Injury Prevention

Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation





Phone: (804) 815-1291






David Bartholomew


Orthopedic Massage Specialist


WTCS (SW/DV)   U.S. Navy, Retired










            Gloucester, Virginia            


Est. 1994




Working with you

to alleviate unnecessary pain due to stress or injury.












At Massage & Movement Therapy, we don’t try to be everything to everyone.  We provide unrushed, skilled hands-on massage therapy services to meet your health goal(s)… and leave the new age & spa related services, and the subtle sales of company retail products to those that (more often than not) view your patronage as just another way to increase their business gross profit margin.  


I also believe there is also a time simply to relax, unwind and “renew” mind & body.  And, I also believe in working smarter… not simply digging deeper or pushing harder and trying to pass that effort off as “deep tissue”.  






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


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


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.








My name is David Bartholomew, Owner of Massage & Movement Therapy.  I am an Orthopedic Massage Specialist and I’m also certified in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage. 

      (Why bother earning advanced certification in Pregnancy Massage, or anything?  Because being basic school, or weekend “trained” does not take the place of an advanced education, skill & professional commitment.  To me, the consumer’s safety does matter.  Do you agree?)


Services: At Massage & Movement Therapy, we offer massage therapy sessions as a Personal Care Service, or as a HealthCare Service.


Fees:  At Massage & Movement Therapy, our fees are based upon the length of your session and the level of skill necessary to meet your therapeutic objective(s).  That’s it!  

     No extra charge is added for a safe, comfortable professional location, top shelf equipment, or for a kindhearted and experienced professional to provide your session.


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 continually advanced my personal and professional education because I want to and not because I have to.  I am a professional who hasn’t forgotten the basics of the massage therapy profession.  

     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.






I’m a Massage Therapist who is also is a consumer of therapeutic massage services.  I know only too well what it’s like to receive a preventative injury to post-surgical bodywork session… from an attending practitioner simply doesn’t know the basics of their own profession; however, s/he proudly calls their work “deep tissue” (or whatever word/term will gain any consumer’s attention and open a wallet). 


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 no 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 (# 000427)




Licensed Massage Therapist (#0014)


The first Small Business

licensed to provided Massage Therapy in Gloucester County, Virginia




Certified - Orthopedic Massage Specialist (2005)



Certified - Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage (2001)



Active Professional Member

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA, since 1993)




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


Active Member, Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS)























Are you paying more,

but receiving less in professional therapeutic services?


CLICK HERE to have a realistic understanding as to what you’re probably receiving / paying for right now.




A common problem in the massage profession today is the massage business, therapist or provider offering service(s) they truthfully cannot provide (prime example: massage therapy provided as a HealthCare Service).  However, the good news for these businesses (or individual therapists) is the fact that most therapeutic massage consumers just want to relax; therefore, expectations of their massage and massage therapist are generally low.  But, at what cost did that basic “wonderfully relaxing / rejuvenating massage” with aromatherapy, hot rocks or soothing lotion just cost you? 

     It’s true, trained or untrained, almost anyone (including the family member / close friend) 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!