Madeline Despres-Chen

Teaching Artist, Administrative Assistant

Madeline is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator. She is certified in SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy and Shake Your Soul®: the Yoga of Dance by LIFE Movement: Leven Institute for Expressive Movement, and she is registered with ISMETA: The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.

Madeline double-majored in psychology and dance at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and wrote her thesis on the healing benefits of Dance Movement Therapy. Following graduation, Madeline began training to become a Somatic Movement Therapist. She put a pause on her training when she moved to Shanghai, China to teach children English, dance, and drama performance. She lived there for four years and taught Shake Your Soul® at local studios in Shanghai before relocating to the Berkshires to complete her somatic therapy training.

As a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist & Educator, Madeline supports others in discovering a greater awareness and understanding of their lives using a mind-body healing modality that combines Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy with the freedom of the expressive arts and the heart of contemplative practices. As a Shake Your Soul® Teacher & Facilitator, Madeline leads participants through a fluid dance repertoire set to world music that relaxes the nervous system, energizes the body, and awakens the soul.

Madeline teaches Shake Your Soul® weekly at Berkshire Pulse, and she meets with clients virtually in her private somatic therapy practice. Email or visit @theembodiedtherapist on Instagram for more information.

Teaching Courses:

Berkshire Pulse