How to spot clients who ask for happy endings. Don’t google “How to get a Happy Ending”! It is NOT a pleasant experience.

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Learn how to spot code words and behaviors that are circulating the internet in blogs, forums, and websites advising solicitors on how to ask for a happy ending without getting arrested. These tactics are sneaky and vague and could easily go over the head of a well meaning therapist. Spot these requests from a mile away and shut it down BEFORE you book these clients. 

11 Codes and Behaviors that are Warning Signs for Massage Therapists

  1. If a client is looking for a happy ending, it is typically illegal. So, when I searched Google for “how to ask for a happy ending,” clients were encouraged to be vague as if the massage therapist would just do it. The behaviors will be subtle and sometimes hard to recognize. That is why it is so imperative to screen all your clients so you are 100% clear on why they are coming to get a massage.

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  2. Happy endings are called “endings” for a reason – they are at the end of the massage. So, if a client is getting a happy ending massage, the masseuse will begin the massage with the client prone and end supine. If a client is on your table, you should have thoroughly screened them, but if you are still unclear for any reason, begin the massage supine. Seriously though – if you are that uncomfortable and unsure and you think they are expecting a handy, end the massage.
  3. In the articles I read, there was a lot of talk of neon open signs. If you have a neon sign in the window of your business – I would encourage you to get rid of it to avoid clients who ask for happy endings.
  4. Late hours are typically available at parlors. Clearly state hours on your website, social, and any other marketing you do. Do not have open-ended hours. For instance 9am-9pm, seven days a week.
  5. Basement offices. It is common for happy ending parlors to be downstairs or in basements. The less windows, the better for these type of establishments. When considering office locations – never rent a space in a basement.
  6. Lots of guys lingering around the front of a massage office. At massage parlors, they sometimes have more customers than “therapists”, so they will tell the client to wait outside for the next available time slot. You may find men waiting around outside of massage parlors. So, this is something else to consider when choosing a location for your office. Make sure you are not in a space where guys will be congregating outside. This could happen next to a gym or pizza place, as examples.
  7. Bad female yelp reviews are common for parlors. The “therapists” are not typically trained to give a real massage. So, that leads to unhappy female clients that went to get a massage without knowing what kind of place it was. Hence, the negative reviews.
  8. In my Google search, I came across, on multiple occasions, encouragement to lay naked on top of the sheets to make it clear that a happy ending is what the client is looking for. If you have a client laying naked on top of the sheets – end it.
  9. The client asks, “how relaxed will I be?”. That is code for a happy ending. The response would be “you will be completely relaxed.”
  10. Generous, roses, extras, release, full-body are all commonly used words in massage parlors. Avoid all of these words in any marketing for your business – especially your business name. This will help you to deter clients who ask for happy endings
  11. If a client starts asking questions about draping or glute work before they are even on the schedule, I would seriously consider not booking them at all. You may feel the need to screen further – but if that is what they lead with – that is a big ol’ red flag!

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