Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork based on the five element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is extremely gentle and results in a very, deep state of relaxation that enables the body’s own healing powers to circulate.  I use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees to apply pressure along meridian pathways while focusing on the body’s response to the treatment, helping to cultivating a greater sense of presence and consciousness towards the healing process. Zen Shiatsu will help your body to bring harmony to the meridian pathways and open the flow of energy.

Zen shiatsu with Sonja den Elzen

Zen shiatsu with Sonja

Shiatsu can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives and help us to be in the flow of the Tao by opening the flow of our own qi (energy).

Balanced and open flow of qi helps to increase:

•       Flexibility of muscles and joints

•       Energy level

•       Restful sleep

•       Mental function and clarity

•       Opening of sinus passages

•       Immune and Digestive system functions

•       Cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system functions

Zen Shiatsu is effective in relieving these symptoms

•       Pain

•       Stress

•       High blood pressure

•       Anxiety

•       Headaches, migraines

•       Muscle spasms and cramps


$120 for 50 min of stress relieving bliss ~ at our clinic in Gravenhurst on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

$400 for a package of 4 treatments   is a great way to to start receiving the benefits of a consecutive series of treatments.

Zen Shiatsu is ideally performed while you lie on a futon on the floor, allowing me to access from all sides and the ability to apply pressure using body weight.   You should be dressed comfortably by wearing light clothingNo massage oils or lotions are used or needed because I do not slide along the body surface, but gives a series of presses along the meridian pathways.


A Zen Shiatsu massage with Sonja with a truly wonderful experience. She has a keen sense of energy and her gentle yet firm touch lets you relax right away. She zeroed in on the areas I had mentioned before where I felt most tense, and she worked her magic. The result was blissful! I also felt the tension relief for a few days afterwards. I highly recommend Sonja to anyone looking for a gentler massage that is deeply grounding and nourishing. Stephanie Lemyre

Zen Shiatsu massage with Sonja was truly a wonderful experience. This gentle massage slowly opened every part of my body into deep relaxation. I felt my whole body sink onto the Shiatsu massage mat . Sonja made me feel extremely comfortable and we talked about the areas in my body where I hold tension and she expertly released tension and tightness I feel there.  I would recommend this massage to everyone who suffer routinely suffer from pain. Cynthia D

I had an amazing Zen Shiatsu massage with Sonja.  I did not need to undress.   I would recommend wearing comfortable clothes.  I have never experienced this form of healing before.  I came to the appointment feeling stress, anxiety and suffering from lack of sleep.  From the start Sonja made me feel safe to let go and relax.  In the beginning I was anxious whether this gentle massage is for me I am used to deep tissue massage.  However soon I found myself relaxing into the experience and even dosed off for sometime.  What was remarkable is the release I felt in entire back and especially shoulders and jaw where I was feeling very tight and sore. I had a great sleep that night and I recommend it for everyone who suffers from anxiety, stress related pain in body and especially insomnia.  It is magic  Indra Cooper

About my practice

In 2011 I became a certified and registered Zen Shiatsu Practitioner in Toronto after studying with my teachers, Master Zen Shiatsu teacher Adarsa Chakra and Zen Shiatsu / Macrobiotic teacher Era Birfer. I found zen shiatsu and the training to be a healing and transformative part of my life. The five element theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was the beginning steps of a connective link to self empowerment of well being.  As well as opening the door wide from just being an observer of the beauty of nature to actually being a participant and beginning to understand the abundance that nature has to offer and our role within the balance of the ecosphere and being in the flow.

In 2015 I started the study of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and graduated 2018.  The understanding of these teachings have contributed to a deeper understanding of the body and how to use TCM to deepen my shiatsu treatments.