be Prepared. Be strong. be safe.
Screen massage clients to protect you and your practice from potentially dangerous situations. The purpose of screening your clients is to prevent unwanted clients from entering your practice.
There are warning signs massage therapists can look out for when faced with a client looking for a happy ending. Sometimes, the signs are vague and easy to miss because the sexual solicitor is fearful of getting caught and arrested for illegally soliciting sex.
I get asked a lot about what pictures therapists should have on their website—what other industry needs to be so sensitive to that? Ugh. Well, I got asked so many times and saw so many therapists removing their photos, I knew I had to do something.
When choosing a business name, you can attract the client of your dreams—or the client of your nightmares. Choosing a professional name will help deter clients who are looking for illicit services.
Sexual solicitors will often use code language for happy ending massages so they don’t get caught by the authorities for the illegal act of solicitation. Know what to look for and how to avoid this awkward and potentially dangerous situation.
A new massage therapy client text messages you and you are not sure of their intentions. How do you come across as professional (in case they are a legit client), but still make it clear that you aren’t a happy ending parlor (in case they are looking for . . . extras)?
A security system for my massage therapy office always seemed too expensive and out of reach. Oh, how I was wrong. The best security systems for small businesses can often be the most affordable.
I did an online search for “How to Ask for Happy Endings,” and I was shocked at what I found—it was not a pleasant experience. Make sure you are not sending the wrong message with your massage therapy business by avoiding these code words and behaviors.
Running a tight schedule is an extremely important part of having a successful massage practice. If you do not stick to the agreed-upon appointment time, it can be harmful to your business.
ABMP Related Content
- Keeping Clients Safe Part 1
- Keeping Clients Safe Part 2
- Keeping Clients Safe Part 3
- 10 Steps to Secure Your Practice
- Managing Intellectual and Environment Boundaries
- What Do We Owe Our Clients?
- Code of Ethics
- Learn to Set Energetic Boundaries
- Tell Colleagues About Inappropriate Clients
- Where Do We Go from Here?
- Clients Crossing Boundaries in the Treatment Room
- Hiding In Plain Sight—Human Trafficking’s Impact on Massage Therapy
- Holding the Line: How to Overcome the Fear of Communicating Boundaries
- Mobile Massage Practice Safety
- Setting Boundaries with Inappropriate Clients