Therapists

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

I am the founder and owner of The Sanctuary for Healing Therapies. I have been a practicing professional for more than 10 years, but was drawn to the Healing Arts as far back as my early childhood. I distinctly remember that when 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, and 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 providing clients with various healing techniques, I don’t think of what I do as a job or a career; it is an extension of who I am. Being present with clients as they are healing is a profound experience and, quite frankly, a huge honor.
My formal education consists of intensive studies at The Heartwood Institute in Northern California and with mentors during my travels to many magical places: Sedona, Arizona, Mt. Shasta and Big Sur, California, and various other places in the United States as well as locales in Italy, France and Germany. But this work provides ongoing opportunities to gain new knowledge and experience, and I continue to learn something new almost every day that I’m able to bring into the treatment room. I specialize in Neuromuscular Therapy and acute/chronic pain. I also offer Swedish, Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Thermotherapy, Aromatherapy, Pre & Post Natal Massage, Thai Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and energy modalities that I have been formulating through my own observations and research.
I recently received traininng with David Winston at The Center for Herbal Studies to become a Clinical Herbalist.
I look forward to working with you, and taking part in your healing.

Shelli Whitman

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 Ryan

I graduated from The Massage Academy of the Poconos and have been practicing Massage Therapy for over three years and truly believe in it’s power and benefit to the body. Being an all-star athlete through my schooling career brought about a pronounced interest about the body, it’s functions, and healing. Starting out in Physical Therapy, I felt drawn to another form of healing that integrated more of the body as a whole and not just individual parts. I believe, the body is a true art form, that is unique to each individual person and can heal itself with the right tools. I am honored to be a part of each individuals healing process while educating them and bringing a tool that they didn’t have before.

I specialize in Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapies and I am currently taking courses with John F. Barnes to further my practice with the healing benefits of Myofascial Release. Along with these therapies I also practice other modalities including Sports Therapy, Swedish and Infant Massage. The journey of learning is new everyday and with that I can continue to bring new and integrative approaches to the treatment room. I look forward to working with you.

Alyssa Allem

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

Jonathan GorskyMy 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.