Former Hollywood star turned Charlottesville healer after Aug. 12, 2017

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Aug. 12, 2017 sent shock waves through Charlottesville, and for many, it hasn't stopped.

For one local woman who left Hollywood behind for a simpler and quieter life, the tragedy of that weekend has pushed her back into being a public person and a healer.

"What happened here I feel like was a microcosm of what's happening everywhere," said Freddie Simpson, an acupuncturist and healer.

People who are fans of the classic baseball film about the barnstorming female baseball teams of the 1940s, "A League of Their Own," she is one of the stars.

After a successful movie and TV acting career, she says she and her husband decided the quaint, quiet town of Charlottesville was the best place to raise their family and practice the healing arts.

Little did she know, her second profession would lead her to help a lot of people here.

"They come in for acupuncture, they come in for massage, they come in for Chi Gong and Yoga, mindfulness, but under it, they have been rattled, traumatized," said Simpson.

But she says it does not stop there.

"The frustration over what can I do? I am so anxious, I want to do something," she said.

Simpson says Halo Salt Spa, where she works, helped scores of people deal with the pain of that terrible weekend, many times for free.

But there was also tragedy in her own life that showed her the true spirit of Charlottesville

"About a year ago, my house burned down," said Simpson. "I broke my spine but I saved my daughter's life."

A GoFundMe page was set up to help her family after the fire.

Now the former actress who practices the healing arts at the Halo Salt Spa is just a few feet from where the worst of Aug. 12 occurred. She walks by the Heather Heyer memorial every day.

She says the city's pain and its heart has galvanized her to take a stand both socially and politically.

"Those of us who are in positions of privilege, we need to stand forward, we need to use our bodies, our minds, and our hearts, to stand forward, for those who can't stand forward," Simpson said.



 
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