Busy London MEP is a fan of Shiatsu

Helen Salisbury

London MEP Marina Yannakoudakis is one of the growing number of converts to Shiatsu.

She says the therapy helps her relax after a busy time in Strasbourg and Brussels – although she initially sought treatment to deal with a back problem.

Marina, one of the Three Conservative MEPs for London, sits on the European Parliament’s Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Marina first experienced Shiatsu a few years ago for a back problem.

“I had x-rays and an MRI scan for my hip as I was limping but found out it was actually a back problem and my hip was fine,” she explained.

So she turned to London Shiatsu practitioner and Shiatsu Society member Pavlos Pavli for help. “The Shiatsu really helps with my back – the pain stops every time I have a treatment. When I’m in pain I have a treatment every week, and then every few months to help me relax.”

Fifty five year old Marina has been an MEP for the past two and half years and says her work requires her to be very active and mobile – so Shiatsu is essential in helping her achieve this. “I’m not sure why Shiatsu works – but it deals with the problem so I’m happy!” she said.

In her spare time Marina plays the saxophone and produces sculptures which she sells for charity. 

For further information on this press release call Shiatsu Society press officer Helen Salisbury on 01926 495425 or 07966 167269 or at helensalisbury@btconnect.com