MASSAGE & MOVMENT THERAPY!
My name is
David Bartholomew (Owner/Massage Therapist).
I have been providing professional
therapeutic massage & bodywork services - full time - since
I run my business in the same manner
as did the beloved country physician: with knowledge, skill, respect to
all, and a willingness to take the needed time with each person / each
Over the years, I’ve gleaned a
considerable amount of experience; however, I have never lost the ability
to acknowledge my professional limitations.
For the safety,
comfort and privacy of each patron, MASSAGE & MOVEMENT THERAPY has been
located within the same professional office complex (not my home,
or in the side room of another business)
When asked to
describe my work, I simply say, “I provided down-to-earth, hands-on
massage & bodywork. No rocks,
sticks or stones.”
I provide both table & portal
site chair sessions. Each
session I provide is in accordance with the client / patient goals.
The focus of a client / patient’s
session can range from pure relaxation, to injury prevention, to soft tissue rehabilitative bodywork.
My specialty is found within the
later: Orthopedic Massage. (Soft
tissue is defined as: muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia).
& MOVEMENT THERAPY (MMT) “deep
tissue massage” sessions are provided for various reasons, but –
for whatever reason - you won’t exit my clinic feeling “beaten up”, or
feeling worse than when you walked in. I leave the mindless “search &
destroy” painful digging to the lesser trained.
Yes, I too use to follow that “No
Pain, No Gain” philosophy (while growing up, during my entire military career
and in early massage professional life) but, no more. I
choose to work smarter, not harder… in order to get results that can last.
What clients have said:
“I’ve always enjoyed “the whole spa
experience”, but, the truth is… you’re a much, much better therapist. My suggestion - charge more! You’re worth it!”
What patients have said:
beat me up, but yet I can move a lot better!
lasting 2-3 days after the massage.
A quick look
around and you’ll see many businesses that offer “the best massage”, but
say nothing about the actual person providing the actual service. In 1996, the Commonwealth of Virginia
felt it was in the consumer’s best interest to know who is touching you;
therefore, the state established the minimum
educational standards for achieving “state certification as a Massage
Therapist”. Regulations are
overseen by the Board of Professionals / Board of Nursing.
I’ve posted my background, professional qualifications & specialty
certifications, because I feel you have the right to know who is
working with you.
For your safety, if you wish to verify
any professional’s practitioner’s state certification, please click here: VDHP
LOOK UPS. (Find out if he/she
is qualified… or not, no matter where they work (i.e. – high end spa, or
No one should
have to pay more, and receive less in return. As it applies to therapeutic massage, if
you feel that price is indicative of the practitioner’s skill level, or the
quality of service you’re receiving… you may wish to rethink that.
My fees are
based solely upon: (1) the skill required to provide a selected service,
and (2) session length. (I don’t charge
more for being a “senior therapist”, for clinic ambiance, or for warm
towels.) In short, my fees are realistic, not
How others establish their fees,
well… I simply don’t know. I’ll let
them tell you. Better yet, let them
justify their fees as compared to what I provide at MASSAGE & MOVEMENT
Massage Therapist, #427
Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Virginia - Certified Massage Therapist, #14
County Business License: #190
& Post-Partum Massage