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July 6, 2013 Celebrating the Health Benefits of Rocking with Nature : Boats Rock - History Rocks -The Arts Rock

ROCKING CHAIR HEALTH BENEFITS

The rocking chair was part of colonial life; it was an American phenomenon. Although it came to the colonies by way of England as a garden chair, new Americans quickly moved it into their homes as a cradling device for mother and child. The rocking chair grew so popular among the colonists that by 1750 the American Windsor Rocking Chair,built in Philadelphia, became known worldwide.

Later, in the 1900’s Rocking Chair Therapy was emerging as a treatment for various ailments, and at the time considered progressive and effective. Doctors have encouraged, suggested and even prescribed rocking for a long time. Rocking regularly in a good rocker simply has the ability to calm the spirit, soothe a stressed body, focus the mind and all the while gently exercising even the weakest of muscles.

Today we’re discovering how important the rocking chair is for psychosocial well-being; its use has spread far beyond the mother/child cradle, and can be a cure for a wide range of health problems.

According to Dr. Heinrich Addleheim of the Kinetic Therapy Clinic in Berlin, Germany, the rocking chair is simply amazing, “We’ve seen cases of patients recuperating from heart attack and stroke – without any trace of
permanent damage – simply because they used a rocking chair while they were recovering. I’ve seen people bedridden with arthritis who were up and around inside a week after regular use of the rocking chair. . . it’s not just a piece of furniture; it’s a remarkable medical device.”

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