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My name is David Bartholomew, and I
have had the honor of providing professional therapeutic massage &
bodywork services - full time - since 1993. I am also the Owner of Massage &
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
Since our inception, we’ve only occupied one location (within the
professional offices of the Virginia
County Real Estate Complex), and in today’s world… that says a great
I am BOARD CERTIFED, Nationally
Certified and a Virginia State Certified Massage Therapist. Like most practitioners I love
providing massage for the simple purpose of relaxation; however, my
education, skill & experience afford me the ability to honestly provide
you with minor injury (meaning,
non-surgical) and pre & post-surgical
soft tissue corrective care for muscle, tendon, ligament & fascial
At Massage & Movement Therapy, our fees are based upon the skilled required
to provide a specific service and the session length. That’s it! I don’t charge you more for a
professional office, for “ambiance”, my training, or my 21+ years of full
How others justify their fees, well… that’s up to them.
I received my Orthopedic Massage specialty
certification in 2005. Not
settling for just being “weekend trained”, I’ve also earned Prenatal, Labor & Post-Partum
Massage specialty certification (2001). Why?
Because if doesn’t matter what your gender is, or what your plethora
of basic professional training may have included… one should never
assume they “just know”.
Driven by friends with cancer, died from complications due to
cancer, and myself being a cancer survivor… my advanced continuing
education & skills also includes intensive training specifically in Oncology Massage.
Since insurance coverage – of massage
services - is a concern in Virginia, I find no problem working with those
in need of my professional services on a sliding scale. I also take referrals from physicians, health
care professionals, and law professionals (cases under litigation).
Since 1993, I have continually trained
in order to advance my academic education and clinical skills (not because I have to, but because I
want to). I intentionally sought out the top
educators in the massage therapy profession to guide me. My goal? To demonstrate to the public (i.e. - physician,
client and patient) what a committed professional massage therapist can
offer in the way of superior health care services… far beyond the
everyday personal care service(s) provided the
Twenty-five plus years ago, getting a
Sports or “medical massage(?)” meant your therapist normally followed
the “no pain, no gain” philosophy and gave you a mindless beating!. Or, if you received your massage at a
spa… it didn’t matter which session you asked for… because the majority
of the time, the same strokes, hand pressure and session times were
used. Ouch, to both ways!!!!
However, if one is willing to ask questions, search for
answers, and simply “think for him/herself”… one can find better ways /
more effective ways to work than causing unnecessary pain & bruising (and
then pass that less than efficient work off as “therapy”). So, for me, I’ll leave the professional
beatings (or the mindless, generic backrub) to the less educated
My choice? To work smarter, not harder. I work within each client / patient’s
tolerance level…in order to achieve positive results that can last.
To me, the safety of each client/patient
is the main priority… not my ego. I
am confident in my abilities, but I also know my limitations.
I don’t boast of qualifications I don’t have or skills I don’t
possess and - unlike many today - I don’t try to confuse the
patient/client by manipulating words and
professional terminology to confuse the client/patient (i.e. – the word “experience” or term “medical
Unlike the majority today, I don’t view
your patronage as just another way to sell products (in order 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 that product at a realistic cost.
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. Personally, I’ve always
found that… odd!
The trend today shows many franchise businesses listing an additional
charge for an “experienced therapist”, yet they never define “experienced”. (Does “experience” mean a part-time practitioner
who honestly has forgotten the basics of his/her profession and can only
offer – at best – massage at a personal care service level, or is the :experienced:
person a dedicated, BOARD
CERTFIED, full time professional therapist who can honestly support
your health care goals? )
I believe the consumer has a right to know who is working with
this website, my professional qualifications, a roster of my continuing
educational training & work history are readily available for your
review and verification.
In closing, when choosing any therapeutic
massage location (and your attending practitioner), it is my hope that
you take the time to compare not only the cost of massage, but the
commitment and qualifications of the attending professional.
If you do, you’ll find Massage & Movement Therapy (and I)
offer you a much more… for less!
Rest assured, I will treat you as I can only hope to be treated
when I receive my massage / bodywork session.
Board Certified Massage Therapist
WTCS (SW/DV) U.S. Navy, Retired
To make your appointment or to order a
gift certificate, just give us a call at: 804-815-1291.
Or, just send me an email with your request: email@example.com
By way of knowledge, skill &
experience… honestly supporting those seeking relief from:
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)
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