Romi Cumes MA, CMT

Available by Appointment

(805) 448-4111

Healing Arts Studio located in downtown Santa Barbara
27 E. Victoria St., Suite O
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Bodywork, Healing & Counseling

Romi is an intuitive bodyworker, healer, yoga instructor and therapist with twenty years of combined experience. Her background in clinical, somatic psychology gently influences the unique nature of her work. Romi utilizes various bodywork modalities to promote healing and create more space in the body, while encouraging clients to get in touch with the spiritual and psychosomatic aspects at the core of their symptoms. Sessions may incorporate somatic, relational, and spiritual guidance to support the individual’s innate body wisdom.

Bodywork and Healing Modalities Utilized

  • Therapeutic Massage: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Accupressure
  • Myofascial Release


Counseling & Healing

  • Somatic & Relational Counseling
  • Spiritual and Shamanic Guidance: Dream Work, Energy Healing, Rituals
  • Nature Awareness and Wilderness Therapy


Sessions Support

  • Fitness & Strength
  • Relaxation
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Spiritual & Personal Growth
  • Nervous System Regulation; Stress Response and Anxiety
  • Pain Management
  • Relationships; Sexuality
  • Life Purpose


What is Somatic Healing and Counseling?

Somatic counseling and healing sessions support the exploration of the psyche and soma (body system). Similar to physical yoga practices, yet much more subtle, somatic (or sensory) awareness advocates body-centered exploration, to assist people to get in touch with their most authentic state of being. Somatically informed bodywork, yoga, and counseling can support you to get in touch with instinctive responses to safety and with practice, may teach you how to operate more effectively and compassionately in the world.

The practitioner may ask you simple questions such as, “What does it feel like?” “Is is dense, hard, soft, loose?” “What color, or temperature is it?” These questions are simple, yet profound and can elicit unique body-wisdom to inform us of what is needed for healing in the moment. When we operate from a place of mindful body-awareness, we balance the verbal and non-verbal sections of the brain, are less driven by fear, and are more capable of experiencing inner attunement (empathy towards others and self). Default defenses become less prevalent and life can be filled with more ease and joy. The intention of these sessions is to create a safe and nurturing space for healing, transformation, and rejuvenation. You are encouraged to take a few minutes before a session to reflect on what you wish to heal, focus on, and get guidance about. Sitting in nature or meditating before and after your session can ameliorate the effects.


I would highly endorse Romi Cumes for anyone trying to get their body in better shape and recover from injuries. After 30 years in the Fire Service I had become rigid, inflexible and attempts to return to my conventional style of exercise would frequently end in injury. A gift from my family caused me to enroll in Romi’s Intro to Yoga course. Over the past 20 months I have continued to be a student in Romi’s classes and have noticed dramatic improvement to my quality of life, my sleep patterns and peace of mind. My family has noted these changes as well. Romi is a dedicated and patient teacher who does not adhere to a “one size fits all” approach to teaching and tailors her approach to individuals. She has an intuitive sense about her students’ abilities and moods on any given day and approaches her instruction with that in mind.   I have also gone to Romi for bodywork for more deep tissue issues and found her to be excellent at this as well. Once again, her intuitive nature is a real asset in her massage and deep tissue work. My only regret is that I have not taken advantage of this therapy more often. I would recommend, without qualification, Romi Cumes as a Yoga instructor and therapist. She has a tremendous amount of good energy that flows into her work with people.
Pat McElroySanta Barbara City Fire Chief