Massage just to Relax / Unwind
Adaptive Massage for the compromised
body (i.e. - Geriatric Care, Cancer, Hospice)
Injury Prevention / Sports Massage
Minor (Non-Surgical) Injury Care
Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage
Office / On-Site Chair Massage
Our office / Your office, or residence
& 10 Money Saver Packages
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Massage Research Studies
A, B, C, D & E’s of Skin Cancer
Glossary & FAQs
My name is David Bartholomew, and I
have had the honor of providing massage & bodywork services - full
time - since 1993. I am also the
Owner of Massage & Movement Therapy!
When we opened our doors for commerce in June of 1994, we became
the first therapeutic massage small business to receive a Gloucester
County business permit (license) and openly provide therapeutic
massage & bodywork services to the public. To learn more, please click here: Local History.
Since our inception, we’ve been in only one location… within the
professional offices of the Virginia
County Real Estate Complex.
I am BOARD CERTIFED, Nationally Certified and a Virginia State
Certified Massage Therapist, and like most practitioners I love providing
a massage for the simple purpose of relaxation. However, my education, skill &
experience afford me the ability to seriously provide minor (non-surgical)
soft tissue corrective care for muscle, tendon, ligament & fascial
complaints, and Pre & Post-Surgical rehabilitation. I received my Orthopedic Massage specialty
certification in 2005.
Not settling for just being “weekend trained”, I’ve also earned
certification in Prenatal,
Labor & Post-Partum Massage (2001). Why?
Because if doesn’t matter what your gender is or what your basic
professional training might have included… one should never assume they
Driven by friends with cancer, died from complications due to
cancer, and myself being a cancer survivor… my skills and understanding
also include Oncology Massage.
Making an appointment for massage, or ordering
a gift certificate is simple! Just
give us a call at: 804-815-1291.
And yes, I accept referrals from physicians, health care
professionals, and local law professionals (cases under litigation). And when needed, I find no problem
working with individuals on a sliding scale, or with their insurance
I am confident in my abilities, yet I can
also acknowledge my limitations. I
won’t boast of qualifications I don’t have, or skills I don’t possess
just to grab your attention.
To me, the safety of each client/patient is the main priority… not
my ego. Furthermore, I don’t see
your patronage as just another way to sell products (to increase the
business gross profit margin); therefore, I choose not to sell
retail products. However, if you want
to purchase a product… I can recommend location(s) where you may find it
at a realistic cost.
When you are ready for your next
massage, ask yourself, “What do you expect from your session?”
Those new to massage or folks who just want to relax/unwind may choose
a session with flowing lite to deep pressure. Soon to be “moms”… prenatal, or
post-partum massage sessions! Those
with compromised body systems (cancer, surgical, etcetera) should choose adaptive
massage. And, of course, those
who are goal oriented (who want to take an active part in reducing
aches/kinks/pain from an injury) usually choose “deep tissue” bodywork;
however, unlike the majority of practitioners who provide massage today…
I feel the term “deep tissue” does not give any therapist permission to “pummel
your body” and then try to pass off their inexperience / training as “therapy”. (After all, do that same work at home,
and it might be called abuse. Do
that on the street, and it may be called assault!)
At Massage & Movement Therapy, we work smarter. Our goal is to raise the professional
Like many things today (especially as it
applies to massage services), paying a higher price is not
indicative of the quality of service you’ll receive. Conversely, when it comes cheap “to
good to be true” coupon saving specials, well…
Either way, high or low fees… for your safety, just make sure the
attending practitioner meets the minimum professional standard (state certification).
At Massage & Movement Therapy, our
fees are based upon the session length and the skill required for the requested
service. That’s it! How
others justify their fees, well… that’s up to them.
Today, more and more businesses are
advertising a multitude of massage services, but little (if anything) is
said about actual practitioner who will be providing YOU the
service. And, many businesses list
an additional charge for an “experienced therapist”, but they never
define “experienced therapist”.
Personally, I’ve always found that… odd!
I believe that the consumer has a right to know who is working
with them. Within
this website, my professional qualifications, a roster of my continuing
educational training & work history are readily available for your
review and verification.
In closing, it is my hope that you take
the time to compare not only our professional office “ambiance”, but our
fee schedule and my professional qualifications side by side… with anyone! I think you’ll find I offer you a much
higher level of skill & service… for less!
Rest assured, I will treat you as I can only hope to be treated
when I receive my massage / bodywork session.
Please feel free to contact me:
NCTMB, VA-CMT, AMTA
WTCS (SW/DV) U.S. Navy, Retired
What will be the reason for your
Neck Pain… due to:
neck / Stiff Neck Torticollis
Common Injuries, such as:
Low Back Pain
Post-Surgical Pain, due to:
tear / lesion
Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
of Life/Adaptive Massage