Injury Prevention

Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation





Phone: (804) 815-1291






David Bartholomew


Orthopedic Massage Specialist











            Gloucester, Virginia            


Est. 1994



Working with you

to alleviate unnecessary pain due to stress or injury.














A common problem in the massage profession today is the (subtly aggressive) massage business, therapist or provider offering and charging for a service(s) they honestly cannot provide.  It’s common to see more emphasis given to “ambiance”, selling products and even memberships than augmenting the consumer’s pro-active health goals with practiced / proven skills.


     Yes, almost anyone (even a family member) with some experience should be able to provide you with that world-class Personal Care Service massage (they’re simple to provide, and known world-wide to relax & renew the body-mind); however, what I’m specifically talking about is massage therapy used as a HealthCare Service (HANDS-ON sessions for the purpose of preventative health & repetitive stress injury corrective care thru minor injury [non-surgical] to post-surgical rehabilitation services). 


I suggest consumers bypass the ambiguous, abused and costly words / terms… like “deep tissue”, “medical massage”, “senior therapist”, and “therapeutic massage”.  I recommend the client or physician referred patient interview and use a practitioner they feel comfortable with AND who can deliver the skills they promote themselves as having.   Agree?


So, if expect your attending massage therapist to provide you with a high level of skill (not just “ambiance”), and to provide each service at a fair (not excessive) cost, please… read on!






Welcome to my website!


My name is David Bartholomew, and I am a BOARD CERTIFED Massage Therapist, and a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist.  Since 1993, I’ve had the honor of working with both the clients, and the physician referred patients. 

     I continually train because I want to and not because I have to.  I am a professional who hasn’t forgotten the rudimentary knowledge required of any professional massage therapist.   


I am professionally committed massage therapist, with 23 years of full time experience.  I can reliably provide you and yours with both levels of services:  therapeutic massage as a Personal Care Service and massage & bodywork as a HealthCare Service.  (See “Services & Fees” for more information.)


For your review, I’ve attached a roster / timetable of my academic and clinical training, earned advanced certifications and work experience… here... on this website.  Please, feel free to compare this information to any other business or practitioner you may be thinking of using. 





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 and/or 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.  Furthermore, to provide each service at a fair cost / equivalent to service provided.





Fees:  Fees for all services are based upon (1) the length of your session and (2) the level of skill necessary to meet your therapeutic objective(s).  That’s it!   Can your present Massage Therapist validate their fees?



-      And yes, it’s true; my everyday fees are very often many others (of less experience and skill) “introductory” or “discounted specials”. 


-      And unlike most today, we don’t use ambiguous (and abused) terms and titles [like “deep tissue] to subtly “upcharge” the consumer.




Outcall services.  I can easily travel (with a massage table, or on-site chair) to Deltaville, White Stone, Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, King & Queen, Mathews, Williamsburg & York County.


·         I also offer “Out of State” services as needed.







I am a Massage Therapist who also a consumer of massage & bodywork services.  So yes, I know only too well what it’s like to be on a massage table (as a client/patient) where the attending practitioner simply doesn’t know the basics of their own profession, yet s/he proudly calls their work “deep tissue therapy” (or whatever word/term will gain any consumer’s attention and open your wallet). 


And no, I’m not as young, slim / trim (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 yes, I’ve worked with many others as they go thru other life altering illnesses.  

     That being said, I’ve shored up my personal path with professional academic classes & clinical hands-on clinical seminars, such as: TMJ-D (dysfunction), Geriatric Health, Oncology Intensive training, Mastectomy & Healthy Breast Massage.


And with not doubt, I understand only too well the pain associated with occupational and recreational activities.  Being retired military (Special Weapons Tech / Diver), and now a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist, I use everything I am (personal experience, professional education, tested & proven clinical skills, and years of professional massage experience) to support your rehabilitative health goals.


Safety first, for the mom-to-be & baby too!

     I am also a proud parent, and yes… I was there at my daughter’s birth, but that never stopped me from seeking out and earning professional certification (not just basic school, or weekend training) specifically in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage.  After all, the gender of your attending therapist’s doesn’t trump professional education and skill.  




In closing, if you feel we can work together… well, let’s get started!  Call:  804-815-1291!






David Bartholomew




Massage Therapist (# 427)



Virginia CMT(#14)


Small Business Licensed: Gloucester, Virginia




Certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist (2005)



Certified in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage (2001)



Active Professional Member

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA, since 1993)




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


Active Member, Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad (MVRS)












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