Beyond simply providing the best possible bodywork, therapy, and holistic wellness services, Freed Bodyworks has always been staunchly committed to the practice of radical inclusion. Since day one, we have made it clear that every body is welcome in our space and deserving of top-notch, heart-centered care. We have worked to build a practice that is accessible, accepting, and representative of the glorious and diverse communities that make this city, and the country it represents, beautiful. At the same time, we recognize that we exist within a flawed society with an oppressive past and a vast amount of work left to do, and we know that the healing space at Freed is needed now more than ever.
In our current political climate, we are standing steadfast in that mission, taking concrete steps to create and maintain more inclusive spaces, radical spaces, and safe spaces. As has always been the case, you are welcome regardless of your race, religion, nation of origin, immigration status, employment status, gender identity, sexuality, size, shape, and ability. If you have a body and are committed to upholding our inclusive ethos, you belong here.
Audre Lorde famously said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We could not agree more. If you find yourself marginalized by the current administration or you have chosen a path of allyship, you’re facing a battle that will almost certainly take a toll on your mind, body, and soul. We are your partners in this fight, and we will be here to offer support if your body aches from marching or your soul and psyche are wounded by institutionalized and normalized abuse. Our practitioners are healers at the ready--as you organize for the good of humanity, please make time to be good to yourself, and know that we are here to show you love and infinite gratitude.
As a business, we will continue to offer as many sliding-scale services and workshops as we can make financially viable. As a practice, we are ramping up our team’s cultural competency trainings, working as a group to heal from our biases so we can better serve you. We will also introduce new programming and open additional spaces for healing. We are starting with Rise: People Of Color Community Yoga Project, funded by white activists, so that those who have systemically suffered most under white supremacy may gain better access to healing spaces within a supportive environment.
It’s a start, and we won’t stop there. Our brick and mortar business may have walls, but our communities are boundless. As we take the time to reflect on what more we can do, within our space and out in the world, we’d love to hear from all of you. Please feel free to reach out to us with your suggestions, questions, desires, and needs. We’re here to stay, and here to serve.