I believe one needs to feel safe and knowledgeably guided to engage with the instinctual wilderness of the body. Through our one-on-one bodywork sessions and group classes, I support you to create stability and understanding of your unique body, co-create conscious healing opportunities, and facilitate your process of becoming more of the human you want to be. I bring a 20 year study of anatomy, an ability to interact with multiple systems in your body at once, and a genuine desire to connect to all my work. I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2008, began Threshold Wellness in 2013, and co-founded What Is: Mindfulness in 2016. My educations are in Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Visceral Manipulation, Alignment Yoga, Myofascial Release, and the fine arts.
My practice is affirming of all identities and experiences.
As a professional photographer, I put a lot of strain on my body; I am constantly carrying heavy cameras or working in front of my computer, two things that have lead to a reoccurring, debilitating pain in my right shoulder and back. I have tried many options for dealing with this pain, from yoga to massage therapy, but until I started this journey with Julia, no other massage therapists ever gave me anything but temporarily relief. When I started working with Julia, I was in a state of chronic pain that left me feeling defeated and I really wondered if I would be able to continue my career. Julia's programs for bodywork make prolonged bodywork accessible and affordable. By working with Julia on a weekly basis, I have been able to not only release built up tension and begin healing, but also have become more aware of my body and begun to understand and gain perspective on the pain I have been experiencing for years. I think Julia really creates an amAzing space for healing, teaching you how to listen to your own body as well as giving you tools to manage and release pain on your own time. An amazing thing has begun to happen while working with Julia, with her assistance and by being able to relax and let go, my own body has begun the healing it wants to do to itself.
My first appointment with Julia was in January 2013, since then I've been going to her on a regular basis. She does wonders for my mind, body, and soul and I truly couldn't have developed into the person that I'm becoming (and liking!) with out her help. She understands the body in many ways. I highly recommend her. Threshold Wellness is a fantastic space. When I walk through the door, there's an immediate sense of calm.
My experience with Julia has de-stabilized, in a great way, how I live in and think about, my body and mind. At 58, that's important. We can get stuck. Yoga was helping me to move and breathe, but the cranial-sacral work with Julia let me know how quickly my body could re-set and readjust herself. Not hard and sharp like chiropracty; not just muscular, as in traditional, and even excellent, deep tissue massage, but somewhere deeper, at first seeming slow, and then a turning in the mind and body toward knowledge that's been there, but that I could not access, like dreams. A few pains have softened; a few have let go. And through this process, I've found more room in my body/mind for energy and hope. I feel lighter, taller, more capable of change.
Working with Julia has created a space in my life for balance and health. Through sessions with her, I have grown more in tune with my body and my need for rest and self-focus. I'm so grateful for her expertise, patience, and genuine expression of care.
Whenever I meet with Julia, I feel that she is listening very deeply and meeting me with exceptional compassion and skill. I feel comfortable being myself and speaking to her about what I am experiencing on many levels. Julia’s gentle and attentive approach to massage assists me powerful ways along my path of learning and healing.
When I first sought out Julia, not unlike most people, I conceptualized massage as a luxury and means of temporary relief from muscular pain and tension. This was based on past experiences which were enjoyable, but had no noticeable long-term benefits. Therefore, when I was confronted with the question of when I felt my best on Julia's intake form, I thought it a bit irrelevant, if not comical as I answered "when I was 16". I thought, "Didn't everyone feel best in high school before real world stress set in?" You can imagine my surprise then when, months into my work with Julia, I unintentionally and quite effortlessly found myself running the same distance pace as I had when I was 16!
From the beginning, Julia has been truly exceptional! Rather than treating singular symptoms, Julia took the time to gather a complete and qualitative description of my body, physical symptoms, and social stressors. She has a broad range of skills that enable her to offer a multifaceted and integrative approach to bodywork.
The benefits I have enjoyed thus far from Julia's 12-session massage program have exceeded any expectation I ever had of bodywork. First, I cannot emphasize enough my gratitude for the creation of these programs, as I feel that it has been a way to finally give myself permission to take care of my body. The ongoing conversation that I have had with Julia throughout this time has served to improve my understanding of the effects of stress on my body, in addition to clarifying my less tangible goal of achieving an overall balance of work and wellness.
For the first time that I can remember, I have been able to experience a complete absence of pain and tension throughout my body. I now have more energy, greater awareness, and, also for the first time, am able to manage TMJ-associated pain and headaches so that I am virtually symptom-free! I now see bodywork as a critical component to physical and emotional well-being and am immensely grateful for Julia's time and expertise!
Working with Julia has been life-changing. Every session, both phone and in-person, has been so profound it is hard to put into words.. Julia has helped me to remember and honor my body's innate wisdom, and the healing continues to deepen. Julia is a beautiful, inspiring Being and I cannot recommend her highly enough!! Working with Julia may just be the greatest gift you can give to yourself.
When I first met Julia, I treated my body like my car - I drove it sensibly, fed it nutritiously and cleaned it frequently. But the problem is when it you suffer an accident, who do you take it to? After working with Julia for over a year now, I can honestly tell you that I am amazed at how I now treat my body. It's not a car, it's not a machine, it's a living breathing organism that can be healed through the kind of deep listening and therapeutic skills Julia offers.
Julia Taylor has proved to be highly versatile and effective, continually and over many months. She practices in several styles of massage and regularly responds to requests for attention to specific body issues with something like, “I just returned from a workshop on thus-and-such technique that would be perfect for this!” I’m nearly 40 years old, now, and after a little over a year of sessions every 2-6 weeks (originally following up on work-related back pain that had me sidelined more than once a year), I find myself to be in some of the best physical and mental health I’ve had since my 20’s. And I do credit much of both the physical and mental improvements to sessions with Julia. I gladly recommend Julia to friends and associates, whether for basic muscle and tissue massage, or for the myofascial and craniosacral techniques I prefer, since I have found they develop my own awareness of networks of tension, and enable joyful release into previously unexplored connections throughout the body. My improvements during the course of programs with Julia bring immediate improvements while on the table, as well as long-term maintenance and improvements coming from my own stretching or simply going to sleep enhanced by a new-found awareness of the settling and resting of my body. This support for self-care outside the session - through self-discovery during the massage itself and available classes and advice to guide self-healing and self-maintenance on my own - has been essential to the success of my body-work programs with Julia.