What comes to mind when you hear about a happy ending massage? Probably a sleazy strip mall, a dimly lit ‘massage parlour’, lonely men… especially the lonely men.
Well, it turns out happy ending massages aren’t just for the guys. Esquire Magazine did a fascinating profile on two women who received happy ending massages. And not in sleazy ‘rub and tug’ shops, but in high end spas.
First… for the uninitiated… a primer. A happy ending massage is a massage that, quite simply, ends in an orgasm… happy, right? The traditional happy ending massage – the ones we’ve all heard about – is one where a guy comes in, is greeted by a young lady in lingerie. She proceeds to massage his back, turn him over once he’s nice and relaxed and very oily, and finish him off with a hand job. She will often be naked by the end of the massage and, frequently, will have given him a few ‘body slides’ as well – where she gets on top of him and slides her naked oily body over his. $150 and he’s back at work by the end of lunch hour. It’s a little sleazy perhaps, but who’s to judge.
More recently, we’re seeing an increase in higher class variations of the same. Nicer places, more attractive and enthusiastic masseuses, but more or less the same drill. These higher end places tend to be a little more expensive and cater to a slightly wealthier clientele (although not exclusively – its amazing how many working class lads can come up with 180$ every week or so to get this itch scratched). One other feature which is interesting, they all appear to have a packages/services specifically directed at couples looking to spice things up – but that’s a topic for another day. Take home here – happy ending massage parlours are not all dingy dives in strip malls; some are very nice.
Finally, the new kid on the ‘happy ending massage block’ (well, at least new to me)… normal high end spas with female clientele, who will offer a happy ending to those inclined. Think of any swooshy, downtown, expensive spa. Women cycle through for their mani/pedis, their body wraps, their massages. The masseuse (a male) is fully clothed. The massage starts (on the female client) the same as any massage and proceeds as any massage would – relaxing the body, focussing in on tighter areas…. its just a massage. But near the end the masseuse begins to rub closer to the breast or the inner thighs. And he waits for a response. Does she appear to want him to go further. If yes, he may open her legs slightly, still waiting for her response. If positive, he will begin to massage her vulva to the point of orgasm. I had no idea.
So, what do we think of this? Women in for a day at the spa getting a little extra. At one level, it seems pretty harmless… a quick rub to receive some tension. I can’t imagine any risk of disease and it can see it being fun. If you’re married, it is a little morally questionable, but it seems to be on the light end of infidelity. I can’t say I would be thrilled if my wife did this (unless we had agreed beforehand) but its not huge.
So.. thoughts.. innocent indulgence or major red light?