About Us

Graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Fortis College Spetember 2016

Nursing Board of VA Licensed Massage Therapist
License # 0019014988

CPR Certified

ABMP Insured 

Knowledge in massage therapy techniques (deep tissue, sports, hot stone, cryotherapy, reflexology of feet, aromatherapy, chair massage, trigger point, myofascial release, and lymphatic drainage, Swedish). NOW OFFERING Therapeutic Cupping.


I am located in Shockoe Bottom, in the Downtown Richmond. Serving all of Metro Richmond and surrounding areas. 

The Privacy of your visit, ease to get to and start relaxing without all the hassle and pressure corporate business push on you.  

Yes, I do offer memberships for my massage practice, but I am not going to pressure any client into buying a membership to come get work done with me. My ...
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AFA Massage- A Fresh Approach Massage

East Main St

Richmond , VA 23223 map it

(804) 814-8493

Hours of Operation

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Sa By Appointment Only
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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • Had a headache that lasted for 4 days. Day 5... it’s gone ! Amazing massage.

    Great ....will be back

  • Doug is superb. The best professional massage I have ever had. Highly recommend.

    Doug made a life long customer out of me. Couldn’t be happier with his approach.

  • I enjoyed everything about it thanks to Doug Carter.

    Doug gave a great massage and recognized the need to incorporate a good amount of stretching in the session.

  • Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".

    Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".

  • Doug is very personable easy to have conversation with.

    I have been getting massages for years. Doug is the best. I was in crisis with a slipped disk and true sciatica. He was part of my team of health care professionals and I still see him weekly on a regular basis. I would recommend him highly. JTV

Swedish

$65
60min
$90
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Deep Tissue

$85
60min
$115
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Hot Stone

$85
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Sports Massage

$80
60min
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Pregnancy

$75
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Chair

$20
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$100
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Douglas C.

License: VA #0019014988

20 Verified Reviews

Swedish

$65
60min
$90
90min
Select

Deep Tissue

$85
60min
$115
90min
Select

Hot Stone

$85
60min
Select

Sports Massage

$80
60min
Select

Pregnancy

$75
60min
Select

Chair

$20
20min
Select
Can't find your address?

Swedish

$85
60min
$110
90min
Select

Deep Tissue

$100
60min
$130
90min
Select
by Wayne on Jan 04
Had a headache that lasted for 4 days. Day 5... it’s gone ! Amazing massage.
by Anonymous on Dec 30
Great ....will be back
by Tim on Dec 23
Doug is superb. The best professional massage I have ever had. Highly recommend.
by Greg on Dec 14
Doug made a life long customer out of me. Couldn’t be happier with his approach.
by Clay on Dec 13
I enjoyed everything about it thanks to Doug Carter.
by Anonymous on Dec 13
Doug gave a great massage and recognized the need to incorporate a good amount of stretching in the session.
by John on Dec 11
Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".
by John on Dec 11
Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".
by Alon on Dec 08
Doug is very personable easy to have conversation with.
by Anonymous on Nov 29
I have been getting massages for years. Doug is the best. I was in crisis with a slipped disk and true sciatica. He was part of my team of health care professionals and I still see him weekly on a regular basis. I would recommend him highly. JTV

Average Rating:

4.95 (Based on 20 Reviews)

98 %

Ambiance
100 %

Professionalism
by Wayne on Jan 2019
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Had a headache that lasted for 4 days. Day 5... it’s gone ! Amazing massage.
by Anonymous on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
Great ....will be back
by Tim on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
Doug is superb. The best professional massage I have ever had. Highly recommend.
by Greg on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug made a life long customer out of me. Couldn’t be happier with his approach.
by Clay on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
I enjoyed everything about it thanks to Doug Carter.
by Anonymous on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug gave a great massage and recognized the need to incorporate a good amount of stretching in the session.
by John on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".
by John on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug's abilities as a LMT are beyond compare. A combination of providing a nice soothing environment, being fully knowledgeable of his trade, his ability to carefully listen to your physical issues and expectations, then applying his gifted hands. He possesses the want and willingness to explain what is most probably causing the pain or discomfort and what other areas can be contributing to it and then proceeds to work his magic. He truly has a gift. His personality and openness gives you a mental comfort that he truly cares about helping people. I was not someone who gave massage much worth prior to my first time. Afterwards, I was amazed how the touch, manipulation of muscles, etc is an obvious necessity to be healthier and happier in your daily life. Do yourself and, more importantly, your body a favor and book a massage with this guy as soon as you can. Prices are very reasonable. You do not get a cookie-cutter type of massage. Each massage is based on YOUR massage needs and Doug caters to that. It is what sets him apart from others. My friends and family members that have had massage sessions with him and each comes away saying "best massage I have ever had" and "he knows his stuff".
by Alon on Dec 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
Doug is very personable easy to have conversation with.
by Anonymous on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
I have been getting massages for years. Doug is the best. I was in crisis with a slipped disk and true sciatica. He was part of my team of health care professionals and I still see him weekly on a regular basis. I would recommend him highly. JTV
by Justin on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug gave an outstanding deep tissue massage. He worked out several knots and muscle tightness with the perfect combinations of pressure and movement. His use of hot stones and warm towels added to the experience.
by Anonymous on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug C. is one of the best massage therapists I've ever had (and I've seen many). He is very professional and you can tell he is passionate about helping people. He's very kind and receptive to what you need. The warm towel for your feet, and for your face, are the icing on top at the end of the massage.
by Mark on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
I loved every bit of it! My body feels amazing! I'll be back in a month.
by Scott on Nov 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Doug is a very accommodating and skilled therapist. He even worked me in on Thanksgiving morning for a much needed session. Doug has a distinct way of finding areas of trouble that you weren’t aware of and certainly takes care of them with a magical touch! I would recommend his services to anyone in need of great body work. I am happy to drive the hour it takes to experience the thorough and thoughtful care from Doug’s massage.
by Greg on Oct 2018
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
I've been going to Doug for a while now. He always does a great job. Treat yourself to 1 1/2hour of deep tissue.
by Christopher on Sep 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
It was one of the best massages I’ve received. Dog was professional and paid special attention to the areas discussed beforehand.
by Rodney on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
Doug is by far one of the best massage therapists Richmond has to offer. He is professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. Each session he inquires on my areas of concern and tailors the massage to fit and each time I feel amazing. His studio is very comfortable and relaxing, and I cannot wait until my next session!
by Rodney on Jun 2018
Verified
Service Received: Swedish with Douglas C.
Doug is by far one of the best massage therapists Richmond has to offer. He is professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. Each session he inquires on my areas of concern and tailors the massage to fit and each time I feel amazing. His studio is very comfortable and relaxing, and I cannot wait until my next session!

Business response:

Thanks Robney!! Always a Pleasure working with you

by Anonymous on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
Very nice atmosphere. Amazing skills.

Business response:

Thank you!! Hope to See You Again Soon

by Aaron on Sep 2017
Verified
Service Received: Deep Tissue with Douglas C.
I would recommend Douglas, to anyone that needs or wants a great massage.

AFA Massage- A Fresh Approach Massage

East Main St

Richmond , VA 23223 map it

Phone: (804) 814-8493