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
(HANDS-ON sessions for the purpose of
preventative health & repetitive stress injury corrective care thru
minor injury [non-surgical] to post-surgical rehabilitation services).
suggest consumers bypass the ambiguous, abused and costly words / terms… like “deep tissue”, “medical
“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?
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!
to my website!
name is David Bartholomew, and I am a BOARD
Massage Therapist, and a certified Orthopedic Massage
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.
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.)
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
My choice. Integrity. To promote, offer and provide only
the level of service I can truthfully provide.
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.
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
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
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
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!
Massage Therapist (# 427)
Small Business Licensed: Gloucester, Virginia
Certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist (2005)
Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage (2001)
Active Professional Member
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA, since 1993)
Active Member, Mathews Volunteer
Rescue Squad (MVRS)