Stress Management

Why is stress management important?

Managing stress in our lives helps us to live well and stay healthy, but most of us haven't been taught to cope with stress in positive ways. Learning to deal effectively with stress related to our health, work, family, society or ourselves will help us lead healthier, happier lives.

For more information on stress management programming, please call Community & Preventive Care Services: Christie Harris, wellness education specialist, (608) 775-6861.



How can De-Stress help?

Gundersen Health System's De-Stress program can help you learn to better manage your health and life. You will learn:

  • How to identify stressful life situations and handle their effects.
  • How to teach your body to deeply relax and recover from daily stress.
  • How to respond more skillfully to difficult changes in your life.

De-Stress is designed as a resource tool for managing life's everyday stressors. Many individuals, after they have learned how to cope with life's stressors, report a feeling of increased energy, a sense of clarity, greater enthusiasm for life and increased self-esteem.

Who may attend De-Stress?

This program is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn prevention techniques for stress management.

What can I expect?

De-Stress consists of learning and practicing stress reduction skills, relaxation and gentle exercises. It also includes lectures and group discussion.

If you are thinking about taking the series, please be prepared to attend all classes and complete all homework. In order to make positive changes, you must devote some time and energy each day to seeing your life as it is now.

The series meets one hour each week for eight weeks. You will need an audiocassette tape or compact disc player to practice at home. The number of participants is limited.

Participants vary in age, physical ability level, and specific reasons for attending. There is no required physical ability level.

Follow-up programs are available to those who complete this program.

How do I register for De-Stress?

You may register by calling (608) 775-6861.

Download the program brochure

What is the cost of the program?

The De-Stress program fee is $100, including all materials. A 20% discount is provided to Gundersen employees. Partial scholarships may be available for those who qualify for financial assistance.

Payment is required in full before the start of the program. Payment by cash, check VISA or MasterCard is accepted.

Massage Therapy

A regular massage can enhance general health and vitality while other specialized methods can relieve muscle tension, ease stiff joints, and promote healthy circulation.

Through a lease agreement, massage therapy is offered in Gundersen East Building.

Specialties include:

  • Relaxation Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Muscle Release Technique
  • Swedish massage
  • Deep Tissue massage
  • Sports massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Geriatric massage
  • Chair massage
  • Stone Therapy

For more information, call Gundersen Community & Preventive Care Services at (608) 775-4717 or email

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Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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