About Us

Having suffered years of pain in my lower back due to an injury and subsequent numbness in my leg and foot, I started to believe that pain was inevitable. It felt like someone had drawn a box around me in black magic marker, the ceiling always visible. It became such a part of me that I started to change my life around the pain and made choices by it.


And then, I had a moment of freedom from pain. A glimmer of possibility.  This feeling of relief came to me through the hands of a Trager® Practitioner during my first Trager session. It was then I realiz...
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Amber Thunell and the Trager® Approach

2412 Towncrest Drive

Iowa City , IA 52240 map it

(319) 432-9880

Hours of Operation

M 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
T Closed
W 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Th Closed
F 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sa 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
S Closed

Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • She was knowledgeable and pleasant. Her approach to the body was helpful.

    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.

  • connect w/different energy level than usual...awareness and fluid

    I was so happy with the whole experience!

  • 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!

  • Amber's explanations are clear and thoughtful, helping me to think about "the big picture" for better health.

    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!!!

  • I learn something about dealing with pain and discomfort at every session. Amber is an amazing professional practitioner of Traverse Therapy.

    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.

Trager® Approach - 90 min session

$90
90min
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Trager® Approach - 60 min session

$70
60min
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Trager® Approach - 30 min session

$35
30min
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Integrative Massage - 90 minutes

$90
90min
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Integrative Massage - 60 minutes

$70
60min
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Integrative Massage - 30 minutes

$35
30min
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30 minutes - 5 session series

$150
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60 minutes - 5 session series

$300
60min.
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60 minutes - 12 session series

$660
60min.
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Amber T.

License: IA #087163

51 Verified Reviews

Trager® Approach - 90 min session

$90
90min
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Trager® Approach - 60 min session

$70
60min
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Special Available

Trager® Approach - 30 min session

$35
30min
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Special Available

Integrative Massage - 90 minutes

$90
90min
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Integrative Massage - 60 minutes

$70
60min
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Integrative Massage - 30 minutes

$35
30min
Request Appt

Special Offers

30 minutes - 5 session series

$150
30min.
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60 minutes - 5 session series

$300
60min.
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60 minutes - 12 session series

$660
60min.
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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.

Average Rating:

5 (Based on 51 Reviews)

96 %

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by Anonymous on Sep 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trager® Approach - 60 min session with Amber T.
She was knowledgeable and pleasant. Her approach to the body was helpful.
by Anonymous on Aug 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trager® Approach - 60 min session with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trager® Approach - 60 min session with Amber T.
connect w/different energy level than usual...awareness and fluid
by Amy on Jul 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trager® Approach - 60 min session with Amber T.
I was so happy with the whole experience!
by Karen on Jul 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: Trager® Approach - 60 min session with Amber T.
by Anonymous on Jun 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Amber T.
Amber's explanations are clear and thoughtful, helping me to think about "the big picture" for better health.
by Nancy on Jun 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 minutes - 5 session series with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 minutes - 12 session series with Amber T.
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.
by Marilyn on Apr 2017
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2017
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
Always feel better post visit. Long time patient and will continue care
by Dorothy on Sep 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
being reconnected with good me
by Pam on Jun 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I LOVED the feeling of safety and being able to "let go" and be totally in the moment. Amazing experience!
by Michael on May 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
amazing and gifted body worker, excellent session, will hope to reschedule soon!
by Seth on Apr 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
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 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
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!
by Steve on Apr 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is a passionate, skilled, and serious practitioner who's goal is for her client to have the best experience possible while on her table. She does amazing work with her hands but also takes the time to discuss your situation and how best to approach it for maximum results.
by Justin on Mar 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Great experience and effective treatment
by Marilyn on Mar 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I always feel peaceful after having seen Amber.
by Ethon on Feb 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Amber did very well and helped me understand more why I was there instead of a standard rub massage place.
by Anonymous on Feb 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is an intuitive, intelligent, and passionate practitioner. In addition, she is a talented educator, bearing in mind the principles of her practice. I certainly look forward to further sessions with her.
by Stephanie on Feb 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is wonderful and has helped an injury of mine greatly!
by Marty on Feb 2016
Verified
Service Received: 60 minutes - 5 session series with Amber T.
Amber is the greatest! Amazingly gifted in her profession. She is a student of Trager with something new every session. I very much appreciate Amber.
by Anonymous on Feb 2016
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Amber T.
Amber spent a lot of time with me, explaining, discussing, etc. The session on the table itself was very pleasant. I could feel the caring and intuition in her hands. The treatment is very gentle and subtle. Amber's love of this practice is evident.
by Lee on Jan 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
I have never before felt so totally relaxed as i did after the last session. It was amazing.
by Anonymous on Jan 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I liked where we talked ahead of time about goals/history. I especially liked when some of the imbalance I feel was described from a different perspective than I had heard before. This was very helpful.
by Julie on Jan 2016
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Put me totally at ease. Definitely put me on the fast track to healing a sore body. Most relaxing 60 minutes I've possibly ever experienced. Highly recommend trying a Trager experience!
by Kiersey on Jan 2016
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Amber T.
I really love the sense of calm and care that Amber exudes. Even during our talk before the session, I felt immensely relaxed by her energy and the energy of the room. I've never experienced Trager before, but the results were nearly immediate, and I could feel my muscles actively releasing tensions while she worked. Overall, it was a great experience.
by Anonymous on Jan 2016
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Amber T.
This was a new technique for me. Because I have had less than pleasant experiences with message, I was very pleased with this total body experience. I had no preconceived notions about Trager going into the session. I was very comfortable with Amber and our conversation was easy and as fluid as her treatment. I left the session relaxed and with an expanded sense of my etheric body. Thanks for the complimentary introduction!
by Tom on Nov 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I was in a lot of pain on arrival and left a new person feeling great!
by Amy on Nov 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
How relaxed I felt afterwards.
by Chris on Oct 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is a very skilled Trager practitioner. I leave each appointment feeling refreshed and renewed, with ideas on what I can do on my own.
by Laura on Oct 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I highly recommend Amber for almost any pain problem. Her sensitivity, awareness, and high level of training give her the attributes necessary to really make a difference for people through her work.
by Marsha on Sep 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
I loved it!! I can't wait to have another . Thank you.
by Laurie on Aug 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
I loved the way I felt when Amber was finished. I felt like I was floating. I left without a backache, my legs didn't hurt and my neck pain went away. I was pain free and I felt so happy! Lots of energy and felt so positive. I haven't felt this way in a long time!
by Alicia on Aug 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is a phenomenal trager practitioner!
by Anonymous on Aug 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 90 minute session with Amber T.
Amber is kind, knowledgable, and very intuitive. She targeted my areas that needed extra support and I walked out feeling great. Can't wait to go back!
by Anonymous on Jul 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
Amber's skills are superior. Her bedside manner is empathetic and professonal.
by Anonymous on Jul 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
I had my best night of sleep in 2 weeks following the treatment. Much relief and skills I can apply later.
by Anonymous on Jun 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
There was nothing about the Trager Experience I disliked. Amber was very professional and all ready for me. Her room is very nicely done and relaxing.
by Eloise-Marie on May 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager® Approach - 60 minute session with Amber T.
I enjoyed learning about & experiencing the Trager approach. It was peaceful & relaxing. I liked the concept of memory & to remember how the sensation feels. I liked starting the relaxation/therapy by a neurologically approach rather than muscular - it effects the entire body. Thank you!
by Anonymous on Mar 2015
Verified
Service Received: with Amber T.
My appointments with Amber are always a highlight. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions, and on those rare occasions when she didn't know an answer, she would always seek out information and let me know the answers. She consistently explains what she is doing and checks for any changes I might notice. She is an invaluable resource for healthy eating and alternatives to traditional medicine.
by Ray on Mar 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager Approach - One hour session with Amber T.
I asked Amber about upper left hand shoulder which had shown some signs of tenderess and she was able treat the shoulder and the soreness is gone. (27)
by Nancy on Mar 2015
Verified
Service Received: 60 minutes - 5 session series (save $50) with Amber T.
It really helped my with my general aches. She gave me suggestions to try at home to help with relaxation of the muscles. I went to yoga today and there were many similarities.
by Anonymous on Mar 2015
Verified
Service Received: The Trager Approach - Introductory/Traditional Session with Amber T.
Amber took the time to explain to me what the experience might be like before she started and checked in with me regularly to see how I was feeling. She made a point to inform me about how body was responding to treatment and she made suggestions for how I can extend the benefits of Trager after my appointment. It was very enjoyable and informative.
by Anonymous on Feb 2015
Verified
Service Received: 60 minutes - 5 session series (save $50) with Amber T.
The Trager Approach is unique, and Amber does an incredible job of listening to your words and your body. Amber is amazing!

Amber Thunell and the Trager® Approach

2412 Towncrest Drive

Iowa City , IA 52240 map it

(319) 432-9880