The rocking chair works on the principle of ‘centre of gravity’, reports Rashi Tiwary

Rocking chairs or recliners have always been a great addition to a study or a child’s room. The idea of sitting back after a hard day at work or spending long nights sitting up and reading was probably the notion behind this great invention. These chairs now also find a significant presence in cafes and lounges.

The rocking chair works on the principle of ‘centre of gravity’. Going by this principle, the rocking chair enables its occupant to lean into his or her centre of gravity and they are ergonomically beneficial too.

The idea of attaching curved bands called rockers to the bottom of the chair first originated in North America though the model of the rocking chair was also influenced by Greek and Roman architecture. Every year, new models are being invented, from antique rocking chairs to glider rocking chairs. Some rocking chairs are being specially developed by doctors for post-medical therapy. Whether it is grown-ups who like to read or children who like to rock back and forth for the mere thrill, rocking chairs are enjoyable for people of every age. The soothing motion of the chair is reminiscent of a mother rocking her child on her knees.

In Hyderabad, rocking chairs are available in a variety of models. While some are simple wooden chairs, the others have fluffy recliners with foot rests.