

    So what is it that people are so afraid off? Why is it still so difficult to talk about sex? Is the issue that toys are pleasure objects? Is it that toys can be used for self-pleasure? Or is it that these toys are linked to sex, and please, we're Australian, we don't talk about that!

    PASH has always tried to promote a holistic approach to discussions around sexual wellness for women because, of course, it's more than just about the physical act. It's about feeling sensual, investing time in yourself as a woman. It's about connection. It's about romance. It's about intimacy. It's about being able to have a discussion and get the information you are looking for - and not feeling embarrassed about asking. The British are meant to be the conservative ones, but in this, I think Australia is the more conservative nation.

    We're proud of being an Australian company that is leading the way in the 'sexual revolution' and bringing a little joy (and a lot of stimulation) to the bedrooms of Australia - viva la revolution we say.

    Jo x

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  • Have you put your sex life on 'pause'?

    We may be 'socially' more connected than ever before, but research shows that the use of electronic devices (not the PASH kind!) are interrupting our sex lives and disconnecting our relationships.

    It's not just social media and our addiction to checking our FB status 100 times a day, it's also our eager adoption of streaming services like Netflix on portable devices that are keeping us up well into the wee hours. From someone who watched back to back episodes of Game of Thrones, I understand the dilema, I was glued to the screen until 2am for about a week, so not a lot of time for bedroom action inbetween!

    Out for a girls night the other week I spied an elderly couple sit down at a table. How lovely, I thought, they are on a date night. Until both of them pulled out their mobile phones and spent the next hour engrossed in their electronic devices! Now, they could have be sexting each other, but it didn't look like it. So, it appears it's not just the young that can't pull themselves off their devices.

    I think it's never been more critical to connect in our relationships. It's important to take time out away from distractions and actually communicate! Yes, talk with each other. Find out what's going on, how your partner is feeling, what they're excited about, what they are struggling with. The key to long term happy relationships is communication, so let's get chatting (and I don't mean 'Snapchatting', no matter how funny the dogface is :)

    Yours PASHionately, Jo x

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  • The Ebb and Flow of Sexual Desire

    It's a widely held belief that men reach their sexual peak at around 18 years and women at around 35. Interesting right.  Does it mean that at 35 women start to fancy 18 year old men?  Is that why the term 'cougar' became so popular.

    I've been thinking about why this is so. Now I know from personal experience that as an 18 year old I was sexually nervous and unsure about it all, whereas a 35 year old I was confident and sexually enlightened.

    However, the notion of these defined ages for sexual peak is a myth. The myth comes from research conducted in 1953 (yep, the 50s!) by Alfred Kinsey who asked different age groups about the number of orgasms they have in a give week. He found that 18 year old men and 35 year old women were having the most frequent orgasms.

    I think we can safely say that 18 year old men are quite probably masturbating very frequently at that age and most women are in stable relationships, hence the stats, which somehow propagated as fact over time.

    At PASH we believe that women can be in their sexual prime at any age and that, for many women, they will have a number of sexual peaks throughout their life depending on their life stage and circumstances.

    We encourage women to be inquisitive and not settle for anything less than extraordinary! Well, at least some of the time because we all know that occasionally a good book and a glass of wine is a great substitute!

    Live. Love. Passion

    Jo x

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  • Let's Get Naked

    Throughout life, women assume many roles: child, wife, mother, lover, cook, professional, manager, worker, the list goes on. One thing we often struggle with, however,  is how to reconcile our sexuality, our inner erotic creature, with all our other roles.

    We are often at odds with ourselves at different stages of our lives. For example, is it ok to want to look 'sexy' while dropping the kids off at school? Of this that considered inappropriate?

    One woman, Sheila Kelly, has really nailed the philosophy around embracing our inner erotic creature and has an incredible way of encouraging all women to feel empowered.

    She believes there exists in every woman an Erotic Creature. When Sheila Kelley discovered this sleeping giant, her life changed irrevocably. She had stumbled upon what women were missing and launched it into a worldwide sensation, ushering in the 4th wave of feminism by teaching women to own their sexuality. Let's Get Naked is about exposing the truth and the Erotic Creature, both of which rest just beneath the surface.

    We LOVE this at PASH - it speaks to us in a language we whole heartedly believe in. Invest 20 minutes of your life to feel the power of what all women can become.

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  • STUDY: 83% of women suffer post-childbirth sexual problems

    (Yet we STILL don't want to talk about SEX!)

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    No libido post baby? You're not alone. In fact, you're one of over two billion women experiencing the same problem. A study reviewed by Dr Terri Foran, Royal Hospital for Women sexual health physician, shows that nearly two-thirds of women experience ongoing sexual dysfunction six months post giving birth, with the common problems being orgasmic disorder, sexual desire dysfunction, sexual pain disorder and sexual arousal disorder.

    In reports about the UK study, Dr Foran is quoted as stating that 'sex and sexual problems are still something people are reticent to bring up.' She also discussed that they continue to see women with 'ongoing problems with pain, with issues around their libido, five, six, seven years down the track.'

    PASH Australia Founder and lapsed Registered Nurse, Jo Karabin commented: "As a mum of two, who experienced third-degree tears during the birth of both my babies, I know first-hand the challenges associated with resuming post-birth sexual relations.

    "I found that while there is great support about caring for your baby, there was little to no discussion, and certainly no information forthcoming, on how to re-engage with the sexual side of your relationship in a safe, non-threatening and, importantly non -painful way.''

    Many women experience vaginal dryness following birth due to hormonal changes which can affect enjoyment and cause additional pain. Studies show that women who breast-feed are more likely to report painful sex [2] and reduced libido, both due to hormonal changes.

    Jo continued, "Generally the advice is to wait four to six weeks before resuming sexual activity. But, of course, it depends on the level of vaginal trauma and how comfortable or ready the woman is in resuming activity. Many women are also uncomfortable with the physical changes that have occurred to their post baby body (we can't all be super models) and this can also impact their libido and self-confidence.

    "I'm so pleased that this study is being given some air time and finally raising the issue. In fact, one of the main motivators for creating PASH was to help women through this type of life challenge and I hope that through open discussion we can encourage women to seek help."

    Experts agree that the longer an issue goes untreated or addressed, the harder it is to treat.

    Jo Karabin also commented that she found it ironic that women ended up in the situation because they've had sex, yet no one proactively wants to discuss 'the topic' after the fact!

    "I personally find it so disappointing that it is still such a taboo topic when lack of intimacy can have such an negative impact on relationships, particularly when there are solutions that may help."

    PASH RECOMMENDED POST-BABY PRODUCTS

    JE JOUE AMI
    Kegel excercises are designed to tone and strengthen the pelvic muscle. A strong PC muscle is the key to greater urinary control and more intense orgasms, as well as a host of other benefits.

    You can practice Kegel excercises on your own by flexing and holding the PC muscle, but Kegel balls, like the Je Joue Ami, can help to focus the efforts more precisely. The Ami Kegel Ball collection is a set of three silicone balls with a small ball inside and are designed to work in a progressive program.

    A strong kegel workout program can also help before a pregnancy to prepare the muscles for delivery (although we don't recommend that they are used during pregnancy).

    SYSTEM JO LUBES & PERSONAL CARE

    System JO is made in the USA using only the finest pharmaceutical grade ingredients available. All products are plant-based, safe, non-toxic and not tested on animals.

    JO Agape Lubricant
    E specially formulated for women and was created to be the perfect sensual solution for women with sensitivities. This moisturising lubricant offers all the benefits of a water-based lubricant in an extra gentle formula. Its pH balance is perfect for women to use alone or with a partner.

    ·         Viscosity mimics a women’s natural moisture

    ·         Glycerine, silicone and oil free

    ·         Specially formulated for women with sensitivites

    ·         Silky smooth, never sticky or tacky

    ·         Recommended by doctors

    JO Renew Moisturiser
    Replenishes the body's natural feminine moisture to reduce irritation and dryness. This all-natural long lasting formula is glycerin free, hormone free, odourless and non-staining. Perfect for daily use as an intimate moisturiser as well as a personal lubricant.

    ABOUT PASH AUSTRALIA

    PASH is an Australian company created in 2005 and is a previous BRW Fast 100 recipient.

    PASH is a company dedicated to empowering women through information, support and sensual products to help them live happier, more fulfilling sexual lives. PASH promotes positive sexual wellness for women through all life stages and distributes a range of sensual products.

    PASH & SEXUAL WELLNESS

    No matter what people say, there are no 'normal' responses – desire, interest and sexual activity can vary greatly, even in one woman over the period of her life. Factors such as children, work, money, family, age, hormone levels and ill-health will affect the sexual wellness of every woman at different times. Learning to cope and adapt to change is vital to maintaining a healthy relationship with a partner, and, importantly, yourself.

    There are some monumental life-stages such as post-baby, ill health, menopause and mature age that may adversely affect a woman's sexual wellness. Our goal at PASH is to help women navigate through the various options available for support, and to provide references for expert help that may be suitable.

    The PASH Mission: To help every Australian woman live a happier, more fulfilled life by supporting her sexual wellness needs throughout her life.

    EXPERIENCE PASH

    The PASH Party Experience is an opportunity for women to get together to have open, honest adult conversations about the important topic of sexual wellness and how to enhance intimacy and relationships during all life stages. The PASH party provides inspiration and encourage to women.

    PASH YUMMY MUMMY EXPERIENCE

    The PASH Yummy Mummy Experience is designed as a get together for new mums to share information and discuss not only their sexual wellness needs, but also issues and challenges they are facing, in a comfortable, nurturing environment. PASH offers a range of products to assist in sexual wellness and libido enhancement for women post-baby (and ongoing through her life).

     

    1. "Sex after pregnancy: Let your body set the pace". Mayo Clinic. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-07.

    2. Barrett, G; Pendry E; Peacock J; Victor C; Thakar R; Manyonda I (2000). "Women's sexual health after childbirth". BJOG (Wiley-Blackwell/Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) 107 (2): 186–95.doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2000.tb11689.x.PMID 10688502.

  • GBalls of Sexual Pleasure and Pelvic Floor Health at PASH!

    Get the World’s first interactive pelvic floor trainer with App. GBalls2, now available at PASH Australia, provide a Pelvic Floor Program that helps both your sex life and your health!

    PASH is not just about providing fun and sexual pleasure for singles and couples, but Australia’s leading sensual products retailer is also concerned with the sexual health and wellbeing of Australian women.

    The latest product to join the PASH line up is the amazing new Gballs² which have their own “Magic Kegel” App and Pelvic Floor Exercise Program for a great way to take action and tune up your vaginal muscles.

    These love toy balls are not just designed for pleasure, but also to help women take control of their pelvic floor and tune their muscles to both enhance their sexual pleasure, but also to avoid stress incontinence, bladder leakages and other issues that can be a huge worry to women after child birth and as they get older.

    Stress incontinence can be a huge confidence wrecker for many women, and it can happen to all of us”, Jo Karabin, Founder of PASH. “But general vaginal health post baby is a significant issue to a women's long-term ability to enjoy a positive, satisfying sexual relationship with her partner and sadly it’s a topic not often discussed”, she said.

    "The most important is that we open the dialogue for women to talk about this issue and the new Gballs2 are a great way to get the discussion going at our parties”, says Karabin.

    Developed by an engineer specializing in silicones for space industry, the original Geisha Balls were designed to provide a new and different toy that would break the industry mould and help women experience new kinds of pleasure.

    The award winning design is essentially a hi-tech vibrator with not one, but two powerful motors; rechargeable battery for ease-of-use; and an ergonomic shape, designed in conjunction with gynecological experts.

    Gballs² is a bespoke sex-toy, innovative massager and effective stimulator made from premium silicone and highly attuned to women’s sensuality.

    Key features:

    • Ultra sensitive pressure sensor
    • Multiple sensors ensures accuracy of biofeedback
    • Splash‑proof
    • Silicone unified body
    • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
    • Wireless and low power consumption
    • Gballs² also works in non‑app mode

    Gballs² App and Program

    The Gballs² app “Magic Kegel” is available through App Store and Google Play and includes the following:

    Your personal coach for kegel exercises

    • Personalized virtual coach
    • 6 comprehensive training courses
    • Voice guide
    • Daily target
    • Badges & reward system

    Gballs² exercises can achieve great results through:

    • 6 individualized training courses
    • Exercising the right pelvic floor muscles
    • Guided daily exercises
    • Track daily exercise activity

    See the video below:

    GBALLS² IS AVAILABLE AT PASH AUSTRALIA $175 HERE

    WWW.PASHAUSTRALIA.COM.AU

  • The 24Ct Gold Vesper Vibrator Necklace - now at PASH!

    When is a necklace not a necklace?

    When it’s a 24Ct Gold Vesper Vibrator Necklace – and we've got some at PASH!

    It’s official, sex toys are now the must have accessory! A designer piece of jewellery that does a whole lot more than just look pretty around your neck, the new 24Ct Gold Vesper Vibrator necklace is now available at PASH, Australia’s leading sensual products retailer and party plan company.

    Take your fun everywhere you go…and no one will know!

    The Vesper Vibrator Necklace is both a gorgeous piece of jewellery and a strong slim vibrator! Designed for beautiful experiences in public and in private, the Vesper is a playful and sophisticated way to take your pleasure wherever you go.

    The exciting new product has recently won the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2015.

    Its slimline design looks like a beautiful pendant, and can sit with other jewellery or as a statement piece on its own.

    With a discreet on/off button and 4 speeds, the versatile Vesper is made from high polish 316 stainless steel and available in 3 colours: silver, rose gold and 24kt gold plated on a matching 26” chain.

    “We love this amazing new toy”, says Jo Karabin, founder and managing director of PASH. “It’s a brilliant design in every aspect, will last forever and has that cheekiness factor we love - only you know what your stunning piece of jewellery is really for!”

     

    USB rechargeable

    Use the supplied cable with any usb port. Led light on cable indicates charging status.

    WHISPER QUIET

    Vesper was designed to make a statement, not a sound!

    EASY TO CLEAN

    Vesper is water-resistant and splash-proof. The stainless steel body makes it easy to clean with damp cloth or toy wipe, but please don’t submerge it in water.

    Want to have this amazingly cool sensual accessory? Yours for $249!  Click HERE.

    All products at www.pashaustralia.com.au

     

  • Join Amber Lawrence to Support The Change Angels, July 24th

    Amber Lawrence will be the star attraction at The Change Angels’ Live Band Karaoke fundraiser for the Child Protection Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick

    Friday 24th July 2014, 7.30PM  at Coogee Diggers. Buy tickets HERE. 

    The award winning singer songwriter and reigning 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Female Artist of the Year is lending her support to volunteer fundraisers, The Change Angels.

    Although Amber Lawrence is preparing for her national tour she will squeeze in a performance to help The Change Angels raise over $20,000 for the Child Protection Unit.

    “I just couldn't refuse to join The Change Angels at their Live Band Karaoke fundraiser to support the Child Protection Unit", said Ms Lawrence. "The fact I will be singing with a Live Band and not a karaoke machine on the night is a bonus!”

    “The statistics are so worrying, with one child dying every two weeks as a direct result of assault in Australia and one in three girls and one in six boys experiencing some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18".

    change angelsThe Change Angels is a volunteer organisation that  works tirelessly to promote child protection with the hope that that they can make a difference in the fight against child abuse and give children the chance to  grow up in a safe and loving environment.

    Through their fundraising activity The Change Angels help support the talented and dynamic team in the Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, through two programs that directly impact children who've been abused and neglected.

    Money raised at the LIVE BAND KARAOKE NIGHT on Friday 24th July at Coogee Diggers will help support therapy groups for children and young people who have been sexually abused and also support groups for their parents.

    These groups offer a safe place where children and parents deal with trauma in a friendly, non-judgemental environment.

    Children and young people learn they are not alone and are listened to and understood by other children, young people and trustworthy adults.

    In addition to the program for children and parents, the Occupational Therapy program helps to rehabilitate children in care, whose development has been impaired through the trauma of severe long-term abuse.

    Deanne Dale, Clinical Co-ordinator of the Child Protection Unit is incredibly appreciative of the work that The Change Angels do and how their support can help the lives of those people she works with.

    “We work at the coalface with some pretty horrifying cases, but we stay strong and focused on supporting the children, young people and their support networks throughout the ordeal”, said Ms Dale.

    “We treat children from newborns to 16 year olds and offer them medical treatment, counselling support and ongoing care throughout the crisis of trauma and beyond. When people like The Change Angels come along to support us we feel uplifted and so very grateful. They have already raised over $18,000 for us so far and are committed to raising another $20,000 for us at Live Band Karaoke”, said Ms Dale.

    Tickets are selling fast and sold out last year. Ticket price of $75 includes food and one standard drink with all profits going directly to the Child Protection Unit. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

    Buy your tickets HERE. 

    McGrath Coogee, Platinum Pre School and The Manildra Group are the generous sponsors of this event which would not be possible without their support.

     

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