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Bodywork, Massage & Energy Healing

I draw from over twenty-five years of professional training and personal experience to offer transformative bodywork and intuitive energy-healing. I enjoy utilizing a variety of modalities including, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Intuitive Energy Healing, Cranial Sacral Therapy (approach: Upledger Institute), Myofascial Release (approach: MFR by John Barnes, P.T.), Neuromuscular therapy, and Accupressure (Jin Shin Do). Sessions are catered to facilitate pain relief, relaxation, mobility and spaciousness, and concurrently may support the emotional-spiritual layers of the healing process. If you are a new client, I recommend selecting the two-hour session option when booking your initial appointment. This session includes a detailed somatic assessment and healing-focused consultation, as well as a 90 minute therapeutic bodywork or energy healing session.

My Approach

My approach has been profoundly influenced by somatic-relational psychotherapy, movement, energy-healing, and yoga. At the root of all tension, stress and anxiety, is the sympathetic nervous system branch which governs the body’s fight or flight response. When the body operates from a place of persistent dysregulation, physical and emotional symptoms manifest, making life less manageable. As a somatic therapist and intuitive healer, my intention is to support people to feel better and empower them to explore the profound benefits of mind-body healing. In my experience, physical symptoms are interconnected with the psychosomatic and/or spiritual aspects of the self. How deeply a person goes in session has everything to do with their intention and unique healing focus. I provide clinical skills to fix pain, and a grounded, nurturing space to facilitate relaxation, stress relief, and emotional balance.

Modalities

The professional field of massage therapy and bodywork has expanded to include a large variety of healing modalities. Each modality has something therapeutic to offer, has a unique feel, and can be catered to the unique needs of the individual. To learn more about my specialties, click the tabs below.

Benefits

This technique is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. Nurturing touch and oil or lotion make the flow of this massage luxurious and calming. The technique may include long strokes, circular motion and kneading, applied with soft to medium pressure. In addition to alleviating muscle tension and a variety of symptoms, therapeutic massage aids in circulation, lymphatic movement, and cortisol (stress hormone) reduction. Therapeutic massage can be integrated into other modalities, or experienced on its own for an extremely relaxing experience.

This massage style is often generally called “Bodywork”, as it integrates various techniques to create more space in the body, while targeting a variety of physical symptoms. Deep tissue massage aids in pain relief and injury rehabilitation by penetrating deeper layers of soft tissue and muscle. Pressure is usually medium to firm, but can be catered to meet the needs of the client. A common misconception is that deep tissue massage is supposed to be unbearably painful. Although it can be uncomfortable, it should never be something the client and practitioner can’t comfortably work through.

Neuromuscular and trigger point therapy may also be integrated into a deep tissue session. These techniques involve adding concentrated pressure on areas of muscle spasm and tightness. Muscle articulation (gentle movement of limbs etc.) and resistance-based techniques may also be utilized to promote muscular release. Deep tissue, neuromuscular therapy, and trigger point techniques are highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain, and are often successful in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of longstanding painful conditions.

Cranial Sacral Therapy (also known as CranioSacral and CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University, where he served as professor of biomechanics. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. For more information about Cranial Sacral Therapy, visit upledger.com.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective technique that involves applying sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The practitioner applies techniques very slowly and does not use oil. The slow “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load of gentle pressure is applied slowly which allows the viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce pressure and painful symptoms. Myofascial Release therapists use a multitude of techniques and movement therapy to relieve symptoms and fascial strain. After a MFR session, clients report feeling much more spacious, elongated, peaceful, and stretched out. Flexibility and postural awareness is also improved with regular treatment. Myofasical release was developed by John Barnes, P.T. More information can be found at myofascialrelease.com.

Accupressure, also know as Jin Shin Do, promotes a pleasant, trancelike state, in which one can relax and move into their body to access feelings and inner wisdom. This modality helps release body armoring (tense psychosomatic holding patterns) and chronic tension, balances “Qi” (energy), and improves vitality. Accupressure involves gentle, yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points along the body. Generally, a local point in a tense area is held together with related distal points to help the tense area release. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress, muscle tension, and trauma related problems. Accupressure is a synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy, Reichian segmental theory, Ericksonian psychotherapy, and breathing techniques. You can learn more at jinshindo.org.

Receiving therapeutic massage, bodywork and energy healing is a wonderful gift that feeds the body and soul. It provides many benefits such as, relaxation, pain relief, stress reduction, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and emotional healing. Consistent bodywork is also highly effective for athletes, as it supports improved mobility, performance, and recovery.

Some studies have shown massage and bodywork techniques to be effective in relieving a variety of issues including, but not limited to:

  • soft tissue and fascial tension
  • injuries
  • stress
  • headaches
  • digestive disorders
  • anxiety
  • muscle tension
  • insomnia
  • temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
  • back pain

Please note: bodywork is not meant to be a replacement for professional medical care. Those with serious medical conditions should consult with their doctor before receiving massage and bodywork. If you are an Anthem Blue Cross Patient, Romi Cumes Somatic Therapy, PC is unable to bill insurance for bodywork and massage therapy services (psychotherapy only). We can provide you with a superbill upon request. More about Somatic Psychotherapy.

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Healing Bodywork Rates

Introductory Session

90 Minutes (+25 min Initial Consultation) — $280

Embark on your journey into wellness and serenity.
This comprehensive session is an optional starting point, but designed especially for new clients.

Your healing bodywork session begins with a comprehensive 30-minute somatic assessment where we will collaboratively tune into your healing objectives. I provide a holistic somatic healing experience, mindfully catered to consider the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of your current bodywork needs.

After the assessment, you’ll receive 90 minutes of therapeutic mixed-modality bodywork, uniquely tailored to align with your healing goals. These sessions are intuitively crafted to clear and harmonize your energy, relieve tension, reduce physical pain, and foster a profound sense of tranquility.

This experience is more than just a massage; it is an invitation to a therapeutic and transformative healing journey.

Follow-Up Sessions

Each bodywork session is an intuitively led journey towards holistic healing, thoughtfully addressing your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our therapeutic mixed-modality approach is customized to meet your unique healing goals, fostering a profound sense of relaxation and tranquility.

Both the 75-minute and 90-minute sessions begin with a brief check-in and somatic assessment to ensure a fully personalized experience.

Gift Certificates for Bodywork

Offer healing and rejuvenation to someone you care about with a gift certificate for Bodywork with Romi. From deep relaxation to foundational healing, each session is an exploration into innate body wisdom, and a step towards a more harmonious, vibrant self.

Please make sure to review the following Purchase & Usage Terms before choosing your desired gift certificate.

  • These gift certificates/pre-paid session vouchers are non-refundable.
  • Prepayments will always be valid for the purchased amount, but they must be redeemed within 90 days of purchase or they may not fully cover potential practitioner rate increases.
  • If a gift certificate or voucher is used after 90 days of purchase, there may be an additional fee required at the time of service to compensate providers for the difference between the purchased amount and their current rates.

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