What you will need to start your own massage therapy business.
Recently I have received a lot of inquires about what massage supplies are needed to start a massage business. I will break them down into categories in this article. I will also expand it to include everything I can think of that you will need to start your business. I hope other massage therapists will help add to the list of supplies a new massage therapist will need for their office. This list is quite extensive and depending on how you decide to go into business some of this may not apply to you. For example, if you are renting a room in an already established massage business you will not need the reception furniture, bathroom supplies and cleaning supplies. The list is to help a new massage therapist think of anything they will need to start their massage therapy business.
For any business you will need to acquire the appropriate business licenses. We have our state business license as well as a city license. We are also required to have a massage license through the state department of health.
You may also want to consider business insurance and malpractice insurance. Your business insurance should cover all your assets in case of theft or fire. It should also cover if a client trips and falls in your office. Malpractice insurance will cover you if you ever hurt a client.
A security system can be installed for a small monthly fee to protect form robbery and vandalism. Panic alarms can be added to the system. They will alert the police if the button is pushed.
For your massage room:
Chair for your client
Hooks for coats and clothing
Small desk or shelves
8oz bottle with pump
Muscular system chart/art/posters/degrees for your walls
Sheets 2 week supply
Face cradle covers or pillow cases
For reception you may need the following supplies:
2 hole punch
3 hole punch
File folders with clasps
Waiting room chairs
Chair for the desk
Answering machine or Voice mail
2 garbage cans one for under the desk and one for the clients
3 ring binders
Health intake forms
Inter office mail slots
If you are opening your own office and are leasing a space you may be responsible for paying the electricity, gas, water, sewer and garbage bills.
You may want to invest in a small freezer or ice machine if you are doing treatment work. For an ice machine you will also want to get some gallon freezer baggies. You will want to buy ice packs to keep in the freezer.
When you are first starting a massage business your laundry will be easy to wash at home. As your business grows you may want to look into a laundry service. We use the local laundry. They have a drop off service and are cheaper than the ones that let you use their sheets.
You will also need to contact the phone company and have phone lines installed. Most massage therapists can work with 1-2 lines depending on what they need. One phone line can be used for the fax, internet and credit machine. It is best to leave your phone on its own line.