Injury Prevention






(804) 815-1291



David Bartholomew


Orthopedic Massage






Gloucester, Virginia            Established 1994



Since 1993,

providing skilled, unrushed

therapeutic massage & bodywork services

at realistic prices.








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Massage as Health Care


-          Preventative Injury

-          Minor (Non-Surgical) Injury Corrective Care, for: muscle, tendon, ligament & fascial concerns… including repetitive stress injuries (RSI).


-          Pre & Post-Surgical Rehab / Injury Rehabilitation



Massage as a Personal Care Service



Mind-Body Relaxation

         (“and hold the therapy!”)




Quality of Life / Adaptive Massage


-          Compassionate Care

-          Geriatric Massage

-          Oncology Massage





(The Original Mattes Method)



PREGNANCY  Massage & Bodywork


Bodywork for the Childbearing Years:


-          Prenatal

-          Labor

-          Postpartum




CHAIR Massage


-         Our office

-         Your location




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     of Skin Cancer


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How do you see and/or use therapeutic massage & bodywork?  As a decadent treat?   To be used only when you’re in real pain, or after surgery (or pregnant)?  Would you use massage therapy more often if it didn’t cost so much!   A required staple, in order support relaxation, preventative injury and other health goals. 


Welcome to my website!


My name is David Bartholomew, a BOARD CERTIFED Massage Therapist, and Owner of Massage & Movement Therapy.  I’ve been providing therapeutic massage & bodywork services (full time) since 1993. 


Today, you’ll find the majority of massage related businesses (massage therapists too!) happily providing spa & beauty treatments (the quick and easy relaxing massage sessions, hot stones, body wraps, detox bathes and whatever else can marketed as “therapy” or “relaxation”).  Either that or trying to sell you on the latest health, or new age trend. 


Subtly pushing retail products / sales has become more important than supporting the consumer with proficient hands-on clinical skills.  Increasing the business gross profit margin… the only real goal to be achieved.



Well, I’m not a salesman, nor do I want to be a retailer.  I am a professionally committed practitioner (to the profession and to the consumer), with an advanced continuing education, great hands, proven progressive clinical skills, a good heart, a pretty good sense of humor, and old fashion values.  


     I take great pride delivering unrushed, skilled, hands-on service(s)… the same level of service I hope to be provided when I receive my massage and/or bodywork session. 


When provided by a skilled practitioner, advanced bodywork can be so much more than an unnecessarily painful “Deep Tissue” therapy session,


an excessively priced, time clocked, fast-food styled / generic “wonderfully relaxing” spa massage appointment.



And then there is me! 

     Like the majority of massage practitioners today, I too provide massage services at a Personal Care Service level; however, I have not forgotten my professional core knowledge / the basics… a working understanding of human anatomy / soft tissue.  (Most folks honestly forget this essential information within a year (if that) after leaving massage school.) 

     Knowing the origin & insertion points of muscle, tendon & ligaments AND their actions is crucial to any practitioner promoting his/her self as providing therapeutic massage & bodywork at a Health Care level.  It truly is a road map to the body and simply cannot be forgotten or dismissed.  Without it… the attending therapist cannot effectively and efficiently alleviate unnecessary pain and discomfort.  Without it, therapist’s / practitioner’s work is reduced to just a wonderfully relaxing “backrub”, or a mindless - unnecessarily painful - pummeling that can leave you sore for days. 



My choice. To promote, offer and provide only the level of service I can truthfully provide.  


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


Goal.  To offer my services as did the old county physician to their community: with skill, compassion and always in an unrushed manner. 




As an Orthopedic Massage Specialist, I can provide you not only with that “easy to provide and wonderful to receive relaxing massage” (at a realistic cost), but with skilled preventative maintenance, repetitive stress injury corrective care to post-surgical rehabilitative bodywork (again… at a fair cost). 

     (Certification in Orthopedic Massage consisted of 100 classroom educational hours / CEUs, then countless hours of hands-on practice with a multitude of “volunteers”, and then an additional 12 CEUs for the required academic and hands-on clinical exams… which you must pass [and not just with just pass/fail grade] before receiving certification).

     I have also earned my advanced certification in Prenatal, Labor and Post-partum massage.  Why?  For the safety of mom and baby!   (The attending practitioner’s level of knowledge should mean more… than the therapist’s gender.)



MY FEES are based upon only two points:  the level of skill required to meet your session goal(s), and the length of your therapeutic session.  That’s it!  



For your consideration, I have provided my qualifications, advanced certifications, and years of experience, here… on this website… for your review, or comparison with other perspective therapists.



So, in closing, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this page. 


Yes, I’ll admit, I’m not as pretty or as young as I use to be, but that’s not a bad thing because it allows me to fully appreciate the everyday aches & pains of getting old(er). 


I know only too well of the pain associated with multiple surgeries from: sports, military, occupational, and cancer related injuries.  All of that helps me to understand what you may be going thru.


I know what it’s like to live with cancer, to be a cancer survivor, and to work with long time clients as they go thru cancer treatments, while others pass due to complications.     


And yes, I am a proud parent, but that didn’t stop me from seeking out and earning my advanced certification in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage, or attending Oncology Intensive Classes (both requiring academic and clinical testing before being allowed to “graduate”).  

     After all, male or female, one should never assume they “just know”.  Do you agree?


So, again, if you’re presently searching for an educated, skilled, committed and professional massage therapist who cares more about you and your health goals than the company gross profit margin… look no further…. you’ve found me!  To make your appointment, or to purchase a gift certificate… please call: (804) 815-1291






David Bartholomew

WTCS (SW/DV)                               USN, Retired

Orthopedic Massage Specialist



in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork


Nationally &  State Certified Massage Therapist

Active Professional Member

American Massage Therapy Association


Current Business License, Gloucester County (#190, Since 1994)

Active Member, Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad (#410)


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Since 1993,

alleviating unnecessary

related to:




Post-Surgical Pain…

related to:


Cervical Fusion

Heart By-Pass

Hip Replacement

Rotator Cuff Repair

SLAP tear / lesion

Knee Replacement

Arthroscopic Surgery


Breast Augmentation

Face Lift



Common Injuries,

such as:




Wry neck / Stiff Neck Torticollis

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Tennis  & Golfer’s Elbow

Patella Tendon Injuries

Sprained Ankle

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome



Acute or Chronic Pain from:



Sciatica  (various forms)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome




Chronic Fatigue




Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Cerebral Palsy

Bell’s Palsy


Parkinson’s Disease





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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