Injury Prevention

Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation





Phone: (804) 815-1291



David Bartholomew


Orthopedic Massage Specialist











            Gloucester, Virginia            


Est. 1994



Together, finding solutions… not just chasing symptoms.









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Welcome to my website!


My name is David Bartholomew, Owner of Massage & Movement Therapy, and I’ve had the honor of providing massage therapy services, to both client and physician referred patients - full time - since 1993.  I’m also a Board Certified Massage Therapist that personally uses and provides massage therapy services as a necessity for health. 


Today, you’ll find thousands of individuals providing massage services; however, if you’re expectations of massage therapy, and of your attending massage practitioner exceed that of the excessively priced “relaxing and rejuvenating backrub”, look no further… you found me! 


As a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist, a thinking therapist, my focus is to augment / support your proactive health goals by alleviating unnecessary pain due stress and/or soft tissue injury [muscle, tendon, ligament, or fascia).  And yes, your session can be simply for pure relaxation… all the way to post-surgical rehabilitation; however, I provide each service at a realistic cost… a cost that that any professional massage therapist would pay.


Simply put, what separates my business / my work from the vast majority of massage businesses and providers today is my ability to provide highly skilled, and realistically priced hands-on therapeutic massage & bodywork services.  Yes, you can always pay more for “the spa experience… that wonderfully relaxing / rejuvenating session at the day spa, a “center” or medical office” (and receive much less in proficient massage & bodywork services), but... do you really want to?






My choice. Integrity.  To promote, offer and provide only the level of service I can truthfully provide. 


Mission. To treat you (and yours) as I can only hope to be treated when I receive my massage / bodywork session.


Goal.  To offer all my services as did the old county physician to their community: with skill, compassion and in an unrushed manner.



Office Location:


3765 George Washington Memorial Highway

Hayes, Virginia 20372



For the past 22+ years, my office has been located within the Virginia County Real Estate professional office complex, centrally located within Gloucester County. 


You’ll find the office and studio clean, spacious & comfortable.  In short, a safe place for you or your loved one to receive therapeutic services.


Our location offers ample parking, and is handicap accessible. 



Services.  I offer therapeutic massage & bodywork as Healthcare, as a Personal Care service, and for Palliative Care (for life medical altering conditions).


Fees.  My fees are based upon only two points: (1) the level of skill necessary to meet your therapeutic goal(s), and (2) the length of your session.  That’s it!  How others justify their fees, well…….


Outcall services.   My office is in Gloucester and I reside in Middlesex County, so I can easily travel (with Table or ON-SITE Chair) to: Deltaville, White Stone, Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, King & Queen, Mathews, Williamsburg & York County.  I also offer out of state travel when needed.




I am a Board Certified Massage Therapist, which – since January 2013 - is the highest voluntary professional qualification available.  As for me, I continue my professional education because I want to… not because I have to.  And, because gender does not trump knowledge & skill, I sought out and became certified in (not just “trained in”) Prenatal, Labor & Post-Partum Massage. 


Yes, I am confident in my abilities, yet I also acknowledge my limitations, and when need be – refer out.  For your review, I’ve listed my experience, and advanced certifications and qualifications on this website. 





Yes, it’s true, I’m not as young, slim / trim or as good looking as I use to be, but, I still have a pretty good sense of humor, and my age allows me fully appreciate the everyday aches-n-pains of simply getting old(er). 


I know how it feels to be diagnosed with cancer, to be a cancer survivor, and to work with others as they go thru (various) life altering illness and treatments.  As for me, I’ve shored up my personal and professional experiences with Oncology Intensive courses.


I understand only too well of the pain associated with occupational, sports and recreational activities.  As a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist, I use everything I am (professional education, tested clinical skills and 22+ years of experience. personal experience and compassion) to support your rehabilitative health goals.


I am a proud parent, and I was there at my daughter’s birth, but that never stopped me from seeking out and earning professional certification specifically in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage.   (After all, your attending therapist’s gender doesn’t trump any professional education.  Safety first, for the mom-to-be & baby too!)


In closing, if you feel I’m qualified to support you and your health goals… let’s get started!  Call:  804-815-1291!





David Bartholomew

Orthopedic Massage Specialist



Massage Therapist




WTCS (SW/DV)            U.S. Navy, Retired


Active EMS Member, Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad (MVRS)





MASSAGE is defined as: the manipulation of the soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligament & fascia) for therapeutic purposes. 


Provided by a highly trained, committed professional Massage Therapy and your massage session can be so much more than an excessively priced, relaxing backrub.

Sadly, most professional massage therapists have forgotten (or forget) the basics of massage profession within a year (if that) after leaving basic massage school.  Meaning?  They no longer remember/know the origin, insertion & actions of the soft tissue(s), or how to solicit the correct therapeutic response to support the client/patients goals.  Thus, the consumer’s session / your session is simply reduced to either an excessively priced Personal Care Service (a relaxing massage), or a mindless deep pressure pummeling / beating that often will leave you unnecessarily sore for days.