About Us

Mindful therapeutic massage and cupping specializing in relaxation, injury rehabilitation, injury prevention,  repetitive stress concerns, tmj/tmjd, postural imbalances and sports maintenance.

Experienced at treating specific issues such as frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica, carpal tunnel, post surgery hip replacement, migraines and headaches, scoliosis,  IT syndrome and more.

Trauma informed
LGBTQIA+ inclusive
Black Lives Matter

15 + years experience. Licensed and practicing since 2004

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Starling Bodywork. River, LMT, CCT

919 Barret Av

2

Louisville , KY 40204 map it

(502) 440-3890

Hours of Operation

M Closed
T 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
W 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Th 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
F 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sa 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
S Closed

Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • River provides a comprehensive and thoughtful massage experience. She truly listens to what issues you bring to the table and adjusts her technique and the session accordingly. There is a deep kindness in her work.

    River, I have already told my friends about you and have recommended you to all of them. You are amazing with an awesome disposition. The “gift” is you. Thank you. Lue’Verne Hughes

  • River is such a thoughtful and skilled massage therapist. They've helped me with back pain, TMJ, and of course, relaxation since I've been a client. Highly recommend!

    Quality. River is in tune….quality experience

  • River was very professional and friendly. The appointment was designed to my specific needs to work on problem areas. The space was private and restful.

    River is the ultimate professional. River not only relieves my back pain caused by numerous medical conditions but makes me feel comfortable. I am so deeply appreciative for River and their work. Nobody, and I literally mean NOBODY, has been able to do what River can. Thanks a billion, River.

  • Highly recommend! The best!

    River is phenomenal they are so gifted at their work!

  • Great experience. River performs skilled bodywork in a lovely, soothing setting. This was my first experience with cupping and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Best massage I’ve ever had, the cupping made a noticeable difference for me. I look forward to going back soon. River is professional and very thoughtful, the environment is very inclusive and anticipates needs.

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License: KY #161558

48 Verified Reviews

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by Ruth on Dec 02
River provides a comprehensive and thoughtful massage experience. She truly listens to what issues you bring to the table and adjusts her technique and the session accordingly. There is a deep kindness in her work.
by Lue’Verne on Nov 23
River, I have already told my friends about you and have recommended you to all of them. You are amazing with an awesome disposition. The “gift” is you. Thank you. Lue’Verne Hughes
by E'Beth on Nov 17
River is such a thoughtful and skilled massage therapist. They've helped me with back pain, TMJ, and of course, relaxation since I've been a client. Highly recommend!
by Anonymous on Oct 21
Quality. River is in tune….quality experience
by Anonymous on Oct 15
River was very professional and friendly. The appointment was designed to my specific needs to work on problem areas. The space was private and restful.
by Karen on Oct 10
River is the ultimate professional. River not only relieves my back pain caused by numerous medical conditions but makes me feel comfortable. I am so deeply appreciative for River and their work. Nobody, and I literally mean NOBODY, has been able to do what River can. Thanks a billion, River.
by Ann on Oct 07
Highly recommend! The best!
by Asope on Oct 02
River is phenomenal they are so gifted at their work!
by Joan on Sep 29
Great experience. River performs skilled bodywork in a lovely, soothing setting. This was my first experience with cupping and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Anonymous on Sep 28
Best massage I’ve ever had, the cupping made a noticeable difference for me. I look forward to going back soon. River is professional and very thoughtful, the environment is very inclusive and anticipates needs.

Average Rating:

5 (Based on 48 Reviews)

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by Ruth on Dec 2021
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
River provides a comprehensive and thoughtful massage experience. She truly listens to what issues you bring to the table and adjusts her technique and the session accordingly. There is a deep kindness in her work.
by Lue’Verne on Nov 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River, I have already told my friends about you and have recommended you to all of them. You are amazing with an awesome disposition. The “gift” is you. Thank you. Lue’Verne Hughes
by E'Beth on Nov 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is such a thoughtful and skilled massage therapist. They've helped me with back pain, TMJ, and of course, relaxation since I've been a client. Highly recommend!
by Anonymous on Oct 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Quality. River is in tune….quality experience
by Anonymous on Oct 2021
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
River was very professional and friendly. The appointment was designed to my specific needs to work on problem areas. The space was private and restful.
by Karen on Oct 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is the ultimate professional. River not only relieves my back pain caused by numerous medical conditions but makes me feel comfortable. I am so deeply appreciative for River and their work. Nobody, and I literally mean NOBODY, has been able to do what River can. Thanks a billion, River.
by Ann on Oct 2021
Verified
Service Received: 90 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
Highly recommend! The best!
by Asope on Oct 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is phenomenal they are so gifted at their work!
by Joan on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Great experience. River performs skilled bodywork in a lovely, soothing setting. This was my first experience with cupping and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
Best massage I’ve ever had, the cupping made a noticeable difference for me. I look forward to going back soon. River is professional and very thoughtful, the environment is very inclusive and anticipates needs.
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: 90 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
River is amazing!!
by Anonymous on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
fantastic and professional
by Mae on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: 45 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
River is always prepared when I arrive, makes me feel comfortable, listens carefully and creates a calming atmosphere. I have a tendency toward awkwardness, particularly in new situations or when things feel Too Quiet... the Starling massage room has soothing background sounds just loud enough to calm that "do I need to tall to fill this void?" worried thoughts. Can't recommend enough!
by Taylor on Sep 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I already did!
by Kirsten on Aug 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I have already recommended River to a few friends looking for a cupping massage :)
by Amy on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: 90 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
One of my favorite things about River is that they actually *listen* to me when I tell them what's bothering me and what I want worked on. I really appreciate being heard and cared for.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River was able to fit me in because of a cancellation, and I am so glad they did!! It was an amazing experience, and I look forward to booking with River in the future.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is the best massage therapist I have ever known. They focus on areas that are tense, and you leave feeling so relaxed. I also appreciate the option to have cupping at no extra cost.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
River was attentive and professional. I felt like a new person when I left.
by Maggie on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is the first massage therapist to actually reduce my headaches. They have a very thorough and knowledgeable approach. I look forward to our sessions!
by Chelsea on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
This was by far the best massage I have had! River made me completely comfortable, and they found all the areas I didn’t even realize were tense.
by James on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Amazing cupping massage.
by Anonymous on Jul 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is incredibly personable and professional. I haven’t had a massage in years and I really saw what I was missing with this experience.
by Anonymous on Jun 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Wonderful, skilled professional who made me feel very comfortable. Definitely booking again.
by Valerie on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Always a relaxing experience Very professional I highly recommend Starling Bodywork
by Jenifer on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is absolutely amazing! They were very thorough and thoughtful in the intake to understand my problem areas and to understand what I was needing. During the massage itself, River was very skilled and almost seemed to be able to intuit what was needed at various places. This was my second visit and both were equally awesome. I love out of town, but will absolutely come back when traveling back. Thanks, River!
by Moira on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. After training hard for a competition, I was feeling a little broken going in. River listened to my needs and tailored my experience. River has expert skills and I appreciated the compassionate and warm environment. Highly recommend.
by Laura on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Amazing! I have finally found my bodywork person in Louisville! River listen carefully to my concerns and needs and combined modalities to create the perfect therapy for my issues. Can’t wait for the next appointment!
by Meaghan on May 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Wonderful and exactly what I needed. I floated out of there. Worked through some tough knots and TMJ issues I was having with pressure but not painful. Relaxing and such a treat. Highly recommend.
by Kathy on Apr 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is a skilled practitioner of massage therapy. I would encourage anyone who would like to feel better to try her services!!!
by Amanda on Apr 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is an exceptional body worker and Louisville is beyond fortunate to have them here! Every appointment is rewarding, and their space is clean, relaxed, and comfortable. Absolutely 5 stars.
by Meghan on Apr 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Amazing! So impressed with their professionalism and skill. I left feeling ready to tackle a coming sports event and on the path towards sustainable recovery.
by Anonymous on Apr 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
River is the best massage therapist in town! River's skill is unmatched and the massage space is very relaxing and very clean. River has taken a lot of great safety precautions and I felt very safe and relaxed during my entire massage. I have been seeing River for my massage therapy since 2017 and would highly recommend them for anyone needing stress relief, pain relief or sports massage! Also, definitely try the cupping - it's a very therapeutic addition to the massage.
by Shannon on Mar 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Best massage ever! I was anxious since this is the first massage I have gotten since my diagnosis of fibromyalgia....but River has a great intuitive sense of their work....and I was really able just to breathe and rest.
by Karen on Mar 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I experienced more pain relief after 1 massage than I have in 4 weeks of physical therapy and chiropractic appts.
by Christina on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Would highly recommend
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I thought the experience was done with great care to me.
by Anonymous on Feb 2021
Verified
Service Received: 90 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
highly recommend
by Anonymous on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
Absolutely!
by Capper on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Fantastic experience in every way.
by Anonymous on Jan 2021
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Absolutely!!!!
by Raegan on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
This was by far the best massage I have ever received! I felt super comfortable from the moment I walked in ! Absolutely amazing !
by Sandra on Dec 2020
Verified
Service Received: 60 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
Excellent deep tissue massage, with warm towels to the feet and under the neck.
by Alyssa on Nov 2020
Verified
Service Received: 90 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
This is my second time going to Starling Bodywork. KatRose has a wonderfully warm and inviting space that immediately makes you feel relaxed. She asked for and listened to my needs when I shared a bit about the specific areas I wanted to address in our session together. And she delivered! I felt amazing after our session and had some relief in tight areas. I will be seeing her again for sure and would recommend her service!
by John on Nov 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
If you want a great massage see KatRose. I've never been a person who gets massages but my wife talked me into it and now I'm hooked. Great experience.
by Anonymous on Nov 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
Outstanding service, highly recommend.
by Anonymous on Oct 2020
Verified
Service Received: 30 Min Package of 4 Sessions with River W.
Kat Rose is wonderful and has an amazing intuitive knack for finding all the right places.
by Sara on Oct 2020
Verified
Service Received: Custom Therapeutic Massage, Cupping Optional with River W.
I am so blissed out after my massage and my super tight muscles finally feel some relief!

Starling Bodywork. River, LMT, CCT

919 Barret Av

2

Louisville , KY 40204 map it

Phone: (502) 440-3890