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 Anonymous on Jul 29
Denise is an extremely skilled and knowledgeable professional! She always solves my muscle and fascia problems. I highly recommend her services!
by Jim on Jun 07
Denise makes every massage different. She keeps track of what was worked on previously and then finds new territory to work. Eventually getting around to everything and doing it creatively and professionally. After 35 years of massage of all kinds, Denise is the best I have found anywhere.
by Julie on May 02
Denise is amazing, I always come away from the massage feeling relaxed and de-stressed. Her knowledge and massage techniques really make her stand out when you compare her with anyone else in the field.
by Anonymous on May 01
Feel great ,
by Anonymous on Nov 17
Loved everything!
by Anonymous on Oct 16
Denise provides excellent massages customized to your personal needs and preferences. She is also great at providing the perfect amount of deep tissue pressure to alleviate sore muscles resulting from intense workouts.
by Lisa on Jun 01
Denise is a true healer, and that is rare!
by Jim on Jun 01
Creativity -- always something new and wonderful about the therapy Discovery -- never have to say what is hurting, therapy reveals the area in need and addresses it immediately Same results always -- better sleep, more relaxed, renewal of spirit
by Julie on Apr 19
Best massage ever! I can’t wait to come back!
by Kathleen on Apr 06
Lanigan Massage & Bodywork taylored my massage for my individual needs. We worked a lot on minimumizing the effects of working at a computer (neck, shoulders, back). Denise also suggested various exercises to minimize those effects and strengthen both muscles and bones. If you are looking for something more than the standard Swedish Massage, this is the place!

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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