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 Donna on Mar 17
great massage really helped my shoulders
by Anonymous on Mar 08
Denise is a very professional and highly competent massage therapist. If you are looking for a "feel good take a nap" massage go somewhere else. If you are looking for a meaningful deep tissue orthopedic massage get on board if there is an opening on her crowded calendar. She is excellent.
by kathy on Mar 07
Denise is by far the best masseuse I have ever been to! She has an expert knowledge of the body and gets deep into the muscle and facia. I can't recommend her highly enough!
by Sharon on Feb 22
Fantastic. Just what I needed, as always.
by Kisha on Feb 08
She is so helpful. I went in barely being able to turn my head from muscle stiffness. One day later, I am playing with my kids without pain!! Thank you!!
by Amy on Jan 20
Denise offers a massage unlike one you've had before. My prenatal massage helped to work parts of my body that were strained and she brought to my attention areas in need that I wasn't even aware were the cause of so much constant pain that I had just accepted as normal. I am definitely going to continue sessions with Denise throughout my pregnancy!
by Anonymous on Jan 06
really enjoyed it, and felt great afterwards!
by Stephanie on Dec 27
I have never had a massage like this. So unique and personalized. I felt stretched and relieved. I don't get massage often but when I do I want it to be here. Denise is amazing.
by Lynn on Dec 16
I've never had a massage this good! I felt great afterward! Thank you! I highly recommend Denise!
by Brian on Nov 17
Also does a great job! Specializing in what your needs are that visit.

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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