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Take the Stress Out of  I B S !


Relax your stressed stomach !


The two greatest triggers of Irritable Bowel symptoms and altered gastrointestinal function are... STRESS and DIET.


There is a strong relationship between our brain, our emotions, and how our gastrointestinal (GI) tract is functioning. This program teaches the most effective relaxation and lifestyle strategies to improve this relationship and positively impact IBS symptoms. These approaches are helpful for those with IBS, and for people with a stressed stomach, who would like to better regulate their digestive system.

This 5 session group program meets once a week to provide information and instruction in the self-regulation skills, dietary and lifestyle approaches that decrease IBS symptoms.  For greatest success, daily home practice is very strongly recommended.



  • relaxation techniques and stress management tips that help relax the smooth muscle of the GI tract
  • the 2 types of biofeedback most beneficial for those with IBS
  • common food irritants to avoid, mindful eating, and beneficial eating & exercise patterns  -  presented by dietitian Lindzie O'Reilly
  • support, and symptom relief tips




Take the Stress Out of IBS meets on Fridays, beginning OCTOBER 182019

from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

for 5 consecutive Fridays

in Room 334, University Centre, University of Guelph  (find this location...)


A minimum of 6 people is required for this group.

If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, you may make up that particular class at any future Take the Stress Out of IBS program. 
(Please call ahead to confirm the time and location when making up a class.)




  • $ 20 for University of Guelph students  (due to a subsidy from U of G Student Health Services)
  • $ 50 for members of United Steelworkers Local 4120    (due to a subsidy from Local 4120)
  • $ 100 for all others


Payment is by cash or cheque.

Gift certificates are available.


  • in advance - Complete a registration form and mail or e-mail it to reserve your spot in the program.
  • in person - Space permitting, it is also possible to register and pay in person at the first session by arriving 10 minutes early.

Please let me know in advance if you need any specific accommodations or accessibility considerations for participation in this program. 


UNABLE  to attend the FALL 2019 program ?

  • Join a waiting list to start another program earlier, or meet on a different day / time :
    For those interested in having this program offered at another day or time, leave your name on the Take the Stress Out of IBS waiting list by e-mailing or call the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662. Please specify which days and times you prefer to meet. A program can begin anytime there are 6 or more names on the waiting list. 
  • Arrange for a program to come to your workplace or community site :
    Take the Stress Out of IBS, or selected topics from this program, can be provided on-site at your workplace or community group site.  Call the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662 to make arrangements for sessions at your location. 
  • Make an appointment for private training : 
    All of the Take the Stress Out of IBS topics can be provided in private one-to-one sessions:   For skills in stress management, relaxation of the GI tract, or biofeedback, contact Kathy Somers at or 519 824-4120, ext. 52662. 
    For tips on diet and IBS, contact dietitian Lindzie O'Reilly at or 519 824-4120, ext. 52131.   (For University of Guelph students - the student health fee that you paid to enroll in the current semester includes all private appointments with Lindzie.)
  • Access other resources :

FOR FURTHER RESOURCES on stress and IBS   read more... 



 If you wish more information or have any further questions, do not hesitate to e-mail or call Kathy Somers at 519 824-4120, ext. 52662.   

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