Many find rocking chairs and swings soothing because of the gentle motion. Did you know that rocking chairs are also comfortable because when a user sits in one without rocking, the chair automatically rocks backwards until the sitter's center of gravity is met, thus granting an ergonomic benefit with the occupant kept at an unstressed position and angle? Neither did I, until Wikipedia.
What I do know is that it is hard to sit on a swing or rocking chair and not subconsciously create the movement we know will, if even for a moment, give us pause and bring memories of those childhood days on the playground or on the lap of someone special.
I love how our quest for relaxation can be fulfilled by bringing those swings into any place in our home environment. Places where it doesn't matter if it is a rainy day and the playground is not on the agenda.
Swing sets, to me, bring memories of competition. Who can swing higher and faster? Can one actually swing so high and fast that they can swing themselves over the top bar? Whose going to swing so fast and high that they rock the swing set posts out of the ground? Whose going to leap the furthest off their swing when we count to three?
Even though competition drives adrenaline, in my memories of the swing set competitions are happiness and contentment. Not bad ingredients to repeat in one's home surroundings.
So whether indoor or outdoor, protected from the rainy day restrictions, the addition of swings are that brave fantasy that seem to make sense.
Even if the swing acts as a table or console, as in the image above, it still brings back those memories of good times at a glance. And might even remind us to visit that park we pass by on our evening walk and stop and play on the swings.
And don't even get me started on the benefits of a lazy afternoon nap.