Feel Better!













Gloucester, Virginia            Established 1994



Providing unrushed, superior service at a fair cost.





General Relaxation - Adaptive Massage – Pregnancy - Injury Prevention - Post-Surgical Rehabilitation









What is it?



Clinic Intro


Therapist’s Bio


Local History






Services & Fees


-      Massage… for pure relaxation (… “and hold the therapy!”)


-      Injury Prevention / Conditioning


-       Minor (Non-Surgical)

Soft Tissue Injury Care (muscle, tendon, ligament & fascia)


-      Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitative Massage & Bodywork


-      PREGNANCY  Massage


-      Adaptive Massage for the Compromised Body

(i.e. – Hospice, Geriatric Care and patients undergoing treatment)



-      Chair Massage


Our office / Your office, or residence





Partners Massage Classes


Gift Certificates  


Money Saver Packages


Bundle Packages


Special Deals




CLICK HERE to search & verify any Health Care professional credentials.




Massage Research Studies


A, B, C, D & E’s of Skin Cancer


Glossary & FAQs






Welcome to my website!  My name is David Bartholomew, Owner / Therapist. 


     Upon opening the doors of Massage & Movement Therapy (June 1994), we became the first therapeutic massage small business to obtain a Gloucester County business license and openly provide therapeutic massage & bodywork services to the public. 


Our Goal.  To offer our professional services as did the old county physician to his community: with skill, compassion and by always remembering to put the client’s / patient’s health needs before the business gross profit margin.


My business choice. To promote, and offer only the level of service I can honestly provide, and to render each service at a realistic cost.


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



We are not a salon, spa, or like the many other trendy businesses of today that offer a plethora of “health & beauty treatments”… including massage.  Simply put, we DO NOT see the massage profession, or use the person providing your session, as just “another way” to increase the corporate gross profit margin. 



At Massage & Movement Therapy, our focus is on providing unrushed, skilled hands-on massage & bodywork sessions.   We offer & provide therapeutic sessions that range from the simple (but wonderful) relaxing massage… to my specialty: Orthopedic Massage (detailed injury prevention thru post-surgical rehabilitative bodywork care).


     (NOTE: Your attending therapist is not just school or weekend trained, but as earned specialty certifications in both Orthopedic Massage and in Prenatal, Labor & Post-Partum Massage.  After all - for health & safety reasons - would you accept or expect any less from a professional Massage Therapist… male, or female?



Fees: My fees are based solely upon the level of skill required to provide the requested service, and the session length.  That’s it!   


·   At Massage & Movement Therapy, we don’t have a mandatory gratuity charge, or an unspoken charge for our professional office setting, and “ambiance”.  

·   Although I have been providing therapeutic services for over 21 years, we don’t add an “up charge” to your session fee… in order for a “senior or experienced therapist” to work with you.   Furthermore, since 1993, I’ve offered my services on a full time basis, not part time for extra cash / as a second job. 

·   Unlike many today, we don’t advertise high prices and then continuously promote “discounts” (all done with the intent of making your think you’re getting a great deal.)

·    Lastly, we don’t have annual membership fee to ensure you continue to get “great deals”.




How a person selects their massage practitioner and even how that person feels - each time - their therapeutic session is over… will always be subjective in nature.  Now, add to that equation, the simple fact that there are thousands of individuals offering massage services today with varying levels proficiency and professional obligation.   And to top that thought off, you should be aware that there are many individuals (knowingly employed within spas, “centers”, nationwide franchises and even physician’s offices) - that DO NOT meet the current minimum Virginia state certification requirements to provide therapeutic massage, or massage therapy… standards that were put in place (since July 1997!) to protect the public!

     So yes, you can always pay more and receive less, but… would you?




At Massage & Movement Therapy, you’ll find that I’m not only state certified (#00014), but nationally and BOARD CERTIFIED (#00327) to practice therapeutic massage & bodywork.

     I am a well-educated, accomplished and experienced practitioner who is dedicated to the raising the professional standard, and who’s committed to supporting your health goals.   I’m older (or should I say, “an experienced senior”), and hopefully… a bit wiser.   And yes, I still believe laughter is good medicine.


     I continue my training because I want to, not because I have to.  For your review, a roster of my qualifications is posted, here, on this website.  My peer tested clinical skills are supported by 21+ years of hands-on experience. 


     I choose to work smarter, and leave the needlessly painful & mind-numbing “digging” - that will leave most in pain for days after - to the lesser skilled.


    Yes, I am confident in my abilities, yet… I also acknowledge my limitations.




So, after your long drive or stressful day at work, or simply because you deserve it… I’m here and ready to provide you with that relaxing massage service (and yes, hold the “therapy”” on the massage therapy)… but at a realistic, not at inflated cost. 

     And, when you need/expect/demand a qualified practitioner / therapist who can honestly assist you with injury prevention, or with your acute or chronic painful orthopedic concerns… I stand ready and prepared to do my part in supporting your health goals.  


To make your appointment, or to order a gift certificate… call: 804-815-1291.


Or, just send me an email:







David Bartholomew

BOARD CERTIFIED Massage Therapist


Orthopedic Massage Specialist



WTCS (SW/DV)  U.S. Navy, Retired


Nationally & Virginia State Certified Massage Therapist


Professional Member, American Massage Therapy Association, since 1993


A licensed Gloucester County business, since 1994


Active EMS Volunteer Member,

Mathews Rescue Squad



For the past 21+ years, our practice has been located within the Virginia Country Real Estate Complex.   Centrally located in Gloucester County, Virginia, we offer you (and yours) a clean, comfortable, quiet and safe professional office setting… with ample parking. 





By way of knowledge, skill & experience… honestly supporting those seeking relief from:






Chronic Fatigue




Neck Pain… due to:


Wry neck / Stiff Neck Torticollis



Common Injuries, such as:

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Subscapular Injuries

Patella Tendon Injuries

Sprained Ankle

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome





Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy


Cerebral Palsy


Bell’s Palsy


Low Back Pain





Post-Surgical Pain, due to:

Cervical Fusion

Heart By-Pass

Hip Replacement

Rotator Cuff Repairs

SLAP tear / lesion

Knee Replacement

Arthroscopic Surgery


Breast Augmentation

Face Lift


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)




Parkinson’s Disease






Hospice Support


Quality of Life/Adaptive Massage


Supporting: Mathews, Grafton, Newport News, Middlesex, Essex, King and Queen County, West Point, Williamsburg, Yorktown (York County) & White Stone (Lancaster County)


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