Meet AMT Member Deb Carroll

Get to know Canberra based massage therapist and slave to two Devon Rex cats, Deb Carroll, as she sits down to answer 10 rapid fire questions.

1. How long have you been a massage therapist?

17 years – if you count starting up within weeks of beginning my training at CIT Canberra.

My family and friends suffered dreadfully while I was learning trigger point location and treatment, and then myofascial release.

2. Are you full-time, part-time or casual?

Ah, that depends on how you determine full/part-time – definitely not casual.

I was seriously ill for a year or two and had to take a bit of time off. It’s a bit of a long-term thing, managing the ongoing issues. I think (in my head) I work part time, because my work is structured in such a way that I have time in the day for joy. But when I look at the bookings, that tells another story. My business includes Movement Therapy. It’s a good balance, so I don’t get overwhelmed by one or the other.

3. What is the best thing about being a massage therapist?

The intimacy and sharing you get with each client. It’s such a joy to be able to help folks be the best they can be.

4. What three people (dead or alive) would you like to chat with over avocado toast?

Chairman Mao – I’d love to understand why he did what he did. The repercussions were horrendous but look at where China is now.

My Ma – my mentor and soul mate. I’ll be stuffed when she moves on.

Marie Curie – to understand the drive, the essence of being.

5. Why AMT?

It was the association that seemed to offer the best for me as a student and I’ve been too lazy to bother changing. The other associations have had their shit too. AMT seemed to get over themselves faster and with more integrity. It’s always a work in progress and will be influenced by the people who have the time and drive to make the effort.

We are extraordinarily lucky to have such fabulous people looking after our needs.

I wish I had more energy. I’d be in there kicking arse too.

Not only that, but you dudes throw great parties.*

(*AMT does, indeed throw great parties.)

7. What book(s) are you currently reading?

For pleasure:

For work:

8. What needs to change about the massage industry?

Ah, now we’re talking. First up, getting us all into one regulatory body would be great. That would give us so much more clout when we have to lobby. Secondly,, can we ever get to the point where people stop describing my ‘professional’ practice as a massage parlour? Sorry, the damn stigma really pisses me off. Grrr.

9. Where is your next holiday destination?

The Ghan next year followed by the south coast of Cambodia or Vietnam to lie on a beach, something I never do. Every holiday I’ve had since starting the self-employment thing 17 years ago has always involved some sort of training. This time I’m going to lie like a slug on a beach with a drink that has an umbrella in it. A worthy goal perhaps.

10. What would you say to a new graduate as they start their massage career?

Look for the joy in your work. If there’s no joy, you’re in the wrong place/job.


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  1. Very enjoyable answers Deb. It’s my 24th year as an MT -just closed my “parlour” in Canberra, but work from home now – in a room devoted to practice – the word “parlour” hasnt crept in.! (“She has her practice at her home” ) Semantics are great – is the term “parlour” genderist?!!

    • Sharon Livingstone
      04/11/2017 - 7:27 pm

      The parlour is where the queen sat, eating bread and honey. What did you think of Deb’s reading pile and self-care regime?

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