Daddy Wellness

Stress in Men

We’ve Got Your Man’s Back This Father’s Day

MOMMY WELLNESS HAS GOT YOUR MAN’S BACK THIS FATHER’S DAY!
(IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE)

This year it’s a NO NO to socks, ties, undies and please, definitely no Soap-On-A-Rope!

What to buy your Man?

Read on, we can help!

Mommy Wellness is not even going to entertain the thought, especially as we have the coolest specials ever, to celebrate the No.1 man in your life!

BUT FIRST

Since childhood, somehow buying for the female species young or old, has always seemed so much easier and much more exciting!

All those pretty things, delicious choccies, beautiful flowers, and a lot of bling of course, make females happy!

Then just as we are feeling very chuffed with ourselves and our pretty choices…

BOOM!  It’s a male’s turn to receive a gift, and worse, we have to buy it!

Oh my, let’s just run for the hills why don’t we, and along the way pick up a pair of socks or undies or a tie and maybe even a few golf balls?

STOP! Not this time!

Before discussing the ‘spoils’ we have lined up for that special man of yours, we thought we would just chat a little about that horrible and very real word ‘STRESS’, which affects most of us if not all, at one time or another in our lives.

Sadly, and as much as we would love to believe that we can escape it, stress is relentless and doesn’t discriminate.

Regardless of gender, it has the tendency of secretly creeping up on one and launching some pretty scathing attacks!

It is also interesting to note various studies conducted, that there is a difference between how men and women experience and manage stress levels differently.

This is where Mommy Wellness comes to the rescue and identified the opportunity of making the difference, in the interests of the whole family, not only Dad’s.

Although a lot of stress symptoms experienced by men are similar to those experienced by women, men are not as outspoken when it comes to admitting them.

That’s just probably due to the typical trait of male stubbornness but hey, it’s real and we need to take notice of them.

As expected, (yes, tongue in cheek), facts suggest that women manage their stress levels far better than men, (well we would think so, we have the babies, don’t we)?

Men are also more likely to experience depression brought on by work-related issues and are also likely to become more socially withdrawn when stressed.

Even more importantly, stress related to home, work or relationships is a major contribution to psychological impotence.  For no other reason besides that we could discuss this topic for hours, we are not going to go into detail, other than suffice to say that a good, professional massage will help release all that stress too.

CALLING MOMMY WELLNESS TO THE RESCUE

It is important when de-stressing, that you ensure you are in a peaceful and tranquil environment, where you are able to relax both body and mind simultaneously.

Mommy Wellness has it all, offering a serene, comfortable environment, with highly trained and professional staff who know how to pamper and spoil.

This year for Father’s Day, Mommy Wellness is proposing that in the interest of Daddy Wellness, you treat the special man in your life to a choice of one of the two luxurious massage packages that we have put together, including a little gift, of course.

‘THE DUDE TO DAD PACKAGE’ (Don’t you love the name)? > Click here for more special details

  • Swedish Full Body Massage
  • Scalp Massage
  • The Boss Pedicure
  • Surprise Gift

OR:

  • A 45-Minute Hot Stone Back Massage
  • The Boss Pedicure
  • Surprise Gift

By this stage, we know the Moms are already green with envy, so as a token of fully understanding that ‘left-out’ feeling, we have put together the fabulous ‘For Her’ package which includes a 45-Minute Hot Stone Back Massage and a Deluxe Pedicure!

Sorry, but as much as we would love to have included a little gift for Moms, not this time.  That would be losing focus, don’t you think?

So, with not much time left before the 16th, choose a Mommy Wellness branch near you and spoil that man!

Not that you probably need much more convincing, take a look at these important facts about massage:

STRESS NOT ONLY AFFECTS THE MIND
Stress can affect every part of your body, causing muscle stiffness and pain. A good massage will help tremendously.

IT LIFTS YOUR MOOD
Stress affects the mood.  Massage is a most relaxing and enjoyable way to reduce stress.

IT HELPS ACHIEVE GOALS
Keeping stress in check is one of the best ways to stay on track and reach your goals.

IT IS OFTEN USED TO HELP CHRONIC ILLNESS AND INJURIES
When combined with advice and a maintenance regime from your GP, it can work wonders.

IT HELPS WITH OVERALL HEALTH AND FITNESS
Helps reduce blood pressure and maintain a healthier circulatory system too.

 

Men for the sake of earning a living forget to live ~ Margaret Fuller

November 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER - November 2018

Original article from www.cancer.org

Breast cancer occurs mainly in women, but men can get it, too. Many people do not realize that men have breast tissue and that they can develop breast cancer. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer and can spread to other areas.

Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body.

Male breast tissue

Until puberty (on average around age 9 or 10), young boys and girls have a small amount of breast tissue consisting of a few ducts located under the nipple and areola (area around the nipple). At puberty, a girl’s ovaries make female hormones, causing breast ducts to grow and lobules to form at the ends of ducts. Even after puberty, boys and men normally have low levels of female hormones, and breast tissue doesn’t grow much. Men’s breast tissue has ducts, but only a few if any lobules.

illustration showing structure of the male breast including location of the ducts, areola, nipple, collecting ducts, fatty connective tissue and lobules

Where breast cancer starts

Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers). Some start in the glands that make breast milk (lobular cancers). Men have these ducts and glands, too, even though they aren’t normally functional. There are also types of breast cancer that start in other types of breast cells, but these are less common.

A small number of cancers start in other tissues in the breast. These cancers are called sarcomas and lymphomas and are not really thought of as breast cancers.

Although many types of breast cancer can cause a lump in the breast, not all do. There are other symptoms of breast cancer you should watch for and report to a health care provider.

It’s also important to understand that most breast lumps are benign and not cancer (malignant). Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life threatening. Any breast lump or change needs to be checked by a health care provider to determine whether it is benign or malignant (cancer) and whether it might impact your future cancer risk.

How breast cancer spreads

Breast cancer can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system and are carried to other parts of the body.

The lymph system is a network of lymph (or lymphatic) vessels found throughout the body. The lymph vessels carry lymph fluid and connect lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped collections of immune system cells. Lymph vessels are like small veins, except that they carry a clear fluid called lymph (instead of blood) away from the breast. Lymph contains tissue fluid and waste products, as well as immune system cells. Breast cancer cells can enter lymph vessels and start to grow in lymph nodes. Most of the lymph vessels of the breast drain into:

  • Lymph nodes under the arm (axillary nodes)
  • Lymph nodes around the collar bone (supraclavicular [above the collar bone] and infraclavicular [below the collar bone] lymph nodes)
  • Lymph nodes inside the chest near the breast bone (internal mammary lymph nodes)

illustration showing lymph nodes in the male breast including location of the supraclavicular, infraclavicular, axillary and internal mammary lymph nodes

If the cancer cells have spread to your lymph nodes, there is a higher chance that the cells could have also traveled through the lymph system and spread (metastasized) to other parts of your body. The more lymph nodes with breast cancer cells, the more likely it is that the cancer may be found in other organs. Because of this, finding cancer in one or more lymph nodes often affects your treatment plan. Usually, surgery to remove one or more lymph nodes will be needed to know whether the cancer has spread.

Still, not all men with cancer cells in their lymph nodes develop metastases to other areas, and some men can have no cancer cells in their lymph nodes and later develop metastases.

Benign breast conditions

Men can also have some benign (not cancerous) breast disorders.

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the most common male breast disorder. It is not a tumor but rather an increase in the amount of a man’s breast tissue. Usually, men have too little breast tissue to be felt or noticed. Gynecomastia can appear as a button-like or disk-like growth under the nipple and areola (the dark circle around the nipple), which can be felt and sometimes seen. Some men have more severe gynecomastia and they may appear to have small breasts. Although gynecomastia is much more common than breast cancer in men, both can be felt as a growth under the nipple, which is why it’s important to have any such lumps checked by your doctor.

Gynecomastia is common among teenage boys because the balance of hormones in the body changes during adolescence. It is also common in older men due to changes in their hormone balance.

In rare cases, gynecomastia occurs because tumors or diseases of certain endocrine (hormone-producing) glands cause a man’s body to make more estrogen (the main female hormone). Men’s glands normally make some estrogen, but not enough to cause breast growth. Diseases of the liver, which is an important organ in male and female hormone metabolism, can change a man’s hormone balance and lead to gynecomastia. Obesity (being extremely overweight) can also cause higher levels of estrogen in men.

Some medicines can cause gynecomastia. These include some drugs used to treat ulcers and heartburn, high blood pressure, heart failure, and psychiatric conditions. Men with gynecomastia should ask their doctors if any medicines they are taking might be causing this condition.

Klinefelter syndrome, a rare genetic condition, can lead to gynecomastia as well as increase a man’s risk of developing breast cancer. This condition is discussed further in Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men.

Benign breast tumors

There are many types of benign breast tumors (abnormal lumps or masses of tissue), such as papillomas and fibroadenomas. Benign tumors do not spread outside the breast and are not life threatening. Benign breast tumors are common in women but are very rare in men.

In conclusion

A lot of information can be found on the internet on the topic of male (and female) breast cancer. It is however not safe to only rely on written information. Be aware of any changes in you or your partner’s body and be sure to schedule regular health checks with your medical professional to address any possible concerns or questions you might have.

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June 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER - June 2018

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Original article from www.attachfromscratch.com

Paternal Bond is life-long relationship between child and father.

Everybody talks about maternal bond, the attachment between mother and a child. While the mother-child bond is super important, the father many times is kinda left out from all the baby touching, bonding, kissing, feeding.

When does the father bonding begin?

There are 3 stages when fathers can bond with their children.

  1. Womb bonding happens during pregnancy. According to the studies, ultrasound can play an important role for a paternal bond. Talking, singing, touching mother’s belly also help for a father to create a bond with a baby.
  2. Birth bonding happens right after birth. It depends on how much father is involved into the labour and whole pregnancy process.
  3. “First soccer practice – age” bonding. If it happens later, don’t sweat it. Better late than never, because the relationship a father will have with his son/daughter will influence child’s life greatly.

TIPS for creating paternal bond

Unfortunately, babies do not come with “instructions how to use”. For many dads a screaming baby with a full diaper might seem like mission impossible. Talk about bonding when the father is scared to hold the baby.

But with the right guidance you will see that there is nothing more natural and pure simple than bonding with your child. So, read these tips and start bonding!

  1. Daily routine care.

Even if you had a long day at work – find few minutes and get involved into:

  • diaper changing,
  • playing,
  • holding (wearing),
  • rocking.
  • baby massage. In fact, recent study shows that baby massage not only helps to bond but also reduces stress for dads.

Babies like company, so just be near your child. Keep him company by giving baby a lot of eye contact and facial expression.

  1. Talk.

According to the study babies (starting when they are 30 weeks in the womb) can distinguish between parents and strangers voices. To fathers luck, their voices are more recognizable than mother’s because of their lower tone which is easier for babies to recognize.

Of course, your baby won’t understand a word you are saying in the beginning, but he will definitely get familiar with your voice tone. Try baby talk – short and simple words or imitate the noises your baby makes.

  1. Hold.

Going for a family walk? Volunteer to carry a baby in a carrier. ‘Baby wearing’ is very beneficial for both: a child and a parent (this case – father).

Skin-to-skin contact is also very important to paternal bonding. Have your newborn lay on your naked chest while you rock in a chair.

  1. Bath.

Taking a bath together with your baby might seem scary because of all that slippery skin and baby fussiness, but with the little mommy help you guys off to fun bath times!

  1. Don’t give up.

Even if a baby screams non-stop and his diaper changing situation is turning into a bomb explosion – you can still do it. Baby needs to trust that you can help him in all situations.  Practice and practice. The more you change that diaper – the better you will get.

  1. Be a good partner to your spouse.

Happy wife – happy life. Try to give her breaks as much as possible, be sensitive and caring.

Paternal Bond is important

We know that mother-child bond is very important but what about father-child bond?

The Benefits of Paternal Bond:

  • increases child’s physical and mental development greatly
  • reduces stress for fathers and babies
  • helps children to be more successful academically
  • reduces drug and alcohol use as well as involvement with crime
  • makes child more social and psychologically stronger.

A father who is bonding with his child shows deep commitment to his family, therefore the relationship between partners gains more trust, becomes deeper and jumps to a whole new level – a parenting level.

Hormones and Chemistry

You think only women have hormones during pregnancy and after birth? Well, here are some news, for you guys too.

According to the study, fathers experience an increase in their levels of these hormones.

Study also found that father’s testosterone levels decrease by one-third immediately after they become fathers, providing a calming effect that may make them less likely to stray from home.

So, it is natural that during women’s pregnancy her partner losses little bit of his strong male attitude and gains more nurturing nature which of course helps a lot for paternal bond process.

So according to the science a father who is involved closely during pregnancy, birth and early infancy will be helped my Mother Nature and its hormones to become sensitive and protective father that not only child and mother will benefit but also the whole society.

This father transformation is one of the most difficult but the most rewarding challenges a man will ever experience. So be confident, get support and feel safe to experience successful paternal bond.

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