To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Best Practices: Susan Carbin-Hardee,” in the September 2011 issue.

Susan Carbin-Hardee says the human body is her life’s work. With a graduate degree in body-mind psychology, 30 years of massage therapy practice and a lifelong interest in dance, movement and yoga, the founder of Embodi Health & Wellness in Brattleboro, Vermont (, has stepped onto a new path with certification in KMI Structural Integration.

Q. If you knew then what you know now, what would you have done differently starting out?
A. I would have begun practicing KMI Structural Integration ( earlier. I thought I wouldn’t be strong enough to work in this way, but I am. The training deepened my anatomy skills three-dimensionally, and I feel I am now working closer to my potential, and not just with my hands but with my whole being.

The results from the work have been dramatic. KMI feels like a leading edge in bodywork because of what the new fascial research brings to light. And that’s where I want to be professionally.

Q. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
A. I envision myself teaching, writing and practicing with a depth and evolving wisdom that keeps me fascinated and balanced.

I have a lot of great new ideas to explore for helping clients be more comfortable via movement. Also, my experience of living in a body for more than 50 years will continue to inform my sensitivity to clients of all ages.