Hit me harder! How a resident of Turkey works as a "whipping pillow"By Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/hit-me-harder-how-a-resident-of-turkey-works-as-a-whipping-pillow
No one wants to get caught in a hot hand, but for Hasan Riza Gunay, beating has become a way of earning money. Instead of dodging punches, he puts himself under the fists of angry customers. People take out their grievances and irritation on him, beating him like a punching bag. A man suffers pain and humiliation, getting good money for it. Find out from our material where the Turk got the idea to become a "whipping pillow".
Hasan has been working as a "whipping pillow" since 2010. He was inspired to an unusual way of earning money by the film of the Turkish director Kemal Sunal "The Eastern Nightingale" ("Şark Bülbülü"), where the main character voluntarily allows himself to be beaten. The man realized that for some people, in order to get rid of stress and let off steam, you need to beat someone. Thus, he decided to expose himself to the fists of everyone for money.
The Turk calls himself a "stress coach" and wants to teach others his unusual occupation, because he is getting old, and over time he will no longer be able to take blows. Hassan says most of his clients suffer from depression or panic attacks.
The man has a work license. It helps relieve stress in various ways. In most cases, his clients just need to vent their anger on someone, but sometimes they have to resort to unusual methods. It happens that Hassan sticks a photo of the person who angered the customer on the protective mask, and advises the offender to add swearing to the blows in order to properly vent his irritation and get rid of anger.
Hassan treats the beating sessions like scenes from a movie. He never takes anger and blows personally, just playing a role. A man is not offended by beatings or insults.
Most of the stress coach's clients are women. Their strength is equal to that of teenage boys 12-14 years old, so Hassan is not afraid of getting injured. In addition, he almost always wears protective gear and trains regularly to keep fit.
Before the session begins, Hassan asks all clients to sign a document stating that he voluntarily agrees to be beaten so that the customer gets rid of stress. In addition, the contract states that the coach will not go to court in case of physical injury.
Each session lasts about 10 -15 minutes. The Turk accepts no more than four clients per day. He also always asks the reason why a person wants to let off steam with his fists. If it seems to Hassan that there are no good reasons for beating, he refuses admission.
The man says that his occupation is therapy, not entertainment. He has created his own website and regularly uploads videos to YouTube. Hassan hopes that over time he will find followers and followers of his work.
Everyone has their own ways of getting rid of stress. For example, the artist Mar Cuervo gets a strange pleasure from destroying desserts.