to my website!
name is David Bartholomew, and I’ve had the honor of providing massage
therapy services – full time – since 1993. Without a doubt, I’m passionate about
the profession and committed to supporting the health goals of those I
work with… with unrushed skilled hands-on massage therapy services.
a Certified Orthopedic
Specialist (“certified” …
not someone who is “trained in”, or “taken a few courses in”), I integrate
my 23+ years of FULL-TIME experience, my advanced education, and proven
clinical & reasoning skills to work smarter – not just push harder /
dig deeper. My professional
intent is to work towards clinical results that can last for the client,
or physician referred patient.
direct and to the point, I’m a professional who hasn’t dismissed (or
simply forgotten) the basics of
my own profession. And, I
continue to advance my professional education because I genuinely want to…
not simply to meet the minimum state licensing requirements.
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. For me, that means – like most -
providing massage as a Personal Care Service, but also as a Healthcare
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.
Fees: Fees are based upon the length of your
session and the level of skill necessary to meet your therapeutic
objective(s). That’s it!
Spas, “health” centers and even chiropractic offices are but a few
of the many businesses that will try to excite you with impressively
titled massage sessions, or intentionally / unintentionally mislead you with
boastful words of useful skills they feel their attending practitioners should
/ might have. If you wish, please
feel free to check our Glossary Page for vague / exploited
words & terms like: “deep
tissue”, “medical massage”, “experienced therapist”, and even “therapeutic”.
for me, I’ll skip all the excessive fanfare (that will just cost you more money), and simply say… I offer
(1) as a Personal Care Service (basic,
provided world-wide, a general massage with no purpose other than
providing calm-relaxation / compassionate care), and / or
(2) as a HealthCare Service (advanced
clinical skills - not “boastful talk” - are required of the therapist… to
support the proactive
consumer’s health goals).
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 am also willing to
travel “Out of State” (but, not out of the USA) as needed.
I know how it feels to be diagnosed with
cancer & to be a cancer survivor.
And yes, I’ve worked with many others (friends, clients and
physician referred patients) as they go thru cancer and other life
altering illnesses & injuries.
No, I’m not as young, slim / trim (as I use
to be), but…I still have a good sense of humor, and my age allows me
fully appreciate the everyday aches-n-pains of simply getting
And with no doubt, I understand only too well
the pain associated with occupational and recreational
activities. Being retired military (Special Weapons / Diver),
and now a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist,
I use everything I am (personal experience, professional education,
tested & proven clinical skills, and 23+ years of professional
massage experience) to support your rehabilitative health goals.
Safety first, for
the mom-to-be & baby too!
am 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
specifically in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage.
In closing, if you
feel we can work together… well, let’s get started! Call:
U.S. Navy, Retired
Licensed Massage Therapist (#0014)
Orthopedic Massage Specialist
Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage
Active Professional Member
American Massage Therapy Association
Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue