BEIJING – You may no longer have to be patient with your anger, at least when you are in Beijing. Just spend half an hour in an anger room and vent frustration by smashing objects using a baseball bat.
An enterprise in Beijing is offering residents a space to release their stress by breaking objects like television sets, telephones and even mannequins with bats, metal bars and hammers.
Located at the popular artistic area, 798, Smash has been offering the unorthodox anti-stress therapy since last September and help people deal with daily life pressures.
The only of its kind establishment in China, the anger room has an average of some 600 clients every month.
Jin Meng, cofounder of Smash, told EFE that people in Beijing are too stressed which makes the city a perfect place for residents to vent their frustration on household objects.
However, the customers, between the ages of 18 to 30, have to pay around 200 yuan (about $30) for a half hour. But the cost can also vary depending on the price of objects visitors chose to destroy.
Monitors, telephones and keyboards are the most in demand as the owners also try to recycle all the possible scrap after their destruction.
The business has turned profitable. Every month, its owners spend up to 15,000 yuan ($2,230) on objects to break, and in December, the turnover was 130,000 yuan.
On its visit to these installations – three rooms in total, EFE met with a group of five people – four of them were women – who had paid 600 yuan for half-an-hour of destruction.
Jin said people who visit the room are majorly stressed by work.
She said since the Chinese economy was slowing down (in 2018 it grew at its lowest rate in the last 28 years) and people were more stressed, earning less or have lost their jobs or are having troubles with their partners.
One of the peculiarities of this initiative is the average profile of the client is that 60 to 65 percent are women aged 20 to 35 years, Jin said.
She further said that in China, men prefer to solve their problems themselves rather than sharing it with others. But women on the other hand are more open and seek ways to solve their problems.
The young entrepreneur said Chinese women are more stressed than men as they find it difficult to manage their work life – where they earn lesser than the men – along with numerous other responsibilities of their families.
Zhang Zheng, insurance salesperson, suggested her colleagues to take part in the therapy.
For Zhao Juan, the idea appealed so much that she brought her daughter to Smash to de-stress before her exams.
Zhang, who said she had a reserved nature, has found a way to relieve her work stress and relax as she feels that while she breaks things, her problems are also broken.
Zhao came to the therapy for fun and out of curiosity but now feels grateful for a therapy like this as it is always better to smash things than hurting oneself.
The two women rebuke Lu Jun, the only man in the group, that he has left nothing for them to be smashed.
But he is visibly excited. He said people could now come to a place like this with their friends instead of drinking their problems away.
But does smashing things indeed relieve stress?
Jin assures it does. She said that when people are done breaking, they laugh and are visibly happier.
Jin’s clients agree with her.
With a smile on their faces, Zhao and Zhang say they are going to come back and recommend to their friends. Lu said earlier he would keep his problems to himself but now has a place to resolve them and he feels great.