Marie Ayres

Canonbury Natural Health
265 Upper Street
N1 2UQ


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Canonbury Natural Health
265 Upper Street
N1 2UQ


About me

Using a combination of McTimoney Chiropractic, Emmett Technique and the additional option of somatic exercises, I provide a safe and effective programme, which aims to quickly eliminate pain and stiffness. The combination of treatment and simple exercises is an invaluable tool to combat the daily challenges your body experiences when coping with today's modern lifestyle. In fact, in their most recently published guidelines (November 2016), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy (such as chiropractic and osteopathy), combined with exercise as a useful treatment for low back pain (with or without sciatica).

McTimoney Chiropractic
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.

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:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Frozen shoulder, shoulder or elbow pain
  • Leg pain
  • Pain and stiffness in joints

Muscular tension, inability to relax

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.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Emmett Technique
Developed by Ross Emmett, this technique quickly eases tension in the muscles and surrounding tissues, restoring movement and function.

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.

The Emmett technique can have a profound effect and benefits may include enhanced freedom of movement, rapid pain relief, greater balance and stability.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Hanna Somatics
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 unconscious patterns of tension, bringing physical movement back into your conscious control.

Learning Hanna Somatic exercises means fewer visits to the chiropractor, because once you have mastered them, you can identify and release tension in your body in just a few minutes. Imagine being able to move freely and gracefully, with no pain, with greater control, at any age. This is what you can achieve with Hanna Somatics.

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 need.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Training, qualifications & experience


"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."

"This lady is fantastic. Hurt my back badly, could barely stand straight. She sorted it out and could always relieve the tension in my neck. Highly recommend Marie Ayres."

About me

Originally from Marlborough in Wiltshire, I now live in north London.

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 South west. I completed my Emmett Practitioner training in 2011. In 2016 I became a Somatic Movement Exercise Coach, qualified to teach Hanna Somatics. I am also a qualified aromatherapist and infant massage instructor and have been involved in complementary healthcare for over 20 years.

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Registered / Accredited


Therapies offered


Chiropractic & Emmett Technique

Initial consultation, including the first treatment - £80 - 1 hour 20 minutes

Subsequent treatments - £55 - 40 minutes

Please note, I never advise more than one session per week and most people begin to see results within 2 to 3 sessions. How many treatments you will need depends on what is causing your pain, as well as other factors such as your lifestyle and how long you have been in pain.

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.

Hanna Somatic Classes (40 minutes)

Individual - £55

Cash, cheque, credit/debit card, or direct transfer. Payment is due on the day of the appointment.

There is a 50% charge for appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. If you cannot attend your appointment, please let me know as soon as you can.

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.

Further information

Online booking is available on my website or Facebook page.

I am based in a well-established practice in Cardiff, and a tranquil clinic in central location in north London.

The Cardiff clinic is located within easy access of Cardiff city centre and the M4. Free parking is available. Please CLICK HERE for details.

The clinic in London is located in Upper Street, near Angel and is a 5 minute walk from Highbury & Islington Station. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

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 assist you. 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. For details, please CLICK HERE.

Important information

If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.

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London, N1 2UQ

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