About Karen Partisch

Karen Partisch, Licensed Craniosacral Therapist

Karen’s Fundamentals…

Early on in her training, Karen came across these two quotes and they have been a foundational piece of her approach to bodywork.

“The cure of the part should not be attempted without the treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul.”

Plato (about 382 BC)

“Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life.
When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken.
When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the
work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

The next piece is the four Tenants of Osteopathy:

  1. The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
  2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of
    structure and function.

Typically, sessions involve deep relaxation. Allowing the body to let go of stress — the stress that we often don’t even realize we are carrying. This frees up the body to optimize how it functions. Comments post session are…

I’m balanced again
Like I’m floating
Energized in all the right ways
My brain is clear
Back in flow again
Pain free
I’m back to me again
More open

Karen also has 15+ years riding and managing horses. Highlights include showing dressage into the FEI levels, assisting and riding with Olympic Dressage and 3 Day Team members, and riding second horse for the Master of the Middleburg Hunt.

Add in a diversity of training in neuroscience, trauma and quantum theories with a good dose of horse sense and you have Karen’s background and her approach to her work.

This and healing her own health challenges makes her uniquely qualified to treat complex medical conditions.

Karen Partisch’s Credentials:

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (MA 36682), specializing in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) since 2002
  • Certified Health Coach
  • 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, Advanced Clinical Application, and Touching The Brain 1 and 2
  • 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 2004-2014
  • Instructor, Sarasota School of Massage Therapy 2003-2016
  • Private Practice based in Sarasota, Florida since 2002

Schedule Your Appointment with Karen

Karen Partisch, Cranialsacral TherapyTo Schedule a Session, contact Karen at 941.730.2193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember to schedule your appointment in advance. Typically it’s 2 weeks to get an appointment. Traveling out of the area may require longer lead time.

Learn more about CST for People and about CST for Horses.

Karen continues to pursue her training and education with outstanding educators in CST and other health and integrative fields. Her clients are still her best teachers.

"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

Client Feedback

I recently received written feedback about my Remote Treatment sessions:

"On a Monday morning I was traveling to Sarasota, on my way to an appointment with Karen Partisch. Well, there were accidents on I-75 N and 41N. I kept trying to get there with stopped traffic everywhere. I called her from the car and was able to return home for a phone session instead.

I had hit my head several times during the past year and also had a lot of recent dental work. I decided to see Karen because of jaw pain. Remotely, she was able to tune into and free up channels of energy flow and remove emotional blockages that I didn’t even know I had. I’m talking lightbulb moments!

I was so thrilled with the results of her phone session and I was in the comfort of my own home! As an energy practitioner myself, I could feel Karen’s highly skilled, very intuitive energy working. I would highly recommend Karen without reservation."

Kathy Brackett. — March 10, 2020

"In June of this year, I began to see Karen weekly to help me deal with the symptoms from chemotherapy. I saw her in person once and then the rest of the weekly appointments were remote. I would pick a quiet place to relax, undisturbed. 

During the remote session, I would be guided by Karen to bring my attention to different parts of my body. I gave her feedback about what I felt while she worked. One week I was dealing with a sluggish gut. She directed me to put my hands on my stomach and visualize movement. At the end of that session I felt lighter and less bloated. The words that came up were, ‘move along’. In a couple of days the bloat and sluggish gut resolved. 

After our remote sessions, I sleep for up to 2 hours and the effects of her work last for days. Karen also helped to resolve headaches from dry sinuses due to the toxic chemo. My sinuses became juicer and the nosebleed stopped. 

These remote sessions have benefitted me not only in dealing with chemo side effects, but in setting up my body to use the chemo most effectively. Karen has become an integral part of my health Team and in my journey toward complete restoration of my health. I am forever grateful."

Nancy Freund — July 14, 2020

"Having worked with Karen Partisch during our three months winter visits to Sarasota for the last six years has been a true blessing in my life. I return home each year with a renewed sense of self, deep peace and restored healthful balance.

June of 2020 gifted me with an unexpected event in my life. After having what I thought was a gallbladder attack, I was diagnosed with an enormous cyst in my liver that had ballooned so large it firmly attached itself to my breathing diaphragm on my right side. Having moved from morphine in the emergency room to oxycodone at home, the pain was usually level 8 or 9 from the first four days.

Realizing the path ahead, researching liver surgeons, hospitals, obtaining appointments, referrals and eventual surgery seemed overwhelming. Having complete trust in her skills, I called Karen. She did’t skip a beat and began working with me energetically, remotely over the phone while I was 1,000 miles away from Sarasota. As I began describing what was happening in my body and the location, Karen began working with a set of three nerves, one of which was connecting to my liver. She was able to calm the nerves and drop my pain level from an eight to a three in about 20 minutes. She continued to work on my nervous system enabling me to breathe easier.

Over a five week period, we usually had 15 to 30 minute remote energy sessions based on my needs as my pain levels varied by day. Although the pain level could not be completely eliminated, I was able to have manageable relief healing me take one day at a time.

We worked together remotely prior to surgery and during recovery. Karen was ever compassionate, supportive and always cheering me on. Her intuition is accurate and she has a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and resources she generously shares.

She helped me survive what seemed like an endless experience when I could only minimally eat and was unable to take a full breath. I highly recommend remote energy therapy with Karen. You won’t regret it!"

Karen Fanning, July 2020

Dear Karen,

"Thank you SO much for your help yesterday. My neck had been killing me for three days and in five-minutes your distance treatment stopped the pain. In just a few minutes, from across town, you did what the chiropractor couldn’t do in person. I knew your in-person treatments were powerful, but I never imagined that you could also work this well at a distance. I am so grateful for your amazing work. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."

Mary Getten.  July 2020



Karen Partisch will not diagnose any illness, disease or dysfunction. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) has a proven record of success as a stand alone therapy and integrates well with other allopathic and holistic treatments. There are rare cases CST when should not be the treatment of choice.