Intensive Migraine Recovery Treatment

Bec Jimenez, Julia Taylor, and Tara Nayak at Threshold Wellness

You have headaches and we’ve been listening! The practitioners here at Threshold Wellness have noticed a large upswing in the amount of people seeking help for migraines over the past few months. We want to take care of you and we know that the best way is with a multifaceted approach.

Threshold Wellness has combined some of its forces to create a new offering, the Intensive Migraine Recovery Treatment.

Chronic migraines can interrupt life; whether it’s as simple as changing your mood or as debilitating as interfering with work or other daily activities. Taking back the reins with this (6 week intensive?) can get you back to balance and pain free living!

Our three pronged approach puts your care in the hands of three of our best practitioners with three different perspectives and healing modalities. We will incorporate naturopathic medicine with Dr. Tara Nayak, ND, neuro-acupuncture with Bec Jimenez, L.Ac as well as neural manipulation and craniosacral therapy with Julia Taylor, LMT.

Here is a little more of what each practitioner has to say about their work:

Naturopathic Medicine with Tara Nayak

    No matter where you are on your journey to healing (tried it all or just started figuring it out) there are ways naturopathic medicine can help! Unfortunately, there are very few conditions that have just ONE “smoking gun”. Through understanding that migraines typically arise from multiple root causes we can begin to tackle each one and gain progress from each direction. Each naturopathic protocol must be tailored to the individual and will include dietary recommendations, supplements, and lifestyle changes.

By opening up the organs of elimination using complex homeopathics, herbs, and nutrients we can begin to “clean up the brain”, balance hormones, eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and decrease frequency and severity of migraines. This, combined with the structural and energetic work of craniosacral therapy and neurological acupuncture, is the best approach to PREVENTIVE migraine medicine.

Neurological Acupuncture with Bec Jimenez

Neurological acupuncture is a special system of acupuncture that combines cutting edge neuroscience and current evidence based acupuncture clinical research. With neuro-acupuncture, we can intentionally target specific neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain that have been shown to decrease the level of pain producing inflammatory substances in the nerves and blood vessels surrounding brain tissue.

By targeting nerve tissue in the brain and body we can greatly reduce the occurrence of migraines by depolarizing the excited and over stimulated nerve roots for pain management.  Each neuro acupuncture treatment will work on targeting the patient’s specific needs because no two migraines are alike.

Craniosacral Therapy and Neural Manipulation with Julia Taylor

CST and NM are gentle hands-on techniques which target specific structures to release strain patterns that perpetuate migraines. By removing restrictions in the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord, inside of the brain, and nerve tissue, all the systems in your body have access to the ease and optimal functioning they want most. In this work, most find deep relaxation, relief, and insight. Follow these links for more information on Craniosacral Therapy and for Neural Manipulation.

Package Includes:

1 Consultation with Dr. Nayak (1 hour)

6 Acupuncture sessions with Bec (1 hour each)

3 Craniosacral sessions with Julia (1 hour each)

Total cost = $995

Ideally, all of your sessions will happen within a time period of six weeks.

BONUS! All migraine package participants will receive a 10% discount on any supplements purchased at Threshold Wellness or via Dr. Nayak’s Online Dispensary.

If you’re interested in starting this program, please contact

Taylor Cawley, front desk manager,

Please provide your name, e-mail, phone number, and the best way and time of day to reach you.

We look forward to seeing you soon! With love, Threshold Wellness

Holidays at Every Size

The holidays can be challenging for those recovering from disordered eating or struggling with body image. All the diet talk, the moralization of food at family gatherings and office parties, the relentless marketing of gyms and weight loss companies around the New Year—it can feel very triggering and isolating for anyone trying to disentangle themselves from diet culture and make peace with their body.

I am offering a one-time support group to discuss disordered eating, food shaming, body image and related issues during the holiday season. My intention is to provide a safe space for participants to explore the challenges they face this time of year within a Health At Every Size/Body Positive framework. This group is not a space to discuss “staying on track,” “clean eating,” or “working off” holiday meals—except in the context of challenging these concepts for oneself.

The group will run from 4:30-6 on Sunday, November 18 at Threshold Wellness. There is a sliding scale fee of $20-40. Space is limited, so please contact me at to enroll. 

Winter Āyurveda Workshop

Introduction to Āyurveda and Ways to Balance in Fall and Winter

The medicine is the truth of you. One of the simplest ways to protect your wellbeing is by balancing your lifestyle and food choices with the environment around you. In doing so, it enables us to avoid seasonally induced imbalances in our bodies and minds. Come learn about yoga’s sister science, Āyurveda—the oldest continually practiced health care system in the world—and how to promote balance by using its principles. The first half of this three-hour workshop will introduce the fundamentals of Āyurveda including how to identify the five elements in your food, in the environment and in your own unique constitution. The second half will outline tools to stay balanced in the Fall and Winter. We will learn how to stay in rhythm with nature through a daily Āyurvedic routine and seasonal meal planning. You will leave equipped with accessible and systematic ways of balancing yourself. No prior experience of Āyurveda or yoga necessary, all are welcome.

Each participant receives a sample bottle of Ayurvedic massage oil

About the presenterLiz Fullerton is an Āyurvedic Health Counselor, certified by the Kripalu School of Āyurveda. She is a Registered Nurse dedicated to reproductive justice and is currently becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). In addition to teaching Āyurveda, Liz is launching an integrative practice, Ofrenda Āyurveda, which offers in-home Āyurvedic support and cooking for people/families during their postpartum, post-abortion and post-pregnancy loss times. She is a labor doula and a musician working and living in Philadelphia. The Āyurvedic definition of health in Sanskrit is ‘Swastha’, which means to be seated in one’s self. Liz believes that through Āyurveda you will be brought closer to your own nature and unique understanding of health.   

Date: Sunday, December 2nd

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Investment: $45


Self-Massage and Mindfulness

 Join Julia for a trauma-informed, body-positive workshop for those who want to take care of their bodies in truly personal ways.  Drawing from mindfulness practices, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and yoga, you’ll leave less tense, more grounded and rich in new, somatically generated insights.  You’ll also come away with easily reproducible movement and self-massage techniques to make more space between your cells at home.

This is an experiential body-based reflection.  I use small inflatable balls to teach self-massage.  We’ll do some meditation, and written reflection as well as a movement or two to help the newly released areas find stability.  I see folks walking away feeling a sense of relief or increased ease in their bodies, as well as excited to try things at home. The vibe will be one of safety and exploration. The workshop will include:


  • Sits/meditation
  • Ball release – myofascial release for self-massage
  • Core activating movements- think core as in muscles that lie closest to bones
  • Journaling – to keep thoughts and sensations in dialogue consciously
  • Ritual – An action +  an intention to = manifestation

About the Teacher: Julia has been a massage therapist and bodyworker for 10 years.  She runs Threshold Wellness, teaches mindfulness to students through What Is: Mindfulness, and is in the process of completing a yoga teacher training.  She has taught anatomy and physiology as well as self and couples’ massage workshops to adults. 

Where: The Art Department  1638 E. Berks St. Phila, PA 19125

When:   Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 10am-12pm

Cost: Sliding scale $15-35


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Couples Foot Massage Workshop

PLEASE NOTE! Due to popularity we are moving this workshop to this nearby location:

171 W. Thompson St. 19122


Join me, Julia Taylor, for an evening of self-care and bonding.  Stock up on some killer moves, bond with a loved one, and walk away on clouds.  No matter your height, the bottoms of your skyscrapers need care.  When you and your partner are confident in your ability to give great foot massages, your chances of getting more of them skyrockets!

We’re going to:

  • Soak your feet in rose petal baths while learning basic anatomy of the foot.  In a relaxed state, you can gain and retain information that will let you give more targeted and therapeutic massage.
  • Practice massage techniques that feel amazing and preserve your own hands.
  • Avoid ticklishness.
  • Walk away with simple self-treatment techniques you can use anytime.

I’ve been a massage therapist for ten years and, most recently, have gotten excited about teaching safe and fun workshops to people wanting to massage loved ones with more confidence and skill.  My teaching style is silly, knowledgeable, and trauma-informed.  I approach workshop with a reverence for all bodies just as they are.

All couples and identities welcome.

Sliding scale price per couple: $35-$75

Friday, July 13th 6-7:30pm

Email with questions.

Couples’ Foot Massage Workshop

Fundraiser CANCELED – please donate anyway


Support students from Iran and other banned or scrutinized countries who want to attend the training program at the Institute for Somatics and Social Justice! We’re having a fundraising event at Threshold Wellness on Saturday, April 14th from 7-10pm featuring mini sessions with wellness providers, drinks, and live music.

Threshold enthusiastically supports the Institute and its efforts to overcome the challenges faced by people who want to attend.

The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice needs to raise $8,400 to enable an Iranian student who applied this year, and others who hold passports from certain banned or scrutinized countries to be able to acquire U.S. visas to attend the program. The funds will go toward lawyer and I-17 application fees. After the I-17 application is processed the program would be registered as a vocational school with the U.S. government. As a result, foreign participants would be able to apply for M (student) visas, which are more often granted than B (tourist/business) visas. The application costs $2,400, and requires approximately 40 hours of work with professional legal support, which will cost an additional $6,000. If the school does not go through this process, a currently accepted student who holds an Iranian passport will not be able to come. Additionally, other students from around the world might run into challenges with acquiring visas, or entering the country even if they have them.

With your help we can streamline this process, and offer learning opportunities for those who would not otherwise be able to attend a professional Somatics training program. Come out for an evening of fun and be a part of this important social change initiative!

The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice is a container for rigorous, joyful, embodied research with an anti-racist/anti-oppression framework, oriented toward developing knowledge and discourse about the intersections of political movements and the body. Through the study and practice of embodied anatomy, developmental movement, and other methods, faculty and students seek to honor the lineage and further develop the Somatics field so that it may expand and become more inclusive, accessible, and relevant to communities that have not historically been invited to contribute to or participate in the work.

Couples Massage Workshop –  February 25th


Please email Julia @ threshold if you’re interested in a next workshop.

This 2 hour introductory workshop is great for those looking to connect more through touch, to learn new massage techniques, and enjoy time with a loved one. With trauma-informed teaching and lots of individual attention, I will share professional secrets, some of my coolest moves, and you will walk away feeling more confident to give and receive healing touch.  Clothes will be worn and various massage creams will be available to avoid allergy issues.

Couples in this context are defined as two people.  All are welcome, be you friends, lovers, married folk, or a parent and adolescent.  All genders and identities welcome. 

Sliding scale cost: $40-$120 per couple  

Location: Threshold Wellness

Date: February 25th from 11am-1pm

Couples Massage Workshop

Mindfulness Immersion at Vitality Meditation

March 25th from 11 AM – 3:30 PM

Come Immerse yourself in the Practice of Mindfulness
● Reduce stress and Increase awareness
● Connect to your body, mind, and heart
● Learn take home tools to continue your practice in everyday life
● Great for beginners

What Is: Mindfulness (WIM) was founded by Julia Taylor and Beth Jellinek. Beth and Julia lead eight-week mindfulness programs in Philadelphia schools, provide professional development workshops for educators and parents, and facilitate introductory classes for adolescents. Click here to learn more about What Is: Mindfulness. 

Vitality Meditation is located at 1856 Frankford ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Cost: $295

To find out more, contact

Registration information to come.

Movement Therapy Workshops

We are excited to offer an 8 week series that utilizes movement therapy, play, and mindfulness to build deep connections between caregivers and young children.

Please Note ::  Our August 12 Movement Therapy Workshop will be rescheduled to a different date. Please check back for more information. All other workshops will run according to schedule.

Conscious Connected Breathing with Ambrose Sappho

Join us for Conscious Connected Breathing Workshops.  Three offered this summer.

June 25th, July 23rd, August 27th

10 AM- 1 PM 

All loving relationships begin within ourselves. When we give ourselves love and acceptance, only then we can truly love others. Clear communication is the basis for all loving relationships. However, many people are stuck in patterns that tend to block their health, prosperity and enlightenment or aliveness. Many of these patterns are unconscious and stem from childhood, and so we create situations for ourselves that we think are outside our control. These patterns will repeat themselves until they are identified and interrupted with conscious awareness and intention.

Using relationship tools, self-discovery processes, creative thinking techniques, and most importantly, the gentle and powerful tool of Conscious Breathing, you are able to:

*Make Love the basis of ALL your relationships — beginning with your relationship with yourself

* Communicate more clearly and tell the truth faster

* Learn to ask for and receive what you actually want

* Bring more of what you love into your occupation

* Recognize patterns in love life, work life, and home life, and learn to change the behaviors to change the patterns

* Accept and enjoy your body without judgement

* Feel fulfilled in your sensuality

* Enter your natural state of love and bliss

* Integrate your spirituality in practical, fun ways

* Heal our current relationships, and/or Attract the relationships we truly want

* Breathe and live more deeply, fully, and without inhibition

Registration : Contact Ambrose Sappho with questions or to register at Cost of attendance is $63. 

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When : June 25th July 23rd and  August 27th from 10am-1pm.

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