Shawn Patel. Rocking Chair. April 21st , 2018.
Basically the rocking chair has two curved bands of wood or rockers fixed to the bottom of the chair. It contacts the chair with the floor only on two points that allows the occupant of the seat to rock back and forth with the minimum of effort. It is a comfortable chair to sit on even without the push factor - it automatically adjusts with the centre of gravity of the sitter for ergonomic advantage. It relieves stress. Built up on this basic structure are many types of rocking chairs having springs and gliders. Greek and Roman chairs influenced the neo-classical designs. One of the latest Norwegian models can take on four positions.
The origin of the rocking chair is unknown but the first ones we do know of originated in England in the early 1700's and were made near Windsor Castle in Berkshire (which lies about a 20 minute drive away from Heathrow Airport) hence the name 'Windsor Rocker'. In all probability it came about through watching the therapeutic effect of gently rocking a baby in it's cradle, so why not do the same for adults? England was not the only country to have the rocker at that time, Sweden had another form around 1740 called the 'Gungstol', which just means rocking chair. These originally had 6 legs and were traditionally painted black with gold outlines. A four legged version became popular in the 1800's
The first thing coming to mind when thinking of a rocking chair is a loving mother tenderly rocking her baby to sleep or an elderly man dozing on the porch while observing the sunset. The first rocking chairs were created in the 1700's with the intention of assisting people to fall asleep through relaxation, remove back pain for the elderly people and pregnant women, and calm down crying babies. Nowadays, this kind of a chair is extremely popular, used mostly for relaxation and lessening stress. The greater part of contemporary rocking is made with fine woods; that's the reason they serve hundreds of years.
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.
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