17+ Chair Massage Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a chair massage business in 2024?

We put together 17 of the best chair massage businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other chair massage businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a chair massage supply and rental business

2. Become a hair massage therapist

Hair massage therapists help clients achieve better hair growth or thickness.

If you love helping people live better, healthier lives through your work, then you may consider becoming a hair massage therapist. To become a hair massage therapist, enroll to obtain the proper education and receive the training and certification.

To start your business, you can take an internship at a spa establishment to gain the necessary experience and become an independent hair massage therapist. When comfortable working independently, you may open your massage parlor or serve clients from home.

3. Start an on-site chair massage business

How much you can make: $5,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Started A $2K/Month Mobile Bodycare Experiences Business

Jenni Jo, a licensed massage therapist, shares her story of creating a mobile body care spa in a custom Airstream to cater to the niche market of touring entertainers, with features such as massage tables, lounging spaces, custom cabinetry, lighting, music, and aromatherapy, inspiring other entrepreneurs to keep taking steps towards their dreams.

Jenni started Jenni Jo - Tension Tamer®️ almost 5 years ago
Jenni grew the business to $5K/month
Read by 6,379 founders

4. Start a spa service kiosk business

How much you can make: $59,000/month

My Neighborhood Gym Brings In £60K/Month

Discover the inspiring story of Alma Curry, founder of Meridian Fitness, as she shares her vision to create a holistic fitness community that offers top-notch training classes, affordable gym membership prices, and a variety of fitness programs for people of all ages.

Alma started Meridian Fitness about 12 years ago
Alma grew the business to $59K/month
It cost Alma $50000 to start the business
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5. Start a tradeshow booth massage business

6. Start a gym chair massage business

7. Start a nail manicure & pedicure kiosk business

A nail manicure & pedicure kiosk business involves providing nail care services such as manicures, pedicures, and polish changes to customers in a self-service kiosk format. Customers can choose from various nail polish colors and finishes and optional add-ons such as nail art or paraffin wax treatments.

To run a successful nail kiosk business, it is essential to keep it clean and well-stocked at all times and offer customers a range of high-quality nail care products. Training employees on proper nail care techniques and customer service skills is also essential to ensure a positive customer experience.

Marketing the business through social media and local advertising can also help attract customers and build a strong brand presence. Offering promotions or discounts can also be a helpful way to drive business.

Overall, a nail kiosk business can be a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to enter the beauty industry. By offering top-notch nail care services and creating a positive customer experience, businesses can build a loyal customer base and achieve success in this competitive market.

How much does it cost to start: $3,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

8. Become a massage therapist

Massage is a growing industry, and as such, many business options exist for those who want to enter this field. The most typical form of massage therapist business is an independent operation. This can be either out of one's home or a massage studio rented on an hourly basis.

Building a successful massage therapy business is not as difficult as you might think. Massage therapists offer much-needed services to communities and clientele. If you are looking for a new career or want to increase your income while delivering an important service, then starting a new massage therapist business can be an excellent choice.

Turn your massage therapy practice into a successful business by applying core business skills that lead to success.

How much you can make: $3,500 — $275,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Make A Living As A Professional Cuddler

Professional cuddler, Sam Varnerin, developed her successful one-to-one cuddle service, Snuggle with Sam, as a result of recognising the universal human need for connection and touch, which also led to her opening Sam’s Snuggle School, a course for aspiring professional cuddlers.

Sam started Snuggle with Sam over 7 years ago
Sam grew the business to $11.3K/month
Read by 15,261 founders

9. Start a foot massage business

A foot massage business involves working on the clients feet with pressure either manually or using mechanical aids, hence promoting relaxation and health.

10. Start a shopper chair massage business

11. Start a trade show massage business

12. Start a massage chair rental business

13. Start a coin-operated chair massage business

14. Start a massage parlour business

A massage parlor is a business that provides massage services to customers. These services can include traditional massage techniques such as Swedish or deep tissue and more specialized treatments like hot stone or reflexology.

To start a massage parlor, you will need a few key things. First and foremost, you will need to obtain any necessary licenses and permits from your local government. Depending on your location, this may include a business license and a massage therapy license.

Next, you will need to find a suitable location for your business. A convenient location should be a space that is easily accessible to your target customer base and has enough room for treatment rooms and possibly a reception area.

You will also need to invest in equipment, such as massage tables and chairs, and supplies, like massage oil and towels. Choosing high-quality products that will provide a comfortable experience for your clients is crucial.

Finally, you will need to advertise your business and attract customers. You can promote through various methods, such as social media marketing, local advertising, and word-of-mouth referrals.

To start a massage parlor, it is essential to research and ensure that you have all the necessary licenses and permits in place. Once you have these in place, you can focus on finding a suitable location, purchasing equipment, and supplies, and promoting your business to attract customers.

With hard work and dedication, you can create a successful massage parlor that provides relaxation and rejuvenation to your clients.

How much you can make: $11,300 — $200,000/month

How long does it take to build: 120 days (?)

How I Started An Escort Service At 21 That Now Generates $200K/Month

Founder of a high-end escort service in The Netherlands discusses the ups and downs of running a controversial business, with revenue reaching multi-million dollars annually and a focus on creating a professional and intimate experience for clients.

Marike started Society Service about 18 years ago
Marike grew the business to $200K/month
It cost Marike $5000 to start the business
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15. Become a spa consultant

16. Start a party massages business

17. Start a corporate chair massage business

meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.