Reducing anxiety and increasing productivity … through table tennis?

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CHICAGO -- It’s been around since the early 1900s, an Olympic sport since the late ‘80s, and in the last couple of years it has seen a big bounce in popularity in the U.S. smack in the middle of Chicago’s financial district, it is also now building productivity and creativity.

Killerspin House is an experimental table tennis facility -- as he calls it -- on South LaSalle offering space to play, hold business meetings and social events, and most importantly opportunities to disconnect from electronics and reconnect with people.

Unplugnplay, the company’s newest campaign, brings corporations into Killerspin house in an effort to encourage team building and improve employee performance.

Robert Blackwell, the company’s founder, says the sport can reduce anxiety, lower the risk of depression, increase motor skills, build and strengthen relationships.

Local chef and TV host Chris Koetke squeezes it in up to four times a week

There is a good chance you’ll never be as good as Olympic medalist and world champion Ilija Lupulesku, but without the reliance on good weather or a specific physique to play, there is a good chance you could end up doing better at work.

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