the most experience

sports massage therapist

in pittsburgh, pa

Sanctis Massage is THE sports massage therapist of Pittsburgh. From professional sports teams to runners, golfers and more, athletes are our specialty. David Sanctis is the current massage therapist of our Pittsburgh Steelers and a former therapist with the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. Don’t just deal with stress, muscle tension and pain when you can have it dealt with.

welcome to sanctis massage

You take on so much in life: responsibility, challenges and a great deal of stress too. Stress is a serious threat to your quality of life. It often takes hold of your body in the form of muscle tension. Muscles tense up upon the onset of stress. Chronic stress can produce excessive muscle tension. Bothersome and constantly nagging, tense muscles will affect your focus, mood and health. This state of semi-contraction is miserable, painful and can lead to a litany of health repercussions. Reduce stress, muscle tension and pain with regular massage therapy. Massage the quality of your life.

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Stress, tension and pain all constrain your body and brain. Let go of it all through regular massage therapy. Massage therapy is an effective treatment for pain, stress and muscle tension caused by stress.  David treats all those looking to add massage to their stress, tension and pain management plan. Specializing in the care of athletes, he understands the challenges and expectations of an athletic lifestyle at different levels. David is experienced in working with various kinds of athletes:

  • Professional Athletes
    (including the Pittsburgh Steelers 
    and the Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Recreational Runners
  • Recreational Golfers

Neural Reset Therapy

The basis of Neural Reset Therapy (NRT) is that our muscles are controlled by the nervous system. NRT resets the nervous system to release muscles from excessive tension. This fairly new massage therapy treatment is based on research from two renowned scientist, Charles Sherrington’s Law of Reciprocal Inhibition and Eduard Pfluger’s Law of Symmetry.


Sherington’s Law of Reciprocal Inhibition states that when a muscle is activated, the antagonist muscle (the one that does the opposite action) is simultaneously inhibited or relaxed. Pfluger’s Law of Symmetry says that at sufficiently intense levels of stimulation, motor reactions can be seen in similar muscles bilaterally. What that really means is if a client contracts a muscle on the left side of the body (for example, the biceps muscle in your upper arm) while the therapist stimulates the left biceps, it will cause a reset to a normal state of tonus to the biceps muscle on the right side. Some things that make NRT different from other therapies is;

  • It can be done fully clothed.
  • No deep pressure is required.
  • Creams or lotion are not required.
  • There is no need to touch the muscle being reset.

Massage for Golfers

Do you have low back pain? Do you have difficulty getting proper rotation in your back swing? How about shoulder stiffness? Do you have soreness in the wrists or forearms? These are all maladies that can affect your golf game.

Lack of flexibility is the main cause of most golf injuries. What type of warm up/ stretching routine do you do before teeing off? If you’re not flexible enough, you may have a tendency to change your biomechanics to compensate. How can I help? Through various massage techniques and Neural Reset Therapy, I can assist you in achieving greater flexibility. I can also show you self massage techniques that you can do for yourself at home as well as different stretches you can do at the golf course before you tee off or during your round.

about us

David Sanctis started running as a freshman in high school.  He continued running track and cross country as a scholarship athlete at West Virginia University in Morgantown West Virginia. It was in his junior year at WVU that he received his first sports massage session and was amazed by how his times improved and by how well he could recover from competitions as well as grueling work outs.

After graduation, David ran in the Pittsburgh Marathon and received Sports Massage after the race. It was then that he decided to go to the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy for training and the following year was giving massages in that same massage tent. He was Massage Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Marathon for over 10 years and has worked on hundreds of runners from first time 5K participants to elite world class marathoners. If you are an athlete, you need a massage therapist that specializes and understands athletes.

David has been a massage therapist for 25 years. He has specialized in rehabilitating athletes since 1992. From the Pittsburgh Marathon to working with the Professional sports teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. An experienced massage therapist, David is knowledgeable about different forms of therapy including Neural Reset Therapy. By considering your circumstances, he will administer the best treatment plan for you. If you need massage, David is committed to helping you find relief.

Reviews & Testimonials

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.

Harry J. Johnson


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