Juliana Rose Goldstone, creatress of Boldly Embodied, joins SLSP host Tatiana Berindei to discuss a woman’s changing relationship with her divine feminine self through the journey of motherhood. Juliana is an educator and bodyworker dedicated to providing a space for mothers to come back into wholeness by re-integrating their wild, divine, self. Listen in to hear more about the things we don’t talk about.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Sex, Love and SuperPowers Podcast Show. I am your host, Tatiana Berindei and today I have with me a dear sister. I’m so excited to have her on the show, Juliana Rose Goldstone. And we are going to be discussing the boldly embodied divine feminine. Other than just a beautiful goddess, mama, friend, Juliana and I met when we were doing our midwifery studies together years and years and years ago. And now we both find ourselves in the realm of sexuality, interesting.
Let me just tell you a little bit about her. Juliana is a pleasure activist, a somatic sex educator, certified sexological bodyworker and birth worker. She is the mother of two wonderful wild children and supports people to source themselves deeply in the joy and power of their sexuality so that they can tend to themselves and the future generations with fiercely embodied love. She lives in southern Vermont where she has a private practice and lifelong apprenticeship with the wild and poetic wisdom of the body.
Welcome to this show, love.
It’s great to be here.
Yeah, it’s awesome to have you. So I’m gonna ask you a question that I love to ask everyone who comes on this show. What are your superpowers?
I love this question. I think I would have to say my superpowers are about sourcing wisdom from the body and translating that sort of mysterious, poetic language of the body into action.
Can you say more about that?
Yeah. Our bodies are giving us signals all the time. Our nervous systems are giving us little messages about, “Come closer, stay further away, yes, no.” I like to think of our bodies as this ecosystem. And so in such a fast-paced world, I think it’s easy to overlook some of these little subtle cues. So with I’m really interested in is the slowing down and the listening deeply to these messages of the body and then being able to create language and space for these messages to be useful guides in our interactions, in our lives, in our relationships and everything else really.
Yeah, that slowing down piece, it’s a big one right now. Even as someone who also studies this and teaches it and works with people with it, I find, in my fast-paced life, I can also need that reminder to slow down. We’re really speeding it up these days so this work becomes even more important, I think.
Yeah. So will you tell our listeners, because I’m sure a lot of them are like, “What’s a sexological bodyworker?” And “What’s a somatic sex educator?” Will you tell us what that is and what that means and why that is important?
Absolutely. Sexological body work is a new, emerging field over the last 10 years or so, I’d say, and the modality of sexological body work is a way for people to connect with their sexuality in an embodied way. So the modality of sexological body work can actually span lots of different things from trauma work to inviting space for more pleasure in the body to figuring out how to use our sexuality in other parts of our lives. So sexological bodyworkers are trained hand-on providers of touch in the genitals with the intention of education and healing. So depending on what a person is coming with, often times, especially in the population that I work with, which is mostly mothers, people will come to me with birth injuries or scar tissue and so I’m trained to be able to work with people with scar tissue, especially in the genital area, especially in the perineum, many people have birth injuries.
So sexological body work is this really wonderful way that not only is it healing touch but it’s also educational. So we’re also helping people understand what is the anatomy here, what is going on here, helping people have sort of a living map of their own bodies. Many people only experience either sexual touch or clinical touch in the genitals and so I’d say sexological body work is really a profound and beautiful experience for people to have healing touch in this area of the body that is so incredibly charged and is also a holder of memories, of sensation, for many of trauma. So sexological body work is a group of hands-on tools that we’re trained in.
Now, somatic sex education, I like to think of it as an umbrella that contains the tools of sexological body work, of the hands-on work, should that be an appropriate way that the client needs to be worked with. Somatic sex education is really based in the nervous system, so we are trained in trauma resolution, we’re trained in working with people at a pace so that their entire system is really on board, the nervous system is not being overridden and so somatic sex education is really about helping a person tune into the natural rhythm of their body. And often times, when there’s trauma present, a person has overridden, for various reasons, overridden these natural cues that the body has.
So somatic sex education is really about tuning in deeply, slowing way down, listening to the messages of the body and helping a person connect with themselves in that way.
Beautiful. And I think it’s so valuable that you’re offering this and that it’s becoming more available. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m in this field and so I’m seeing it more and more, but I’m seeing it more and more and I’m happy for that. Because I feel like it provides an opportunity to really break down a lot of the stigma around sex and what sex is supposed to be and what our genitals are supposed to be and that you’re working with moms is just so huge, I mean, I’m sure that there are women whose interest has already been piqued just hearing this intro to what you’re doing because there’s so much that happens when we birth a child through our vagina and what our relationship with that area of the body becomes because of that experience.
There’s a lot. And I wanna dive into that with you, we do have to go to a quick break but when we get back I definitely wanna talk more about that. So before we go to break, will you tell our listeners where they can go to find out more about you and your work?
Sure. Yeah. My website is boldlyembodied.com and that is where you will find most of everything you wanna know about me.
Awesome. So you can go to boldlyembodied.com, we’ve been talking with Juliana Rose Goldstone about the boldly embodied divine feminine and more when we return, so stay tuned.