Pros and Cons of Renting Massage Space from a Spa

Perhaps you recently earned your massage certification, and you’re looking for a place to work your magic on clients. On the other hand, maybe you’ve been a massage therapist for a while, but you’re in the market for a new environment, for whatever reason. If you’re looking into renting space in a spa, you’ve come to the right place.



As with most things, there are pros and cons you’ll need to consider:

Pros of Renting Massage Space in a Spa

Most spas are already established, so you don’t have to worry about startup logistics like decorating or installing alarm systems. They may also provide equipment which can ease your start-up costs.

Renting space at a spa is less intrusive than practicing in your own home. This also means that you don’t have to worry about noise in other rooms if you have kids.

You gain exposure to the spa’s established clients. If you’re the first massage therapist on site, those at the spa for pedicures or haircuts might love to try out your new services. (Free marketing!)

Some spas host networking events and provide additional training, exposure, and knowledge.

Many spas provide access to reception areas, break rooms, conference rooms, storage, and other shared spaces at a reduced cost or, in some cases, for free. Having access to a shared receptionist or concierge to answer questions, assist with scheduling, accept packages, greet visitors and sell gift cards can make a huge difference in customer service.

Cons of Renting Massage Space in a Spa

However, there are also some downsides to consider when renting from a spa:

Renting means that you aren’t fully in charge of your space. This could affect exterior/interior signage and advertising. You may not get to choose the decor or music used in your room. If these is important to you, be sure to address it upfront.

If you are sharing the space with other therapists, you lose some some control over the space, and you will be competing for customers.

Some spas determine the days/hours that you are required to work (i.e. you’re scheduled instead of scheduling when you want to work). We interviewed a massage therapist who worked at a resort spa and she had a lot to say about the demands of the schedule.

Renting from a spa can involve a contract, which locks you in for a period of time. If you are considering moving out-of-state, it may not be a good time to rope yourself in.

Depending on your rental agreement, spas may be able to increase rent at any time and/or require a percentage of your earnings. Be sure to read the fine print before signing any agreements put in front of you.

Whether you end up renting from a spa or starting your own business, there are pros/cons to each, all of which are important to consider as you are contemplating your options. What other pros/cons have you experienced? Post responses in the comments below.


Comments from original Massamio post:

I’m renting space in a business suite. This is nice because it means I’m surrounded by potential clients. Not so great if someone forgets that I need quiet around my space and decides to hold an impromptu meeting outside my door. There are plenty of positives in my case to outweigh that possibility, and I greatly prefer this to an in-home practice. — Posted @ Tuesday, January 07, 2014 1:40 PM by Jessica