Hello. My name is Auren (they/them).
Auren Cumberton, LMT. TN License #
My relationship to bodywork as a practice is gentle, compassionate, and somatic in nature. I specialize in fascia, energy work, and restorative movement. Sometimes I joke that I just do “wholesome” work though, or that my job is holding space more than anything.
I work with people and horses. I love supporting others to find more mobility, fluidity, to feel better and more comfortable and free in their bodies through a compassionate approach. My intention is to create a safe and intentional space for that to happen.
As a white, queer, trans, Neurodivergent, Autistic ADHD and disabled individual, it’s important to me to make my business accessible and safe for myself and for others. This is something I’m constantly working on and learning how to do better.
My office is in Cleveland, TN. I also make farm visits for horses in the Cleveland and Greater Chattanooga, TN areas.
Accessibility: It is important to me that holistic and complementary health services are accessible to everyone. It’s important to me to create a safer space.
It’s my goal to make my services financially accessible while also sustaining accessibility for myself. I’m working out how to best to do this but am currently open to working with clients for sliding-scale services based on economic need. Priority will be given to those with marginalized identities. Please text or email me to discuss.
A Note on My own Disability/Accessibility: I struggle with chronic fatigue and physical symptoms as well as more invisible disabilities. I try my best to be available for my clients, but there are periods where I need unanticipated rest or to take a step back for my health.
My Education: I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Certified Residual Strain Therapist, and have a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Applied Psychology and Holistic Health. I’ve studied Hanna Somatic Movement Education for people and horses, Ortho-bionomy and gentle positional release methods, and am often taking classes on different gentle and integrative methods that align with my beliefs. I love learning and am always learning new things and am really into self-study and reflection and have a lot of interest in mindful-movement methods, which I absolutely incorporate into my bodywork practice.
I love positive reinforcement and ethical horse perspectives and it greatly influences my practice and how I approach my equine clients.
Me, Personally: When I am not working with people or horses during sessions and classes, I am probably researching and reading, spending time with my own horses and dog, doing some kind of art or writing or movement, or somewhere out in nature to the extent that my body will allow. Let’s be real, I’m also a huge nerd and love webcomics, and am starting to get into anime. I love wholesome things, am a new fan of squishmallows, and get really excited about herbal tea blends despite knowing almost nothing about it. Also, I am human. And sometimes… sometimes I just rest. That’s good too.
Growth? I am interested in studying craniosacral, lymphatic drainage, scar tissue work, and more somatic movement and body awareness therapies. I plan to continue growing my practice with holistic horse people and their equine partners who want to have a mind-body connection. I also hope to expand my practice to specialize in supporting LGBTQIA+ (especially trans) and Neurodivergent humans. Right now I’m a baby in those communities so I don’t feel comfortable claiming specialization but am more than happy to hold space for people who share space in those communities.
Some of my fundamental beliefs.
Informed consent is the most important part of any touch-based or healing therapies.
Informed consent and feeling comfortable in our bodies is the priority for those of us who speak and for those of us who don’t, and for people and horses.
Our bodies are not broken.
Horses are not broken.
Being disabled is not bad.
Toxic positivity, “cure” and “solution” culture is not helpful, and I will not be promoting it in my practice.
For horses or people–being reactive, feeling stress, struggling, and “behaving badly” (a perspective often seen in the horse world) is often a result of our environment not meeting, respecting, or acknowledging our needs, autonomy, or sentience (this is the case especially for horses). Changing our environment is multi-faceted, complicated, and sometimes limited.
Compassionate approach to care does not mean fixing everything. It does mean holding space and discussing what way you can best receive support.
I believe our bodies have intelligence, and that we may sometimes need support and guidance to access that.
Trauma-informed: For me, approaching work with a trauma-informed perspective does not mean attempting to retrigger or re-visit the trauma. It means creating a safe space, with open communication and consent and the ability to change or stop what we are doing at any time. It means creating a therapeutic relationship that involves trust and acknowledging the vulnerability, stress, and trauma that can be held in our bodies. It also means not seeking to “fix” trauma–we can discuss helping find more relaxation in your body, but I am not here to “release trauma” and frankly, I think that is generally outside of the scope of bodyworkers and harm can easily be done. I do believe trauma-informed work also involves referring and encouraging mental health care where desired. I also acknowledge that the mental health system is not perfect and can be scary. Trauma-informed care means, more than anything, opening a dialogue.