We're on a mission to make
performance + wellbeing
quick, easy and accessible

The Recess Way

We are committed to increasing access to optimal performance.
We saw a gap in mental health. Most interventions focus on reactive mental health but ignored the need for proactive and positive mental health like peak performance.

Our innovative approach combines accessibility of self-help with the efficacy of therapy.
Recess is proven to increase flow state by
20 - 50% after only 10 minutes.

Company Profile

Recess Labs Inc is a mind tech company committed to creating innovative solutions to scale positive mental health. Recess innovations are based on an integrative approach combining neuroscience, psychology, technology.

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Our journey started 8 years ago...

October 2012
After graduate school Kelz spent 4 years
in monitoring and evaluation for community-based behavioral interventions.

In 2016 she founded a tech start up that she eventually sold.
Kelz Bethel Newspaper Article
June 2013
Lisanne too makes a dramatic career pivot into the world of  software engineering after working in Research
September 2017
Serendipitously, Lisanne and Kelz crossed passed at Web Summit Lisbon 2017.

‚Äúas a freelance software engineer I worked as remote Ruby on Rails Engineer for companies across Europe. Some companies include Tele2 Netherlands, Digidentity and BeBanjo‚ÄĚ

CTO, Recess Labs Inc

July 2020
The personal story that lead Kelz to Recess...

I noticed that during the pandemic my mood would fluctuate and as result, my performance and productivity fell. While managing a remote team I realized that my team members also were having a similar experience with their overall mental wellbeing. This began to that affected our overall performance objectives and deadlines.

I started looking for solutions. Most options focused  were traditional 1-on-1 mental health interventions. For me, this was a long-term solution when I simply needed something to get me through the day.
These were also inaccessible to be as we simply did not have the budget to implement for the entire team.
Kelz Bethel
CEO, Recess Labs

July 2020
Kelz first Whatsapp to Lisanne about Recess ūüéČ
April 2021
Research begins. Lisanne and Kelz spends months iterating on the best product. We decided on digitizing an existing neuropsychology.
April 2021
Matt joins the team.
Matt brings Flow State to Recess.
October 2021
ūüöÄ Recess launches
We launched Recess in private beta ūüéČ
February 2022
Begins development of a workplace
mind-tech platform for teams and companies
The team continues to be committed to their mission of
democratizing optimal performance

Build in Public Stats This Month

200+ waitlist
Partnership Microsoft valued $400,000
5 waitlisted companies valued $18,000
Private beta 2.0 launch June 2022

Meet our team

Faizah Alaoui

Scientific Research Lead

Cielo Prishak

Scientific Research Lead

Kelz Bethel

Co-founder and CEO

Lisanne Fellinger

Co-founder and CTO

Matt Swartz

Chief Psychology Officer