Amelia A. Free, MSW, LMT is the former Clinical Director of both the Family Therapy Team and The Trauma Team at Boston Medical Center. She has lectured nationally, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University Schools of Medicine and Psychology, on the synthesis of body, mind and spirit in understanding the origins and treatment of stress and trauma on the personal, cultural and spiritual levels of development and life fulfillment.
Amelia has studied the internal and external medicinal, meditative and martial arts of Taoism for 27 years and it is her base philosophy in life and in her work with clients. She has taught Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Chi Gung for 10 years. She has also led workshops on feminine spiritual autobiography, authentic movement and cultivating the nine sacred chakras of the Tao.
“Our true nature nurtures us and that is the discovery I make with clients in my work.”
Amelia expanded her practice into formal bodywork in 2000 and holds 1000-hour certificates as both an Advanced Bodywork Therapist and Advanced Aquatic Bodywork Therapist from the School of Shiatsu and Massage in California, where she later became an Instructor of Pathology. Her many years of clinical practice in the water influences her work on the table in assessing and working with the innate fluidity of the body and removing the blockages that impede our process toward our natural state of expressive freedom.
Amelia is also a trained performance actress and has studied Alexander Technique, authentic movement, voice/speech and the development of core body/spirit foundational elements as avenues for the expansion and expression of the authentic self. She has also been a competitive athlete in many sports, including soccer, triathlons and long-distance running and has extensive experience in injuries and rehabilitation related to multiple sports modalities.
After years of wild-crafting medicinal plants and making her own organic salves, which she uses in her sessions, Amelia also received her formal certification as an Herbalist in 2017.
Amelia offers a deeply therapeutic, integrated and relaxing experience in a safe environment. She combines techniques primarily from Myofascial Release, therapeutic Swedish Massage and Clinical Sports Massage, Zen Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Taoist core body principles, dynamic movement assessment, aquatic bodywork modalities and an experienced understanding of the relationship between the internal and external self/environment in her work.
She provides a great deal of educational/observational feedback and homework activities in sessions in order to support the client in becoming his or her own best consultant/therapist.