Appointment request

Once you paid for a session either in our system (below or shop tab) or in Living Social or spaweek you may make your appointment request and bring your receipt to the session. Do not put your voucher number in this system, leave the discount code blank. Our online request calendar shows general availability 48 hours out from this point in time.   If you are trying to make an appointment for today or tomorrow you will need to contact us directly to see what is open.   Appointment requests will be approved if the therapist and room are available.   Do not show up for an appointment until you receive the appointment approval in your e-mail or have a verbal confirmation from the office.

Any questions please contact us at or call or text 610-724-7472- remember to identify yourself and your an example This is Sam Freedom, I want to schedule an hour appointment with Linda on December 12 at 2pm for Hot Stones Reiki. We will return your contact as soon as we are able -typically within 48 hours. We do not have electronic equipment including computers or phones on while we are with clients or in events. You will also be asked to turn off your phone for all energy healings, events.

Help Picking your Wellness Therapists

Linda Bender (Master Healer, volunteer) – Founder of our wellness center.  Metaphysical Doctor, Reiki Master, Certified as Spiritual Healer, Master Personal Trainer and Sports Nutrition, Holistic Life Coach and offer over 20 healing styles except massage. Empath and Medical Intuitive. Interfaith Minister who does weddings and other ceremonies. Linda mentors other healers.   Linda’s focus as master personal training is getting folks moving and flexible so they can grow into a standard workout at the YMCA.  Often she works with people dismissed from Physical Therapy who are still feeling pain and need a little more help to transition back to normal.

Melanie Lanese (Healer and Student Massage, volunteer) – Reiki Master, Reflexology and Massage Student.

Charles Peeples (LMT)- Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer – Charles’ style is deep tissue Swedish massage.  He is also a hard core weight lifter focused many years on woman’s body building.  We often hear clients claim Charles gave them the best massage of their life.

Other Therapists may be called in from time to time, but these are our main staff.  We may also have students available to work on you if you would like to help them fine tune their lessons.  We may be able to make a connection for you and have you come in at a student rate (generally 25% less the public price.)

If you are a healer who would like to give back to the community and possibly learn new skills please contact the office to discuss volunteer opportunities.  We also are always looking for volunteer administrative staff, event staff and board members with a heart for healing the community.

About our Location

Mailing Address  Send all correspondence here Ancient Joy Ministries – Bender Healing- Life Spirit SpaP.O. Box 143
Valley Forge, PA 19481-0143
Weekdays 11-7 & Weekends Sun 11-2
by appointment except during school year
Small six person Workshops or Weddings see events tab.
Handicap Accessible
Bender Healing- Life Spirit Spa
239 Church Street
 E-mail address

We also do   Corporate/Group events within 25 miles of Valley Forge and In-home/hospital sessions within 15 miles of Valley Forge.  We will do special events such as weddings and speaking engagements world wide.

Energy work and life coaching can also be done remotely over the phone. We have done effective energy work thousands of miles away. International work is possible if you provide an English translator.

Paying for your session

We are a donation basis and have minimum donations for specific services which are set below what you would get for equatable services in the Philadelphia market- sometimes 50% off.   If you are coming in for your first healing session the minimum amount is $120. At the session you will discuss rates with the staff. Typically a session is $120 for a healing, $90 for a massage for public prices. For members the prices drop to $90 for a healing and $80 for a massage. Monthly membership fees start at $30 and memberships are designed to help the frequent wellness seeker save money. Members also are able to take special services not available to public. If you go for one of the prepay packages you can get even more significant reduction of rate even down to a $65 massage, see the shop tab for details.

All the donations you make for services go to further the work, we have hardship cases (about 25% of the folks we serve) which if you believe you are one, please contact the office to discuss.  Our volunteers are allowed to accept tips and we ask that be done via cash directly to the individual. Any additional monies above the session minimum is made part of the operating fund. All donations are in kind meaning the minimum amount cannot be written off on your taxes only those donations above the minimum amount can, please contact your accountant for details.

Specials and Discounts

  1. If you have a gift certificate, a voucher that you won,  a living social or other similar prepaid coupon or a prepaid session from previously purchased specials or multiple session deal you may go directly to schedule your session at the calendar below.
  2. If you have a partial discount such as $20 off a session or a gift card from spaweek, please call the office for pricing.  This also applies if you want to use a credit for a person you referred to our offices.  You may also figure it out by looking at the prices below, subtract your discount and then use that figure for the donate.
  3. Formerly known as A7- Current Special – Our specials change all the time, so check back on a regular basis.

3 sessions for price of 2


New Client info

Excellent! you are interested in becoming a client. First comes the forms and legalities.

For a Remote client for please fill out and return with an optional photo for each family member having a session. Remote Client Form

For an office visit complete and bring this AJ intake form 2011. The form explains some procedures and a bit of what to expect during a hands-on session. There will be additional forms for those of you who want to work on your diet or exercise. Your therapist will review your information the during the first visit and you will be able to ask questions.

Legally : You agree that your wellness therapy and spiritual consultation is subject to your own interpretation and is for your personal growth purposes only. Information you receive does not constitute legal, psychological, medical, business or financial advice. Choices and actions based on the content of your session are your own responsibility.

You must be at least 18 years or older to receive services- except where noted. Parents and legal guardians may request services for their children. You must live within the United States for us to call you, we can communicate through e-mail.

When you register for any service you are agreeing to operate under these legal statements. Also note privacy is guaranteed, but we are required by law and report suspected child abuse.


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