My Experience at This Year’s Vibe Expo
The Vibe Expo held the first annual “Pleasure Show” hosted at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California featuring an impressive lineup of speakers, exhibitors, and interactive experiences. This year, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the event, and it was nothing short of entertaining.
One of the highlights of the Vibe Expo was the exceptional lineup of keynote speakers. Renowned experts shared their insights and wisdom on topics ranging from sex tech to sex after 50.
I had the chance to attend several experiential workshops with hands-on tips on how to build a pleasure playground with tools you may already have around the house, orgasmic cross-training, and the art of spanking. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts in the field and gain practical skills to help my sex therapy clients.
Networking is a crucial part of any expo, and the Vibe Expo didn't disappoint. I had the pleasure of meeting professionals and enthusiasts who share my passion for bringing quality devices and products into the bedroom.
It was inspiring hearing Melanie Rose of the hit Netflix show “How to Build a Sex Room” cover various aspects of designing an intimate play space, from creating a mood board and picking design elements like paint colors to more provocative topics such as sensual murals, erotic boudoir photography, and art, as well as selecting the perfect sex furniture. Oh, how I wish I had her job!
As a sex therapist and educator, keeping up with the latest in the sexual wellness world is part of my professional development. The inclusive and open-minded environment allows me to stay updated on the latest research, trends, and innovations in sexual health.
Attending the Vibe Expo left me with a sense of excitement and inspiration and I'm eager to apply these insights to my work and professional endeavors. Here are some of my biggest takeaways:
Innovations in Sexual Wellness Technology
As technology continues to influence every aspect of our lives, the sexual wellness industry is no exception. These workshops explored the latest innovations in sexual health and tech.
Did you know your body is capable of 20 different kinds of orgasms? It was such a pleasure to hear Susan Bratton @susanbratton, a self-proclaimed “orgasmanaut" discuss how to use sex tools for better orgasms! And she even discussed YONERS (yoni boners).
Cultural Perspectives on Sexuality
A global perspective on sexuality is crucial for anyone working in the field. These workshops featured top experts to discuss and analyze cultural attitudes toward sex, fostering a greater understanding of diverse perspectives.
Mindful Connections: Nurturing Mental Health and Relationships
Dr. Jeanelle Perkins-Muhammad, LMFT, author of Into-Me-See: Mastering Black Intimacy for the Relationship You've Always Wanted explored how mental factors damage relationships leading to dysfunctional practices in intimacy and higher rates of divorce and provided solutions to heal and cope from trauma.
The Art of Communication in Intimacy
Several workshops covered the importance of effective communication in intimate relationships. As a sex therapist, I appreciate the emphasis on fostering open and honest dialogues to enhance connection and understanding between partners.
“Shameless Sex” Live Podcast: Audience Q&A
April and Amy of @shamelesssexpodcast hosted an open Q&A session where participants discussed how to navigate consent at sex parties, discussing sexual health in a shame-free space.
Incorporating Fantasy Into Your Sex Life
SHAPE Center sex therapist Dr. Alix Agar @dralixagar discussed how to communicate with a partner(s) around how to integrate role-play, cosplay, and fantasy into your sex life and she shared her top 3 fantasies… which may or may not include Brad Pitt.
Exploring Boundaries and Consent
In the ever-evolving landscape of sexual dynamics, understanding and respecting boundaries is paramount.
The Pleasure Playground: Body-Positive Tips for Unleashing Desire
Sexologist E Michelle @sexologistemichelle inspired me to go home, grab my husband, and get on a balance ball! We got to see a variety of pleasure positions to use on a balance ball and the endless possibilities of how to use pleasure aids from equipment to The Hitachi Magic Wand — all tailored for any and every unique body.
Booty Meats Basics
Sex educator Dirty Lola @dirtylola guided the group on the art of spanking, including a live demonstration! We learned how to set up a scene, communication tools, and aftercare.