Oxhey masseuse bans men after one too many erotic requests

Watford Observer: Oxhey masseuse bans men after one too many erotic requests Oxhey masseuse bans men after one too many erotic requests

An Oxhey masseuse has banned men from her practice after becoming fed up with customers angling for erotic favours.

Kate Codrington made the decision after years of late-night phone calls, frequent requests for "massage sex" and even had one customer turn up for a session in plastic pants.

The 48-year-old, who treats people at her Capel Road home, has been working as a therapist for 21 years.

She said: "Having men ask me for inappropriate requests has happened on and off for as long as I have been working.

"The other week I was sitting at the computer with my partner and this man rang up and asked me how much I charged for massage sex.

"In a way, I’d rather them be up front about it on the phone as at least then you know.

"It’s much more difficult when men ring up and say they have something like sciatica, which I can work with, and then they turn up for the appointment expecting something else, which is really creepy."

The mother-of-two took the decision to only work with female clients after receiving on average about four calls a week from "inappropriate" callers.

Ms Codrington now specialises in abdominal and pregnancy massages.

She said: "Of course it’s not fair to turn half the population away but I need to be safe and it just wears me down.

"I don’t want to give these people any energy. I have got a lot to do and I don’t have time to deal with this, it’s not part of my world."

Talking about one of the strangest experiences she has had, Ms Codrington said that a client once came for a massage wearing unusual undergarments.

She explained: "There was a man who came with plastic pants and I could hear this rustling sound.

"At the time I was very angry as he put me in a very difficult position. But looking back he was probably feeling quite ashamed. He seemed very anxious at the time."

Ms Codrington said she felt her business was established enough to be able to turn away 50 per cent of her potential customers.

She said: "I’m in a fairly good position now as I’ve been doing it for a long time. But it’s much harder for young people who are starting out as therapists as they are taking all the business they can and it puts them at risk."

She added: "Everyone has the right to work without fear of sexual harassment. Massage therapists are no different."

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5:46pm Thu 20 Mar 14

TRT says...

So she's not going to go out of business because of this. Good. I like a happy ending.
So she's not going to go out of business because of this. Good. I like a happy ending. TRT
  • Score: 38

5:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

andyandyandy says...

Can't believe my plastic pants never worked
Can't believe my plastic pants never worked andyandyandy
  • Score: 32

6:04pm Thu 20 Mar 14

TRT says...

andyandyandy wrote:
Can't believe my plastic pants never worked
Yeah. She saw right through them. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]andyandyandy[/bold] wrote: Can't believe my plastic pants never worked[/p][/quote]Yeah. She saw right through them. ;-) TRT
  • Score: 29

6:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

watfordrick says...

Whatever next a female massuese that doesn't do happy endings!
Whatever next a female massuese that doesn't do happy endings! watfordrick
  • Score: 9

8:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

A Wily Fox says...

She explained: "There was a man who came with plastic pants and I could hear this rustling sound.

"At the time I was very angry as he put me in a very difficult position."

Which position was that? Dirty girl.
She explained: "There was a man who came with plastic pants and I could hear this rustling sound. "At the time I was very angry as he put me in a very difficult position." Which position was that? Dirty girl. A Wily Fox
  • Score: 6

8:55am Fri 21 Mar 14

andyandyandy says...

See shes gone for the sexy school mistress look. You just know shes hiding whips in there somewhere.
See shes gone for the sexy school mistress look. You just know shes hiding whips in there somewhere. andyandyandy
  • Score: 7

12:12pm Fri 21 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Hahahhahahah. The comments on here are just great. Discrimination against men? Poor men, now what are they going to do? I bet if the situation was reversed women would be shouting discrimination from the rooftops!
Hahahhahahah. The comments on here are just great. Discrimination against men? Poor men, now what are they going to do? I bet if the situation was reversed women would be shouting discrimination from the rooftops! LocalBoy1
  • Score: 10

1:09pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Anunemus says...

I can't believe no one has commented on the wall paper!
She clearly hasn't been using her profits to decorate...
I can't believe no one has commented on the wall paper! She clearly hasn't been using her profits to decorate... Anunemus
  • Score: 9

10:23am Sat 22 Mar 14

HermanGoering says...

I think we know who is to blame.
I think we know who is to blame. HermanGoering
  • Score: 3

11:47am Sat 22 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

Anunemus wrote:
I can't believe no one has commented on the wall paper!
She clearly hasn't been using her profits to decorate...
"has been working as a therapist for 21 years". Is that a clue as to how old the wall paper is??
[quote][p][bold]Anunemus[/bold] wrote: I can't believe no one has commented on the wall paper! She clearly hasn't been using her profits to decorate...[/p][/quote]"has been working as a therapist for 21 years". Is that a clue as to how old the wall paper is?? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Roy Stockdill says...

I find it rather curious that she has only just decided to take this decision to ban men after being a therapist for 21 years, moreover she says it's been happening on and off for as long as she has been working. So why only now?

Notwithstanding the fact that I consider all so-called, self-titled "therapists" to be either charlatans or misguided, I can't help thinking that she is just looking for a free advertisement for her business, which the WO has very kindly supplied by pretending it's a story!
I find it rather curious that she has only just decided to take this decision to ban men after being a therapist for 21 years, moreover she says it's been happening on and off for as long as she has been working. So why only now? Notwithstanding the fact that I consider all so-called, self-titled "therapists" to be either charlatans or misguided, I can't help thinking that she is just looking for a free advertisement for her business, which the WO has very kindly supplied by pretending it's a story! Roy Stockdill
  • Score: 2

3:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Humph3 says...

Interesting that Kate is quoted as referring to herself as a massage therapist and yet the paper still insisted on using the term masseuse. That word has connotations and leads people to think that she might offer other services. She may well have put up with inappropriate requests for a long time but it doesn't matter how long. She finally had enough, and I don't blame her! Those who posted insensitive and thoughtless comments are just part of the problem. They should be ashamed of themselves, as that sort of behaviour would not be tolerated in any other workplace.
Interesting that Kate is quoted as referring to herself as a massage therapist and yet the paper still insisted on using the term masseuse. That word has connotations and leads people to think that she might offer other services. She may well have put up with inappropriate requests for a long time but it doesn't matter how long. She finally had enough, and I don't blame her! Those who posted insensitive and thoughtless comments are just part of the problem. They should be ashamed of themselves, as that sort of behaviour would not be tolerated in any other workplace. Humph3
  • Score: -1

3:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

CaptainPC says...

Basically she is a thief and a liar.
Basically she is a thief and a liar. CaptainPC
  • Score: -1

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