Hello! My name is Genna Neilson and I am a massage therapist from the United States, certified and licensed in the State of New York. After graduating from the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences in 2010, I worked in New York City before moving to Northern Italy to work at a five-star hotel in the Dolomites before settling in Amsterdam in 2012.
For as long as I can remember, I have been giving and receiving massage. My grandmother was a massage therapist herself and instilled the idea of therapeutic touch into my mother, who regularly received massages through all her five pregnancies and still does to this day. She would regularly book massages for my siblings and me when we were children.
I can't remember the first time I gave a massage but I know it was common enough by the age of 8 that I was handing out gift certificates for massages to my family members as birthday presents. By age 10, I was charging my mother 10 cents a minute for massage!
As often happens in life, I took a detour before discovering what I really wanted to do with myself. I went away to University and studied Classical Antiquity and afterwards moved to Italy to coordinate tour programs for an American company. There, in 2007, I met my husband and together we decided to move to Amsterdam for an experience. We stayed for 9 months, loving every moment of it, but had made plans to return to New York where I could attend Massage Therapy school, as the timing finally felt just right.
In 2010, I graduated from the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences in New York City with an Associates degree in Occuptional Studies in Massage Therapy, after having completed 1000 hours of practical massage and instruction (for the complete curriculum of the Swedish Institute please click here). It was an amazing and challenging experience, and I graduated feeling blessed for the knowledge I had gained that could help and heal others through therapeutic massage.
For a short period in 2011 I worked in a Day Spa in Brooklyn, working out the tension of stressed New Yorkers, before moving to Northern Italy to work at a Five-Star Design Hotel located 1500 meters high up a mountain in the Dolomites. In this naturally pristine and peaceful environment I worked for a year, treating over 700 individuals to such treatments as Classic massage, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu.
Although it was hard to leave the awe-inspiring Dolomites, our hearts were being pulled back to Amsterdam and we officially moved back in July 2012. In 2013, my husband and I welcomed our baby boy to the world and then again in 2016 another beautiful boy. Our daughter joined us and brought so much joy during the uncertain year of 2020. Born true Amsterdammers, they have solidified our resolution to remain in the Netherlands for many years to come. Our plans for our future are very exciting and I look forward to learning more about the Dutch way of life in this beautiful city, that we love a little more everyday (even the rainy ones).
When I return to New York these days, I still visit the same woman who massaged my mother all those years and so massaged me from the womb through my twenties, her touch more and more powerful each time. The beauty of the healing arts is there is always something more to learn, and I have faith that through these years, the knowledge I gain on top of what I already know will only help to better serve and heal those who need it. I believe massage benefits the body, mind and soul in immense and diverse ways. I look at every individual with a fresh set of eyes, and I employ different and appropriate techniques case by case in order to best address each individual's goal. For it is my goal to have everyone feel better at the end of a treatment than when we began.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you in the studio soon!
For a copy of my Curriculum Vitae, click here.
I am registered with the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce with KvK Nummer: 55743072