Smash away your rage at Richmond’s ‘anger rooms’

You’ve had a bad day at work, you're stuck in traffic, have gotten into a fight with a friend, still can’t find an affordable apartment or found yet another parking ticket on your car. Sure, maybe the wise thing to do would be to take a deep breath, put it all into perspective and calmly take some time for self-care.

But sometimes, maybe you just really want to smash something.

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Multiple Richmond “anger rooms” are giving visitors just that opportunity. Operating since last year, Smash Therapy is located on Elmbridge Way near Gilbert Road.

“Some people just want to watch the world burn. While we can't burn anything here (yet), we offer the next best thing: smashing stuff into tiny little pieces,” Smash Therapy advertises.

Smashers can either bring their own box of things to destroy or smash provided bottles and electronics. Prices range from $19.99 to nearly $1000 for a “legendary package.”

Exit, a company typically known for its “escape room” experiences has also gotten into the anger room game and opened a location in Richmond on Beckwith Road near Highway 99 at the end of June.

“The anger room is a place where you can bring all of life’s frustrations and let loose to your heart’s content,” says Exit. “The concept is simple: you smash stuff, and we take care of the rest. Take a swing at the Anger Room, it’s sure to relieve some stress and put a smile on your face.”

Cost is $30 per person for 20 minutes to smash 10 items. Or, bring your own items for a 20 per cent discount.

Both venues say to wear close-toed shoes and provide protective gear. Visitors must be 18 years or older or, at Smash Therapy, have a guardian.

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