Marie AyresMcTimoney Chiropractor in north London, Cardiff and Online, also specialising in Emmett Technique and Hanna Somatic Education

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McTimoney Chiropractor in Islington and Cardiff

Online and clinic appointments are available


Looking for help with pain? If you are here because you are in a spot of bother with your back, don't panic. It's understandable you are fearful, but most back pain, even though it can be excruciating, is very rarely serious. Click on the link below to watch this short, informative animation that will explain in simple terms what back pain is, and what you can do to help yourself.

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Pain or no pain, do you ever find yourself thinking that you can’t do the things you once could, or move around the in the way you used to?

My job is helping people limit and reverse the cycle of pain and stiffness in their bodies, relieving the tension and sensitivity that has built up in the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, enabling them to find balance, resilience and ease of movement. Working with me will help you, over time, to learn how to actively manage the daily challenges your body experiences, whatever your starting point is


I am in pain!

Firstly I will want to rule out anything serious. Don't worry - even though it can be excruciating, less than 5% of back pain and other musculoskeletal pain is serious, so it's very unlikely there will be any cause for concern. Once I feel sure it's ok to proceed, I'm likely to recommend a course of treatment, along with a personalised plan to address your pain in the short term and manage it in the long term. This personalisation is important, because the factors that influence pain vary with each individual. I will want to work with you to find out what is contributing to your pain, and teach you what you can do yourself to modify the pain. The duration of your plan will depend on how long you have had the pain. Some people just need a nudge in the right direction before they go it alone, others may be on a longer journey and want someone to go the distance with them - everyone is different.


What does a treatment involve?

The chiropractic treatment I provide focuses on easing pain and discomfort, often with results from your very first session. I use only my hands to locate and gently manipulate the bones and joints of the spine, pelvis, cranium and extremities using light, swift, dexterous adjustments. McTimoney chiropractic works within the normal range of motion of your joints, meaning there is no audible cracking or popping sound associated with some other techniques. 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 drift off to sleep.


Here's an introduction to the techniques - all of them are gentle, none of them are forceful. It's my belief that the body responds to gentleness and this is my working philosophy. Less is more!


McTimoney Chiropractic

John McTimoney began teaching his unique approach to chiropractic in 1972. It is concerned with the integrity of the skeletal system and its relationship to the muscular and nervous systems. Using the bones as little levers to gently manipulate the joints, McTimoney chiropractic adjustments are light and swift. Done entirely by hand, the practitioner uses very little force, which makes this soothing and restorative treatment comfortable to receive.

Chiropractic is commonly considered to be a valid treatment for low back pain and sciatica, as well as mechanical neck pain. However, it is also proven to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

Should you be suffering with a shoulder condition, including rotator cuff injury and soft tissue disorders, chiropractic can be considered an appropriate choice for you.

It can also provide relief from headaches that arise from the neck and is helpful in the prevention of migraine.

Chiropractic is beneficial for people experiencing pain and stiffness in their joints, and may be used to complement the core treatment of hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis, in conjunction with exercise.

You don't have to be in pain to benefit from seeing a McTimoney chiropractor - the treatment also supports those striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Chiropractors can help with minor sports injuries and tensions, and the treatment is also good for those who suffer from muscular tension and an inability to relax.

For information about consultation fees and directions in Islington, please click LONDON

For information about consultation fees and directions in Cardiff, please click CARDIFF


Somatic Exercises

Somatic Movement Education teaches you simple self care exercises that you can do at home as a regular practice, or when you feel you need to. It can help you manage pain and stiffness between treatments, giving you more control over your symptoms.

Thomas Hanna developed his purely physical approach to somatic education, also referred) to as Hanna Somatics, into simple movements. In this context, somatic means the sense of connection between one's conscious awareness and their physical body - or more simply, your experience of being in your body.

Thomas Hanna believed the physical deterioration we experience as we advance in years was not the result of aging, but the body's learned responses to stress and our modern lifestyles. The movements are not intended to strengthen or stretch, but to reverse the patterns of chronic tension that develop and persist in response to the emotional and physical challenges we face over the course of our lives.

Benefits include stress relief, a feeling of wellbeing and a sense of freedom of movement. Whether your aim is to move with ease throughout your daily activities, enhance your yoga practice, or your performance in more vigorous pursuits, practising Somatic Movement can help you.

Somatic Movement is suitable for everyone, regardless of age or fitness. The movements are performed on a floor mat (or a chair), are not physically strenuous, and no special equipment is needed. Soft, comfortable clothing is all that you are required to bring, unless you prefer to use your own yoga or pilates mat. Somatic Movement classes are 1-2-1, so each session is tailored to your own individual needs.

Alternatively, you can learn Somatic Movement in a small group setting. For information about group classes, please use the 'click to email' button on the right of the page (or you will find it below on some devices) to enquire.


Emmett Technique

Introduced to the UK by Ross Emmett in 2007, this light muscle release technique aims to restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.

Emmett Technique is performed by applying light pressure to specific points on the body, sometimes combined with a gentle switching action, often producing results that can be immediately observed. It has been designed to be used in combination with other modalities and its gentle mode of application complements McTimoney Chiropractic perfectly.


Help with chronic or persistent pain

Although hands on treatment can be very useful in managing chronic pain, there are other valuable evidence based interventions I suggest to clients who want to take a proactive approach to pain management. With the right support, there is a lot you can do to cope and live well with chronic pain. Please get in touch if you would like to know more, by phone, text or email.


Need a bit more info?

If you are considering seeking an effective solution for long-term pain or mobility issues, please get in touch to learn more about how Somatic Movement or Emmett Technique can assist you for the duration of the COVID-19 social distancing measures. Simply get in touch by phone, text, or email if you prefer.

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I am based in a well-established practice in Cardiff, and a peaceful clinic in central location in Islington, north London. Evening appointments are available in both.

The Cardiff clinic is located within easy access of Cardiff city centre and the M4. Free parking is available. For information about consultation fees and directions, please click CARDIFF

My Islington practice is based in Prebend Street, N1 8PT. It's is close to Angel underground and Essex Road overground stations. Full details are provided when booking.
For information about consultation fees and directions, please click LONDON

Consultations are also available in Marlborough in Wiltshire. For details, please CLICK HERE.


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