Men’s Health Coaching

Men die of the 15 leading causes of death more frequently than women. Why? Stress!

Men's Health Presenter Sydney

Men’s Health Coaching with James Menage

Men’s health coaching is delivered in either a one on one format or in groups/workshops men are taught how to recognise, reduce and build their resilience to stress. Drawing on the 6 foundational principles of health:

  1. Thoughts
  2. Breathing
  3. Hydration
  4. Nutrition
  5. Movement
  6. Sleep/Rest

Men will learn the 6 different forms of stress and how it manifest in the body, the disease process that begins when it’s not addressed and simple and effective solutions to reverse the process keeping them out of the doctor’s office for good!

The following statistics are a snapshot of the current state of men’s ill-health:

  • Men’s life expectancy is 5 years less than women’s (79 and 84 respectively).
  • There are almost 7 suicides per day in Australia, 5 of which are by men.
  • 1 in 8 Australian men are expected to experience a mood disorder in their lifetime.
  • 66% of divorces are initiated by women.
  • Men are 4 times more likely to be the victim of violent crime.
  • 7% of people sleep rough each night are men.

Are these statistics symptomatic of the incomplete versions of masculinity that boys / men are currently socialised in?

What are the incomplete versions of masculinity that men are socialised in?

Traditional / Conservative

Traditional / Conservative Masculinity: A man whose centre of gravity is based on this version of masculinity will typically be socialised in the following traits:

  • Stoicism
  • Courage
  • Emotionally controlled / explosive
  • Self-reliance
  • Self and / or family focused.
  • Risk taking
  • Primacy of work
  • Dominating
  • Tough
  • Violent
  • “It’s my way or the highway”.

Let’s use the caricature of The Chauvinistic Jerk for this version of masculinity. This version of masculinity, which has been available to us for approximately 10,000 years, has helped to shape our world and secure our survival for millennia, and continues to do so. It has helped us to step into the role of provider and protector but is often too rigid to help men explore their softer, more sensitive side.

Post Modern / Post Rational

Post Modern / Post Rational Masculinity: A man whose centre of gravity is based on this version of masculinity will typically be socialised in the following traits:

  • Gentle
  • Kind-hearted
  • Emotional
  • Submissive
  • Community / World focused
  • Receptive
  • Nurturing
  • Affectionate
  • “Happy wife, Happy life”.

Let’s use the caricature of the Metro-Sexual Wimp to describe this form of masculinity. This version of masculinity has been available to us for approximately 150 years and has helped men get in touch with their softer, more sensitive side. It has helped men step into the role of nurturer and connector, explore their feelings, and become more self-aware. Men whose centre of gravity lies at this stage of masculinity become more emotionally available to their partner, family, and friends but they can lose their ability to set firm boundaries, and take potent action in the world.

These 2 versions of masculinity have served us, and our culture, very well up until this point.

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