Duluth Rage Room Offers Cathartic Stress Relief

Baihly Warfield
Updated: January 18, 2018 06:33 PM

Duluth has been named the Least Stressed City in the past. There's a new business to help us keep that title. 

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Healthy Expressions Rage Room opened January 2. 

"They actually started in Europe, but they had some scattered throughout the United States," owner Karrie Maloney said. "It's starting to be a bigger thing."

The location on E 4th St. is decked out in bright colors and paint splatters and filled with what some would consider junk. 

"Pretty much anything that's actually breakable, we can have," Maloney summarized. 

The concept is simple. "You break stuff," Maloney said. 

"You get a bunch of different implements, from hammers to crowbars to baseball bats -- metal and wood," she said. "And you just get to shatter everything."

You can pick from an array of items to destroy: glass cups, porcelain teacups, old vases, records and bigger electronics: clocks, printers and stereos. For an additional $40, you can even destroy a toilet. 

"The rule in there is you're supposed to break everything," Maloney said. "If you don't, you didn't really accomplish it."

If you didn't leave all your rage in the floor, Healthy Expressions has a few other options. 

"For Duluth, a rage room itself wouldn't be enough," Maloney, who also owns a cleaning business, said. "So we created Nerf Dodgeball and virtual reality, kind of something for everyone."

Up to 24 people can play in the Nerf room, navigating around painted tires and wood barriers. 

"We've had people who came in who were having stressful days, and by the time they left there, they were laughing," Maloney said. 

She said folks of all ages come in. And one particular profession especially seems to enjoy the rage room. 

"Yoga teachers seem to love us, which is absolutely outstanding," she laughed. "I said, 'But you guys are always so calm. And the exact thing most of them say is, 'This is something else. This gets out the rest.'"

Maloney could see holding yoga classes at Healthy Expressions eventually because smashing printers can be a physical task. 

They are also starting up Nerf Dodgeball leagues. It's $10 to sign up and $8 to play. There will be two leagues, a family one (8+) and an adult one. 

Healthy Expressions also hosts birthday parties. You can find more information on the website


Baihly Warfield

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