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Rock Yourself to Sleep in a Rocking Chair


The rocking chair is often mistakenly credited to American inventor Benjamin Franklin but it wasn’t a product of his imagination. Historians have traced early rocking chairs to 1725, when they first appeared in England. By the middle of the 18th century, the popularity of wicker rocking chairs reached its peak in America. John F. Kennedy put the rocking chair in the spotlight when he was prescribed swimming and the use of a rocker in 1955 to deal with his chronic back problems.

Since then, the rocking chair has always been there. In the background, much like a comforting blanket or beloved lullaby. The wooden chair – often also called a rocker – is a chair with two curved bands (also known as rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs. The bands connecting the legs on each side to another and touch the floor at only two points, giving a person the ability to rock back and forth by shifting his/her weight or pushing lightly with his/her feet.

Rocking chairs are often associated with babies as the gentle rocking motion can soothe the crankiest among them. However, they’re not restricted only to infants. Many adults find rocking chairs the best to sit on at the end of a long day because of the gentle motion. The brain associates the rocking motion with that of the safety and comfort felt when rocking in a mother’s arms or in a cradle; the gentle motion relaxes the body and sends most people off to Dreamland. Rocking chairs are ergonomic even when the person isn’t rocking as the chair automatically rocks backward until the sitter’s centre’s of gravity is met.

Ideal for any home, isn’t it? Would you like it for one? Or two? Colonial or modern? Cushioned or plain? The options are many!


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