Welcoming Sam Boothroyd to Deep Roots

Sam Boothroyd knows headaches. In fact, when she came to Deep Roots as an intern over the summer and learned self-massage techniques from Mark Rebillard, they became part of a 20-minute-a-day routine that put her own regular and debilitating migraines to a near stop.

“I love to help people with migraines, whenever I see anybody on the schedule with a headache I get excited to try techniques,” Sam says. “When I see someone who has migraines, I know how much it’s affecting their life.”

Sam has been hired out of her River Valley Community College internship as a full-fledged therapist here. She isn’t a newbie to massage, though – she got her start setting up a table on a beach in Costa Rica, where she lived for two years. Since then, she’s taken some Reiki training, studied some Thai and Mayan abdominal massage, and become well-versed in lomi lomi techniques. That last is a Hawaiian modality that encompasses a number of different methods. Her favorite is “mana lomi.”

“That definitely is the foundation of all my practice,” Sam says. “I just got really comfortable with it.”

Described as “loving touch,” she says, “it’s goals are to just bring awareness of one’s body. It’s generally assessment-based and deep, it has a lot of stretching and deep compression.”

Sam was encouraged to get her license here by her massage therapist-husband Brian Strauss, who was also recently hired at Deep Roots. The two each have their own practices in Vermont, but Sam also wanted something a little more - sociable.

“I really wanted to work somewhere with other people and just learn from a variety of people,” she says. “When I met [the people at Deep Roots] I just thought ‘these people are so nice. These are the kind of people I want to work with, and for.’”

She didn’t know, at the time, that Deep Roots’ continuing education ethic was so strong, but now she’s thrilled to know that her tendency to “dabble” and try new things will be celebrated and nurtured on the job.

Sam is currently doing her yoga teacher training online. She and Brian live in Brattleboro with their dog, cat, and bunnies.

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We’re coming back strong! At Deep Roots, we feel incredibly lucky to have been able to open back up, safely, and better our knowledge and skills in the process.

In fact, we’re opening up evening and weekend hours. Our new schedule, starting in mid-October, is:

Monday & Tuesday - 8:30a.m.-4p.m.
Wednesday Through Friday - 8:30a.m.-9p.m.
Saturday - 9a.m.-5p.m.
Sunday - 11a.m.-5p.m.

How are we able to do that? In addition to the fantastic employees who had already returned to us after our COVID-19 closure, we are hiring several more!

There’s something else you should know: with help from the Paycheck Protection Program from the Cares Act, we were able to invite back employees for almost 8 weeks of work, even before we were able to see clients again. We "doubled down on our down time" by investing and paying our team to complete 250 hours of training with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Massage. Mark Rebillard, Cassie Sundstrom, Casey Carroll, Sarah Bessonett, Angelique Shepard, and Heather Spaulding all took part in earning certificates in Corrective Exercise and Orthopedic Massage.

We continue to take precautions to be sure our clients and our therapists are as safe as they can be while providing excellent massage. Among the actions that have become rituals in our office: No one is allowed in without a health screen and a face mask, we change our scrubs and face masks in-between massages, and wipe all touched surfaces between clients. See the whole list here.

A demonstrated commitment to professional development as well as to the health and safety of our clients and staff has brought amazing new therapists to our team.