The rocking chair was part of the colonial life; It was an American phenomenon. Although it entered the colonies via England as a garden chair, it was quickly brought home by new Americans as a cradle for mother and child. The rocking chair became so popular among the colonists that the Philadelphia-built American Windsor rocking chair became known around the world around 1750.
Generations of Americans grew up with the rocking chair; It was an ordinary and functional piece of furniture in almost every house. A rocking chair offered the opportunity to help a picky child to fall asleep. relieve emotional wounds; and provide comfort in times of illness. However, the main purpose of the rocking chair was to create an emotional bond between mother and child.
A baby who has been rocking to sleep benefits greatly. the child is not alone in a cradle; His mother is the cradle. Back and forth; Back and forth; He slowly picks up a rhythm, with the sound of a humming or a sweet lullaby. The neural network of the infant's brain picks up signals. All is well; I am with you. we move together.
Most children never get that signal. They are placed in their cribs with a bottle or a pacifier and are supposed to sleep. Some will cry; others will stare into the inner space; but this crucial intimate message will never be received. Emotional stability is lost.
Today we discover how important the rocking chair is for psychosocial wellbeing. Its use has spread far beyond the mother / child cradle and can cure a variety of health problems.
Studies from the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Center for Clinical Research on Aging have shown that the gentle movement of a rocking chair releases endorphins. A chemical known to improve mood and relieve pain. The study confirms that rocking therapy increases the quality of life of people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The Medical College of Virginia conducted a study showing that the soothing movement of a rocking chair can dramatically accelerate the healing process in critically ill patients. In addition, the rocking chair is now used as a therapy for recovery after surgery.
According to Dr. Heinrich Addleheim of the Kinetics Therapy Clinic in Berlin, the rocking chair is simply amazing: "We have seen cases of patients recovering from heart attacks and strokes – without any trace of lasting damage – simply because they used a rocking chair while I was using the Imagine that people with arthritis are bedridden who got up within a week of regular use of the rocking chair – it's not just a piece of furniture – it's a remarkable medical device. "
Rocking Chair Therapy is applied to:
o Chronic fatigue syndrome
o heart disease
o Surgical recovery
o mental illness
Finally, let us not forget the people who have a great affection for their rocking chairs felt. Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Berthold Brecht, Pablo Picasso, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Benjamin Franklin.
The American colonists gave us many gifts; a big republic and a big chair.