Spill it: A conversation with Jody Floor

Saturday, March 1, 2008 | 8:18 p.m. CST; updated 11:21 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Masseuse Jody Floor works kinks out of the sore neck of Jocelyn Campbell at her office at 3610 Buttonwood Dr. in Columbia.

Licensed massage therapist Jody Floor, 34, is a soothing person to be around. She has been a massage therapist for almost six years, ever since she graduated from Ashmead College in Seattle. She offers Swedish massage (“picture Phoebe in ‘Friends’”), deep tissue massage (“I personally think it helps me relax”) and hot stone therapy. She plans to take a course in cranial sacral therapy (“the good thing about it is that you don’t have to get undressed”). Her studio is at 3610 Buttonwood Drive, Suite 200; 268-3621.

Why did you want to be a massage therapist?

Instinct. I’ve always enjoyed giving back rubs.

I was in secondary education. One day, I was a substitute teacher, and this lady came to talk to the kids. As soon as she started talking about their massage program, she had my full attention.

Instantly, I knew that was what I needed to be doing. I was not a good teacher. From what everybody says, I am a good massage therapist.

What’s the best part?

Every day, people tell me I’m wonderful. And I get people to feel better.

What’s the worst thing about it?

Sometimes I’m so busy taking care of other people that I don’t take care of myself. Also, many people advertise massages and offer something else.

Do you have another job?

From 7 to 11 a.m., I work at Barnes and Noble. There are so many massage therapists in this town that it’s hard to make a living out of it. Plus, the whole English teacher in me enjoys working with the books.

What do you do to relax yourself?

When I do a massage in low light, the soothing music, in the process, I end up relaxing. I also breathe with my belly. I will stand up against the wall, put my hands below my belly button and try to breath into my hands as much as I can.

At home, I play really stupid video games. I also like to play with my boyfriend’s hair. And I use music like a drug.

What do you do for fun?

I go to Sunday morning service at the Christian Chapel. It’s the best thing that happened to me since I started my own business. When it’s warmer, I go hiking. I also throw stuff at my boyfriend, like laundry and stuffed animals.

What would you suggest that people do to relax?

Take a walk. Watching the sunset is also a great way to relax. And, of course, I would tell everyone else to get a massage.

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