Rocking Chairs have been around for quite some time, with the first dating back to 1710, and was created by attaching two ice skates to the bottom of a regular chair. However, the trend didn’t take off until about 75 years later. Many of the rocking chairs seen today are single-seaters, but back then, the designs focused on more than one person. It was quickly recognized as a tool producing positive palliative effects and used readily in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
What are its benefits? A Rocking Chair enables a gentle movement that makes you feel relaxed. It releases endorphins in the brain, which can improve mood and reduce stress and pain. It increases blood flow around the body, thus sending more oxygen to the joints, which can help ease the arthritis symptoms. The slight physical exertion of rocking also helps to build up strength and flexibility in the knees while rocking helps prevent pain signals from traveling back to the brain. Rocking has a soothing effect on babies, helping to calm or get them to sleep. It also promotes parent-child bonding, and there is even research to suggest that rocking a child can enhance emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development. Some have suggested that rocking is a useful technique with adopted children, to boost bonding.
Style, Design, and Materials. Again, the design of the rocking chair dates back many centuries. It’s a simple design that puts bowed wood at the feet so that it rocks, and not much has changed since the first crafted rocking chair. The design and the usual materials used to make rocking chairs haven’t changed because it was entirely reliable at the onset. They have everything going for them: they are comfortable, durable, visually appealing, and very affordable. Fortunately, several furniture manufacturers have dedicated their lives to making an enduring Rocking Chair even better. Most chairs then were made of local wood, but now the styles, designs, and materials used to make them have expanded. Majority use natural wood such as teak, pine, cedar, oak, hickory, and mahogany.
At The Charming Bench Company, we offer various options to cater to individual preferences when it comes to the Rocking Chair. Style, design, and materials have evolved based on consumer demand, according to comfort, size, durability, and budget as independent variables. Today, it is common to find Rocking Chairs with accessories such as footrests built into the bottom that folds out, like a stowaway ottoman. You can also add drink holders to the armrests. Get even more comfortable and use seat cushions and cozy pillows.