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Queer & Trans-friendly massage in Glasgow

Cool Amber Massage

"River has the most welcoming and calming energy and the massage was pure bliss, a 10/10 from me. I immediately booked a return visit.”

“I always avoided going for massages because it felt like too awkward an experience but River made me feel at ease. You can specify anywhere you don’t want to be touched and it’s a friendly and relaxed vibe."

“That it’s a queer friendly space makes a big difference and River helped fix my back after a year hunched over working from home. 100% would recommend.”

“I felt cared for and listened to by River. They took my health needs into account when arranging my massage and it was a really lovely experience. Highly recommend!”



Queer trans masseuse River massaging in their home studio in Dennistoun, Glasgow.

Based in a home clinic in Dennistoun, Glasgow, I specialise in Swedish and deep tissue massage and myofascial release that is tailored to your needs, relaxing for the mind and nervous system, and therapeutic for muscular tension and pain. My practice is queer and trans-friendly, non-judgemental, and trauma-aware.



I’ve never had a massage before. What should I expect?

I’ll ask you during a short consultation on arrival about how you're using your body day-to-day, how you’re feeling, areas of tension and concern and areas you prefer not to be touched. I ask clients to wear pants for massage (if you'd rather keep on other items of clothing too, you can let me know). I’ll check in with you during treatment about pressure, temperature, and how it feels. We can pause anytime.


Can I discuss my health conditions and allergies with you before I book to make sure we’re a good fit?

Yes. There is an option to tell me about your health conditions or allergies when you book, or you can use the contact form below or message me on Instagram.

Who are you and where did you train?

My name is River and I moved to Glasgow from Inverness in 2012. I qualified in Swedish Massage at the Western School of Massage in 2019. I have since trained with the School of Holistic Therapy and KnotStressed in Edinburgh, the Glasgow School of Massage, the Scottish Beauty School and Gateway Workshops. I also offer seated head and shoulder massage at community events and drop-ins.

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?

I wear an FFP2 mask, leave the option open for you to wear one too, and clean between clients. I am vaccinated and take lateral flow tests regularly. If you prefer, we can leave the window open for increased ventilation.

How do I get to your premises?

The 38 bus and Alexandra Parade train station are a 5-minute walk away and there is free parking beside the building.


What is the accessibility information for your premises?

My main space is on the third floor with no wheelchair access. I have an alternative ground floor space that I can use with notice - please contact me to discuss using this space. There are two steps to get into the ground floor room, 31cm total height, and the doors are 84cm wide.


What is sliding scale pricing?

Sliding scale pricing means that you decide how much you can afford to pay. People with disposable income paying the upper end of scale means that people on a lower income can pay the bottom end of the scale and I still make a living.


Do you sell vouchers?

Yes, I can post you a physical voucher or email a digital one, for the same sliding scale rates as my treatments. Email or message me to purchase.

I was gifted a voucher. How do I book?

Please contact me via the contact form below or through Instagram. The online booking system requires a deposit payment, so we can schedule something manually. Take a look at the calendar to see what time and day would suit you.

Do you massage pregnant people?

Yes, I am fully trained in pregnancy massage, including optional abdominal massage, and charge the same rates for this service. Please let me know when booking if you are pregnant so I can allow extra time for our consultation.



Queer trans masseuse River folding towels in their home massage clinic in Dennistoun, Glasgow.


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