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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 &
In June of 1994, we opened our doors for business, and in doing
so… 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
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 softy tissue minor injury (meaning, non-surgical) and pre & post-surgical corrective care. [Soft tissue injuries are defined as
or pertaining to: muscle, tendon, ligament & fascial complaints.]
At Massage & Movement Therapy, fees are based upon: (1) the skilled required
to provide you with a specific service and (2) the session length. That’s it! (That’s
why our fees schedule is divided into two separate categories.)
I don’t charge more for a professional office setting, “ambiance”,
or for my 21+ years of full time experience. How others businesses and practitioners
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 it doesn’t matter what your gender is, or what basic
professional training may have included… one should never assume they “just
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.
I take referrals from physicians, health
care professionals, and law professionals (cases under litigation). And,
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.
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 & patient alike) 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.
Years ago, getting a Sports or “medical massage(?)”
at a physician’s office or a fitness center meant your therapist normally
followed the “no pain, no gain” philosophy and most of the time he/she gave
you a mindless beating!. Why? Because the professional education and
skill level simply wasn’t there. Even
today, the sad truth is not much has changed.
However, if a dedicated professional massage therapist 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
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! Along with that thought, many franchise businesses
listing an additional charge for to have a “senior therapist”, or
“experienced therapist” work with you; however, they never define “senior
therapist” or what “experienced” actually means.
I believe the consumer has a right to know who is working with
this website, my “experience”, and a roster of my professional
training & and advanced qualifications are all readily available for your review
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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