Host Spotlight: Rehab – A Couples Release
Couples across the U.S. are discovering the secret to falling even more in love (or back in love) with each other. Want to know what it is? A simple, yet effective card game, called Rehab-a couples release
About six years ago, real estate executive James P. Schlimmer of Naples, FL, needed a way to help his best friend through some marriage troubles—he and his wife were struggling to communicate healthily and productively. Schlimmer came up with a fairly simple way to change the couple’s relationship for the better.
Schlimmer decided to write and number questions such as, “What was the funniest moment of your relationship?” and “Describe the last time you were proud of your partner,” on a legal pad of paper to correlate with a deck of cards laid out in the middle of the dining room table. Playing the game helped the couple stop bickering, and start remembering happy moments in their relationship and why they fell in love in the first place. At the end of the evening, his friend’s wife told him “I feel like we went to Rehab, you know, couples therapy.”
Years went by and Schlimmer kept noticing how many couples could benefit from a PG-rated ice-breaking card game, designed specifically for couples. “I was able to see that most games marketed to couples were raunchy, and did nothing to address the true problem facing couples.” said Schlimmer. According to health professionals, lack of communication is the number one reason why relationships fail and leads to 65 percent of all divorces.
It wasn’t until Schlimmer mentioned the game to his girlfriend, sports marketer, Ashley Chaffee, that the idea turned into something they could sell—and that people would actually buy. “It was obvious to see that a couples game that had the flexibility to be played at home dinner parties amongst friends, with in-laws over the holidays, or even one-on-one over a bottle of wine, didn’t exist.” said Chaffee. And that’s how their card game, Rehab-a couples release, was born.
How does the game work? There are 52 cards: 48 cards with questions on them and four “social cards” that give the players time to clink glasses, or even share a kiss. Whether you’re looking for a relationship fix, or you just want to get to know your partner in a deeper more meaningful way, Rehab-a couples release is the bridge to bring you closer.
“With our culture’s reliance on texting, smart phones, and tablets. The art of communication, is evaporating.” says Chaffee. “Rehab-a couples release forces couples to look each other in the eyes, and genuinely interact. “In a way, it is magical to see couples of any age play the game, and over the course of an hour, watch them inch closer and closer together, laugh uncontrollably, and cement their bond.”