“That was Awesome!”
These are the exclamations expressed by over 95% of the people who exit the rage room after a 25 minute session of breaking stuff.
At Simply Smashing, “a Rage Release Room” we offer recreational and therapeutic destruction of inanimate objects. Two-thirds come in just to have a great time doing what they’ve always wanted to do without consequence. The rest come in to alleviate all levels of stress from a bad day at work to a tragedy in their life. Therapists and life coaches often come in to let go of depression, anxieties, anger and frustrations. Over 60% of our patrons are women.
I had no idea how profound an experience this would be for so many people.
I’d like to share 2 stories that made a huge impression on me…
A woman came in with her 8 year old son twice. Just 6 weeks after his father was diagnosed with cancer, he passed away. The boy was so angry and confused — pivoting between depression and acting out. Mom was dealing with her own grief and wanted to do anything she could to help her son.
Because Simply Smashing is “a safe place to lose control”, they yelled, screamed and even cried together. They finished and came out with a huge satisfied smile on their faces.
Facing Cancer Anger and Frustrations
A woman of 28, wife, mother of two young children, found out she had untreatable, terminal cancer. She made an appointment for her and her best friend from back east, who she just picked up at the airport. Immediately afterwards, they were planning to drive up the west coast to spend what was most likely their last time together. She was handling things with so much courage and acceptance. She said the silver lining was that now she could spend the little time she had left with the people she loved, doing things she always wanted to do but had put off.
I had the honor to see what they wrote on the blackboard to cast off the remaining anger that was not welcome on their quest. It is very touching and inspiring.