Amber Thunell

"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." - Toni Morrison

Amber Thunell is a Certified Trager® Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist.  She brings to her clients and sessions a long history of movement exploration and a personal story of healing from injury and pain.  From learning how to do backflips in her grandparents’ backyard to formally studying Modern Dance in the renowned program at the University of Utah, Amber has sought to know freedom, awareness, and connectedness through movement. Her personal studies of movement took her to New Y...

Amber Thunell is a Certified Trager® Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist.  She brings to her clients and sessions a long history of movement exploration and a personal story of healing from injury and pain.  From learning how to do backflips in her grandparents’ backyard to formally studying Modern Dance in the renowned program at the University of Utah, Amber has sought to know freedom, awareness, and connectedness through movement. Her personal studies of movement took her to New York City after university, where she continued to dance and began a passionate personal journey of healing and wellness. 


Having suffered years of pain and numbness in her low back due to injury, Amber sought modalities of bodywork that could offer effective ways to create positive and lasting change.  It was through the gentle touch and introduction of easeful, fluid movements she received during Trager sessions that Amber was finally able to find relief and the possibility for a freer and more comfortable reality. 

Knowing well the body’s ability to learn and adapt, and having a strong passion for movement and creativity, Amber found a strong connection with the principles of the Trager Approach – deep awareness and listening, ease in movement, gentle touch, engaging the mind with imagery, working in partnership with the body, and exploring possibilities – and began her studies to become a practitioner. 

Amber opened her Trager practice in Iowa City in 2013 and is currently 1 of 2 Trager practitioners in the state of Iowa. Amber received her massage license in 2017 after graduating from the Integrative Healing Arts Massage Therapy Program at East-West School of Integrative Healing Arts in Iowa City.  Here she honed the art of Integrative Massage, combining Eastern and Western approaches to the body.  This rich and diverse study period focused on creating a strong foundation in Swedish massage and Shiatsu. Other studies included Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, and Energy Work. 

Alongside Amber’s passion for movement is an equally present passion for music and travel. From New York City, Amber found her way to Osaka, Japan, where she unpacked her bags for 4 years, settling into the culture, teaching English, and finding family among Japanese friends. During her backpacking adventures through Japan and Southeast Asia, she found richness in the approaches to healing and wellness through food, music, dance, bodywork, and human connectedness, and uses those teachings and experiences to foster balance, wellness, and vitality in her life.

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Licenses
Massage

IA # 087163

Certified Trager® Practitioner

# Amber Thunell

Education
2013

United States Trager Association

Trager Pracitioner Certification Program

2002

University of Utah

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Modern Dance

2017

East-West School of Intergrative Healing Arts

Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork Therapy

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Marilyn on Apr 08
I got to Amber's practice just after I had turned in my income tax documents for the year. You can imagine that I needed a Trager massage! I came away from my 60 minute session feeling light and airy, and that feeling has lasted for 3 days now.
by Dan on Feb 17
Amber was excellent at locating points of stress and tension in my muscles. She also had insightful suggestions for how to hold my spine and the muscles in my back where I experience pain, and what stretches to do for self-care. I highly recommend!
by Amanda on Feb 16
Always feel better post visit. Long time patient and will continue care
by Dorothy on Sep 30
Trager has been so beneficial for me struggling with sciatica pain. I appreciate the gentle touch and movement and find it encouraging to see and feel the difference as the body releases the tension and pain and provides greater mobility. Amber is great at listening and sensing what is going on within the body. I highly recommend!!!!!
by Suzanne on Jun 28
being reconnected with good me
by Pam on Jun 18
I LOVED the feeling of safety and being able to "let go" and be totally in the moment. Amazing experience!
by Michael on May 05
Amber's energy and way of being were very warm and welcoming. The Trager approach was unlike any body work that i have previously had and i felt immediate results. I plan on making an appointment for each time i visit Iowa City.
by Vicki on May 01
Each Trager session with Amber is a physical and spiritual renewal. Amber sets the tone and atmosphere for a relaxing experience. She asks questions in order to provide the most productive session. She has great nutritional information which she shares freely when asked.
by Janet on Apr 30
amazing and gifted body worker, excellent session, will hope to reschedule soon!
by Seth on Apr 17
Amber is awesome her space is nice and quiet I did not know what to expect it was one of the most relaxing experiences of my life. Seth

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Trager Approach
  • Swedish Massage