Who is Palagia?

Ms. Palagia has felt sexually aware since her birth. With over 20 years of (safe) practical experience to her credit, she celebrates being learned in the art of sensuality – daily. Her intuition has inspired her to become a sexual anthropologist of sorts and advocate of healthy human communion. The sexual and sensual freedom she enjoys has permeated positively into all facets of her life: enhancing her zest for love, life and success in business. She has been called a pioneer for her active role in openly discussing sexuality in public forums such as The O’Reilly Factor, HBO’s “Real Sex”, Naked New York, Alan Colmes Radio Show, Howard Stern Radio Show, Play Girl TV, and E! Entertainment. Palagia has worked closely with all genders in the past 16 years, stimulating the synergy between sensuality and sexuality through, what she coined, “The Sensual Movement”.

In an effort to share her philosophical beliefs, Palagia labors to weave environments that embrace the human spirit of sensuality and sexuality. Shattering the status-quo perception that every time people congregate to court and express their passions must be damned “a swingers party.”

Through the conception of OneLegUpNYC, many people have been able to indulge their elegant fantasies, repressions and self-discoveries inside the safety of a well-monitored womb at all her events, Eat-In and Take-Out . These insomniac events have proven to be more than magical feasts of exotic entertainment. They are a microcosm: a society of ordinary people living life in an extraordinary manner.

The founding of the OneLegUp has enhanced her “Sensual Movement” to expand and continues to flourish for everyone to experience. Additionally, Palagia has written and contributed to scores of published works on sexuality and fantasy in various magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse, TimeOut New York, New York Magazine, Details, Zink, Esquire, GQ, BlackBook, New York Post, The New York Times, The London Times, The London Observer and has taught at the Learning Annex including on her website – OneLegUpNYC.com. More recently she self-published and launched an Erotic Photo Book titled OneLegUpNYC capturing 8 years of OLU’s history.

Palagia graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Communication and a minor in Intercultural Communication. She has taken many graduate courses in human development and female sexuality.

Palagia’s Name:

How do I pronounce Palagia’s Name?

English: Pa le ja

Greek: Pe la yia


What does her name mean?

Ocean, pleasure, promotes sexual desire, ignites love, and fertility goddess.


The Myth:

Photo Credit: Henri Pierre Picou

The myth of Aphrodite’s birth out of the sea is very probably a reflection of the close connection between water and physical love, sexuality and fertility. There was a tradition that the goddess had lain with Poseidon himself, the master of the seas, to whom she bore Eryx and Rhodes. She was often depicted by ancient artist seated on a sea horse and accompanied by Triton and Nereids. In some sanctuaries, especially those by the coast, she was worshipped with the epithets Pelayia, Pontia and Limenis, all of which referred to her power to calm the sea and ensure that ships voyaged safely.

Aphrodite’s epithets were Acidalia, Anadyomene (born of the sea), Cyprian, Cypris, Cythereia, Eriboea (Periboea), Erycina, Euploios (fair voyage), Papia (sexual love), Pelayia, and Pontia.

Aphrodite originated as a fertility goddess like the great Asiatic goddesses whose domain engrossed all nature, vegetable and animal as well as human. Afterward she became the goddess of love in its noblest aspect (Aphrodite Urania or celestial Aphrodite) as well as its most degraded (Aphrodite Pone, the goddess of lust and venal love and the patroness of prostitutes). She was also Aphrodite Tenetrix who favored and protected marriage. The chief centers of the cult were in Pathos in Cyprus and Cythera in Crete. She also became Aphrodite Pelayia a marine deity under the influence of the legend of her origin. Aphrodite is the archetype beautiful, seductive love goddess.

One of Aphrodite’s epitaphs was Pelayia.