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Scar Tissue Release for YACC

newsletterI’m excited invite you to join me and other members of YACC for a morning of self-care. Our physical bodies do a miraculous job healing from surgery, closing up large and small openings so that we can continue on with our lives. Still, after our tissue pulls together, there is almost always new pain, discomfort, or numbness in the area or even places that seem unrelated. On top of that, the visible evidence of surgery may be upsetting or feel too public.

In this workshop, I want to teach you how to use your scar, no matter how old or new*, large or small, as a handle for healing:

  • Decrease the size and visibility of the scar
  • Bring greater range of motion to joints, muscles and skin around the scar
  • Increase hydration, metabolism, and resilience where your scar once limited these abilities.
  • Give more space for processing emotions

In this 90-minute, hands-on workshop, we will:

  • Discover why our touch matters to scars – get the (mind-blowingly beautiful) basics on the anatomy and physiology of scars.
  • Approach touch with care and intention – making space for fear, sorrow, and feelings of loss that often come along with surgical scars.
  • Learn and practice scar tissue release techniques on yourself.
  • Take home a plan, so that your self-care is specific to you, pleasurable, and accessible.


Feel free to contact me with questions at

When: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 from 10:30 am until 12 pm

Where: Threshold Wellness, 440 East Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $10

032Julia is a bodyworker and educator. She has been a licensed and certified massage therapist since 2008, taught anatomy and physiology at massage school, and founded Threshold Wellness in 2013. She works with people who are interested in expanding their relationship to the body for big healing, breakthroughs, and enjoyment. Her deep listening, both with her ears and hands, allow those she works with to get clear on what they need at a gut level, and get to a place that feels better. She offers self-massage workshops, individual bodywork programs, and space for healing professionals to practice in community.

Mother’s Wisdom: A Workshop for Wellness- Saturday November 14, 2015 2:30-4:30pm

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The leaves are starting to change colors and the bustle of the holidays will soon be arriving. Take a few hours to recharge and nurture yourself with support, gratitude, and wellness.

During this 2 hour weekend workshop you will:

  • Practice self care with meditation, relaxation, and art making
  • Explore ways of approaching motherhood with gratitude
  • Discuss the struggles and joys of motherhood in a safe and supportive space
  • Connect with other women who are at various stages of their transformational journey as mother.

This workshop, led by Megan Bousquet, MA, ATR, LPC,  is open to all women…. whether you are contemplating motherhood, expecting, a new mother, or an experienced mama!

pre- registration – $40  investment

For more information or questions, contact Megan at                             To register for this workshop and reserve your spot sign up HERE


Megan Bousquet, MA, ATR, LPC is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in women’s issues, children, and families.

My practice focuses on Counseling and Art Therapy for Women to promote emotional and mental well-being. Specialities include: women’s wellness, overwhelming emotions, self esteem, child art therapy, parent guidance, maternal mental health, pregnancy, new mother support, postpartum, infertility, traumatic birthing experience, body image, and eating disorders.

Learn strategies to manage stress, express yourself, and find support and connection on your journey to grow through life’s difficult moments.

Sometimes expressing ourselves requires more than words and at times we might make artwork together. Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to: Identify, explore, and express emotions, resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Baby Food Making Workshop on November 14th at 1pm


Becoming a parent for the first time can be one of the most joyous and frightening experiences of a person’s life. And for many dads or partners of any gender who are sharing parenting responsibilities with a new mother, it is not always easy to figure out where you fit in to caring for your child. If this sounds familiar, or you just really love to cook and want to lend your expertise to your parenting, then please join local dad and urban farmer Nic Esposito at Threshold Wellness on November 14th at 1 PM for a fun and informative culinary demonstration of the art of home cooked baby food. Whether you’re an expecting dad, a new dad, dad for a second time, or a partner of any gender who is co-parenting a child, come learn how to make easy, nutritious meals for your infant and/or toddler. Nic will show you how to prepare well-balanced purees of both fruits and vegetables for your infant and easy to make meals for your toddler. He will also share how he feels that his experience of making his son’s baby food has led to a healthy and adventurous eater.


NicandLuca-Post 2Nic Esposito is an urban farmer, writer and father from Philadelphia. Nic and his wife Elisa co-manage Emerald Street Community Farm in the East Kensington section of Philadelphia, as well as their own homestead complete with fruits veggies, and a whole bunch of chickens and their son Luca. He is the author of the novel Seeds of Discent and the memoir essay collection Kensington Homestead. He got into baby food making as a way to forge a healthy and natural diet for his son. 

Immune Boosting Foods & Remedies

0004Immune Boosting Foods & Remedies
with Amara Wagner, Certified Health Coach
September 21, 2014 @ 10:30am ET

 Make this your family’s healthiest year yet…

  • Does the end of summer mean the start of ear infection/cough/cold/fever—season for your family?
  • Do you or your child seem to always “catch it” whenever someone is sick?
  •  Did last winter feel like you were constantly fighting something?

If this sounds familiar, join Amara Wagner for an information-packed class Immune Boosting Foods & Remedies, just in time for cold and flu season. In this class, Amara will be sharing valuable tools and information she normally reserves for clients, to keep their families naturally healthy.

During this class, you will learn:

  • How to know if your immune system needs help
  • Surprising things that could harm your body’s natural defenses
  • Important foods and remedies you’ll want to start incorporating NOW to boost your immune system

You don’t want to miss this! Learning with Amara can help shift your family from feeling sick and tired to vibrant and healthy.

Register here today!


image-6Amara Wagner is a speaker and coach who empowers moms to trust their intuition and guides them, with practical tools, to raise naturally healthy families. Her private and group coaching programs help moms navigate holistic parenting with a sense of humor and without dogma. Amara provides a unique, down-to-earth approach to moms who want to feel confident using whole foods and ancient remedies to support their family’s health.  To learn more about Amara and her programs please visit

Energy in Motion, Energy in Stillness

IMG_0900In this yoga class we will explore the energetic body through movement, stillness, visualization, touch, sound, and scent, using awareness to identify and experience how energy moves in yoga and healing practices. Employing both internal and external senses, we will open blocked energy channels, strengthen the inner gaze, and find restoration and release by candlelight.
Offering this class twice in August. Join us Saturday 8/16 or 8/23, from 3p to 5p. Space is limited to 6 students per session. Suggested donation starts at $25, all proceeds will be donated to Make The World Better, a foundation dedicated to improving parks and recreational areas with the intent to provide Philadelphia youth a safer, active, more enjoyable experience.
Taught by Ashley Renee Wagner and Holly Arace.

Mind/Body Blah, Blah, Blah

IMG_2684Mind/Body. The words fall flat.  Your eyes do a mini roll. What does that even mean? There’s value in this conglomeration of words, but where?

Join me for a four-hour workshop aimed at shaking up the slashes and juicing up the jargon to access to the power locked inside this personal and potent relationship:



  • Explore the ancient and current practice of anatomic votive-making
  • Make an anatomic votive of your own
  • Learn the anatomy of your hand
  • Learn techniques to release tension in your shoulders, neck, upper back, arms, and hands

As your mind’s relationship to your body comes into focus in its own potent and personal way, surprising self-healing abilities appear.

  • Connect your focused will with intentional action to access healing powers
  • Learn and take away self-massage techniques
  • Deepen your appreciation for and add dimension to your sense of touch
  • Upgrade your dialogue with that part of you that wants to and knows how to heal
  • Play, so joy can fuel you

Where: Threshold Wellness, 440 East Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
When: (I’ll be offering this twice):Wednesday, July 2nd, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
and Saturday, August 9th, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: $55


Touching the Surface

Feeling the depths: Continuum and the Joy of Contact

by Mary Abrams
May 18-19
Sun-Mon 12-6pm
Threshold Wellness, 440 E. Girard Ave., Philadelphia  Location change to accommodate a larger group.  This will now be taking place at The Iron Factory118 Fontain Street Philadelphia, PA
$350 with deposit
Registration Open with just a few spaces left!

To thrive as humans we are in constant skin contact with our world. We know the support and healing gifts and creative play of touch first with our early caregivers, then with playmates and/or siblings, and eventually as adults with trusted loved ones or bodywork professionals. Deep calmness and satisfaction can awaken in one’s nervous system when they experience considerate, listening, and playful touch. When one experiences interested attention through trusted touch, joy and self-recognition can flow freely.

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This workshop explores ways to experience integrity and intimacy by developing “body listening” skills through breath/sound and the fluid resonance of Continuum Movement, and by moving with body to body contact. We will explore spontaneous movement expression individually, with partners, and in small groups to awaken our capacity for being with each other in genuine moments of moving, feeling, and expressing. Each day will also include verbal exchange using compassionate self-reflective awareness, to expand our possibilities for discovering new meaning and for building community through moving, touching, and being touched.

Mary Abrams brings passion, skill, and an inquisitive spirit to her teaching offering dynamic and detailed attention to breath, sensation, emotion, and creative development. She is an Authorized Continuum Teacher, directs and teaches at Moving Body Resources in New York City, and is course leader of the Master of Arts Dance & Somatic Well-being programme from the University of Central Lancashire (UK) in the USA. Her background includes 30 years of dance training and performance, 19 years of Continuum with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper, and work with Gary David, Ph.D. incorporating body awareness and movement with the fields of Epistemics and Affect-Script Theory. She holds a BA in Dance Education with Departmental Distinction from St. Olaf College and a masters degree in Consciousness Studies through Goddard College.

Welcome Sarah!

photocropWe’re so excited to introduce a new, and incredibly skilled massage therapist to our team.  Sarah Hummel recently moved back to Philly after living in Austin the last few years, and has begun taking clients at Threshold.  She is truly amazing and will book up fast.  Sarah’s available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and can easily be scheduled using this online calendar.  You can read more about her, here ore here.

Pelvic Floor/Wild Femme Body Wisdom Workshop

DSC_0145 (2)Free interactive workshop! A Body Wisdom class focusing on the pelvic bowl and Wild Feminine Living! Blissful living can be found through connecting to your body. Through this workshop we will learn a few tricks to hear the wisdom of your body, how to go deep and stay present. Laughing and learning = healing! See you there!
Tuesday, March 25th from 6:30-8pm
To register, email hofferperkins @
Sophia Hoffer-Perkins, BA, LMT, Wise-Woman. Life-lover. Hilarity-Bringer. She brings over 25 years of healing experience to her authentic and dynamic workshops and private sessions. As a shamanic practitioner, intuitive licensed massage therapist, holistic pelvic care provider and Reiki Master she helps cut through layers of stress in transitions, physical pain, and loneliness and self-doubt to bring reconnection, renewed faith, and real, compassionate and inspired perspectives on life. Sophia is known for digging deep and laughing the whole way.

Get to know Sophia more at her blog: