Consumers have recently become more proactive about mental health. In a world of constant stress and anxiety at work, online, and at home, previous forms of meditation don’t always suffice. In order to seek balance and embrace self-care, consumers are finding alternative methods to combat repressed tension.
Dr. Lana Wellness, whose professional name is Dr. Lana Butner, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist based in New York City, who performs treatments including naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and cupping to promote unconventional ways to seek wellness.
“Aggression needs an outlet,” Dr. Butner says.
Some of the new and more accessible wellness services that consumers are exploring include “wrecking rooms,” where visitors can unleash their anger in a short period of time, or knitting—with a head-banging twist.
At The Break Bar in New York City customers can take sledge hammers to printers while blasting music. Afterwards, they can relax with a beer at the bar, just to destroy the glass it came in. Psychiatrists who are familiar with the bar have recommended it to patients, according to Tom Daly, president of Break Bar.
“I would class it as a form of stress release,” says Daly. “There is something just cathartic about the pop of a glass getting thrown against the wall.”
Besides breaking glass, knitting is often considered a cathartic activity, however, the type of knitting associated with chaotic good strays away from the typical calm.
Heavy Metal Knitting is a global competition, most recently hosted in Japan, and set to take place in Finland in July 2021. While competitors rock out and “knit on”—as per the competition’s slogan—Heavy Metal Knitting allows them to “accomplish something real and concrete.” According to Lina, an organizer of the event (who chose not to give her last name), “we want to bring together the talent of people of different ages and cultures and to help them overcome themselves in a new and fresh way.”
For Heather McLaren, 2019’s Heavy Metal Knitting champion, the competition was therapeutic. “It was a lot of fun, but it also reminded me that the depression I was suddenly dealing with doesn't define me,” she says.