Karen Partisch, Licensed Craniosacral Therapist

 Karen's Blog

Wendy Murdoch has been having these wonderful conversations with a diverse group of people all involved in the horse world. If you have not seen these ‘Webinars with Wendy’ I encourage you to check them out on YouTube.  Sign up to view her webinars live here: https://murdochmethod.com/product-category/webinars-with-wendy/. Wendy’s background and skillset allows conversations to easily cover a lot of information quickly and easily. Hope you enjoy our conversation as much as we did recording it. 

podcast karen partisch rohlfKaren Rohlf's interview with me on her podcast was published on December 27, 2020.  You can hear it here.

For those of you who don’t know much about me, here is a little bit about my work…

To start, I will share two quotes that help shape how I approach my work.

The first is from Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. Many consider her one of the first wholistic physicians. She says…

“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.”

The next quote is from Brené Brown. She says…

“I’m here to get it right. Not to be right.”

These two quotes help me remember that being of service to my clients is a gift. When I meet a client, I want to see them. Not their disease or dysfunction. And these quotes help me remember that I am human and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from each client I meet.

Along with these quotes, there are some great concepts that support me.

First are the four Tenants of Osteopathy. They are…

  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.

... Add in the light touch subtly and power of craniosacral therapy, a bit of neuroscience and a good dose of horse sense and you have how I practice.

This is a fun little video showing several of my clients doing the things they love. Being able to live full on should be a requirement for all of us. As we know, sometimes things get in the way and this is why getting good bodywork is essential to living a full on life.

Each human and equine in this video has been treated by me. Enjoy!

In my line of work, we often joke that it’s like watching the grass grow. Here is the grass growing in high speed. Enjoy!

Meet Mirror. At the time of this video, Mirror was part of a herd managed in a very holistic environment. His story goes that early in his life, he did a lot of showing including halter classes. He is what some natural horsemanship people refer to as an introvert. Some people use the word stoic. However you define it, he tends to hold a lot in and not display signs of release or any other information. Fortunately, with my hands on work, I get to feel the positive changes he was making all throughout our treatment.

Here is a video with me treating Karen Rohlf’s horse, Solana. She often wants me to treat her head and upper neck. It frequently feels like the lymphatics are sluggish and maybe backed up, causing or adding to some sinus congestion. It’s challenging for her during this session. Knowing her as I do, I stay with her and back off my pressure and intention as needed, and wait to be invited back in to work.

Most of the horses I treat are healthy, happy horses. My treatments help these horses process their stress, release restrictions, mobilize fascia, improve fluid flow, and increase connection with their humans. They help relax their own nervous systems and upgrade performance, increasing Dynamic Balance.

Every once in a while, I get to treat a horse that has some unique set of circumstances that are baffling to their people. In years gone by, the vets would give them the ‘ADR’ diagnosis. We don’t know what’s wrong, but we know he ‘Ain’t Doing Right,’ hence the acronym ADR. In April, I got to treat a horse that fit that description.

People sometimes come to me because they are in pain. When I ask them what they want to do with the pain, they usually say, ‘Get rid of it!’ As part of craniosacral therapy, I often ask if we can talk to the pain. I ask what the person wants to say to the pain. The typical reply is usually something like, ‘get out of here!’ It’s not a very nice way to talk to our pain or our self now is it.

What if we got to know our pain? I believe that most of the time, pain is information. What if we sat with it, talked with it, like we were trying to get to know it? Maybe this pain has something to teach us.

Bodies want to self correct and sometimes they need a little help. This is where good bodywork can help us relax deeply to let go of stress and other restrictions. In my work, much of my job is bringing awareness to what might need to change and allowing the horse or person to make their own changes ... at their own pace ... in the way that is best for them in this moment.

In this video, I talk with Karen Rohlf about some of the things that make my form of bodywork unique. I call this The Partisch Process. It's based on Equine Craniosacral Therapy and my many years of being around horses.

In this short video, Karen Rohlf explains the treatments and results she has seen from Karen Partisch's work with her horses. Karen Partisch also talks about her thoughts on treating horses.


Please Note: There is no sound on this video! 

In this short video, you see what can happen when it feels like the first treatment (Before) is more like a wrestling match and the second treatment (After), well, goes very differently. 

There are several things worth noting about what you see. Even though you only see a few minutes of each treatment, each session is well represented in the Before and After. 

The Before was very much about her feeling into the treatment and her fascial restrictions. This I knew and was continually validated by what I was feeling. She kept me connected and engaged the entire time. I was feeling her doing her own work validated by the releases I was feeling and the improved expression of her craniosacral rhythm. 

People often come to me because they are in pain. When I ask them what they want to do with the pain, they usually say, ‘Get rid of it!’ As part of craniosacral therapy, I often ask if we can talk to the pain. I ask what the person wants to say to the pain.

Do our bodies really do listen to us? They do, more than we know.

Many years ago, someone very close to me was hit by a car. She was walking to her mailbox in the late winter up North. The car came speeding up the winding road and she turned to face it and froze. She ended up in the snow bank with bad breaks to both legs below her knees.

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.