it applies to massage therapy, do you feel that paying a higher cost automatically
provides you with a skilled therapist?
Today, the truthful answer is (the vast majority of the time)… simply
“no”. Ambiance? Sure! Ego? Could be! But, skill and/or experience should
never be assumed. Examples: Resorts & Day spas. Physician &
Chiropractic offices, and multi-therapist massage businesses.
Now, if you’re the consumer who only
expects / wants to receive a relaxing massage (to unwind/relax/renew, using light to moderate to “deep” pressure)….
the good news is almost anyone (trained or untrained) can provide
that rudimentary level of service… massage
provided as a Personal Care Service. So, why pay in excess for that basic
session (or Christmas gift certificate)?
tissue… session? First ask yourself, “Could you, or can
you tell the difference between the kindhearted practitioner who just pushes
harder and digs deeper, and the professionally dedicated
therapist who possesses the earned advanced qualifications (not just weekend trained) and has the experience
to honestly, truthfully provide you with advanced massage & bodywork
services for injury prevention to post-surgical rehabilitation? FYI:
“Deep tissue” is just one
of many techniques used within a session. So, why pay “more” for just a fancy /
impressive title name?
take great pride in the work I provide with each client, or physician
Massage & Movement Therapy, our focus is on supporting your
personal and health related goals. We don’t see you and/or your
session as just another way to increase the business gross profit margin.
We provided a comfortable, safe
location to receive skilled, unrushed HANDS-ON professional massage &
Our fees are realistic and justifiable -
not excessive. Yes, it’s that
treat you (and yours) as I can only hope to be treated when I receive
my massage and/or bodywork session.
My choice. Integrity. To promote, offer and provide only
the level of service I can truthfully provide.
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 / equivalent to service provided.
name is David Bartholomew, Owner.
I’m a BOARD
Massage Therapist, and a certified Orthopedic
I’m also certified (not just
in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage.
Services: At Massage & Movement Therapy, we provide
only hands-on therapeutic massage & bodywork services… on two levels:
therapeutic massage as a Personal
Care Service (using
light to deep pressure to simply relax & rejuvenate / renew!), and
advanced massage & bodywork used as a HealthCare Service.
Fees: Fees for the
services are based upon (1) the length of your session and (2) the level
of skill necessary to meet your therapeutic objective(s). That’s it! We feel our fees are fair to the
client, patient and to us.
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 also offer “Out of State” services as needed.
continually advanced my personal and professional education because I
want to and not because I have to.
Since 1993, I’ve been a full time massage professional who is
committed to supporting the consumer’s health goals... not helping myself
to their wallet. I am a
professional who hasn’t forgotten the basics
of the massage therapy profession.
For your review, I’ve attached a
roster / timetable of my academic and clinical training, earned advanced
certifications and work experience… here... on this website. Please, feel free to compare this
information to any other business or practitioner you may be thinking of
I am a Massage Therapist who is also a
consumer of massage & bodywork services. So yes, I know only too well what it’s
like to be on a massage table (as a client/patient) where the attending practitioner
simply doesn’t know the basics of their own profession, yet s/he proudly calls their work “deep tissue”
(or whatever word/term will gain any consumer’s attention and open a
No, I’m not as young, slim / trim (as I use
to be), but…I still have a pretty good sense of humor, and my age allows
me fully appreciate the everyday aches-n-pains of simply getting
I know how it feels to be diagnosed with
cancer & to be a cancer survivor.
And yes, I’ve worked with many others as they go thru other life
being said, I’ve shored up my personal path with professional academic classes
& clinical hands-on clinical seminars, such as: TMJ-D (dysfunction),
Geriatric Health, Oncology Intensive training, Mastectomy & Healthy Breast Massage.
And with not doubt, I understand only too
well the pain associated with occupational and recreational
activities. Being retired military (Special Weapons Tech /
Diver), and now a certified Orthopedic Massage
Specialist, I use everything I am (personal experience, professional
education, tested & proven clinical skills, and years of professional
massage experience) to support your rehabilitative health goals.
Safety first, for the mom-to-be & baby too!
am also 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 (not just basic school, or weekend training) specifically in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage. After all, the gender
of your attending therapist’s doesn’t
trump professional education and skill.
In closing, if you
feel we can work together… well, let’s get started! Call: 804-815-1291!
Massage Therapist (# 000427)
The first Small Business
licensed to provided Massage Therapy in Gloucester County, Virginia
Certified - Orthopedic Massage Specialist (2005)
Certified - Prenatal,
Labor & Postpartum Massage (2001)
Active Professional Member
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA, since 1993)
Active Member, Middlesex County Volunteer
Rescue Squad (MCVRS)