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

Amber Thunell, Trager® Practitioner, brings to her clients and sessions a long history of movement exploration.  From doing backflips in her grandparents’ backyard as a child 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, where she continued to dance and began a passionate personal journey of healing and wellness.

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Amber Thunell, Trager® Practitioner, brings to her clients and sessions a long history of movement exploration.  From doing backflips in her grandparents’ backyard as a child 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, where she continued to dance and began a passionate personal journey of healing and wellness.

Having suffered years of pain and numbness in her lower back, leg, and foot due to injury, Amber fervently sought modalities of bodywork that could address the root cause of her pain and offer effective ways to create positive and lasting change. It was through the gentle movement and suggestions of lightness and ease received during Trager sessions that Amber was able to find relief and possibility for a freer and more positive reality. Knowing well the power of muscle memory and the body’s ability to learn and adapt, and having a strong passion for movement and freedom, Amber found a deep connection with the principles of the Trager Approach – lightness, ease, awareness, acceptance, listening, and the exploration of possibilities – and began her studies to become a practitioner, becoming one of 2 Trager practitioners in the state of Iowa.

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
Education
2013

United States Trager Association

Trager Pracitioner Certification Program

2002

University of Utah

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Modern Dance

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

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
by Anonymous on Apr 12
I wasn't really sure what to expect. I left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and with a hopeful outcome. Definitely will recommend this therapy to others!

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Bodywork & Massage

  • Trager Approach