FAQ

What is Tantrum Club?

Tantrum Club is a club for women to fully express all their pent-up negative emotions in healthy and enlivening ways. We use Catharsis therapy as our base and teach people about the dangers of emotional suppression as well as healthy expression.

Will releasing my emotions make me into a drama king or queen?

No. You will increase your understanding of your emotions and their source. We mostly become dramatic when we are suppressed as we need to do something with great emotional to get attention. When you take care of your own emotional expression, you have no need to be dramatic.

I am not sure I am fit enough to do this class, what to do?

You don’t need to be fit to swing a bat or pop a balloon. Provided you can get to Tantrum Club, you are fit enough to do Tantrum Club.

If I release my emotions, won’t I just get swallowed up by them?

No. Research shows that fully experiencing an emotion without holding back on it, the emotion lasts around 30 minutes tops. As long as you stay with it, you will naturally progress to the next layer of emotion underneath the first one and so on and so forth. No swallowing up – maybe just a bit tired.

I have never unleashed my anger before – what will happen?

You will put on goggles, gloves and take a baseball bat in your hand. You will then beat the beanbag/styrofoam squares or foam bags whilst shouting and screaming loudly at it. You will feel exhilirated, tired, exhausted and spent. BUT you will feel released then you will sit down and in a discussion process what the anger was all about.

Once done and feeling calm again, you will go home and drink tea.

Traditional anger management says we should rationalise our anger – why are you advocating catharsis release?

Traditional anger management therapy involves understanding and rationalising your emotions vs. feeling them. Traditional approaches teach participants that anger is an unhealthy emotion and it needs to be suppressed or rationalised and understood. They also believe that too much engaging with anger makes one more angry – they call this destructionist and dangerous.

Anger is not a bad emotion. It’s an emotion, like any other. What is negative about anger is if it is directed at oneself or another person and causes damage. If expressed in a cathartic way – it can be released prior to understanding it and processing what made it occur in the first place.

 

We see no harm in releasing emotions – they are better expressed to ensure that your cells receptors don’t get blocked (see below). Tantrum exists as a form of catharsis therapy.

Catharsis

kəˈθɑːsɪs noun

1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions. A catharsis is an emotional release. According to psychoanalytic theory, this emotional release is linked to a need to release unconscious conflicts. For example, experiencing stress over a work-related situation may cause feelings of frustration and tension. Rather than vent these feelings inappropriately, the individual may instead release these feelings in another way, such as through physical activity or another stress relieving activity.

snoopyCatharsis is being used worldwide in leading Trauma and PTSD centres to speed up the healing process with its most effected victims. Dr Martha Niccolson and Dr Jo Billings from the Berkshire Trauma Unit advocate Catharsis as a great way to release blocked emotions which reside in the body. Babette Rochschild who wrote The Body Remembers, has found that her trauma patients also move faster through therapy by using catharsis.

The principles are to release the emotions safely so that no one is injured during the process either physically or psychologically and that after emotional release, the process is reviewed to provide intellectual insights.

Tantrum has been designed carefully with all the principles of Catharsis therapy in mind.

Dr Deepak Chopra, author, renowned endocrinologist, and leader in the field of quantum physics and mind-body healing, formulated his theory of cellular healing.

It has been scientifically established that cells inside the body regenerate at different speeds – liver cells in six weeks, stomach-lining cells in three days, eye cells in less than forty-eight hours. Why is it then, you might ask, that a liver riddled with cancer in January would still be riddled with cancer in June? As the liver cells regenerate every six weeks they should already have regenerated several times.

Dr Chopra believes we all have phantom memories stored inside our cells. What he means is that inside each degenerative cell lies a traumatic memory. And before that degenerative cell dies, it passes on its memory to the next cell. So the new cell is born as a replica of the previous cell. Thus the cells keep replicating themselves, passing on the degenerative memory from one generation to the next, and so on. Although the cells replicated, what they were replicating was the degenerative cell pattern stored inside.

Dr Chopra compiled thousands of case studies of the process successful survivors had used to heal themselves from serious diseases. He discovered that they were able to access the cell memory and the associated negative emotion, which they worked towards resolving and then releasing. When they did this, the degenerative memory was not passed on to the next cell generation and thus the next cell was born as a new, healthy cell. This process is called cellular healing.

Pharmacologist Dr Candace Pert, whom has a PhD in cellular biology and biophysics from the United States, has backed up Dr Chopra’s research through laboratory experiments. Dr Pert has unequivocally established that emotions and the body are neurologically linked and that there is a chemical expression for every emotion that we have.

When we repress an emotion the body releases a chemical into the bloodstream.

This chemical travels to certain cell receptors and blocks them, leaving them incapable of communicating with the rest of the cells in the body. If those cell receptors remain blocked over a long period of time then there is a propensity for diseases to occur in the blocked areas.

Conversely, Dr Pert has also found that when you express emotions fully and in a healthy, non-repressive way, the cell receptors remain open. When you bury your emotions over time, it can have a very lasting impact on your health, wellbeing and happiness. It can also lead to premature ageing.

I want to become an instructor – how do I get involved?

Cool you should check out the page on Hosting a Club and get in touch with us. We would love to run clubs all over the place!

What if people get out of control?

Firstly we have rules in our club and we follow them and ensure everyone follows them. Secondly we only run the club with women. We have run Tantrum Club many many times and some women do lose it completely but because the exercises are not aimed at others and we use health and safety precautions whilst running them, people release their emotions and then they process them in a healthy way.

There is nothing to be afraid of!

Why is suppressing emotions such a bad thing?

Pharmacologist Dr Candace Pert, whom has a PhD in cellular biology and biophysics from the United States, has backed up Dr Chopra’s research through laboratory experiments. Dr Pert has unequivocally established that emotions and the body are neurologically linked and that there is a chemical expression for every emotion that we have.

When we repress an emotion the body releases a chemical into the bloodstream.

This chemical travels to certain cell receptors and blocks them, leaving them incapable of communicating with the rest of the cells in the body. If those cell receptors remain blocked over a long period of time then there is a propensity for diseases to occur in the blocked areas.

Conversely, Dr Pert has also found that when you express emotions fully and in a healthy, non-repressive way, the cell receptors remain open. When you bury your emotions over time, it can have a very lasting impact on your health, wellbeing and happiness. It can also lead to premature ageing.

Shouldn’t I rather keep calm and carry on?

No. Keeping calm and carrying on is you just suppressing your emotions. You might be able to pretend that things are fine for a while but suppression leads to frustration and more irritation on top of it. It is less stressful to vent at a chair than to bottle things up drinking tea pretending you are fine. Read the Science bit to understand why.