– Why is rocking ourselves on a rocking chair so relaxing ?

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– Why is rocking ourselves on a rocking chair so relaxing ?

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As I understand it, it has to do with vestibular stimulation. Your vestibular sense has to do with where your body is in space, and how your weight is balanced. Your inner ear governs this sense, and communicates the sensations through the nervous system.

It takes some effort to maintain vestibular equilibrium (standing, moving, but not falling down). It’s relaxing to have your vestibular sense stimulated WITHOUT having to put effort into it. In other words, the body likes to be moving gently and safely (without feeling like you’re about to fall) without having to consciously initiate or maintain the motion. It’s also why people find floating in water or swinging in a hammock to be relaxing. It goes without saying that’s why babies like to be rocked or bounced.

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