Emma Maxwell. Rocking Chair. March 11th , 2018.
Why does everyone love this particular style of chair? Could it be that they are so comfortable? When you sit in a rocking chair without rocking, the chair automatically rocks backwards until that your center of gravity is found. This has a relaxing benefit with the sitter being kept in an even position. Hence you are relaxed from the word 'Go'.
The best way to rest, relax, and rejuvenate yourself is sitting in a rocking chair at your home. This is merely a regular activity that most of us perform and are quite familiar with, but it has astonishing beneficial effects for our body. The list of positive effects to our body is long, and the benefits are some that we may never think of. The ailments that most of us suffer from can be greatly minimized by partaking in the back and forth motion of a rocking chair. It may be hard to believe, but it is true. The gentle rocking motion that the body undergoes as we follow the movement of the chair nourishes and revitalizes our bodies' cells and also increases circulation. Whether you are suffering from sleepless nights or hypertension, a regular sitting at the chair at a continuous rate for 20 minutes a day will help a great deal in easing these ailments.
At some point in history rocking chairs arrived in the USA. It would be convenient to link their arrival with that of the 'Mayflower' but they were not heard of until about a hundred years after the pilgrims arrival and it wasn't until the 1800's that American furniture manufacturers saw any merit in their production. When they did, the Salem, Boston and American Windsor rocking chairs were born. These were all popular and were used mostly for sitting in the garden or relaxing on the porch.
Michael Thonet a German craftsman made the first 'Bentwood' rocking chair in 1860. This design was unlike others of it's time, it was lightweight and graceful. He used steamed wood which made them very affordable as well as beautiful and had great success with them in Europe. During the 1920's a new style came on the market which made them even more useful, the 'Folding' version, which when used in the garden could be folded up and taken indoors in bad weather. With the arrival of the automobile it was useful for picnics and other outdoor activities. After this, this type of chair virtually 'stood still' until the 1950's when Sam Maloof began making deluxe rocking chairs, which are different again, as their rockers are ski-shaped.
A rocking chair is divided into five parts: the rocker, the seat, the legs, the backrest, and the armrests. The rocker is the most important feature of the rocking chair. It is the base of the chair that is formed into a curve. This curved appearance of the rocker makes the rocking of the chair possible. It allows the occupier of the chair to swing back and forth. It is carefully produced to accomplish a smooth swaying of the chair. The parts of the rocking chair which connects the rocker to the rest of the chair are the legs. The four vertical legs act as the chair's support system. They are normally shorter than the legs of ordinary chairs because they are designed to affix to the rockers. The legs of a rocking chair are usually carved with different designs. The part of the rocking chair that is directly supported by the legs is called the seat. It is either a flat or a concave surface that supports the occupier's bottom. If the seat is responsible for the support of the occupier's bottom, the backrest is the one responsible for the support of the occupier's back. For additional ease and relaxation, the backrest of a rocking chair is made to be a bit bended. The last part of the rocking chair are the armrests. Armrests come in doubles: one in the left and one in the right. As its name suggests, the armrests primarily function as a place to rest the arms. Aside from supporting the forearms, the armrests also make it easy for the occupier to enter or exit the chair. The addition of armrests into contemporary rocking chairs is optional.
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