Here at The Sanctuary for Healing Therapies, we offer state of the art therapists from various backgrounds that have one big thing in common, a passion to do healing work with their clients. Please continue to read to learn more about where we come from and what we have to bring to the massage table…
FreeDom Platia (LMT, NCBTMB) Founder/Owner
I have been a practicing professional for almost 15 years, but was drawn to the Healing Arts as far back as my early childhood. I distinctly remember my mother took me to a book fair when I was four years old; I picked out two books: One was about yoga and the other was about massage. During college I continued to gravitate toward these subjects. After taking several independent studies on Alternative Health and Healing, I realized that these disciplines were my calling in life. Even after more than a decade of working with clients using various healing techniques, I don’t think of what I do as a job; it is an extension of who I am. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Being present with clients through their healing is a profound experience and, quite frankly, a huge honor.
My formal education consists of certification as a Holistic Health Practioner from The Heartwood Institute in Northern California, member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and with mentors during my travels to many magical places around the world. But this work provides endless opportunities to gain new knowledge and experience. I strive to learn something new every day which can be incorporated into the treatment room. I specialize in Neuromuscular Therapy and treating acute/chronic pain. I also offer Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Thermotherapy, Aromatherapy, Pre & Post Natal Massage, Thai Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Reiki. Through my own observations and research, I have formulated my technique around approaching each individual’s body uniquely, customizing to their specific issues while working with their body energy in a collaborative effort to create and shape my healing practice.
Since 2005, I have devoted countless hours to the study of Herbal Medicine. I am fascinated by the Earth’s ability to provide what we need to heal. It is amazing that our ancestors discovered natural protocols to heal various ailments and that modern science is beginning to acknowledge and legitimize those ancient techniques. These medicinal plants are our allies and they are gifts to be utilized. I began my herbal practices with the intention of using herbs in my home. I read many books on the subject and decided to further my education. I participated in formal training with Susun Weed who is an American Herbalist, author, and Director of the Wise Woman Center. More recently I engaged in two years of intensive training with David Winston (RH, AHG) renowned Herbalist and Ethnobotanist, at The Center for Herbal Studies in a successful effort to earn accreditation as a Clinical Herbalist. In my herbal practice, I work with many different types of ailments from headaches, muscle pain, easing the discomforts of anxiety and stress, arthritic pain, and digestive issues, etc. Herbs are invaluable assets to our bodies as they heal through various conditions.
Whether you could benefit from massage, adding an herbal regimen, or you would like to explore both avenues with me, I look forward to working with you and taking part in your healing process.
Shelli Whitman (LMT)
My interest in massage began when my daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness. During a lengthy hospital stay, a family member sent a Massage Therapist to the hospital where I received my first chair massage. As a very concerned mother, I wasn’t sure it would help me, however, I was amazed at how grounded and relaxed I was from 20 minutes! That massage taught me the power of healing through touch. Since that day I knew massage was what I wanted to do.
I can thankfully say, that today my daughter is completely healthy and I have been a Massage Therapist since May 2006. I graduating from The Pennsylvania Institute of Massage Therapy in Quakertown, PA. The modalities I practice are Swedish, Deep Tissue Therapy, Sports Massage, Prenatal Massage, and Neuromuscular Therapy. I hope that my clients experience the same physical and mental healing that inspired me to pursue my love of the healing arts.
Amber Mitchell (LMT)
The body is an amazing masterpiece! I fully believe that our bodies were designed to know exactly how to protect and heal itself given the right environment for it to do so. My passion and specialty is helping others through acute and chronic pain through stretching, Neuromuscular Therapy, John F. Barnes’ Myofascial release and Deep Tissue therapies. I am continually expanding my knowledge with new courses and modalities to integrate into my work enabling me to be better equipped to meet my clients where they are in there healing. My love for the body started years ago as an athlete. Sports helped me to feel and visualize what movements my body was making, what muscles I was using, where I was compensating and how to fix it to better my athletic performance. Being an athlete inevitably brought about injury – this is where my desire to understand the body flourished. I was determined to understand why I got hurt, how to heal, how to make myself stronger and to keep it from happening again. These questions brought me down the road of Physical Therapy where I thought I was meant to be. It was not very long after I began my studies for PT that I realized that it was not the field fit for me. I began searching which lead to Massage Therapy. Now THIS was the fit for me! I went to the Massage Academy of the Poconos and I have been practicing professionally for over 7 years and love my profession even more than when I started! Massage Therapy encompasses everything that I hold true to the body. Each part is intricately connected to another and each function is enhanced or hindered by another. There is not one piece of the body that works alone, which means not only one piece of the body can be treated without treating another; mind and body. Massage Therapy brings that philosophy to every treatment and that is where my passion is brought to light. My goal is to meet each one of my clients where they are. To learn and listen to their body along with them, giving them the individualized care they need, while educating them on how to help it heal. It is a huge honor to be able to be part of each persons healing journey, to bring a sense of calm to the stresses of life and to be trusted with both. I look forward to meeting you and working along side you to regain a pain free life!
Alyssa Allem (LMT)
I became interested in massage therapy throughout my 13 years in a dance studio. I was always fascinated about how muscles were able to create such graceful movements in each dancer’s body. One day during a routine I fell and ended up spraining my ankle. The doctor had told me it could take weeks to even months before I could get back up on my ballet shoes. I couldn’t stand the thought of me helplessly watching from the sidelines as my classmates performed our routine without me. That’s when I decided I’m going to do everything I can to speed up my recovery. My teacher recommended a massage therapist who helped her immensely after a similar injury, so I made an appointment. After only 2 sessions, I was amazed! Not only did my ankle heal within 2 weeks, but my entire body felt healthier and more agile than it had ever been. It was so remarkable to see, first-hand, how fast muscles can regenerate themselves. Even after the worst wear and tear we could place upon them, it only takes a healing touch to aid them back to health. Ever since then, I have been a believer in the benefits of massage therapy.
I recently graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Massage Therapy in Quakertown, PA. The modalities I practice are Swedish, Deep Tissue therapy, and Sports Massage. I am determined to expand my knowledge of many different modalities and I’m excited to learn new techniques that I can carry with me for the rest of my life. I have learned that massage has incredible benefits, physically and emotionally and I would like everyone to be able to experience them. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to help you through your healing process and I look forward to working with you.
Jonathan Gorsky (LMT)
My name is Jonathan Gorsky. I was born in Narberth, PA, outside of Philadelphia and grew up in Northern California. While earning my undergraduate degree in music and theater at UC Santa Cruz, I was immersed in Santa Cruz’s progressive community where alternative healing therapies are plentiful. Being tall I struggled with posture and I felt that standing up straight was uncomfortable. A friend recommended that I go to yoga and after one class I was deeply astounded at how the body worked in relationship to gravity. I felt as if I had been shackled to the Earth with the chains of weakness and misalignment. My body felt disorganized. I received my first massage at a health fair where I felt my body awaken, giving me a greater capacity for expression, fulfillment and connection with others. Inspired by my yoga practice, I had a new found passion for healing bodywork. It was then that I began my journey as a massage therapist, completing my training at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz.
I have been in practice in Santa Cruz and Seattle since 1999, having recently relocated to the Lehigh Valley to move with my wife and children closer to my wife’s family. I have a deep understanding of the connections with mind, body, and spirit. I bring to my massage practice over a decade of personal experience and dedicated study in the healing arts including yoga, dance, meditation, energy work, and private studies in music production. The core of my work facilitates the awareness of the mind-body connection helping to bring forth more love, presence, success and ease.
Casandra Kemmler (LMT)
As a lifelong resident of Emmaus, I am very excited to have the opportunity to invest my talents at The Sanctuary for Healing Therapies, here in “my home town”. My passion for the healing arts began years ago while working locally at a salon as a cosmetologist. I always enjoyed giving scalp and neck massages and have been told that I had a gift for relieving stress, restoring comfort, and healing. This encouraged me to pursue a certificate in massage.
During the next decade, my rewarding work and interest in the field drove me to become fully licensed and pursue a full spectrum of healing and massage techniques at the Health Options Institute in Bethlehem. There, I embraced such arts as Shiatsu, Neuromuscular Therapy, Orthopedic and Sports massage, Reflexology, and Reiki. I was able to blend my training with my previous work at a local chiropractic clinic, where I was trained to focus on the root of my client’s pain and use massage as a tool for healing.
I feel very blessed to work in the healing arts field and enjoy playing a role in the healing of my clients.