Emerge Massage Studio


About Hanna Howard, Owner/Certified Massage Therapist
My Personal Story…

I grew up receiving massage as a once a year treat for my birthday. I considered it a luxury and believed that I could only treat myself on special occasions.

Deep Tissue

One year for my birthday, I received a massage from Hope Bockus which changed everything. Her style and technique were the best that I had ever received.

I couldn’t believe how loose and fluid my neck felt afterward. I walked out of the treatment room feeling like I had a bobble head!

That’s when my relationship with massage changed.

Hope explained that with monthly massages and at home stretches I could maintain this new found freedom in my neck.

By keeping a monthly regimen of receiving bodywork from Hope my neck feel better and my stress levels were lower. I also noticed other areas of my body releasing and letting go of years of tension.

Massage was having a big impact on the quality of my life and when Hope opened up her own massage school, I decided to enroll and learn how to help others as well. By the end of my 9 month training, I opened the doors of Emerge Massage Studio in 2006.

My practice was born out of a vision and desire to create a truly nurturing and therapeutic massage experience. I am tremendously grateful and honored to play a part in helping others pursue a life that is more balanced, peaceful and healthy.

Since 2006 I have continued my education and I have accumulated over 1,000 hours of training and 8,000+ hours of hands-on work in my practice.

Deep TissueIn 2013 I became certified in Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage.

This is a technique where the Massage Therapist stands on the massage table and uses overhead bars for leverage and balance while massaging the client with warm, clean feet.

After receiving this style of massage from a friend, I was blown away. The broad pressure of the feet, combined with the sweeping, gliding movements lulled my muscles into a state of total relaxation and ease.

I knew that this was my future in massage.

In 2013 I took the Barefoot Basics and Anterior/Side-lying training. After a year of practicing the basics, I earned my Advanced Ashiatsu Certification and my practice is now comprised of about 90% Barefoot Bodywork.

As a Vermont native, I have lived in the Burlington area my entire life. In 2015 my husband and I purchased a yurt and moved to the Montpelier area. We love the little homestead that we’re building and enjoy sharing stories about our adventures living off grid!

When I’m not massaging, I enjoy foraging for wild edibles, spending time with my husband Tracker and our house rabbit Noni, gardening and playing outside.

My Professional Story…

I have over 1000 hours of training in massage therapy and am a graduate of BodySoul Spa and School and Elements of Healing of Vermont.

I earned my certificate in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (also known as Barefoot Bodywork) through Barefoot Bodywork Training Course in 2013. I have completed their Barefoot Basics, Anterior/Side-lying, as well as the Advanced Ashiatsu courses.

My studies have included anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology as well as 8,000+ hands on clinical hours working with the public since 2006.

My training includes:

    • Sports Massage
    • Chair Massage
    • Pregnancy Massage
    • Thai Massage
    • Shiatsu
    • Hot Stone
    • Spa Services
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Reflexology
    • Ashiatsu Barefoot Bodywork
      • Fire Cupping
        Heated Bamboo Massage

Client Reviews

Lisa S.

WOW! Just WOW!

Hanna is nothing short of amazing! I had a massage with her about one week ago...as soon as it was over I immediately booked another appointment! For the first time in my life, I tried cupping. It is a wonderful add-on, and provides a lot of relief.

Darlene M.


Hanna does an outstanding job. My massages are always customized to what I need.

Laura H.

A Gifted Healer

I've been going to Emerge for monthly massages for about two years. Hanna is amazing. No matter how I feel when I get there, I always leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Regular massage is an important part of my self care regimen and I can't recommend Emerge highly enough. Hanna is truly a gifted healer.

Carmen S.

Impressive Intuitive Touch

I was very impressed with her intuitive touch- it's rare to find a massage therapist in-tune enough to find tense spots you didn't even mention (or know existed). I recommend adding fire cupping to your treatment, icing on the cake!

Scott M.

Repeat Performance

I have been a client of Hanna's for almost 10 years, on at least a monthly basis. I can honestly say that massage with Hanna has been a consistently enjoyable experience. It never feels redundant because Hanna is dynamic and has evolved her practice and skill so she approaches each session slightly different. She is as thorough as she is capable and I consider her part of my team of health care providers.

John L.

Noticeable Improvement

I really appreciate Hanna's skills.  She has done wonders for my body and I have definitely noticed an improvement in my overall health and well being since seeing you regularly.  Thank you very much.

Kate F.

She is a magician!

My new favorite massage studio! I have already recommended her to friends. As a nursing student, my back is constantly being challenged by bending over patients in disagreeable positions. Hanna made my back pain decrease from a 7 out of 10 down to a 2 out of 10. She is a magician. I look forward to my next visit in the incredible sanctuary she has created!


Terrific Massage

Barefoot Bodywork is a wonderful form of massage, strong, gentle, restorative...I would recommend to even those who feel shy.

Pete C.

Great work!

Wonderful massage today. If I haven't said it enough- you do great work and are amazing.