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Why do Swings attract Babies as well as Adults

I have always seen this in my stores

or in the trade shows that we participate in, whether its a baby in the

mothers arm or a grown up person, male or female, all just love to come

and sit on the swings we display. Seems like its a human tendency that

we all get attracted to swings. I thought, there ought to be logic to

this and started reading about this liking of humans. This is what I

found:


In his article: ‘What’s the Big Deal About Swinging?’ Tom Norquist says: “When

we think about why most humans truly enjoy swinging, we need to break

down what is actually happening. While swinging, we experience a full

range of sensations, from the calming rhythm of our to-fro movement to

the excitement of rapid travel through space and time. These experiences

are linked to pre-birth movement in the mother’s womb and the child’s

first sensation of gravitational forces.”


Norquist goes on to say: “Swinging stimulates our bodies’ sensory systems,

namely our vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Vestibular stimulation

occurs when we experience movement through time and space in

combination with the earth’s gravitational forces. During swinging, the

three semicircular canals in the inner ear are responding to movement

and acceleration in the horizontal, vertical and diagonal planes,

stimulation that is directly related to our sense of balance.


“When we think of man’s evolution, we are reminded of our relationship to

chimpanzees, which are reported to have 98.5 percent of the same genes

as humans and spent millions of years swinging and moving freely in the

tree canopy. During this time, the swinging stimulated the cerebellum,

further developing the balance, planning and language systems, and

improving the ability to establish emotional regulation. Swinging also

fires up the emotionally responsive connections of the brain in the

prefrontal cortex, helping us to feel calm and revitalised.


“Stimulation

of the vestibular system through swinging helps us develop and maintain

the body’s proprioceptive system, which draws information from our

muscles and joints as our bodies move through space. This information is

processed by our central nervous system and causes us to react to the

stimuli.”




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