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 Matt on Jul 08
I went to see Denise due to a severe back strain I suffered 3 days earlier. Prior to seeing her, I was basically unable to stand up straight and function in general. Getting out of bed in the morning was a 30 minute process, and standing up from being seated anywhere was equally difficult and painful. Denise provided a 90 minute massage incorporating resistance exercises for me working all of my muscle sets. While at the end of the massage I was sore and standing up was still somewhat of a challenge, it was easier than before. When I really noticed the difference is the following day. Not only was I able to get out of bed virtually pain free aside from some stiffness and slight soreness, as soon as I began my days activities, I noticed the my back strain was virtually gone. I proceeded to complete a long workday with many physical tasks and amassed over 22k steps throughout the day. Today is the second day after my appointment with Denise, and it feels even better. Her work is nothing short of amazing.
by Jim on Jul 02
Denise finds what is wrong and fixes it. Even if she has a massage plan prepared for your session she will change everything to get to the issue at hand. Although body work and deep pressure are a major part of her skill set she always seems to apply just the right pressure to different muscle groups and areas of the body. She is simply the best!
by Anonymous on Apr 11
Denise is knowledgeable and professional. The best I have ever had.
by Fred on Apr 06
I had a full body massage and Denise knew exactly where to target to work out all the kinks. I felt incredible when I was done and the next morning I got out of bed feeling 20 years younger! No stiff joints, no knotted muscles—it was great!
by Anonymous on Feb 16
The massage was amazing. I experienced a significant reduction in swelling after the 1st visit.
by Anonymous on Feb 03
Fantastic
by Gretchen on Nov 18
Denise is an exceptionally talented massage therapist. I am not sure this is the best title as her work is so involved. She is a true body worker. You should be prepared for release, change, and feeling free of tightness and pain where you didn't even know you had it! Thank you Denise! I am a fan for life.
by Olesia on Aug 07
Denise is very intuitive to my needs. She is absolutely amazing in regard to her skills, knowledge and overall professionalism.
by Julie on Jul 03
Denise is so knowledgeable and I walk away every time feeling 10x better!!
by Jim on Jul 02
Denise finds everything that is out of whack and fixes it. I have been going to her for over ten years now and honestly it is what keeps me going.

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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