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
  • Trained in Lymphatic Drainage
  • 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

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.