Sierra Miller, owner of the CRAZE Memphis Rage Room, had seen a similar concept and thought it might work well in Memphis. "Memphis needs an outlet, somewhere to let loose," she says.
The idea behind a rage room is pretty simple: Work out your feelings of anger by breaking shit. Participants sign up online, show up, and sign a waiver. Then they get outfitted in a jumpsuit and headgear. Some of the equipment provided to smash stuff to smithereens: a hammer, tennis racquet, table leg, shovel, and crowbar. No chainsaws, btw.
- Memphis SMASH!
While Miller provides items to break (fish tank, computer monitors, windows, TVs), you can bring your own. One couple brought a pesky laptop that never worked quite right. Sessions are 5, 15, and 30 minutes for the truly pissed off.
As far as rules go, there's nothing too over-the-top. You must wear long pants and closed toe shoes. You have to be at least 16. You can not hit other people. Miller says so far, everyone has behaved.
Miller says the rage room is ideal for team building, fund-raisers, date night, or bachelorette parties. It would work well for a 50th birthday party or a divorce party, too. She says one customer was advised to go by their therapist.
There is something satisfying in doing something you're not normally allowed to do. Miller says the rage room is not only fun but has the potential to decrease the crime rate. Breaking things provides a release of pent up stress and anger — an active exhale of negative energy. One gets to the point of "Oh my god, I feel so much better," Miller says.