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 Anonymous on Sep 11
She was knowledgeable and pleasant. Her approach to the body was helpful.
by Anonymous on Aug 29
Amber's personal and professional demeanor put clients at ease immediately and with confidence in her knowledge of the body in general and each client's particular needs. She takes time to truly listen and is always a wealth of information as to what I can do between visits to make a positive difference in my overall well-being.
by Anonymous on Aug 27
connect w/different energy level than usual...awareness and fluid
by Amy on Jul 26
I was so happy with the whole experience!
by Karen on Jul 13
As always, Amber was able to gently guide me into a fully relaxed and pain-free state. I feel so blessed to have found her!
by Lori on Jul 13
by Anonymous on Jun 28
Amber's explanations are clear and thoughtful, helping me to think about "the big picture" for better health.
by Nancy on Jun 17
Amber is very professional and knows how the body works. She personalized the treatment and gave me exercises to do at home. Wednesday she helped my leg cramps when nothing else worked , I have gone to her for several years and she has helped me with multiple problems. I always tell her to work her magic and she does!!!
by Lee on Jun 07
I learn something about dealing with pain and discomfort at every session. Amber is an amazing professional practitioner of Traverse Therapy.
by Stacy on Jun 02
I've been seeing Amber for @3 years now. I suffered for years with chronic neck and back pain and Trager has provided me with a long term solution to those problems. Amber has shown me a number of self-care techniques that have been extremely valuable in maintaining my health.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Trager Approach
  • Swedish Massage