About Karen


Shiatsu Therapy

Equine Therapy

Karen Gardner, BFA,Nationally Certified LMT, has a private clinical practise that includes both horses and humans. She works as an equine sportsmassage therapist for the Original Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria, and her active equine practise includes all disciplines of equine sport.

"Karen Gardner is great! She has been working on my stallions for years. Karen, I thank you and my boys thank you. They felt great at show time last night. I hope to see you at Essex."

Gabriella "Gabby" Herrmann
The Original Herrmanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria

I arrived in Boston a week before we were to open with The Big Apple Circus. I could barley move my neck, and was getting no sleep at all from the pain. Rather than go to the hospital my boyfriend recommended Karen who had done wonders for him! I went and my world changed! Not only did she completely fix my problems, she also did wonders for my horses!!! She is a miracle worker!!!!and now, also a great friend! The world needs more humans like this amazing woman!

Jenny Vidbel
Vidbel Liberty Horsemanship
Big Apple Circus

"Her human practice, Shiatsu Therapy Treatment, consists of professional dancers, athletes, and business executives, and she collaborates with other health care professionals.

Dancers need their mind and body connection to be at its best in order to effectively perform and have their true artistry show through. Karen is very skilled in restoring or tuning up that connection. I have been impressed with Karen's ability to treat the whole patient and get to the crux of the issues at the same time. She is a master at using the Shiatsu technique to calm the sympathetic nervous system relieving muscle tightness, pain and alleviating stress. When we are sharing patients, they return to me ready and able to progress in physical therapy feeling more relaxed and with less pain after seeing her. She is wonderful to work with!"

Heather Southwick, MSPT Director of Physical Therapy, Boston Ballet

Karen is open minded, well trained and an excellent Shiatsu therapist. Not only am I a regular client, but I also recommend her to and trust her with my dancers therefore I recommend her to anyone.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet

"I receive Shiatsu Therapy from Karen Gardner on a regular basis. It is the only bodywork therapy I prefer as it helps balance my bodymindspirit. It is extremely beneficial to my daily and performance life."

Misa Kuranaga,
Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

"...Karen's work on me was healing and rejuvenating. She balanced me and helped me through some rigorous performances."

Marisa Tomei
Academy Award winning actress

About Karen

Karen Gardner is the in-house Shiatsu Bodywork Therapist at the Boston Ballet. She is licensed in MA and FL and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), is a Certified Practitioner with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Karen is also a member of the Better Business Bureau. She is certified by Jack Meagher and Jo Ann Wilson in the original Meagher Method of Sportsmassage for equines and humans.

Karen was certified as a personal fitness trainer and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston Conservatory of Music in Dance, Music and Drama. She has had fourteen years of classical ballet training and was a member of the original Cape Cod ballet company. She has studied dance injury prevention with Ruth Solomon. Karen is a contralto soloist with the Kings Chapel professional choir under the direction of Heinrich Christensen.

Karen has worked on professionals in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and recognizes the effects performance pressure has on the artist.

Dear Karen
Thank you so much for your Help and treatments. We love you so very much.
Lasha Khozashvili and Ekaterine Chubinidze

You are such a wonderful and kind healer! Thank you for ALL that you do!
Love forever,
John Lam
Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

Thank you for your magic hands and keeping me on stage!!
Much love,
Kathleen Breen Combes
Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

Dear Karen,
Thank you so much for fixing me every time I needed it!!! You are the Best
Big love!!! xxx
Anais Chalendard
Principal dancer, Boston Ballet

Thanks for keeping me balanced and helping me become the best I can be!
Your friend,
Paul Craig
Soloist, Boston Ballet

Thank you Karen! I will miss you!!
Alejandro Virelles
Principal dancer, English National Ballet

I will miss you so much! I can't thank you enough for healing me. You are incredible!
Yolo Callegari, Artist English National Ballet

Dearest Karen,
Thank you for all of your healing help - your mastery has helped me through so many injuries and shows.
Love, Rachel Cossar
Artist Boston Ballet

All my love
Erica Cornejo
Principal dancer, Boston Ballet
"Dear Karen,
Thank you for understanding my body better than I do!"

With affection and gratitude,
Petra Conti
Prima Ballerina

"Dear Karen,
Thank you for the excellent work you do for all of us at Boston Ballet. You are a valued and much loved member of our family."

With appreciation,
Tony Randazzo
Ballet Master

"Dear Karen,
Thank you for all your healing treatments, your constant encouragement and the beautiful way you support and respect every artist you meet.

Much love,
Sarah Wroth"
Artist Boston Ballet