Their new business is a far cry from Army life but Larson admits his 20 years of service helped to prepare him for his new venture.
"There weren't a lot of calls for Green Berets in Nashville so my skills didn't initially look like they could translate directly, but this business opportunity came up and we decided we wanted to be entrepreneurs," Larson said, adding the franchise was a perfect fit
He continued, "[Elements Therapeutic Massage Studio] has values right in line with the Army. Values of Elements are fun, membership, respect, integrity and passion. Other than fun, those are values right in line with the Army."
Larson obtained a master's degree from Austin Peay State University while he was stationed at Fort Campbell, and admits while running a business is different than donning a green beret, skills he honed in battle can translate.
He said, "In special forces we work in small teams, just like a small business, out on our own, we do our own HR, PR, logistics, it's just like a small business is today."
The small business adventure was a risk for his family, but one they say has been worth it.
"Our goal is to have it be a business where he can spend some time with the family," Leila Larson said. "We have four kids and they're already talking about being a business guy like their dad."
While in the Army, Larson had two shoulder surgeries and several back injuries. He used massage therapy to recover and said that also played into their decision to open up the studio.
Elements is located in the Shoppes of Brentwood Hills off Old Hickory Boulevard in Brentwood.