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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.
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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 seriously
provide minor (non-surgical) soft tissue corrective care (for muscle,
tendon, ligament & fascial complaints), and post-surgical injury
rehabilitation massage. 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 plus years ago, Sports & Injury corrective care massage
meant “no pain, no gain” for the client/patient. It was “the norm”, and I too blindly followed
that same philosophy as a new professional Massage Therapist. However, if one is willing to
ask questions, search for answers, and simply “think for him/herself”…
one can find better ways, more effective way than causing unnecessary
pain & bruising… but then calling that work “therapy”.
So, as for me, I’ll leave the NO PAIN / NO way of thinking &
working to the less “experienced” practitioner. My choice is to work with the client’s
tolerance level, and work smarter… in order to achieve positive results
that can last. And yes, that can
mean from just a relaxing massage… right up to post-surgical
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
At Massage & Movement Therapy, our
fees are based upon the session length and the skill required for the requested
service. That’s it! I
don’t charge you more for a professional office, for “ambiance”, or my
21+ years of full time experience.
How others justify their fees, well… that’s up to them.
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
What will be the reason for your
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Low Back Pain
Post-Surgical Pain, due to:
tear / lesion
Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
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