How I got from horses to body work — or — an interesting series of coincidences.

After an illustrious and magical horse career (and a lot of hard work), I took a break from working with horses. A few years later, I ended up in Sarasota, Florida working in an office environment. Not really finding my niche and getting really frustrated, I began seeing a talk therapist who also did energy work. The energy work (and the talk therapy) was new to me and I quickly found out that after each session I was in my ‘happy place’ again. One day I came in early for my therapy. While waiting for my treatment time, busy reading my book, I realized my body was responding to the energy work being done with the client in the other room. What an ‘aha’ moment! My body had its own awareness separate from my brain! Wow! And I had to, had to, had to know more.

This lead to learning energy techniques (IET, dowsing and others). Following this very ‘interesting series of coincidences,” I realized I needed to go to massage school, so I could have the license to touch. (Thinking I would do some energy work on the side and keep working in the corporate world.) And, interestingly enough, many things quickly changed and rearranged and I was in massage school.

Half way through, a friend suggested I take my first craniosacral class, which was taught by Sheryl McGavin. It was a large class of around 50 people. While on break one day, I was talking with Sheryl.  As this conversation ended, Sheryl turned to walk away then turned back to me and casually said, “you know, we do this work with horses.” My jaw dropped! Another huge ‘aha’ for me. In this moment, I saw myself giving back to the horses all the healing and love they had given me. It was another huge moment of inspiration and it was amazing.

During this CST class, I began hearing over and over again that the body is able to heal itself. That our bodies have their own Inner Wisdom and we can work/play with this to facilitate healing. For me, it was ‘the tip of the iceberg!’ Again, I found myself needing to know, feel, experience, learn more.

Now all these years later, as I continue my training, learning more about the body and use theses principles in my own life, I get to feel and see the magic that it creates. The people and the horses that I get to work/play with, have been such great teachers for me. I get to see the power of holding space for healing to happen — and I am always amazed.

CranioSacral Therapy allows me to have a conversation, of sorts, with the body. When I listen well, the body tells me what it needs to facilitate change. It’s an amazing process. Treating with such a light touch invites a softness into the conversation that most of us are craving on some level. Exploring that conversation, which usually happens at such a delicate place, is a humbling experience for me and a powerful healing space for my clients.

-Karen Partisch

Karen’s LMT Credentials Include:

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (MA 36682), specializing in Craniosacral Therapy since 2002
  • Trained in and have been a Teaching Assistant through the Advanced Levels of CST with The Upledger Institute (UI)
  • Other classes taken through UI include: The Brain Speaks 1 and 2, Pediatrics 1 and 2, Immune Response, Dissection, Sensory Integration, and Advanced Clinical Application
  • Continuing training in CST with UI, The Craniosacral Therapy Alliance, and other organizations
  • Certified Instructor for 1- and 2-Day Craniosacral Therapy classes thru The Upledger Institute
  • Visiting Therapist at The Upledger Institute’s Intensive Program 2004-2009
  • The Upledger Institute approved Study Group Leader since 2004
  • Instructor, Sarasota School of Massage Therapy since 2003
  • Private Practice based in Sarasota, Florida since 2002

Schedule a Session

Contact me at 941.730.2193 or

Please let me know what kind of kind of treatment you are interested in and the days and times that work best for you (1 hour for you, 2 horses and you, etc). I will do what I can to accommodate your schedule as best I can.

I recommend scheduling your appointment in advance. Typically it’s 2 weeks to get an appointment.

Traveling out of the area may require longer lead time.


I recommend starting with three sessions if you are coming for a specific illness or dysfunction. This will give us the opportunity to see how well you respond to CST and give your body the time it needs to facilitate changes to your situation. Each of us is unique. You may need more or fewer sessions to obtain your desired results. You will have the decision on how best to proceed with your treatment.

Treating the primary person, if two or more horses get treated, will help every body hold their changes.

At first, when I saw Karen begin her work, I was surprised by how light her touch was…and was immediately reassured…by how positively my horses were responding. My horses have all responded by releasing areas of tension, soreness, tightness that they could not release on their own. Karen has made huge changes in my horses, as they all move much freer and are emotionally happier every time she touches them.

Lisa Howell, RN

Woodhue Farm

Karen will not diagnose any illness, disease or dysfunction. CST has a proven record of success as a stand alone therapy. Some clients and physicians choose to use CST along with other modalities and/or allopathic medicine. There are rare cases where it should not be used exclusively as a substitution for medical treatment.