Romi Cumes MA, CMT is a leading professional in: bodywork (massage therapy and other modalities), yoga Instruction, intuitive healing, and somatic and relational counseling. Her private practice is located in Santa Barbara, California. Romi created Transformative Healing Arts in 2005 has been committed to consciousness-based studies for over twenty years. She integrates clinical knowledge with intuition to initiate greater transformation and healing.
Romi’s bodywork, yoga, and healing approach is deeply rooted in somatic and relational psychology, physiology, nature awareness, and intuitive guidance. She is dedicated to healing and supports people to explore the profound relationship between somatic (body centered) awareness, emotion, and spiritual well-being. Her style is empathetic, nurturing and direct, and she facilitates clients to work with physical and emotional blockages in a way they can understand.
I have explored spiritual practices since childhood and movement has been one of the most profound sources of soul-nourishment in my life. I believe there are endless pathways to self-discovery, including both dynamic and subtle embodiment practices. I glean insight from various spiritual traditions and feel most aligned with myself and Spirit when immersed in nature.
I received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSC, with a minor in Ethnobotany and Holistic Health. I feel passionate about causes that support ecology, nature-based education, and sustainable living systems. I enjoy spending as much time as I can in wild, especially southern Africa, where my family is from. I strongly believe there is a direct relationship between nature and one’s individual healing process. How we treat the earth directly impacts the individual and global psyche. In addition to being practically supportive, healing can also be a metaphor that reminds us to live in harmony with the natural world, it’s proverbial limbs extending into every aspect of life.
I began practicing yoga in 1995 and I completed my first teacher training in 1998 and massage program in 2001. After working with massage and yoga clients for over ten years, I felt called to understand more about the body, as it pertains to the psyche and received a Masters in clinical psychology in from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. That journey opened me up to the powerful world of somatic and relational psychology and client-centered psychotherapy. I currently work part-time as a bereavement counselor at Hospice of Santa Barbara, where I am completing clinical hours towards my California MFT license.