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Mizu no kokoro is “mind like water” in Japanese and a phrase found frequently in Zen literature.


It refers to a state of mind that mirrors water’s flowing, reflective, and adaptive capacities.

“Imagine throwing a pebble

into a still pond.

How does the water respond?

The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm.

It doesn’t overreact or underreact. 

Anything that causes you to overreact or underreact can control you, and often does.”

David Allen

South African born Michelle Cade (Mind Like Water) is a sound therapist, Ayurvedic massage therapist, music producer and artist who specialises in immersive nourishing and relaxing experiences. She uses a blend of techniques embracing sound, scent, mindfulness and NLP as part of her holistic approach. 

The work of Mind Like Water is compelled by the science of sound and frequency. 

Fascinated by the connection between sound, movement and nature, Michelle explores how music has played a vital part in rituals, raising consciousness and inducing altered states of reality for thousands of years.

Informed by traditional cultures and techniques, her work is guided by intensive modern research, authentic practice and intuition as she constantly embraces the new and the ancient.


Both Sound and Massage therapies have been found to restore harmony and balance to the body’s biological rhythms and processes, releasing powerful hormones and natural chemicals which are vital for the body’s health and vitality. Treatments can help to detoxify and revitalise the entire body, and to induce deep relaxation.

The signature Mind Like Water treatment is Ayurvedic Sound Massage combined with Sound Therapy. 

She offers massage, sound therapy and group sound meditations from her studio in North East London, The Seven Sisters Sanctuary

Michelle combines binaural & monaural beats, specific frequencies such as The Schumann Resonance, sounds of nature, and a variety of instruments including Tibetan & crystal singing bowls, gong, tuning forks, a monochord, steel tongue drum and voice.

(Read recent feature in The Guardian on Mind Like Water's Ayurvedic Sound Massage.)

As well as featuring at wellbeing events and festivals such as Balance Festival, Wanderlust, Mind Body Spirit, and World Meditation Day, Michelle works with the Regency Training Foundation offering sound & massage treatments to vulnerable adults and people with learning disabilities.

Michelle also creates and releases music as Mind Like Water Music combining binaural beats and carefully-crafted frequencies including her voice to create music for breathwork, meditation, yoga and wellbeing platoforms. With her background as an underground electronic music producer, DJ and vocalist releasing under her own name Michelle Cade ( Michelle’s music can also be heard on the newly launched Meya app, a unique music based meditation tool.


Michelle trained in Sound Therapy with Michele Averard & Nestor Kornblum of Harmonic Sounds in Spain, and in Massage Therapy with the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Institute in Bali. She continued to develop her knowledge in London with Kerala born Dr Anil Alexander, founder of Soukia Ayurveda Healing Sparsh in London. She is currently training in Vibrational Retraining Sound Therapy with Elaine Thompson of Sound Therapy UK.


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