Marcus is the co-owner of Tonic Rage Room, with his lovely and patient wife, Jenna.
I've always been a person to hold back my anger and put it away in a safe little box in my head. Over time, the box gets filled bigger and bigger and bigger until one day I explode and do something I later regret. I have punched walls, gotten in fights and broken bones because of this. I've always been one to not let out frustration in a healthy way... until this one awesome inspiring day!
My 32nd birthday was happening and my sister, Hannah had a surprise for me. She made me stay inside and promise not to look out the windows for 15 minutes. Finally, I was brought outside to see all this junk in my driveway on top of a tarp. I was kind of clueless until she told me those amazing words, "We made you your very own rage room!”
I had loved the idea of a rage room ever since I first heard about it two years ago when I saw one in another state on YouTube, but I'd never been to one.
My sister then walks up to me with a brand new sparkling unscathed, just perfect sledgehammer and said break away your frustration. I was thrilled once I realized what this was - and even more thrilled knowing what I was about to do!
I slowly walked around each item, and on them were words written in Sharpie. These words were all things I hated and things that annoyed me, and dates written from a low part of my life.
So metaphorically, I was going to destroy those parts of my life. My brother blasted on the stereo, "Turn Down for What," and I was pumped. The song builds, and at the climax I just started smashing glass and plates and TVs and furniture.
That sledgehammer was my therapy and it felt amazing! As I'm smashing away the metaphorical parts of my life, I realized it hit my heart as well, and a tear or two dripped off my face along with the sweat, and all the pent-up aggression I had was released in those short 10 minutes.
It was then that I knew, Tonic Rage Room must exist. I had to pass on this experience to other people. It’s literally exhilarating and makes you feel like a million bucks afterwards.
So, come see us at Tonic Rage Room and let your therapy begin.