Male Manopause!

In the last few months, my husband has been unbearably irritable. Surely the reasons can’t be because  I sometimes don’t change the empty roll of toilet paper, or turn the lights off when I leave the room, or forget to load the dishwasher, or don’t have time to put the wet laundry in the dryer. And it is absolutely not parking too close to his car, or taking up the whole bed, leaving him with a tiny corner of the King, or leave the water running full speed when I brush my teeth. And I am positive that it’s not that sometimes I leave the top off the toothpaste,  take long shower leaving him with no hot water, or talk incessantly to my friends and relatives on the phone when he’s watching sports. He’s been dealing with all my obnoxious habits for more than 20 years. That, along with my great sense of humor,  generosity,  intelligence, great cooking skills and general cuteness. No, it could not be me. No, it’s gotta be something else. I did some research on the internet, and aha! Maybe he’s going through manopause!  I learned that male menopause involves  hormonal, physiological and chemical changes that occur in ALL men between the ages of 40-55, though it can occur as early as 35 or as late as 65. In his book, Male Menopause, author Jed Diamond lists the top warning signs of male menopause. My husband has a several of them: Taking longer to recover from injuries. (Or talking longer about injuries) Decreased memory (How about selective memory loss?) Feeling fat. (He rides his bicycle 100 miles a week and thinks he’s fat – nice!) Sleep disturbances. (from my occasional snoring?) Irritability. (Bingo!) So what’s a man going through Manopause to do?...

Healing the Body and Soul To Slow the Aging Process...

A moving bus is not a sound that heals. A horn blowing from a car is not a sound that heals.  A jackhammer in the middle of the afternoon when you’re trying to write a story for the Santa Monica Mirror is most definitely NOT a sound that heals. But certain sounds do heal, as I found out a few weeks ago. I recently visited Naam Yoga, an international yoga, healing and wellness center – located on 4th between Wilshire and Arizona in Santa Monica. I had heard about a powerful treatment called Harmonyum, a transformational healing modality that in part, uses sound for lasting change. Naam Yoga LA’s Executive Director Jane Mirshak explained that Harmonyum directly sends healing energy to the source of the nervous system, brain and heart. I learned that it is excellent for pain, insomnia, hormone imbalance, stress and anxiety, learning disorders, fertility, heart disease and immune system challenges. It also strengthens and balances the autonomous nervous system by promoting the body’s capacity to heal itself and slow the aging process. Slow the aging process?  Now you’re talkin’!  When can I start? I made an appointment for the following week. The day of the appointment, I toured the facility. It looks a lot smaller from the outside; once you’re inside, it’s another story. First, there’s a large reception area, with a communal table for people to wait for classes or just relax. Then, I followed Jane down a long, narrow industrial-looking hallway, lined with beautiful large pictures depicting peaceful spiritual places around the world. This hallway ran alongside their 3,000 square-foot, sky-lit studio which holds over 300 people. A variety of yoga classes are taught there, as well as those fun Zumba classes. Just at the end of the hallway, there was another peaceful area with several tables and chairs for relaxation and socializing. After taking my shoes off and heading up the stairs, there...