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.