Ex-con opens a rage room in Helsinki

Twenty-four years old Jasmin Vertanen says hitting scrapped household appliances is a good way for him to release the anger caused by coronavirus restrictions. But not everyone agrees that this is the best way to deal with silenced emotions.

In rage rooms, customers pay for the crushing of broken appliances.

Hate rooms have emerged around the world over the past decade. Customers pay to crush the pieces, presumably to relieve stress.

Finland’s first rage hall was opened in Jyväskylä in 2017, but has since been closed. Today, people can pay for the destruction of objects in Tampere, Turku – and now – Helsinki.

Janne Raninen, who runs Raivoomo ‘s rage hall in Helsinki’ s Merihaka area, said he wanted to create a place where young people could let off steam and release aggression.

"I have had a pretty wild youth. When I was serving my prison sentence, I thought it would be good if young people had a place to ease their rage," he said.

Raninen, who was convicted of double murder in the Vuosaari district of the capital, spent 17 years in prison in both Finland and Sweden.

A woman’s rage

According to Raninen, women aged 25-40 make up the majority of Raivoomo’s customer base.

One of them is Vertanen, who said he came to the rage hall to ease the pressure caused by the Covid restrictions.

"Crushing things gives me a good and relaxing feeling. The day starts well and it beats the morning coffee," he explained.

However, mental health professionals may not see rage rooms as a form of therapy.

"Studies have shown that this type of cathartic action does not reduce aggression," psychologist Satu Kaski told Yle.

He said some emotionally impaired and anxious individuals may feel a moment of release from such activities. However, Kaski added that he still had reservations for this type of place.

"Anger is a feeling, just like other emotions. It happens when people feel they have been treated unfairly," he explained.

Kaski said that instead of allowing the power of blind rage, people should study their emotions to control anger.

But he said he would not oppose the introduction of hate rooms for a certain type of person.

"I might imagine going to a place like this with a patient who has difficulty expressing or recognizing their own anger," he said.

Source: The Nordic Page





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