Conversations around intimacy and wellness have undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Intimacy wellness has emerged from the shadows and is now viewed through a lens of overall health and self-care instead of being shrouded in secrecy and taboo. This shift can be attributed to evolving attitudes and a growing recognition of the importance of intimate well-being.
Ann Reidy and Keith Jones are pioneers in this industry and launched their wellness product brand, Sensuous, in Australia over two decades ago.
Sensuous Co-Founder, Ms Reidy said: “Sensuous was launched in Australia in 2003 when we started importing and distributing a number of adult products. In 2009, we decided it was time to develop our own range of products.”
The journey was not without its challenges. “Starting from scratch was probably more challenging than we ever imagined, and the first couple of years were quite tough,” Ms Reidy admitted. However, their perseverance paid off as Sensuous has now evolved into a multinational company.
The couple is often credited with normalizing conversations around intimate wellness. They believe there has been a significant shift in the prudish views on intercourse and limited education on the subject since their initial development stages. “One of our major challenges has been dealing with conservative attitudes towards our type of products,” said Ms Reidy.
However, with information on intimacy and wellness now readily available on the internet and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, they have noticed a marked difference in attitudes. “We post fun articles encouraging end users that sex can be fun,” said Ms Reidy. “We also emphasize that sex is important for all-round well-being, positivity, and mental health.”
The benefits of a good intimate life are no longer whispered about behind closed doors. Aside from physical benefits like boosting the immune system, improving heart health, aiding better sleep, and providing pain and stress relief, the psychological advantages of a good intimate life cannot be understated. “A fulfilling sex life is not just about pleasure; it enhances self-esteem, confidence, and overall life satisfaction,” said Ms Reidy. “We are all about promoting a healthier body, a happier mind, and deeper emotional connections.”
As society continues to evolve and embrace a more open-minded approach to intimacy, the hope is for a world where conversations around intimacy are enriching and free from judgment. “Australians have definitely become more progressive and accepting of our type of products with most viewing them as not only fun but as essential tools to enhance one’s quality of life,” said Ms Reidy. “Some customers have even credited our products as having saved their marriages.”
In this era of intimacy wellness revolution, Sensuous continues to lead the way in Australia, promoting intimate health as an integral part of overall well-being.