Injury Prevention

Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation





Phone: (804) 815-1291






David Bartholomew


Orthopedic Massage Specialist


WTCS (SW/DV)   U.S. Navy, Retired










            Gloucester, Virginia            


Est. 1994




Working with you

to alleviate unnecessary pain due to stress or injury.















Welcome to the Massage & Movement Therapy website!



There are three undeniable facts in the massage therapy profession: (#1) the profession is filled with kindhearted, compassionate therapists / practitioners; (#2) paying a high(er) cost for a therapeutic massage session will never be indicative as to the attending practitioner’s actual level of hands-on skill, and (#3) most massage therapy practitioners “practicing” today are only capable of providing massage therapy services at a basic level / a Personal Care Service level.


Massage & Movement Therapy is committed to our patron’s health goal needs.  In short, we’re passionate about providing unrushed, skilled HANDS-ON massage therapy services… at a realistic cost.   Yes, you can always pay more for ambiance or boastful words and terms, and receive less in proficient care, but… do you really want to?







Mission. To treat you (and yours) as I can only hope to be treated when I receive my massage and/or bodywork session.


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… and at a fair cost.






Massage & Movement Therapy doesn’t follow the business model used by spas, chiropractic offices, nationwide massage storefronts and “health” centers.  Being blunt, we don’t view you and/or your session as just “another way” to increase the business gross profit margin. 


     And, unlike the clear majority offering massage services today, we don’t use misleading (or intentionally skewed) words & terms (such as: “deep tissue”, “experienced”, or “medical massage”) with the sole intent of gaining your attention, and opening your wallet.  

     You’ll find my fees realistic and based primarily on skill, not excessive and based primarily on ambiance.



Fees: My fees are based upon only two points: (1) the length of your session, and (2) the level of skill necessary to meet your session objective(s).  That’s it!



Services: You’ll find I’m a skillful practitioner who hasn’t dismissed (or simply forgotten) the basics of the profession.  I continue my education because I genuinely want to… not just to meet the minimum standards required by Virginia’s Board of Nursing.


I offer and provide – daily - professional massage therapy services on two very different levels:


(1)        As a Personal Care Service:  Known and provided world-wide.  A rudimentary / general massage session …. where the client can just rest, relax, unwind… renew!  Per the client’s wishes, light to moderate to deep pressure is used to bring calm / relaxation to body-mind… compassionate care. 


(2)        As a HealthCare Service (advanced clinical skills… are required of the thinking therapist (not “boastful talk”) to support the pro-active consumer’s health goals).  We work on the problem… we don’t chase symptoms.



Outcalls.  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 am also willing to travel “Out of State” (but, not out of the USA) as needed.





I know how it feels to be diagnosed with cancer & to be a cancer survivor.  And yes, I’ve worked with many others (friends, clients and physician referred patients) as they go thru cancer and other life altering illnesses & injuries. 


No, I’m not as young, slim / trim (as I use to be), but…I still have a good sense of humor, and my age allows me fully appreciate the everyday aches-n-pains of simply getting old(er). 


And with no doubt, I understand only too well the pain associated with occupational and recreational activities.  Being retired military (Special Weapons / Diver), and a certified Orthopedic Massage Specialist, I use everything I am (personal experience, professional education, tested & proven clinical skills, and 23+ years of professional massage experience) to support your rehabilitative health goals.


Safety first, for the mom-to-be & baby too!

     I am 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 “training”) specifically in Prenatal, Labor & Postpartum Massage. 







So, enough talk!  Let’s get started!  Call for an appointment:  804-815-1291!






David Bartholomew



Massage Therapist

(# 000427)


U.S. Navy, Retired



Commonwealth of Virginia Massage Therapist (#0014)





Orthopedic Massage Specialist







Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage





Active Professional Member

American Massage Therapy Association

(Since 1993)




Active Member,

Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad (MCVRS)