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Gloucester, Virginia            Established 1994



Providing unrushed, superior service…

at a realistic cost.





        Relaxation - Injury Prevention / Enhancing Performance - Rehabilitation












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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 & 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 only occupied one location (within the professional offices of the Virginia County Real Estate Complex), and in today’s world… that says a great deal!


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 complaints.


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 time experience. 

     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 part-time therapist.


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 practitioner.

     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 massage”).


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 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, 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. 


David Bartholomew

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: d.bartholomew804@gmail.com





By way of knowledge, skill & experience… honestly supporting those seeking relief from:




/ Chronic Fatigue




Neck Pain… due to:


Wry neck / Stiff Neck Torticollis



Common Injuries, such as:

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow

Subscapular Injurie

Patella Tendon Injuries

Sprained Ankle

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome





Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy


Cerebral Palsy


Bell’s Palsy


Low Back Pain





Post-Surgical Pain, due to:

Cervical Fusion

Heart By-Pass

Hip Replacement

Rotator Cuff Repairs

SLAP tear / lesion

Knee Replacement

Arthroscopic Surgery


Breast Augmentation

Face Lift


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)




Parkinson’s Disease






Hospice Support


Quality of Life/Adaptive Massage





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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