Marie Ayres BSc (Hons) Chiro
Chiropractor and Emmett Practitioner
It's my belief that the body responds to gentleness and this is my working philosophy - less is more!
Using a combination of McTimoney Chiropractic, Emmett Technique and the additional option of Hanna Somatic Education, I deliver a safe and effective programme to alleviate pain and restore mobility.
I am based in a well-established practice in Cardiff and a distinguished clinic in central location in north London. If you are considering seeing a chiropractor, or are seeking an effective solution for long-term pain or mobility issues, please get in touch to learn more about how I can help you.
The Cardiff clinic is located within easy access of Cardiff city centre and the M4. Free parking is available.
The clinic in London is located in Upper Street, near Angel and is a 5 minute walk from Highbury & Islington Station.
I offer a free telephone consultation, so we can discuss how chiropractic care will benefit you, prior to booking an appointment. Simply get in touch by phone, text, or email if you prefer.
Appointments are also available in Marlborough in Wiltshire. Please call, text or use the contact form if you would like to book, as online booking for this location is not available.
A McTimoney chiropractor uses only their hands to locate and gently align the bones and joints of the spine, pelvis, cranium and extremities. My approach uses minimal force and is very comfortable to receive. The treatment I provide offers a long-term solution to pain and discomfort, often with results from your very first session.
The aim of chiropractic is to improve your quality of life by relieving any pain you may have, improving your posture and restoring ease of movement.
Chiropractic does provide natural pain relief, but you don't have to be in pain to benefit from seeing a McTimoney chiropractor. If you are in pain, I can reassure you that chiropractic care has been proven effective in assisting the following musculoskeletal and neurological conditions:
Pain and stiffness in joints
Muscular tension, inability to relax
In their most recently published guidlines (November 2016), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy (such as chiropractic and osteopathy) and exercise for managing low back pain with or without sciatica.
Developed by Ross Emmett, this technique quickly eases tension in the muscles and surrounding tissues.
Emmett Technique is performed by applying light pressure to specific points on the body, sometimes combined with a gentle switching action, often producing instant results.
Also known as Hanna Somatic Education, Thomas Hanna developed his purely physical approach to somatic education into a series of elementary exercises. These are not intended to strengthen or stretch the muscles, but to re-educate them to release habitual patterns of tension.
Hanna Somatic Education is suitable for everyone. The somatic exercises are performed on the floor (or a chair), are not physically strenuous, and no special equipment is needed. Soft, comfortable clothing is all that you are required to bring. Hanna Somatic Education classes are 1-2-1, so each session is tailored to your own individual needs.
What to expect during a visit to one of my clinics
I use only my hands to locate and gently align the bones and joints of the spine, pelvis, cranium and extremities using light, fast, dexetrous adjustments. I use Emmett technique to effortlessly release the muscles before I adjust to facilitate the process. You are always in a neutral position, either sitting, standing or lying down. I make you as comfortable as possible and some people become so relaxed they even fall asleep.
During your initial consultaion, I will ask you questions about your health, your lifestyle and the reasons for your visit. This enables me to tailor a treatment plan for you and to assess the best way to proceed with treatment.
I guarantee honesty during your visit and I will refer you to an alternative practitioner or consultant when appropriate, to ensure you are getting the very best care. Very occasionally, I refer patients for an xray or MRI, if required.
How long will it take?
For your initial consultation I allow 1 hour and 20 minutes - your first treatment is included. Follow up sessions take 40 minutes.
How much does it cost?
The fee for an initial consultation is £65 in Cardiff and £80 in London
The fee for follow up sessions are £55 in London and £42 in Cardiff and Marlborough.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of follow up sessions required varies for each person, but three to six is about average. Maintenance sessions are recommended - again the duration between sessions varies, but I advise most people to attend every three months to maintain the progress acheived from prior sessions.
Can I claim on my health insurance policy?
Most health insurance policies include chiropractic treatment in their list of benefits. You may be able to claim the cost of your treatment. Please check with your provider for details.
Please note, I am not registered with Bupa or AXA.
"Marie is nothing short of amazing. Thanks to her I am no longer taking a heavy mix of painkillers and living in a drug fog. A once a month treatment enables me to be active and I no longer suffer insomnia from pain. Marie is a lovely person who cares about her patients and will go above and beyond in helping them. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
"Since seeing Marie just twice about lower back pain and a 'tennis elbow'...both issues are now no longer troublesome and full range of movement/strength has been restored. Marie is kind and attentive and explains everything she is doing. She has magical hands and I would recommend her to anyone with musculoskeletal problems."
Originally from Marlborough in Wiltshire, I now live in north London with my partner Albert, and our cat. Cooking, baking and eating are high on my agenda, and visiting markets, museums, travelling and exploring parks, countryside, towns and cities are all things I like to do in my spare time.
I graduated from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in March 2008 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Human Chiropractic, before working in various clinics in Wales and the Southwest. I completed my Emmett Practitioner training in 2011. I am also a qualified aromatherapist and infant massage instructor and have been involved in complementary healthcare for over 20 years.
Member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association
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