Rocking Chairs in the Therapy Room: A Remarkable Addition to Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health Benefits of Rocking Chairs

Rocking Chairs in the Therapy Room: A Remarkable Addition to Mental Health Treatment

By Jenni Jennings September 27, 2023 09.27.2023 Share:
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As a healthcare professional specializing in mental health, I’ve long been aware of the profound
impact that seemingly simple practices can have on a person’s well-being. The mental health benefits of using rocking chairs in therapy could help a variety of people.

Stress Reduction and Mental Health

In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become a common companion for many. The soothing
motion of a rocking chair has the remarkable ability to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The
gentle back-and-forth movement triggers a relaxation response, promoting a sense of calm and

Rocking chair therapy may be particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with anxiety and
depression. The rhythmic rocking motion can help to regulate breathing and contribute to a
more relaxed mental state.

A Tool for Self-Awareness

Rocking in a chair can also be a form of moving meditation. As we sway back and forth, our
focus naturally shifts away from daily worries and concerns. This can enhance self-awareness,
helping individuals become more attuned to their thoughts and emotions.

Dr. Heinrich Addleheim of the Kinetic Therapy Clinic in Berlin has been at the forefront of exploring the therapeutic benefits of rocking chairs. In his words, “It’s not just a piece of furniture; it [can be] a remarkable medical device.”

From Childhood to Adulthood

The repetitive rocking motion mimics the comforting sensation of being held or rocked as a
child, promoting a sense of security and calm. As we grow, this comforting act evolves into a
versatile tool for managing stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges in adulthood. By providing
a safe haven of tranquility, rocking chair therapy becomes a valuable adjunct to traditional
psychotherapy; offering solace and respite for those seeking relief from the complexities of daily

Integration into Mental Health Care

As healthcare professionals, we can explore complementary approaches like rocking chairs in
the therapy room. Whether it’s used as a tool in therapy sessions or embraced as a part of daily
self-care routines, the rocking chair has proven to be a valuable ally for enhancing mental and
physical health. 

So, the next time you see a rocking chair, consider taking a moment to sit, sway, and reap the
therapeutic benefits it has to offer. It might just be the gentle push you need toward a calmer,
healthier, and more balanced life.

If you or anyone you know needs help or is simply looking for someone to talk to, schedule an appointment today so we can begin a journey of self-discovery and improvement.

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