Denise Lanigan

Returning Balance (Inside and Out)

  • What attracted you to a career in massage?
I only lasted in Corporate America for about 3 years before I realized that it was not a good fit for me.  With some divine leading, I found my way to massage school and discovered my true calling!  My pre-med background made school easy and the transition into the medical side of massage a natural path. 

  • Which school did you attend and which certifications do you hold?
I graduated from Westminster College in 1997 with a BS in Biology in 1997. I then gr...

  • What attracted you to a career in massage?
I only lasted in Corporate America for about 3 years before I realized that it was not a good fit for me.  With some divine leading, I found my way to massage school and discovered my true calling!  My pre-med background made school easy and the transition into the medical side of massage a natural path. 

  • Which school did you attend and which certifications do you hold?
I graduated from Westminster College in 1997 with a BS in Biology in 1997. I then graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy with a certification in Advanced Massage Therapy in 2002. Since then, I have done extensive training in orthopedic massage techniques as well as detoxifying massage techniques.

  • What techniques do you specialize in? What issues or conditions does your work help improve?
I specialize in orthopedic massage and pain management techniques, This is accomplished by bringing balance back to the muscles and fascia (connective tissue) of the body - lengthening the short muscles/fascia and strengthening (shortening) the long, overstretched muscles/fascia.  Almost all soft tissue dysfunction - as well as many skeletal dysfunctions - can be corrected by returning balance to the body.  In these ways (and others), I help to bring balance to the outside of the body.

I also specialize in systemic detoxification techniques.  The lymphatic system is a critical system for supporting the immune system and removing excess fluids and toxins from the body. It normally functions at about 10% of its capacity, leaving 90% as a functional reserve. Lymphatic drainage techniques manually pump this vital system, thereby activating the functional reserve so it functions closer to its capacity.  We also use castor oil packs which are well-known for enhancing the lymphatic and endocrine systems.  In these ways (and others), I help to bring balance to the inside of the body.

  • Where are you available to provide massage? 
Lanigan Massage & Bodywork is located on Locust Street in Coraopolis, just 2 minutes from the Sewickley Bridge.

  • What hobbies and other interests do you have?
I am an avid outdoors enthusiast - I love hiking, biking, boating, skiing, caving, rock climbing and SCUBA diving.  
I have also played many sports through the years - Volleyball, soccer, basketball, swimming, track & field, 

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Licenses
Massage

PA # MSG000661

NCBTMB Board Certified Massage Therapist

# 327983-00

Education
1997

Westminster College

BS Biology (pre-med)

2002

Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy

Advanced Massage Therapy

Experience
Bodywork

Hot Stone Massage

I use specially contoured Synergy Stone hot stones in all of my massages. The hot stones take the body into a deep state of relaxation while melting away the tension in the fascia (connective tissue) and muscles. This makes rehabilitative massage very relaxing.

Orthopedic Massage

I have over 13 years of training with the top professionals in the field - Including (but not limited to): James Waslaski (Integrated Manual Therapy); Erik Dalton (Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques); Whitney Lowe (Orthopedic Assessment); Ben Benjamin (low back and shoulder conditions); Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains); Aaron Mattes (Active Isolated Stretching). I also have extensive training in neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, myofascial release techniques, and sports massage.

Lymphatic Drainage Techniques

Trained by the Upledger Institute in 2002, I have been practicing Lymphatic Drainage Techniques for more than 10 years. I also use several other modalities to enhance lymphatic drainage and general detoxification, including (but not limited to) Raindrop Therapy, Castor Oil Packs, Ionic Foot Detox therapy, and a Himalayan Salt Bowl which purifies the air by releasing negative ions.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Jeff on Nov 28
There is no one better!
by Joel on Oct 26
Denise is very professional and thorough. She looks for feedback during the session and wants to help what the sore spots are not just what she wants to do. This personalized approach brings me back
by Sandy on Oct 25
I liked the way the hot stones were used and that the massage was more therapeutic, as in physical therapy, than spa like.
by Anonymous on Oct 23
Denise is the best!! So knowledgeable
by Sally on Oct 15
Very different. Very therapeutic. Immediate pain relief.
by Dave on Aug 31
Nothing to dislike, Denise is highly professional and tailors each session to my particular needs. She has navigated me through two hip replacement surgery recoveries over the last 16 months. She is also very kind and proactive about working with schedules and cancellations since she is basically fully booked. I drive about 30 minutes each way just to see her; that should say something about her value to me.
by Christine on Aug 11
Great massage!
by Andrea on Jul 21
Denise is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Our entire family utilizes her tremendous skills to help us manage a variety of health issues including back and neck issues, TMJ, plantar fasciitis and more. She is a key component of our health regimen! Thank you Denise!
by Jennifer on Jul 07
Miracle worker! I woke up the next day feeling like a new person????
by Jim on May 17
All my pain and discomfort was eliminated in just one session. Amazing! I have been going to Denise for many years now and the service just keeps getting better.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage Techniques
  • Mobile Chair Massage
  • Ionic Foot Detox
  • Castor Oil
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage

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